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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 lew business Know-how is the best tool at Brighton shop Page IMVol. 164, No. 125 —50 cents Marquette baseball Pitcher set for play Page B-l The outlook j Pinning interests Mostly sunny I Arts festival was si*™' i a hit for kids i at West t i Middle School Page [Mi i    PageC-l Thursday, May 20,1999 www.thetelegraph.comRoad plan closer to reality Legislators may vote on funding today or Friday The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH A gasoline truck leaves the terminal at the headquarters of Piasa Motor Fuels in Hartford Wednesday. By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer The remaining stretch of Illinois 255 to Godfrey, as well as a good portion of Corridor 67 and work on Illinois Routes 157 and 159, could be under way in five years if legislators approve a state spending package as expected. Legislators and local officials said they were trying to ensure local projects would be in the construction mix after Gov. George Ryan announced Tuesday a compromise in how the state will get the money to pay for the governor’s $12 billion “Illinois FIRST” building program. State Reps. Steve Davis, D-Bethalto, and Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville, said they expect a vote on the funding plan today or Friday. Davis said there would bd four votes: one for the beer and liquor taxes, one for license fees and two for bond issue authorizations. He said he would hesitate to vote for a bill that would increase taxes and fees but he also would greatly desire to see all the construction go through. Davis said he had not decided how he would vote. The lawmakers have come up with a compromise to increase the fee for annual automobile license plate stickers from $48 to $78, instead of doubling the fee to $96, as originally proposed by Ryan. The taxes on hard liquor, beer and big trucks would go up In general, legislators were withholding comment on how they would vote, depending on the projects that are guaranteed funding. “Rest assured, I will not be voting in favor of the funding bills unless I’m sure all the projects I think should be funded are in it,” said Hoffman, a Collinsville Democrat ■ See ROAD, Page A-9 Tire track County Board censures Bathon Henke calls treasurer ‘liar’ By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County Board members unanimously voted Wednesday to censure Treasurer Fred Bathon, and one member called him a liar. “I hate to call a man a liar, but in this case, he certainly is,” Homer Henke, R-Moro, told his fellow board members during their monthly meeting Wednesday. The incident that aroused Henke’s ire began last month after Bathon suggested the county’s Tax Cycle Committee consider institution of an estimated tax billing in the future. Sending two bills each year instead of one could earn extra money on interest for taxing districts. However, increased postage and supplies for two billings would cost the county. Bathon sent letters to school officials in the area asking for their opinions about his estimated tax billing suggestion. In the letter, Bathon quoted Henke as saying at the April 21 County Board meeting: “Nobody wants to have to pay their tax bills early, and the school districts do not need the I *fajt I A UMI Henke Bathon money.” Henke received word about the letters and expressed his irritation with Bathon Wednesday. “He sent a letter to all the superintendents. I never said the schools do not need the money. I don’t know if I’m surprised. It’s a personal thing he did against me.” Although minutes from the April 21 County Board meeting show Henke speaking out against the estimated tax bills and calling Bathon an “egomaniac,” Henke made no comments about schools. “In the last six months or more, Bathon has probably done more to discredit county government than anything else since I’ve been on the board ■ See BATHON. Page A-9 Banquet center ordered to close Mosquito alert: Little buggers ready to bite The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN One of the three varieties of mosquitoes found in Alton is dwarfed by human fingers. Despite its size, the little pest is coming out in force again this year. By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A court-ordered closing of an East Alton banquet center because of a rent dispute is forcing a score of organizations to revamp their dinner plans. During a hearing Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court, Associate Judge Ann Callis ordered the proprietors of Joshua’s Catering & Banquet Center to “surrender posses sion of the premises” they leased in Eastgate Plaza Shopping Center. The order went into effect at 5 p.m. that day. It was a last-ditch effort for the operators, who were trying to get Callis to stay an order she had handed down May ll. Joshua’s owner Larry Otte of St. Louis said he has 24 bookings that are affected and is working overtime to accommodate them. ■ See CENTER, Page A-9 By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer Every child’s wading pool, each tiny puddle — even gutters clogged by leaves — could be potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, warns the Madison County Health Department. The county and cities constantly battle mosquitoes. Their eradication efforts keep the population manageable, but the Health Department calls for action on the part of residents. “We’re not seeing a significant increase this year,” said Toni Corona, environmental health services manager for the Madison County Health Department. “At this point, there’s nothing to suggest it’s going to be anything more or less than it was last year. “But it can’t just be the county or the city’s responsibility. It needs to be everyone’s.” Residents are urged to take personal inventories of possible breeding places for mosquitoes. They should empty cluttered gutters around the house, as well as wading pools, wheelbarrows, old tire rims, cans, buckets and other pools of stagnant water. “Those are great places for mosquitoes to breed,” Corona said. Eliminating their breeding places can prevent mosquitoes from reaching maturity and possibly spreading dis eases such as encephalitis — characterized by an inflammation of the brain, headaches, fever and aches ■ See ALERT, Page A-9 Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Couch, Demas, Bulletin Board .A-6 Nordstrom, Owens, Business---- .D-1 Riehl, Schillinger, Classifieds .. .C-7 Tunison, Unterbrink Comics..... . .C-5 Editorial .... . .A-4 Scoreboard____B-2 Horoscope .. . .C-5 Stocks........D-2 Nation/worldC-6; D-5 Television.....C-4 Obituaries ... . .A-5 Weather.......D-6 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN An employee of Track Masters Inc. from Arlington, Texas, puts down a coating of recycled car tires Wednesday as the surface for the new track at East Alton-Wood River High School. The track will be painted red and then striped. Story, Page A-10 ;

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