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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Bortferwar j TMMtfB Mizzoutops Illini 7872 jHfv flays i Easy elegance graces j festive family meals Paged Vol 164 No 341 50 cents Police The outlook Partly sunny and cold High 21 low 8 Page D8 Fatherson team Small business Wednesday December 22 1999 of the month list questioned NLRB arbitrator studying issue The SMITH James Gray president of the Alton branch of the NAACP Ifeft and Dean Sweet attorney for the Alton Civil Service Commission make their points Tuesday during discussion two grievances filed about the Alton Police Departments sergeant eligibility list at the bimonthly Civil Service meeting at Haskell House By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON A National Labor Relations Board arbi trator plans to release his decision in coming weeks as to whether a sergeant eligibility list for the Alton Police Department will stand or be thrown out civil service com missioners said Tuesday If the list is discarded a black female officer could lose her status as the top candidate for the next sergeant opening depending on retest scores The Chicago arbitrator held a closed hearing Monday regarding two grievances that three Alton police officers filed with the Alton Policemens Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 14 concern ing testing procedures that determined placement on the list Taking such a list to arbi tration is rare sources say The men complained that educational credits and job discipline information were not included in last summers tests which they claim should have been included under pro visions of the benevolent asso ciations previous contract That contract expired March 31 but the department operat ed under its provisions until the City Council approved the new pact July 14 The police officers took the sergeant tests prior to July 14 The Civil Service Commission posted the eligibility list July 16 Two of the officers who filed the grievance were not allowed to take the test so they are not on the eligibility list Members of the commission met Tuesday and said they were told the arbitrator will throw out the list but declined to comment about the ramifi cations which means a labor contract would supercede the commissions determination of the list until the arbitrator releases his decision A similar situa tion occurred in Decatur where a court decided in favor of a labor contract over the citys civil service commis sioners There is a gray area commission attorney Dean Sweet said Can the union contract bind us If the arbitrator does toss out the list those who were eli gible to take the test last sum mer likely would be the only ones eligible to take the test again before its normally scheduled date in 2001 There are 18 police officers on the sergeant candidate list Currently there arevno sergeant openings but tljere may be as many as five or six next year when older officers may retire under the new con tracts pay spike retirement See POLICE Page A9 were there is no arguing lity winning with Alton Belle s success ranges far and wide jp w ElLIs By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON One of the most noticeable newcomers to Alton 20th century is the Alton Belle Casino Although the gambling boat and entertainment barges sit atthe west end of Riverfront Park on the Mississippi River the impact of the boats open ing Sept 10 1991 reaches throughout Alton Gambling revenues from the head and wagering taxes have paid for street repairs police patrol cars Public Works Department equipment such as snow plows and tree trim ming equipment two fire pumpers and even a new fire station among a myriad of other purchases We repaired streets that had been neglected for 10 years and we built a brand new City Treasurer Dan Beiser said Before that we couldnt even play catchup with our streets See BELLE Page A9 p9 was a tough year for county treasurer Included grand jury inquiry daughters death J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer It was CMgh year professionally and for Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon but the for mer auditor said his legal and political problems paled in com parison to the tragic loss of his Bathons daughter Jessica Bathon 17 died July 24 as a of injuries she suffered worked at the Legacy Golf Course in Bathon was in the midst of Granite City where she The SMITH Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon foreground appears at a news conference in August to respond to f wwi KIWI vi II Lw I See TREASURER Page A9 the grand jurys refusal to issue charges against him Riley was forced off of circuit bench Judges health problems concerned oiicials By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EAST ST LOUIS The chief judge of the District Court for the Southern District of Illinois said Tuesday that a series of concerns led to the forced retirement of Judge Paul Riley of Edwardsville Chief Judge J Phil Gilbert held a news conference at the Courthouse in East St Louis to discuss the events leading up to the courts deci sion last month to force Riley off the bench Retiring Riley was a diffi cult process Gilbert said because of the need to protect the publics right to know while respecting Rileys right to privacy Gilbert said he received a letter Monday from Jean Riley Paul Rileys wife in which she acknowledged that the former judge is unable to fully appreciate his condition I wish the public might remember Pauls years of dedicated public service rather than be curious about recent problems which clear ly are a symptom of his ill Riley Jean Riley said Gilbert said his inquiry into the effects of Rileys health on his performance began about a year ago Marshal Terry Delaney who has been a friend of Riley for years came to Gilbert with a concern about an apparent change in the judges personality and attitude Gilbert said Riley appeared to be confused and irrational during meetings and other judges including appellate court judges began to notice that the judges reasoning was not always rational Before a July 1997 transient ischemic attack there sign of a problem with Rileys performance In fact Gilbert described him as a workV horse who took on his share of cases and jury trials Gilbert said he discussed the problems with Riley and his wife and they said Riley was not taking any treatment for diabetes high blood pres sure and possible continued transient ischemic attacks An uncontrolled diabetic condition can cause a variety of symptoms and health prob Gilbert said including some of the behavior described in Rileys case Gilbert said he had to force See RILEY Page A9 Good Morning Bulletin As A4 Brown Bryant Cook Jones Kniser McCoy Muenstermann Neunzerling Rowland Schmidt Teperi Television
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