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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois The outlook Partly sunny and mild. High 65; low 49 PageD Good :«Y Morning - • . >1- Area/Illinois---- . A3-10 Bulletin Board.. .... A8 Classifieds..... ... .C3 Editorial....... ____A4 Horoscope..... ____D8 Nation/ world ... . ..A12 Obituaries..... ____A6 Barbee, Bugg, , Huff, Jones, Lachowicz, Oakley, Paris, Sager, Vicari, Volentine Scoreboard ....C2 Stocks........ .... 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Buddy Maupin, regional director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, said Saturday that about 200 members of AFSCME Local 3784 plan to cast their votes during a ratifi- .going to like what we’ve accomplished.” Buddy Maupin regional director of AFSCME cation meeting at 2 p.m. today. The meeting at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Hall, 4051 Humbert Road, is expected to yield enough votes to grant approval of a tenta tive contract agreement reached with Beverly Farm, Maupin said. “The bargaining committee is unanimously recommending ratification of this agree- ■ See VOTE. Page AU Hometown values Bruckert Chevrolet marks 70 years of service Page DI On the road Extension of Indiana Avenue may begin within months By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Construction of the Indiana Avenue extension, which is considered a vital piece of the East End Industrial    Corridor Redevelopment Plan, could begin within months. City officials plan to meet with staff at the Illinois Department of Transportation the first week of December to tie up issues related to the final design plans and environmental cleanup where the road will be built. The city then will await IDOT’s approval of the plans. The proposed road would run eight-tenths of a mile from its stub on the north side of the Berm Highway northward. It will link with a short, old section of Indiana off Broadway near Alton Plaza, traveling through the former Owens-Illinois Inc. glass plant site. “It will open up possible additional roadways that would run east to Laclede Steel Co.,” said Phil Roggio, director of business and economic development for the city of Alton. City officials believe those smaller offshoot roads could attract light industry or other business to the Owens-Illinois area, which is on the brink of being redeveloped. “It is very important not only to get Owens-Illinois off the ground but to continue to help other investments” locate in the brownfield area, he said. The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority has agreed to issue $11.6 million in bonds to the developers, Alton Center Business Park LLC, before Jan. I. Gov. George Ryan must sign off on the bond sale to Union Planters Bank. Alan Ortbals, executive director of Collinsville-based SWIDA, said Ryan had not done so as of Friday. A sales agreement also is forthcoming between the developers — Clayco Construction and Clark Properties Inc. of St. Louis, which comprise Alton Center Business Park — and Owens Illinois. Not only is that agreement important to redeveloping the old, 159-acre industrial site, the road project cannot proceed until those parties come to a deal, Roggio said. “Owens-Illinois has to happen first,” he said. Part of that agreement will deal with cleaning up contaminants before building the road ■ See ROAD, Page A11 Wheels* I) ca I,* BMMX5 Automaker prefers to call new entry a spor utility vehicle PageC By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A Web site that lists convicted sex offenders in Illinois contains nearly 370 from Madison County, giving it one of the highest numbers of any county in the state. Though the number may alarm some, officials are quick to qualify the statistics. Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine said the numbers probably indicate the success of prosecution in the area rather than the frequency of offenses. “I say in all sincerity, since 1989, the State s Attorney’s Office has been very aggressive in the prosecution of these crimes,” Haine said. “We have had very aggressive prosecutors over the years working with very talented police cl fleers and very talented (Illinois) Department of Children and Family Services investigators. The result of that joint effort is an extensive number of convictions^_ _■. ;; ■ See WEB, Page A11 44 rjihis is an awesome house.” • Heather Morris daughter of homeowner By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff ALTON — If home is where the heart is, Melissa, Heather and Danielle’s new residence bears a welcome equal to none other. More than IOO Habitat for Humanity supporters, from toddlers to seniors and every age in between, gathered at 929 Easton St. late Saturday afternoon for the dedication of a residence that will house the Alton mother and her two teen-age daughters. Wrapped in a red velvet ribbon, the two-story, blue-gray house received blessings from Habitat sponsors including Main Street United Methodist Church Pastors William Fester and Sharon Potter. The house was built in the 1940s and originally sat on the property of St. Anthony’s ■ See HABITAT, Page A11 Web site lists sex offenders in county 370 names put Madison County among highest * / The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH More than 1,000 people an hour have been visiting the Illinois State Police Web site giving the names and addresses of sex offenders in the state. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Brad Martens, right, the director of the Piasa Area Habitat for Humanity, makes last-minute preparations with Melissa Morris, who accepted the keys at a ceremony in front of her newly rehabbed home at 10th and Easton Streets in Alton Saturday. Family at home in Habitat house