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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 26, 1999, Alton, Illinois Vol. 164, No. 223 — 50 cents Thursday, August 26, 1999 Jackson offers to mediate By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - The Rev. Jesse Jackson offered Wednesday to mediate a settlement between the Beverly Farm Foundation and its striking union employees. Jackson faxed the letter to Monte Welker, executive director of Beverly Farm, Will rally for Beverly Farm pickets today which in part states: “The democratic principles included in the American ideal provide for the will of the majority. Nearly five years ago, workers from Beverly Farm voted overwhelmingly for union representation by AFSCME. The negotiations that followed devolved into the current dispute. In such disputes, I recognize that there must be flexibility on both sides in order to resolve the issue ... In my experience, when people are determined to make an effort to resolve conflicts, a way can be found to do so.” Jackson requested to meet with Welker today, before the civil rights leader’s 2 p.m. march along Humbert Road and subsequent rally in support of the strike by members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. Welker, however, will be in Springfield today addressing members of an organization for health care professionals, a commitment he made two months ago, said Steve Patsaros, human resources director at Beverly Farm. Patsaros said Beverly Farm’s attorney — Ross Friedman of Susman, Schermer, Rimmel and Shifrin of Clayton, Mo. — faxed Jackson a letter later Wednesday responding to ■ See JACKSON, Page A-7 Officials lament veto of tax bill J By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Area officials are bemoaning the governor’s veto of a bill that would have allowed smaller communities to tax themselves for infrastructure projects. “Larger communities can already do it. Why not let the smaller communities have the same opportunity to control their own destiny relative to how they fund local government?” Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur said Wednesday. Word spread quickly after officials learned that Gov. George Ryan had vetoed Illinois House Bill 523 Friday. In his veto message, Ryan noted that the state has been working toward consistency in sales tax rates between communities — something he feels the bill would have worked against. But Niebur and state Sen. Evelyn Bowles said sales tax rates fluctuate wildly through- ■ See VETO, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton firefighters spread an oil-absorbing material Wednesday over diesel fuel spilled on State Street near Carroll Street in Alton. A school bus driver apparently forgot to replace a fuel cap, causing the bus to splash fuel oil into several intersections in Downtown Alton, keeping firefighters and police busy with the cleanup. SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 rw*mwwn% ran|iv w?gn mm rn ii rn L'lcSi M home runs after 126 games The outlook Mostly sunny and pleasant High 84; low 64 Page CS Focus on football Get the lowdown on the coming prep grid season across the area Special section Job market doing well By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer The number of people employed in the Metro East area rose to record levels in three key job sectors during July, a labor market economist said Wednesday. More workers were hired for construction, retail and durable goods manufacturing jobs during July this year than throughout July of 1998, said Dennis Hoffman, labor market economist for the Illinois Department of Employment Security. About 750 more Metro East area construction jobs were filled last month compared with last July, Hoffman said. “Statistics we received this week tell us that the construction sector is really strong at this time,” ♦    ■    See    JOB,    Page    A-7 | Good Morning #1 Area/Illinois — , .A-3-8 Obituaries........A-5 Bulletin Board . .. .A-6 Blackketter, Crader, Business..... .. .B-6 Helmkamp, Schneider, Classifieds ... . .B-12 Shild, Swain Comics ...... .. .B-4 Scoreboard.......C-2 Editorial ..... .. .A-4 Stocks ...........B-7 Horoscope .. • .. .B-4 Television ........B-5 Nation/world ... .. .B-3 Weather .........C-8 out oxana SATURDAY 1-4 SUNDAY 2-6 Thurs Fri Sat Sun • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29 • Six Tickets $5.00 Pay One Price $7.00 y - Thurs/Fri: “SYSTEM” • Sat: “CHERRY HILL” • • Sun “BACK IN THE SADDLE” • Refreshments • Fish • Beer on Fri, Sat, Sun not Thurs • Carnival Rides • Pony Rides » Carriage Rides • V St. Louis Regional Airport welcomes Eagle One Aviation The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The welcome sign for Eagle One Aviation Inc. LLC at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto may be premature if the deal to move the Texas-based operation here falls through. Eagle One still working on deal at Regional By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO — A company promising to bring more than IOO technical jobs to the area is negotiating its next move. Eagle One Aviation Inc. LLC, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is working out the kinks with Erzinger Investment Corp. of Columbia, 111., to close a deal on two hangars and the former American Electronics Laboratories building at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto. The deal, which was expected to close Aug. 16, should have brought between IOO and 120 good-paying, technical jobs to the area at the end of August. Sources close to the busi ness venture said the deal still should close, but operations might be slightly delayed. “We have a huge investment in St. Louis Regional Airport — a public investment,” said Jim Pennekamp, executive director of the Leadership    Council Southwestern Illinois. “What we all hope happens is that we maximize these public invest ments.” Eagle One would buy the former AEL building to use as its area headquarters and use the two hangars for operations. Employees at the company convert Boeing 727 passenger jets into cargo planes. The business would relieve some of the economic tension ■ See EAGLE, Page A-7 ;