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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois Blues down one St. Louis falls „ to Dallas Stars JO Page B-l Planning relief Principia is taking steps M to help deer I hunters PageC-l The outlook Partly to mostly cloudy. High 69; low 54 Building a relationship Siblings dive headlong into all facets of real estate business Page IM WWW PageD-# 50 cents Friday, May 7,1999www.thetelegraph.com Politicians slow to jump on funding bandwagon Illinois \ I State gas tax ... $134 Vehicle fees... $96* Total per year... $230 By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer As part of Gov. George Ryan’s proposed “Illinois FIRST" program announced earlier this week, public schools would receive $2.2 billion each year from the state’s school construction fund. The funding would add to the nearly $600 million that public schools receive annually from the Illinois State Lottery. Many question the impact that the Lottery provides for public schools. "This year, we provided close to $600 million," Illinois State Lottery spokeswoman Anne Plohr said. “The entire budget for schools in the state is about $14 billion. We trans fer any profits into the common school fund, then the (General Assembly) allocates the money. We have no control on the specific place the money goes." ■ See SCHOOLS. Page A-11 By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer State and local politicians will proceed with caution on the possibility of raising annual motor vehicle registration fees for cars and light trucks as part of Gov. George Ryan's “Illinois FIRST’ program Announced earlier this week, the program would provide $12 billion to rebuild and expand the state’s roads and highways, renovate mass transit systems, repair and enlarge schools and meet the varied needs of local communities. The program would be funded by increases in several categories. including registration fees, liquor taxes and annual registration fees for owners of large trucks. “I serve as chairman of the (House) Transportation Committee, and obviously our ■ See CAUTION. Page A-11 9^    ^ Rhode Island 1    $1,114 Missouri Indiana Kentucky 29 Illinois 30 Michigan 32 Wisconsin 33 Alaska 50    $77 'lf vwfrteifc fm k    pres***    rn IL pvpaaad Buy a ■A Governor Ryan ^ vrt* AA' [W.rf.    #    aJI T#    fa    im ITI rrfvia    ITFIfSlfl    CPT rflPFWpr>T rWTtOn Telegraph photo by JOHN BADMAN/graphtc by CRAIG WHITWORTHSERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 SIUE nears end of building boom By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - SIUE is near the beginning of the end of a small construction boom, and officials are excited about it. “We’ve done a lot of planning, and we’re very excited to see the new building rising out of the ground,” said Harlan Bengtson, dean of the Engineering School at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The school now is spread out over several locations, including leased space at University Park “We’re the farthest from the campus core," Bengtson said. He said the wait for the new engineering building has been long and rrduous, with several delays caused by state politics. The building will bring all the classes into one place, closer to all the other academic buildings on campus. The school is in the midst of buying new equipment .for the building, he said. “There will be computerized classrooms, open computer labs, specialized computer uTX/e’re very VV excited to see the new building rising out of the ground.” Harlan Bengtson dean of the Engineering School labs and a robotics lab.” The building will house a wind tunnel and a $300,000 machine for engineering testing. The engineering building is rapidly becoming more visible as huge steel beams are being placed in a grid above the foundation. The project is being managed by the Illinois Capital Development Board, which paid for it. Construction began in summer 1998, and completion is scheduled for fall 2000. That project is about the ■ See SIUE, Page A-11 JU i Good Morning Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .C-5 Classifieds C-8 Comics D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ----D-5 Nation/world .C-2,3 Obituaries A-5 Clarke, Davis, Fleming, French, Hall, Harte, Inman, Leitschuh, Robinson, Scoggins, Steele, Woolsey Scoreboard____B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television.....C-4 Weather.......D-6 The Telearaph/JOHN BADMAN The hand of Jim Carroll of Alton was thrust high in the air Thursday as he joined more than 200 others in Alton’s Lincoln-Douglas Square for the 48th annual National Day of Prayer. Day of Prayer covers everyone By ANGELA MOELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — More than 200 people bowed their heads Thursday in Lincoln-Douglas Square and lifted up prayers for the nation’s leaders, families, youth and church. The people, ranging in age ~    from toddlers to UrOWd seniors, were prays at gathered for rmirt- Alton’s eighth uuui i- annual National hOUS6 Day of Prayer Page C-1 community prayer meeting, which lasted from noon to 12:30 p.m. The event was sponsored by River Bend Christian School of Wood River. «TI7hen I was asked to pray for the VV youth of our nation, my first thought was of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.” Leameal Davis ii senior at River Bend Christian School “I believe in prayer,” said Steven Jarrett, school superintendent. “Sometimes people need to have someone in front of them take the first step and then they’ll follow. That’s what we hope to do here today.” Mayor Don Sandidge presented a proclamation nam ing May 6, 1999, as a Day of Prayer in Alton. “We see what’s happening in our schools and we need to go back to the basics,” Sandidge said. Leameal Davis II, a senior at River Bend Christian ■ See PRAYER. Page A-11 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Mary Steward of Godfrey sat with her hands clasped in her lap. ;

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