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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 15, 1986, Alton, Illinois Alto vol. Isi no. 104 eat. Jon. Is. 1136serving Madison Jersey Maco Upin Greene and Calhoun counties thor., May is. 1986. Alton. Iii. _ _ 3 sections 36 Pagan single copy 30c Slort t Ailt is i Allstate promises lower rates for tort Reform after the prom party in Jersey Jersey High school students will have their first after prom party from 11 30 . Satur Day to 4 . Sunday at the Susnig civic Center. Liz Kanallakan one of the parents who has organized the party said the idea behind the event is to give students who attend the prom something to do after the dance that will keep them off the roads. The idea for an after prom party at Jerseyville was raised last year Kanallakan said but it was too late to plan it for that years prom the party will feature music by she disc jockey Randy Railey a game room a Buffet and a Light breakfast at the end. Each student will get a door prize and a to shirt. The event is being financed through contributions from parents and businesses and through ticket sales to students. Tickets Are $5 a person and Kanallakan said More have been sold than expected. Teacher s shirt not bad Faith the charge of negotiating in bad Faith filed against the Wood River education association Wrea by the Wood River Hartford elementary school Board has been dismissed by the Illinois educational labor relations Board in lab. The unfair labor practice charge was filed Over a teacher Dennis Dabbs wearing a a a hawaiian shirt to school. The Board claimed wearing the shirt violated the dress code in the Wrea contract with the Board. And since Dabbs was a negotiator on the Wrea team the Board said the dress code violation also was bad Faith bargaining. However Robert Perkovich executive director of the in lab ruled Dabbs shirt May have been a contract violation but could not be construed As bargaining in bad Faith since a contract was agreed upon. Ohio town adds oomph Hamilton Ohio a be careful in writing about Hamilton in the future. Its on its Way to a Little More oomph. City Council members voted unanimously wednesday night to order legislation to officially add a punctuation Mark making the City a name Hamilton Ohio. A changing the name generated a lot of comment about Hamilton a a City manager Jack Becker said. A it got people talking about Hamilton and the More you talk about it the More we can explain the positive aspects of inside retiring Roxana Counselor Donnie Calvin will become a Recruiter for Monmouth College in Illinois. Page a-3 Middle aged and elderly make up a vastly bigger share of americans while the ratio of teen agers declines. Page a-6 Gorbachev s statement on the chernobyl Accident mixed Pride in soviet heroism and skillful political proposals. Page a-6 Early planted Corn is emerging from the soil and Farmers Are planting soybeans in the Telegraph area. Farm a-14 southwestern Illinois development authority measure to finance economic development approved by Senate. Page c-11 Incie by Dennis Mcmurray of the Telegraph Springfield Allstate insurance company is the first and so far Only major insurance company to Promise some reduction in Premium rates for liability insurance if major civil court changes Are enacted. In a letter to gov James Thompson and legislative leaders Allstate president Richard j. Haayen said the company was a willing to com Mit to specified lower rates As the least amount by which real tort Reform will reduce the commercial insurance rates of the Allstate companies a Haayen said if the general Assembly eliminates duplicate payments of damages to an injured party by repealing the present a collateral source Rule Quot Allstate would reduce its rates for general liability insurance by 3 to 12 percent he said if Illinois adopted a a state of the Art Quot defense in product liability cases in which the manufacturer could show the Best available technology or knowledge was used rates for manufacturers with a High percentage of Illinois sales would be reduced by 3 to 9 percent Elmi Ninaking the a deep pocket Quot of joint and severable liability in which any defendant May by required to pay All damages even if others Are also at fault would cause Allstate to reduce its rates for most commercial automobile liability insurance by 3 toll per cent and for municipal liability insurance by 5 to to percent the reductions promised by Allstate in Exchange for a tort re state notion world digest .a-2 editorial .a-4 Maco Upin response was Correct. Oped a a tax Reform. Family .b-1 growing up. blues Defeated. Amusements .b-6 television .a-13 fun page.c-4 obituaries.a-15 classified .c-5 the Telegraph John badman Holiday shores fire Protection District pumper roars onto private Road leading to Plant Edwardsville windows Are rattled by propelled blasts by Cynthia Vespereny of the Telegraph authorities Are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at propelled corp near Edwardsville wednesday that rattled windows of nearby Homes and sent a huge Cloud of Black smoke into the air. No one was injured but one employee was taken to a Hospital for respiratory difficulties after running from the fire said Edwardsville fire chief Steve deist. Two explosions occurred about 4 30 . At the Plant on Springfield Road about two Miles North of Edwardsville. A fall i know is we heard some explosions a said Rusty Picard who lives on potters court. He said he heard noises Between the explosions. A it sounded like lighting a Box of firecrackers pop. Pop pop a about 50 firefighters from five departments brought the Blaze under control in about an hour deist said he said a single con Crete Block building with a Wood and tar paper roof was affected. Fuel Oil in the building and the tar paper caused the Cloud of Black smoke he said. The building suffered heavy damage and part of the roof was destroyed he said. Firefighters from Edwardsville Holiday shores South Roxana Dorsey and Prairietown responded he said. Water had to be brought in smoke from propelled Plant tankers because the area does not have a fire hydrant system he said. Propelled spokeswoman Judy Jackson said the company works mainly under . Government contract producing munitions. She said the explosion occurred in a manufacturing building where Cartridge operated devices were being made. A we do not manufacture explosives. I want to make that Clear a Jackson said. The Plant in the Center of 137 acres employs about 115 persons Jackson said. Employees were in the manufacturing building at the time of the first explosion but were evacuated before the second she said. Jackson added that a dry storage area in the building is being investigated As the origin of the explosion. A the exact nature of the Materi als involved is classified a deist said. He said he is investigating the cause of the Accident. Reporters were barred from propelled property. A Madison county Deputy sheriff even reported being ordered off the premises. The sheriffs department reported that special agent r a Bonney of the . Department of defense said a Federal investigation would be made. Contacted today Bonney of the departments criminal investigation service would not confirm the report. A i was out there wednesday a he said. A a that Sall i can some Springfield Road residents said they left their Homes after hearing the explosions. Dean Wilder said they a Shook the in August of 1963, an explosion at the Plant rocked a 50-mile wide area prompting officials to declare a temporary state of emergency in the City of Edwardsville. Form however Are sul it Stan tally less than the Premium increases in the past yer reported by business and local government increases of Khz percent were not uncommon Allstate however is the first of the major insurance carriers to specifically say changes in the civil court system would actually cause it to reduce rates the Allstate president however in his letter also objected to any increased regulation of the insurance Industry or mandatory underwriting Alton puts off vote on annexation by Dan dip1azzo of the Telegraph despite a Public hearing and lengthy discussion the Alton City Council wednesday delayed voting on an agreement to Annex Storey land Mobile Home Park to the City. Alderman Robert Pace the Spon Sor of the annexation called for a Layover when it became apparent there were not enough votes for approval of the pre annexation agreement annexations require approval by two thirds of the Alder men. During a vote on one of three amendments five aldermen voted no a indicating the pre annexation agreement could not pass. Voting against were Jane of Neill Phil Hanrahan Gary Doerr Albert Charleston and Maitland Timmer Miere. At the beginning of the Council meeting a Public hearing was held on the proposed annexation of the 220-acre tract in Wood River township owned by John Storey which includes the Mobile Home Park storeys attorney James Schrempf said a economically the thing pays off. It makes sense he said the agreement asks the City to spend $125,000 for sewer improve ments on the property and it will receive at least $40,000 annually in taxes and fees. Alderman Albert Charleston asked Why the taxing District which now has the Storey property in t complaining about the possible annexation. Schrempf replied that the relationship a Between or. Storey and Wood River township is no secret a alluding to several Legal disputes Between Storey and the township the debate heated up later in the meeting when the aldermen voted on amendments to the original agreement the series of Amend ments reduced the City a share of sewer extensions from $165,000 to $100, Khz. Pace told the Council annexation of the Storey property a shows some dollars and cents return a although he admitted it would be a minor economic gain to the City he warned the aldermen to approve the annexation before pending state legislation makes it almost impossible for cities to Annex unincorporated areas. Continued on a-2 a we cannot write every applicant who seeks insurance from tis a Haayen said the Allstate letter was one of the matters discussed in wednesdays second Summit meeting organized by House speaker Michael Madigan on the liability insurance crisis like the meeting the week before no agreement was evident yet Madigan indicated he would continue to arrange More a private meet Ings Between representatives of special interests before a third Summit is held next wednesday the Telegraph John badman mourning colleagues Roxana patrolman Jim Smith wears a Black mourning band on his badge today to commemorate Illinois police officers killed in the line of duty. The bands worn by policemen were part of the ceremonies marking National police week this week. Roxana police chief Jim Lloyd and an Alton police officer attended ceremonies in Springfield wednesday rotated stories rage a-12 videotaping Bill advances Springfield 111. A Bills intended to spare Young sex abuse victims some of the pain of reliving their experience on the witness stand have moved closer to passage in the Illinois general Assembly. The Senate unanimously approved wednesday a measure that would allow children age 12 and under to testify on videotape in Stead of in open court. The Bill now goes to the House. A similar Bill was approved by the legislature last year but it died after gov. James it thump son made changes that he said would give greater Protection to children arid answer questions about the measures constitutionality. Thompson asks tax Breaks for racing Laclede stockholders get dividend by l. Allen Klope of the Telegraph St Louis Laclede steel co. Directors today voted a special dividend of 25 cents per share to stockholders in Light of profitable operations even while the steel Industry As a whole is suffering financially. The special dividend was announced at Laclede a annual meeting by president John b. Mckinney. Directors met in a special meeting prior to the stockholders meeting attended by about 60 persons. Mckinney said a we Are operating at near capacity and expect to remain at this level for the balance of the Laclede a operations were profitable for All of 1985 and there were modest earnings for the first Quarter of 1986, he said. The first Quarter Marks the 13th consecutive Quarter of profitable operation for Laclede according to its annual report. Mckinney said Laclede must continue to keep a great emphasis on increased productivity throughout the company which will Range from efforts to reduce overhead to producing More tons of steel per hour. He said another key aspect to lower Cost is maintaining Quality. Mckinney told stockholders the company a labor contract with the United steelworkers of America expires sept 30. A your relations with our employees have been Good for Many years and in the past we have paid the same wages and benefits As the major Mills a he said. A but now we see the majors getting concessions in the form of lower wages and benefits and Freedom from work rules. A in the forthcoming labor negotiations we intend to seek Relief from any Cost which puts our work Force at a Premium Over the work Force of the rest of the besides its primary Mill in Alton Laclede operates a Chain company in Missouri and owns presidents Island steel and wire inc. In Tennessee. Both companies use steel Rod from the Alton Mill. At the Alton Plant Mckinney said plans Are moving Forward on continuing modernization and a $4.5 million modernization Job will be completed late this year in the Caster Mill. Although the major steel Industry has suffered a depressed Market and suffered losses for five consecutive years Laclede is in Good financial condition Mckinney said. He said the company a net Worth continues to grow and has risen to $82 million from $55 million in 1982. Laclede a debt he said is 31 percent of total capitalization Springfield Iii a a series of tax Breaks for the horse racing Industry proposed by gov. James r. Thompson got a Cool reception from lawmakers who said the package could Cost the state about $60 million. Thompson said wednesday that his proposals would restore the financial health of an Industry that shoulders an unfair tax Burden legislators predicted an Uphill Battle in the general Assembly a it would be insane to propose reducing taxes by $60 million on an Industry that a perceived As scandal Ridden a said rep. Sam Vinson of Clinton a key gop negotiator on the racing Issue. Without budget cuts or new Revenue sources Vinson said he support the proposed tax Breaks. He named two other conditions for Republican support Aid for reconstruction of the gutted Arlington Park race track and racing Industry reforms including licensing of parimutuel clerks and Steps to prevent illegal drugging of horses. Legalizing dog racing and off track betting could provide the Revenue needed to balance the pro posed tax Cut said Vinson adding he does no to believe they can win legislative approval this year Senate democrats also were concerned about the Impact the tax cuts would have on state revenues a if they can find ways in the budget to do it and not jeopardize other things i d be surprised a said sen Richard Luft a Pekin. Luft said he doubted that Senate democrats could support Thompsons proposals. Airport wins $30,550 in unpaid rent weather .a-10 partly Cloudy tonight and Friday in the Telegraph area with 40 percent Chance for thunderstorms. Low in the Low to mid 60s, Friday High near 80. The developers of a proposed $10 million hotel at St. Louis regional Airport were ordered wednesday to pay the Airport $30,550 in unpaid rent. The ruling was handed Down by . District court judge William Beatty after a hearing tuesday requested by the Airport authority. The Developer Gay companies inc. Of Atlanta did not Send a representative to the hearing. The Airport filed suit in december 1985 in Federal court seeking payment of Back rent and interest from Gay. The suit said Gay never made a rent payment on the 8.1 acres it leased from the Airport and at that time owed the Airport $18,800 plus interest. The 25-year lease of the tract on the Northeast Corner of terminal drive and route 111 was signed by the Airport authority and Gay in december 1984. The lease called for monthly rent payments of $2,350 to be paid beginning april i 1985. A based on the evidence heard the court finds the issues in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant and judgement is entered in the amount of $30,550 and the costs of the suit a said Beatty a order. Included As an exhibit in the suit was a letter dated sept 6, 1985 to Gay chairman Phillip Drooker from Airport attorney Marshall a a Zeke Smith requesting the Developer Honor its lease agreement a i am certain that the Airport Board would much prefer a hotel and an amicable relationship with your firm a Smith said in the letter. A no one on this end has the faintest idea what your intentions Are who is handling the file or anything else a therefore they have concluded that the Only Way to get your attention would be to file a suit when the lease was signed in 1984, Airport officials announced the construction of the hotel was to have begun april i 1985, with completion by Jan. I of this year Gay specializes in building hotels which Are then franchised to major chains such As Hilton Mariott or Sheraton Bill to restrict fireworks sales fizzles in House Telegraph capital Bureau Springfield legislation to ban sparklers and smoke bombs from being sold in Illinois to persons under 18 years old fizzled in the Illinois House wednesday. Although such types of fireworks As firecrackers and Cherry bombs Are already banned in the state the Legal sparklers Are also a safety and fire Hazard Bill sponsor rep. Robert Terzich i Chicago contended. Terzich who is also a Chicago firefighter said sparklers had been responsible for numerous injuries and property damages from fires he also described seeing children blinded and their hands burned through use of sparklers. Opponents such As rep. Dwight Frederich r Centralia however contended the Bill went too far. Frederic said kids Fie denied the Opportunity of using fireworks. The legislation Drew Only 34 favourable votes with by against r

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