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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Young ones Cardinals looking to rookies to help them salvage season PageBl The outlook Mostly sunny and pleasant high near 82 low near 63 PageDS IF Top honors Roloff Decorating named Small Business of the Month for August PageDl Vol 164 No 217 cents Friday August Jackson to visit Bov Farm strikers By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Striking union members at Beverly Farm are look ing forward to a special guest who will march with them Thursday The Rev Jesse Jackson is coming to Godfrey Aug 26 to voice his sup port for American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31 in a public rally The exact time will be announced later AFSCME Council 31 regional director Buddy Maupin said Alton area union members are excited about the civil rights leaders visit Were very glad he is coming but were not Maupin said The Rev Jackson has a history with our union dating back to 1968 Weve had a long relationship with Jesse Jackson Hes always been on the side of union members struggling for a fair AFSCME Council 31 members who work for Beverly Farm have been on strike since July 9 Jackson was in Memphis with the Rev Martin Luther King Jr when King was assassi nated in April 1968 Many people dont remember that Jackson went to Memphis to support garbage workers during a strike there at that Maupin said Jesses history with the AFSCME is 30 years Jackson has already played an active role in supporting striking Beverly Farm employees Maupin said The Rev Jackson sent letters to the agencies that are supplying strikebreakers to Beverly Farm to tell them its the wrong thing to Making way for police station The SMITH In just two days the crews from the city of Alton have demolished almost all of the houses and trees on Feldwisch Avenue the future site of the Alton Police Station Three temporary staffing agencies Maupin said are supplying workers to the assisted liv ing home to do the work the striking employees normally accomplish Jesse has stood in many many picket lineS throughout the country in support of union The tentative agenda for Jacksons Aug Z6 visit Maupin said begins with a march in front of the Glen Haven Golf Range at 6515 Humbert Road in Godfrey The afternoon includes invocation from a local minister an introducjg See JACKSON Page A9 New fines program puts 15 behind bars By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Fifteen people were marched off to jail Thursday for failing to pay court fines under a new Madison County alter native sentencing program Dozens of other Madison County Circuit Court defendants reached into their pockets or turned to friends in the courtroom to come up with the cash needed to stay out of jail The scramble in the Granite City satellite court may be repeated today in Alton when hundreds of other people are called during the pay of appear docket on the second floor of Alton City Hall This weeks appearances are the first real test of the new alternative sentencing program implemented three months ago in Madison County Circuit Court Under the program people with misde meanor or traffic fines are allowed to pay them down by working in community grams sponsored by the county The people sentto jail Thursday agreed court orders last May acknowledging that they risked jail if they failed to pay their entire fine during this court appearance We want to get the word on the street the games over Being poor is no longer an Associate Judge Randall A Bono Bono conducted the Granite City dotfkeft Thursday He said it didnt take long for peoplg See BARS Youth 17 sentenced in bomb threat prank By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A 17 yearold youth is spending his next several weekends in the Madison County Jail for phpning in two bomb threats to a high school Michael L Huber of East Alton is the last of three youths to be sentenced for the telephone pranks that wreaked havoc last spring at East AltonWood River Cprnmunity High School didnt think theyd get into any said William Wheeler a detective vyith the Wood River Police Department Huber was sentenced to 60 days in the County Jail and hell serve it on weekends through Dec 5 in the deal reached between Assistant States Attorney Jim Buckley and defense attorney S Russell Meyer of Alton Huber was charged twice with disorderly conduct but one of the counts was dis missed in return for the guilty plea in Madison County Circuit Court His first jail stay was last weekend He is getting some credit for days he has spent in jail Authorities caught up to Huber and two 16yearolds after another student at the See PRANK Page A9 Farmers hear from Shimkusl Good Morning f AM0 Mlletln Board A6 C4 fdltortal A4 Horoscope D5 Obituaries A5 Crabb Eldred grspamer Harvey Konneker Moore Poe Schaefer Smith Snyder Stewart Terry Williams Wirch ScoreboardB2 By DEBORAH L BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Farmers from the area took advantage of an opportunity Thursday to express concerns about the nations agricultural industry to their congressman Rep John Shimkus R Collinsville held an Agricultural Town Hall meet ing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Ive never Shimkus admitted as he opened the meeting Thats why I have an agricultural advising am here to Shimkus referred to the Freedom to Farm Act which the Republican majority in Congress passed several years ago Because it eased restric tions on what types of crops farmers could grow and when some farmers have blamed the measure for the recent large decline in prices for many commodities The Freedom to Farm Act consists of three parts Only the first of the three to allow farmers to plan for the future has been accomplished Shimkus said His agenda is to provide the remaining parts of the bill easing regulatory burdens and opening the overseas market Shimkus spoke about the reluctance of the federal gov The Rep John Shimkus RCollinsville talks with farmers Thursday during a town hall meeting at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ernment to use every resource possible to assist the agricul ture business Last year for example million was appropriated in the Export Enhancement Program Less than mil lion was actually spent This year million has been appropriated yet not one cent has been used Shimkus said The question is Why arent we using at least the tools we have available The answer is there is no he said Shimkus said he wants the United States to be the great est safest source of food and for the family farmer to stay in business He spoke about the harmful effects of trade barriers It has almost turned into a religious fanaticism Its real he said Congress is working to lower trade tariffs but the process is an incremental change j Some of the men and women in attendance addressed the problem of the United States importing numerous Asian goods including electronics I See SHIMKUS 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