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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: November 12, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 The place to go for groceries and talk I Page Dl Cards acquire Hentgen Page Bl Mostly sunny and warmer High low 49 Page D8 Children salute Veterans Day Page Cl 301 50 cents November 1999 Inquiry sought in Keshner death By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer ALTON Louis minister Cleo Willis is calling for a federal investigation into the death of Circuit Judge Lawrence Keshner and for surveillance of Madison County States Attorney William Haine said the minister is a deplorable demagogue who has neither credibility nor who has been leading protests at LincolnDouglas Square and calling for a boy Activist sends request for probe to Reno cott of the Alton Belle called Haine a racist because Maines office is prosecuting defendants in the August 1998 killing of Richard Skelton and the beating of his Fred on Seventh He is a conniving human lower than a Willis said about Asked directly whether he thinks Haine had something to do with the death of Willis We cant say He said members of his group are deeply concerned because they had hoped Keshner would have brought justice to the case in which a group of black men were accused of the beating death of a white But James president of the Alton Branch of the noted that while he dis agrees with Haine about the handling of the he does not think Haine or any other county official would have anything to do with harming There is no way that Bill Haine or any other county offi cial would stoop to I am shocked that Willis would say Gray Gray said his problem with Haine is in the selection of Assistant States Attorney Don Weber to prosecute one of the cases and the selection of mur See Page A9 Willis Hundreds gather to honor nations veterans World War II heroes recall famous battles By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Medal of Honor recipient Russell Dunham placed a wreath at the statue of the World War I doughboy Thursday to pay tribute to veterans who died in all of the nations Many young men and women went to war and gave their lives on the battlefields for our said who then saluted Old Glory flying high on a Dunham joined hundreds of veterans Thursday to honor men and women of the See Page A9 Bill Rain of an Air Force salutes a procession of flags at the beginning of a Veterans Day service Thursday at Alton VFW Post 1308 and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Marlinda Birkner of holding a photo of her Marine Lance Corporal Tonya and other relatives who are became emotional while listening to the Motorcyclist in serious condition after accident Jerseyville resident suffers head trauma By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE Jerseyville resident David Breitweiser is in serious con dition in a Louis hospital after a motorcycle accident south of He is being treated at Louis University His injuries include major head When the twovehicle acci dent took Breitweiser was driving a motorcycle north on Illinois Route 109 at Saturday five miles south of said officials from Illinois State Police District based in Breitwesier lost control of the hit a guardrail and slid into the oncoming officials Andrea Fox of See Page A9 Shimkus cautious on minimum wage hike By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer John R said the minimum wage increase approved by the Senate Tuesday is similar to the plan drafted by a biparti san House The Senate package would raise the minimum wage over three years but ties the We still have work to legislator says increase to billion in busi ness tax incentives opposed by President We still have work to Shimkus said The Senate package that passed on Tuesday was very close to what we were looking so we take some comfort in Now were working at getting a pulse on the Democrats who support Since September the minimum hourly wage has been The Houses mini mum wage bill proposes phas ing in a 33cenl increase in the year another 33cent increase in 2001 and 34 cents more in The House approved Tuesday by the House Ways and Means includes a total lax package of billion in small business tax Shimkus is a member of the House Ways and Means He said the phasedin wage balances the interests of business owners See Page A9 Good Morning A6 C5 C2 Editorial A4 Horoscope C2 D7 Obituaries A5 Brown Turner Scoreboard C2 Stocks D2 Television 04 Weather D8 Business owners welcome tax break section of plan Most workers above minimum wage By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Smallbusiness owners like Tammy Iskarous say they are already paying their workers above the minimum wage but would favor any lax breaks offered by the Republican ver sion of a bill that would raise the federally mandated mini mum With 15 employees at her Cafe locations in Alton and Wood Iskarous said adequately compensating workers for their efforts con tinues to challenge entrepre 11 really becomes a strug Iskarous Do I pay an employee what he or she is or do I pay him or her what I can afford Although most of Cafe kitchen staff and dish washers are paid more than the existing minimum wage of an Iskarous said tax incentives like those being proposed by the House Way and Means Committee can See Page A9 The SMITH Pam Gilreath waits on customers Thursday at Cafe In Wood   

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