Alton Telegraph, November 12, 1999

Alton Telegraph

November 12, 1999

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 12, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836Hundreds gather to honor nation’s veterans  —“" 1 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 U.S. veterans who died in all of the nation’s wars “Many young men and women went to war and gave their lives on the battlefields for our country,” said Dunham, who then saluted Old Glory flying high on a pole. Dunham joined hundreds of veterans Thursday to honor men and women of the ■ See VETERANS, Page A9 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Bill Rain of Godfrey an Air Force veteran, 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 Council. Marlinda Birkner of Godfrey, holding a photo of her daughter, Marine Lance Corporal Tonya Taylor, and other relatives who are veterans, became emotional while listening to the program. Motorcyclist in serious condition after accident Jerseyville resident suffers head trauma dent took place, Breitweiser was driving a motorcycle north on Illinois Route 109 at 9:41 p.m. Saturday five miles south of Jerseyville, said officials from Illinois State Police District 18, based in Litchfield. Breitwesier lost control of the motorcycle, hit a guardrail and slid into the oncoming lane, officials said. Andrea M. Fox of ■ See ACCIDENT, Page A9 By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE Jerseyville resident David F. Breitweiser is in serious condition in a St. Louis hospital after a motorcycle accident south of Jerseyville. He is being treated at St. Louis University Hospital. His injuries include major head trauma. When the two-vehicle acci- Shimkus cautious on minimum wage hike ‘We still have work to do,’ legislator says By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, said the minimum wage increase approved by the Senate Tuesday is similar to the plan drafted by a bipartisan House committee. The Senate package would raise the minimum wage $1 over three years but ties the increase to $18.4 billion in business tax incentives opposed by President Clinton. “We still have work to do,” Shimkus said Thursday. “The Senate package that passed on Tuesday was very close to what we were looking for, so we take some comfort in that. Now we’re working at getting a pulse on the Democrats who support it.” Since September 1997, the minimum hourly wage has been $5.15. The House’s minimum wage bill proposes phasing in a 33-cent increase in the year 2000, another 33-cent increase in 2001 and 34 cents more in 2002. The House bill, approved Tuesday bv the House Ways and Means Committee, includes a total tax package of $30.2 billion in small business tax rebates. Shimkus is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He said the phased-in wage balances the interests of business owners ■ See SHIMKUS, Page A9 _    J --    _    u Good Morning JJE Area/Illinois .. .A3-10 Brown, Cockrell, Huddlestun, Bulletin Board ... .....A6 Judkins, Matlack, Business ....... _____DI McReynolds, Classifieds ..... ......C5 Rommerskirchen, Roth, Comics ........ ______C2 Steckel, Streeper, Turner Editorial ........ ......A4 Scoreboard..... 0? ......C2 Stocks ....... D2 Nation/world ... . . . . . .D7 Television ....... Obituaries ...... ......A5 Weather .... Business owners welcome tax break section of plan Most workers above minimum wage By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer Small-business owners like Tammy Iskarous say they are already paying their workers above the minimum wage but would favor any tax breaks offered by the Republican version of a bill that would raise the federally mandated minimum wage. With 15 employees at her T.R.’s Cafe locations in Alton and Wood River, Iskarous said adequately compensating workers for their et forts con tinues to challenge entrepreneurs. “It really becomes a struggle,” Iskarous said. “Do I pay an employee what he or she is worth, or do I pay him or her what I can afford?” Although most of T.R.’s Cafe kitchen staff and dishwashers are paid more than the existing minimum wage of $5.15 an hour, Iskarous said tax incentives like those being proposed by the House Way and Means Committee can ■ See TAX, Page A9 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Pam Gilreath waits on customers Thursday at T.R.’s Cafe in Wood River.    t Trade Cards Farm Fresh ‘The place to go for milk, groceries and ^friendly talk’ acquire Hentgen The outli Mostly sunny and warmer; High 69, low 49 Children salute Veterans Day Vol. 164, No. 301 - 50 cents Page Bl i Friday, November 12, 1999 www.thetelegraph.com Inquiry sought in Keshner death By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer ALTON - St. Louis minister Cleo Willis is calling for a federal investigation into the death of Circuit Judge J Lawrence Keshner and for surveillance of Madison County State's Attorney William Haine Haine said the minister “is a deplorable demagogue who has neither credibility nor decency.” Willis, who has been leading protests at Lincoln-Douglas Square and calling for a boy- Activist sends request for probe to Reno cott of the Alton Belle Casino, called Haine a “racist” because Haine’s office is prosecuting defendants in the August 1998 killing of Richard Skelton and the beating of his brother, Fred Skelton, on Seventh Street. “He is a scheming, conniving human being, lower than a snake,” Willis said about Haine Asked directly whether he thinks Haine had something to do with the death of Keshner, Willis responded, “We can’t say that" He said members of his group are “deeply concerned” because they had hoped Keshner would have brought juslice to the case in which a group of black men were accused of the beating death of Skelton, a white man. But James Gray, president of the Alton Branch of the NAACP, noted that while he disagrees with Haine about the handling of the case, he does not think Haine or any other county official would have anything to do with harming Keshner. “There is no way that Bill Haine or any other county official would stoop to that I am shocked that Rev. Willis would say that," Gray said. Gray said his problem with Haine is in the selection of Assistant State's Attorney Don Weber to prosecute one of the cases and the selection of mur- ■ See INQUIRY, Page A9 Willis ;

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