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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois Good 7* Morning Debate revving up over fuel economy standards Area/Illinois .A3-10 Bulletin Board .A8 Classifieds  C2 Editorial.......A4 Horoscope  D9 Nation/world . .A12 Obituaries  A6 Butz, Carter, Hamby, Hollowich, Morris, Ragland, Rapp, Smith, Ulery Scoreboard ... .B2 Stocks ........D2 By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Automobile manufacturers are opposing legislators’ moves to increase mandated standards for vehicle fuel economy. With the popularity of sport-utility vehicles increasing, manufacturers say they are having difficulty maintaining the standards without raising prices. Standards now are a minimum 27.5 miles per gal lon for passenger automobiles and 20.7 mpg for light trucks. Recent radio commercials sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers have called the developments an invasion of consumers’ choice. Locally aired commercials encourage the public to call in their concerns to Illinois’ two U.S. senators, Republican Peter Fitzgerald and Democrat Richard Durbin. There was no immediate indication what kind of impact the radio commercials have had, nor the stance that either Durbin or Fitzgerald is taking on the issue. “Trucks are a big part of (the farming) market,” said Ed Lewis, a spokesperson for Ford, one of about ll member companies of the automobile alliance. “A big increase would adversely affect farmers and other people who depend on trucks to haul crops and consumer goods to make a living. That’s why we began the ad campaign. “It’s tougher to increase fuel economy for trucks without compromising the purpose for which they are designed. Some of the fuel-efficient technologies, such as front-wheel drive and aerodynamic design, aren’t always practical on some vehicles like trucks.” The Energy Policy and Conservation Act established average fuel economy standards for new passenger cars in 1975. In 1994, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released information about proposed increases to the fuel economy standard for light-duty trucks, which includes sport-utility vehicles. Congress subsequently prohibited the use of funds to ease the standards. That prohibition has been retained in each Congress since, and the language has once again been included in legislation passed by the House June 23. ■ See FUEL, Page A11 www.thetelegraph.com ot e Coupons and special offers inside most editions IMM 2-0 Illinois beats San Diego State 38-10 Page Bl The outlook Chance of thunderstorms with the high 81 and the low 60 Page D12 mam Man with a plan Architect leaves his mark on downtown Edwardsville Page DI Hiiui.vIIkai.n Top down Tracker puts rag-top within reach Page Cl 157 construction booming Lawsuits blocking 159 work By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A flurry of lawsuits will have to be cleared before residents can enjoy the expanded lanes on Illinois Route 159. The expansion, for which pre-construction engineering is progressing, has the Illinois Department of Transportation pitted against at least five property owners in a battle of legal wits. Seven eminent domain lawsuits have been filed by IDOT with similar plat numbers and locations. One has been settled. Another property owner is insisting on a full jury trial, which is set for January. Five more remain hanging in the balance. Todd Halfman, land acquisition engineer for IDOT, said condemnation suits take an average of two to five years to settle and are more commonly argued over the amount to be paid for the land, not on the department’s right to take the property it needs. “Ifs usually a difference of opinion on the value of the land. Once in a while there will be someone who says ‘I really don’t want to give the property up,’ but that’s usually not the case,” he said. Changing property values leave land purchases as a matter of speculation, ■ See 159, Page A11 * - . . ■■ ' *•■»%    J*- - The T elegraph/M ARG IE M BARNES Among the developments sprouting up along the busy highway are new professional offices, an apartment complex and a restaurant. By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The much-touted growth of the city is showing up in the form of a mini construction boom along Illinois Route 157 near Center Grove Road “It’s really booming out there. There are a lot of rumors floating around about what’s going on over there. That’s an intersection the chamber really expects to be highly developed over time, especially with the widening of 157 in that area We are happy to see the development," Bill Hurteau, executive vice president and CEO of the Edwardsville & Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, said. Among the developments sprouting up along the busy highway are new professional offices, an apartment complex and a restaurant. One of the sites being developed is a tailor-made fit with goals the city has expressed in its newly adopted comprehensive plan The plan calls for the development of clean industries, such as technology-based businesses, with the idea of University Park in ■ See BOOMING. Page A11 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Barb Fry of Alton leads her dog Muffin across a seesaw in an agility demonstration Saturday at the annual Wag & Walk fund-raiser at Edwardsville High School. The event raises money for abandoned and homeless animals at the Metro East Humane Society. Muffin is a keeshond, a breed originally from the Netherlands. Show goes to the dogs at ‘Wag and Walk’ By TONY D. MASINELLI For The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE — Anxious spectators pressed forward in the crowd that gathered at Edwardsville High School Saturday to catch a glimpse of the big-name stars that attended an all-day gala event. Minnie Pearl was there, along* with Lou and Murray, Bugs and Daffy, Bella and even Sophia. In all, more than 200 talented performers were in town for the 9th annual Metro East Humane Society “Wag and Walk,” a show that certainly went to the dogs. Canine competitors of virtually every breed and size participated with their owners in a variety of whimsical events, 9 including Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Dog in Costume and Best Human Bark. There was a Dog and Owner Look-Alike contest, and even a contest to determine which dog bore the closest resemblance to KTVI, Channel 2, personality John Pertzborn. Many of the participants also signed up for the three-mile pledge walk, which raised thousands of dollars for the Metro East Humane Society, 8495 State Route 143 in Edwardsville. “This is our premier fund-raising event each year, and we are very excited about the turnout,” said Hallie Lakin, director. “We’ve been trying to build up the event, and this year it doubled in size.” New to the event were more than two dozen vendors selling pet-related products, from wireless fences to gourmet dog biscuits. Wolf Camera photographed owners and their pets, and local artist Tim Hughes provided on-the-spot sketches of “man’s best friend.” “These people are really into their pets,” Hughes said. “I started at 9:30 in the morning and was drawing straight through until about 2:00 I loved it; it was great.” Minnie Pearl, a sleek greyhound owned by Jo Leasure, of Wood River, won first-place for Best Dog in Costume. Pearl ■ See DOGS, Page A11 THE Tr -■Hr- Vol. 164, No. 240    Edwardsville/Glen    Carbon    Edition    September    12,1999    $1.50