Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois
Frandsen gets subpoena in Bathon inquiry
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE -Madison County Auditor H. Jack Frandsen was subpoenaed Wednesday to testify before the grand jury investigating Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon.
Frandsen was served with the subpoena from the Illinois State Police to testify at IO a.m.
Aug. 5, in front of the grand jury in Madison County Circuit Court. Frandsen
“ITI just answer their questions,” Frandsen said.
He had little comment but said two female employees in the auditor’s office were also served with subpoenas
Wednesday. Frandsen said the two employees, Judith Baker and Linda Dunnagan, worked in the office under both Bathon and Frandsen.
When Frandsen was appoint
ed as Bathon’s successor at a County Board meeting in December, he accused his fellow Democrat of accepting “lugs,” or mandatory political contributions, from his employees during his IO years in the county auditor’s office.
Last month, Madison County State’s Attorney William Haine, avoiding a possible conflict of interest, sent an order to the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office to appoint Ed Parkinson as special prosecutor in the case. Since that time, Illinois State Police and Parkinson have been interviewing a host of county employees and officials. State Police spokesman Mark McDonald said Wednesday the inquiry is ongoing.
Parkinson could not be reached for comment Wednesday, nor could Bathon’s attorney, John
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By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE -Madison County’s two tax-supported care homes will be replaced by a private home, according to a proposal offered by attorneys and officials Wednesday.
The Madison County Nursing Home, 2121 Troy Road in Edwardsville, will close in about four months if a state
regulating board accepts the proposal at its Aug. 19-20 meetings.
Meanwhile, the Madison County Sheltered Care Home at 333 S. Main St. in Edwardsville will remain in operation until a replacement building is completed in early 2002.
Officials hope a replacement home on the same site as the current Sheltered Care Home would end a raging controver
sy that has lasted since at least April 1998, when the Madison County Board voted 15-13 to close both deteriorating homes.
“We’re asking to close the Nursing Home right away,” County Administrator James Monday said. “In the fall, we would put out a request for the proposal of a facility with a full-range continuum of care.”
The agreement is pending approval from the Illinois
Health Facilities Planning Board, which continuously has denied the county’s pleas to get out of the health care business.
However, the difference now is that the county’s attorney, John Gilbert of Edwardsville, and the board’s attorney, Edward Bruno of Chicago, have agreed that the state board will like the plan.
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JFR Jr.’s remains to be returned to sea today
A casket bearing the remains of John F. Kennedy Jr. is escorted Wednesday by his uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, center, the senator's sons, Ted Kennedy Jr., center right, and Patrick Kennedy, left front, and other Kennedy family members as it is placed in a van in Woods Hole, Mass., for transport to a hospital for an autopsy.
AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) -Navy divers found the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law in the wreckage of Kennedy’s plane Wednesday, and his family prepared to return him to the sea for burial.
The victims’ families endured a five-day vigil before the bodies were finally brought to the shore of Cape Cod Wednesday night and taken to the medical examiner’s office for autopsies.
A Navy destroyer, the USS Briscoe, was headed to Cape Cod for Kennedy’s burial at sea at 9 a.m. today, sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The sources did not know whether all three victims would be involved.
Bruce Fisher, the head of a business that leases guides to help vessels navigate through unfamiliar waters, said his office was called by Navy officials Wednesday night and told there would likely be ere-
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The USS Briscoe, which had been conducting routine training near Virginia, was sent to Massachusetts to pick up family members for the at-sea burial ceremony.
The bodies were found 116 feet down after ships from the Navy, Coast Guard and
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Traffic lights going on at dangerous corner
By STEVE WHITWORTH
Telegraph staff writer
GODFREY - New traffic signals will be in place and working by the end of next week at the dangerous intersection of Godfrey Road and Stamper Lane, in front of North Middle School, state and village officials said
The signals are temporary but will remain in use until a road project adds a left-turn lane at the intersection and includes a permanent set of traffic lights, said officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Godfrey Mayor Michael Campion said he was happy
the temporary signals would be operational before the end of the month.
“They’re ahead of schedule,” Campion said. “Our goal was to get them in before school opened.”
Campion and parents whose children attend North Middle had pressed for signals to correct a dangerous situation.
Pupils from the school frequently were crossing Godfrey Road without the benefit of a crosswalk or traffic signals, while many motorists along that stretch were exceeding the 40 rftph speed limit.
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