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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 HEAD to HEADAGAIN iJtark McGwire 51 home runs after 128 games Vol 164 No 223 50 cents 52 home runs after 126 games The outlook Mostly sunny and pleasant High 84 low 64 PageCS Focus on football Get the lowdown on the coming prep grid season across the area Special section Thursday August 26 1999 Jackson offers to mediate By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY The Rev Jesse Jackson offered Wednesday to mediate a set tlement between the Beverly Farm Foundation and its strik ing union employees Jackson faxed the letter to Monte Welker executive director of Beverly Farm Will rally for Beverly Farm pickets today IfVl Itl ofnfru MTVirt MnrtfitJintiAwn tl 4 T1 1J J 1 i which in part states The democratic principles included in the American ideal provide for the will of the majority Nearly five years ago workers from Beverly Farm voted overwhelmingly for union rep resentation by AFSCME The negotiations that followed devolved into the current dis pute In such disputes I recog nize that there must be flexi bility on both sides in order to resolve the issue In my experience when people are determined to make an effort to resolve conflicts a way can be found to do Jackson requested to meet with Welker today before the civil rights leaders 2 march along Humbert Road and subsequent rally in sup port of the strike by members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31 Welker however will be in Springfield today addressing members of an organization for health care professionals a commitment he made two Fuel cleanup Alton firefighters spread an oilabsorbing material Wednesday over diesel fuel spilled on State Street near Carroll Street in Alton A forgot to replace a fuel cap causing the bus to splash fuel oil into several intersections in Downtown Alton keeping firefighters and police busy with the cleanup months ago said Steve Patsaros human resources director at Beverly Farm Patsaros said Beverly Farms attorney Ross Friedman of Susman Schermer Rimmel and Shifrin of Clayton Mo faxed Jackson a letter later Wednesday responding to See JACKSON Page A7 Officials lament veto of tax bill By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Area officials are bemoaning the governors veto of a bill that would have allowed smaller communities to tax them selves for infrastructure pro jects Larger communities can already do it Why not let the smaller communities have the same opportunity to control their own destiny relative to how they fund local govern ment Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur said Wednesday Word spread quickly after officials learned that Gov George Ryan had vetoed Illinois House Bill 523 Friday In his veto message Ryan noted that the state has been working toward consistency in sales tax rates between com munities something he feels the bill would have worked against But Niebur and state Sen Evelyn Bowles said sales tax rates fluctuate wildly through See VETO Page A7 Job market doing well By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer The number of people employed in the Metro East area rose to record levels in three key job sectors during July a labor market econo mist said Wednesday More workers were hired for construction retail and durable goods manufacturing jobs during July this year than throughout July of 1998 said Dennis Hoffman labor market economist for the Illinois Department of Employment Security About 750 more Metro East area construction jobs were filled last month compared with last July Hoffman said Statistics we received this week tell us that the con struction sector is really strong at this See JOB Page A7 St Louis Regional Airport welcomes Eagle One Aviation Good Morning fllylletln Board Classifieds B4 Jdjtorfal Horoscope Blackketter Crader Melmkamp Schneider Shild Swain Stocks Television Weather The welcome sign for Eagle One Aviation Inc LLC at St Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto may be premature Texasbased operation here falls through Eagle One still working on deal at Regional By BETHANY BEHRHQRST Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO A company promising to bring more than 100 technical jobs to the area is negotiating its next move Eagle One Aviation Inc LLC based in Fort Worth Texas is working out the kinks with Erzinger Investment Corp of Columbia to close a deal on two hangars and the former American Electronics Laboratories building at St Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto The deal which was expected to close Aug 16 should have brought between 100 and 120 goodpaying tech nical jobs to the area at the end of August Sources close to the busi ness venture said the deal still should close but operations might be slightly delayed We have a huge invest ment in St Louis Regional Airport a public invest said Jim Pennekamp executive director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois What we all hope happens is that we maximize these public invest Eagle One would buy the former AEL building to use as its area headquarters and use the two hangars for opera tions Employees at the com pany convert Boeing 727 pas senger jets into cargo planes The business would relieve some of the economic tension I See EAGLE Page A7 I HOMECOMING South ftoxana AUGUST Thurs Fri Sat Sun 26 29 SATURDAY 1 4 SUNDAY 26 Six Tickets Pay One Price SYSTEM Sat CHERRY HILL Sun BACK IN THE SADDLE Refreshments Fish Beer on Fri Sat Sun not Thurs Carnival Rides Pony Rides Rides   

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