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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 HE 1 ELECp R Dream house Details were important forFreers i PageCl j Volleyball I Prairie State I Games open jatSIUE PageBl The outlook j lust a click away Partly sunny with i Sfnnp RmthptM isolated thunder i storms High 89 sets IOWTI up shop on the I Internet PageD6 PageDl cents Saturday June Belle docks as Ryan signs b By DAN BRANNAN Telegraph managing editor ALTON The Alton Belle Casino took its last cruise on the Mississippi River early today and will offer gambling while permanently moored from now on The Alton Belles last cruise left the dock at 4 less than 24 hours after Gov Unlimited boarding begins today George Ryan signed leeisla Bill Albert nf nnor George Ryan signed legisla tion Friday that lets Illinois riverboats stay permanently docked subsidizes the ailing horse racing industry and opens Cook County to casino gambling Bill Albert director of oper ations for the Alton Belle Casino said the riverboat will have unlimited boarding as of 8 today and will cease to make its excursions IVz miles up the Mississippi Actually we thought the governor was going to sign the bill last Albert said When he didnt it took us by big surprise Were glad its happened so we can put to rest some of the rumors We have no plans for layoffs We have officers deck hands and people who work in the engine room We will be changing the scope of their jobs but they all will still be here We actually probably will be hiring additional people with our Ryan signed the bill just a stones throw away from the Casino Rock Island which has faced tough competition from riverboat casinos across the river in Iowa Casinos in Iowa generally stay docked allow ing customers to come and go See BELLE Page A7 Liquor costs up Thursday as tax rises By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Buyers of hard liquor wines and beer will need to come up with extra dollars at the checkout counter beginning Thursday when a new state law takes effect Senate Bill 1066 a multifaceted piece of leg islation passed May 15 as a key funding source for Gov George Ryans Illinois FIRST roads and infrastructure plan is expected to generate some million statewide through hefty excise tax increases on alcoholic beverages The biggest increase will be attached to hard liquors according to the bill The per gallon tax on distilled spirits will jump from to The tax on highalcohol wines those containing more than a 14 percent alco hol content but lessthan 20 percent will increase from 60 cents to 73 cents per gallon The tax on lowalcohol wines defined by the state of Illinois as those containing up to 14 See LIQUOR Page A7 Area trails will be on list Telegraph staff report ALTON President Clinton will designate 16 national millennium trails today several of which will intersect large areas of south western and Southern Illinois Rep Jerry Costello hailed the announcement which will allow areas that are eligible to pursue grants of up to Four of the eligible areas touch the region They are The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail commemorating the westward expedi tion of 18031804 beginning in Madison County Costello secured million last year for a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Camp DuBois near Wood River The Mississippi River Trail featuring a bicycle route adjacent to the Mississippi Costello worked to include the million in See TRAILS Page A7 Good Morning Cahoon Flure Godar McKean Meyer Murphy Tungett Fatal accident Firefighters and employees of the Wood River Refining Co work around the front of a Chevy Astro van Friday to free 17 a lin0iS Departmentof Transportation bacioon s Driver killed when van hits backhoe Crews rescue teenage daughter 0 i The BADMAN Roxana firefighter John Losch uses a Hurst rescue tool to cut open the top of the van By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer HARTFORD A Roxana man died and his daughter was injured Friday when their minivan plowed into the rear of a state highway department backhoe on Illinois Route 111 at Hartford The vans driver Daniel P Lewis 56 of the 500 block of South Central Avenue died in the twisted wreckage of the van after it crashed into a back hoe of the Illinois Department of Transportation and flipped over on the highway in front of Wood River Refining Co I pronounced the driver dead inside the vehicle at said Ralph Baahlmann Madison County coroners chief investigator Firefighters labored in 91degree heat for 45 minutes with rescue tools in an effort to save the life of Lewis daughter Frances Lewis 17 who was trapped inside the vans wreckage Firefighters cut the top off the front of the van to reach the man and his daughter trapped said Officer Bill Robertson of the Hartford Police Department an accident reconstruc tion specialist who investigated the crash Frances Lewis was rushed by ambu lance and paramedics to Christian Hospital Northeast in St Louis County where she was reported in stable condition Friday night IDOT employee Roger Beasley was driving the backhoe north on Route 111 about when Lewis north bound blue 1995 Chevrolet Astro mini van suddenly slammed into the rear of the vehicle Hartford Police Lt James Riley said Firefighter rescue crews from South Roxana Roxana and Hartford sped to the crash scene along with para medics in two ambulances to try to free the two people pinned inside the overturned van The front of the van is destroyed and the driver and passenger are trapped said Riley as he watched firefighters attempt to rescue the occupants Firefighters are using See VAN Page A7 f Senior Living Apartments and Garden Patio Homes Tours Available Display Models OnSite 4503 North Alby Road Godfrey 4668662   

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