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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAPH Touchdown Rams run record 60 Page Cl i Caring j Foster i grandparents i enrich lives Page Bl The Outlook Mostly sunny skies and mild Low 42 PageB6 283 50 cents Senior living A guide to success in the golden years Special section Monday Pension benefit fight under way By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Illinois Legislature may attempt to prevent further damage being inflicted by an enhanced pension benefit plan that already stands to benefit several Madison County The plan is esti mated to cost the county in the coming fiscal compared with the original estimate Jack Prandsen of The countys contribution to the controversial enhanced retirement plan for elected officials is set to jump from about 37 percent of the pay of each participant to 53 percent in 2000 in order to pay for elected officials transferring to higherpay ing I dont think any County Board member knew at the time that it would cost this said County Board member Alan D Dunstan voted against the plan because he thought even the was too The officials of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund did not anticipate the higher costs and did not intend for elected officials to jump to higher pensions by taking higherpaying jobs for only a short an IMRF official the cost to the tax payer will be blunted by the fact the county had a balance in its IMRF fund to help pay the increased Deputy Auditor Pete Fields The county also is funneling some corpo rate personal replacement tax rev enue to the and the existing balance is earning which will offset the The problem will come next when the cost will soar even Fields And if the Legislature fails to pass a bill to reduce the the cost could get way out of If we dont do were all going to have to leave the coun said state Evelyn The Illinois House already has passed a measure that would change the bill to reduce the The Senate would have to take similar and the issue would eventual ly have to be approved by the gover Part of the reason the costs have been soaring is because a greater thananticipated number of Madison County Board members switched to higherpaying jobs that resulted in much higher said Louis the IMRF director of mem bers They receive the higher pension even though they spend only a fraction of their time on the public payroll at the higher rate of The such as former County Board member Anthony got big increases by moving to much higherpaying government His pension will go from about a year to a little more than Jack Frandsen moved from a member of the County Board to county His retirement will go from to about But Frandsen points out that many former County Board mem bers aside from himself and Bosich have been taking advantage of the enhanced Former treasurer and county board member Bill for exam will receive county records Albert who served on the County Board and also as Altons will receive about All countywide officeholders except County Clerk Mark Von Nida and Regional Superintendent of Schools Harry Briggs are in the I See Page A9 L The BARNES Enthusiastic fans get behind the home team during the Louis Rams rousing 313 victory over the expansion Cleveland Browns at the Trans World Dome on NFL commissioner watches Rams trample Browns By WARREN MAYES Telegraph sports editor LOUIS National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue saw the Rams in action Sunday afternoon and witnessed for himself what all the excitement is The divisions between Tagliabue and the Rams melted away with the The franchise moved here in 1995 amid squabbles with the league over moving from the bigger Los Angeles Louis had to pay a million transfer fee to the NFL and will be unable to profit from the leagues next two expan which since have gone to Cleveland and all the lawsuits have been settled and everyone gets along Its all water under the bridge coowner Stan Kroenke said after the Rams whipped the Cleveland Browns 343 Sunday afternoon at the Trans World Dome to remain undefeated at Were on the same We all have to let bygones be We sat and had dinner with him Saturday He was excited about this He said he enjoyed the Cardiac Cards from years ago and that he liked Louis as a He was excited to be back to Louis and I think he was very impressed with the game Tagliabue sat and watched the game in majority owner Former President Carter will address students at Principia I See Page A9 By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer ELSAH Former President James Earl Carter is scheduled to be the latest highprofile political fig ure to appear at Principia College in Jimmy the 39th presi dent of the U n i t e d college and invited guests at 8 Friday in Cox college repre sentatives There is no available public Tim director of special events for said the college is excited about Carters His address is the third in the George Andrews Distinguished Speaker Series at the Booth The previous two speak ers in the series at the small cpllege were former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former President George Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger also spoke not long ago at Elsah is a scenic town west of Alton on the Great River Since leaving public Carter has written 13 books and founded the Carter a nonparti nonprofit organization that addresses national and international issues of public noted Debbie a Principia He also is a regular volun teer for Habitat for an organization that builds homes for lower income The Carter begun in 1986 at Emory University in is devoted to mediating international con flict and solving health prob lems in developing Unlike most recent ex Carter has not led a quiet life of playing golf and making numerous speeches for huge amounts See Page A9 Broom rakes Couple plans coal mine museum for Bethalto By ANOE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer WILLIAMSON Maridel and Arvel Fowler have a dream to recreate the famous coal mining days of the Williamson and Bethalto areas in a museum planned in Wed like to show people today the life of hardworking coal miners and their fami lies who built towns like Williamson in Madison County in the early said Arvel director of the Bethalto Historical Maridel and Arvel Fowler of Bethalto want to make the coal mining years come alive in a mining museum planned at the former Bethalto Fire next door to the grow ing historical In the mine wed like to have someone build a replica of a tunnel of an old underground mine to show visitors what it was like for miners to work deep in a Arvel Fowler The Fowlers have collect ed information from 50 years of area mining There were once 15 to 20 small coal mines around the Moro and Fosterburg Arvel Fowler The couple has collected See Page A9 The SMITH Joe rakes piles of leaves from his front yard on Louis Street in Edwardsville He is the son of Gordon and Holley Broom of The city is only one of a few in Metro East with an outright ban on leaf Good Morning Bulletin B1 Valdez Ann Senior
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