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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 2003, Alton, Illinois                                Cards lose lead in ninth inning II Isabel closes in on coast C4 THE 50 CENTS 247 September 0 TELEGRAPH Serving the River Bend since 1836 72 it in property ByJEFFTOBIN The Telegraph EAST ALTON The Olin wants to decrease the assessed property value of its East Alton plant by 72 per a move that could cost taxing districts millions of This Olin officials requested an extra month from the Madison County Board of Review to produce Approval would cost taxing districts millions evidence that would support a decrease in the companys assessed property The company will have 30 days from 17 to provide the board with evidence that would substantiate such a which would have a ripple effect on the 14 tax ing districts that contain at least portions of Olins prop Twenty parcels of Olins land would show a decrease in assessed value if the board approved the The total value of the 20 parcels would decrease from million to Most taxing bodies would take a 72 percent hit in the assessed value of Olin prop erties situated within their The Board of Review granted a reduction in prop erty assessment to Olin in 1997 from million to That was a fouryear agreement that Board of Review member Kerry Miller said recently Olins assessed value never increased more than the Consumer Price Index during the length of the Miller Ann spokeswoman for said the company is in the midst of analyzing all of its She said the 72 percent proposal was preliminary and could be lowered by the time an inde pendent appraisal is Were looking at all of our with the state of the it makes good financial sense to con tinue to look at the Pipkin This is where a Woman helps disabled live on their own Program gets people out of nursing homes and into own apartments ByDAVEWHALEY The Telegraph ALTON Bea Rushton is no fan of nursing homes for people of any but the thought of a relatively young person being institutionalized is almost more than she can Instead of just complaining about Rushton is taking The independent living specialist at Impact has spearheaded Community Reintegration Program for the past four The goal is to get people with dis abilities Ibelieve nursing homes are a disgrace to the state and the nation BEA RUSHTON INDEPENDENT LIVING SPECIALIST AT IMPACT out of nursing h m e s and into their own if at all pos I believe nursing homes are a dis grace to the state and the Rushton People dont want to be They want to be as independent as and thats what we try to do with this who is disabled has helped place almost 90 disabled people in their own living quarters since Impact received a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services in July Impact set a goal of 20 people per year and has met For her Rushton received a World Class Service award from the stage agency earlier this Bea develops a real rapport with the social workers throughout the said Rob director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services for the state Impact was one of the first three or four CILs Centers for Independent Living in the state to start on and Bea has really done a great See Page A See Page A7 City may fire police officer Wood River residency called into question By GYMTHIA The Telegraph WOOD RIVER City officials have scheduled a hearing later this month to determine whether a police officer who allegedly is liv ing outside the city limits should be The citys Fire and Police Commission canceled a spe cial meeting Wednesday night in which it was set to hire an attorney for a public hearing to be held The hearing will determine whether the officer is violat ing the citys personnel code and should be At a meeting Monday police and fire com missioners discussed the pos sibility of hiring one of two attorneys Leonard Berg or John City officials would not discuss details about the police who was placed on administrative leave last month for alleged ly violating the city code and Officials said they are not at liberty to discuss matters pertaining to person city sources said Daniel Bunt is the police officer who was placed on administrative leave for allegedly living outside of city According to the citys personnel an employee must maintain a residence within city Sources said the city con ducted a private investiga See Page A The BADMAN Teagus a heads out the door of his Wood River apartment as his Deanna McMahan from impact opens the door for The Community Reintegration operated by got Saufnauer out of a nursing home and into an where he can experience a more normal On the road again Godfrey Road work done hardhit businesses await customers By SHAWN CLUBB The Telegraph M The BADMAN The lengthy construction project to widen Godfrey Road has taken its toll on some businesses like A Taste of owned by Joseph and his Chunn looks out on Godfrey Road from the front window of his home cookingstyle which is among those hard I ore than a year of construction on Godfrey Road had motorists simply wanting to get away from causing them to bypass many businesses along the With the completion of the project this owners of those businesses now are hoping the road improve ments will pave the way for customers to Construction on the road began in spring It entailed widening the road so it would have two lanes in each direction and a center turn It also meant the complete closure of one lane of traffic on several occa long traffic delays and difficulty in getting into and out of parking lots and side More than 50 busi nesses were affected by the Striping of the road from Martin Luther King Drive to Tolle was completed late last and the new stoplights at Taylor Street will begin working One of the hardesthit businesses was A Taste of a restaurant featur ing home cooking that opened in August 2002 after the start of road The Joseph and Tina say they hope busi ness comes back to 5407 Godfrey It seemed like we were doing more business during that road construction at the Joseph Chunn the worse it got out the worse it got We havent See Page Ay IN THIS INSIDE I Inrlpruunnd World Obituaries Horoscope   

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