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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Service an important Mainstream ingredient Page IM E ' r ELE Blues win another thriller in OT Page B-l Chance of showers. High 70; low 49 Page IM Vol. 164, No. 118 — 50 cents Thursday, May 13,1999 ‘Star Wars’ fans ready themselves as film’s premiere nears PageC-l www.thetelegraph.com Doctor broke deal, hospital says By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — A family physician involved in litigation with Saint Anthony’s Medical Center breached her contract and went back on her agreement not to practice privately in the Alton area, hospital officials said Wednesday. The Saint Anthony’s officials responded to allegations made by Dr. Vera Carter-Shields Physician reneged on ‘non-compete’ provision of contract, official says during an emotional meeting with some 125 of her patients and employees Tuesday night at Unity Fellowship Church in Godfrey. Patti Fischer, vice president of medical staff services for Saint Anthony’s, said she had been involved in negotiations with Carter-Shields for several years and wanted to set the record straight, Carter-Shields signed an agreement in 1995 to work as an employee of the Alton Health Institute, 815 E. Fifth St., which is part of the Saint Anthony’s system, Fischer said. “She agreed to work as an employee of Alton Health Institute for three years. rather than her coming to town, setting up her own practice and developing her own patient base,” Fischer said, “She also agreed to devote her full business time and her best efforts to her duties at the institute." Part of the agreement specified that for a period of two years after it ended, Fischer would refrain from competing with the institute directly or indirectly by setting up a practice within a 20-mile radius of the institute. The institute has about 20 other physicians under similar contracts with similar “noncompete” provisions. Fischer said, and any disagreements with those doctors have been resolved amicably. “(Carter-Shields) is the only one we have had problems like this with,” said Fischer, who noted that all of the hospital’s and institute’s contracts were written within the parameters of Illinois law. She said Carter-Shields filed a lawsuit against the institute in January 1997 to get out of the contract and the “non-com- ■ See HOSPITAL. Page A-7 4    The    Telegraph/JOHN    BADMAN Harry Harvey of Brighton, at left, samples pizza delivered to the Kerasotes Showplace 12 theatre in Edwardsville Wednesday as he waited with friends and more than 200 people for advance tickets to the new Star Wars’ movie. Shannon Gergen of Granite City, who was first in line at 11 p.m. Tuesday, sported a T-shirt with images from the original trilogy. Galactic phenomenon ‘Phantom’ tickets selling at light speed By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON — The line moved swiftly Wednesday, and so did tickets to next Wednesday’s premiere of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” Eastgate Cinema operations manager Royal Garrison said the 50 scifi fans who lined up at his theater at 2 p.m. bought a little more than 200 tickets within 15 minutes — half of them for the first screening at 12:01 a.m. next Wednesday. “The line (Wednesday) was very orderly, but I’m sure we’ll be plenty busy with admission and concessions that evening," Garrison said. “We can hold about 300 patrons at the first showing, so we’ve still got some tickets left for those who want to be the very first to see the new “Star Wars’ production ” “The Phantom Menace” will be shown during regular times after Wednesday on Eastgate Cinema screens three and four, each of which accommodates 300 people. Show times are IO and ll a.m. and I, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, IO and ll p.m. Admission to the “Star Wars’ midnight premiere is $4 for all tickets. Regular admission is $5.50 per person. Garrison said that, as always, Eastgate Cinema offers free refills on large sodas and large popcorn, this time in an optional special ‘Star Wars’ souvenir cup. ■ See TICKETS, Page A-7 Alton native wins approval as new city comptroller SIUE wants to grow by degrees by adding three new programs By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Aldermen unanimously approved the appointment of Alton native Stephanie J. Elliott as the city’s comptroller Wednesday night. Elliott, 40, will assume her duties later this month at a salary of $50,000. Her starting date had not been determined Wednesday. Elliott will fill the vacancy left by former Comptroller Al Charleston, who retired April 28. Mayor Don Sandidge said city officials talked to a half-dozen residents about the open position and interviewed three of them. Sandidge said Elliott came out as the top candidate because of her three-year job experience as a cost accountant and as accounting super visor at Owens-Illinois Machine Manufacturing in Godfrey. Elliott, who is married and the mother of two sons, graduated from Alton High School in 1976. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After the aldermen approved Elliott’s appointment, she thanked them for her chance to serve the city. “I will give IOO percent,” she said. “It’s a challenge for me, and I accept it.” After the meeting, Elliott said she is eager to start work at City Hall. “I hope to have new and bright ideas for saving money,” she said. “Money comes in to Alton, money goes out. We need stronger controls; I think I can provide that.” Elliott also said she plans to take a conservative outlook on spending gambling tax revenues. In other business, aldermen met for nearly an hour in executive session discussing progress of talks with representatives of the Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 14. The latest negotiations were held May 4; police are working under provisions of their previous contract, which expired March 31. Police rejected the city’s “final offer" for a collective bargaining agreement March 31, reportedly because they did not want a five-year pact. The offer would have provided 3.5 percent raises in each of ■ See NATIVE, Page A-7 iffllUlfc Pfflfl NJ NI iii Wk * £ rn j Area/Illinois > ■ w bo Bulletin Board .A-6 Business . . . . .D-1 Classifieds . . .C-5 Comics .... . .D-5 Editorial .... . .A-4 Horoscope . . .D-5 Nation/world C-4,5 Obituaries .. . .A-5 Eades, Flamm, Gettings, Little Swan Scoreboard . . .B-2 Stocks ..... . .D-2 Television .. . .C-3 Weather .... . .D-6 By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Expected manufacturing and construction growth will prompt the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees to consider adding two new engineering degrees and a criminal justice degree to the curriculum at SIUE. The trustees will be asked at their meeting today to approve plans to add a bachelor’s of manufacturing engineering and a master’s degree in construction engineering to the curriculum, along with a bachelor’s in criminal justice. The new programs would go into effect at Edwardsville campus by the fall of 2001. The demand for people in those fields is driving the push for more offerings, SIUE Chancellor David Wernefr said. “National and state statistics indicate the likelihood of jobs in those fields.” Werner said university officials have gathered facts about the need for engineers and for law enforcement people to present to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. If the board approves the new programs, the Illinois Legislature would be asked to approve funding, Werner said. Documents to be submitted to the state board in support of the programs show there is no program in downstate Illinois for a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing. ■ See SIUE, Page A-7 - ;

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