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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois Morning Area/Illinois........A3,6 Bulletin Board.......B2,6 Business............DI Classifieds...........C7 Comics..............D2 Editorial.............A4 Horoscope...........C2 Nation&world A8, B4 Obituaries...........AS Budde, Emerick, Fox, Keshner, Miller, Monroe Scoreboard..........C2 Television............D3 Weather.............D4SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836I'M W J I Ll Ii i Neighbors Facility provides positive start Page Bl mm AMR New center relieves the pain Page DI The outlook Mostly sunny and pleasant High 76, Low 55 Page D4 Stumbling Rams fall in Detroit Page Cl Vol. 164, No. 297 - 50 cents Monday, November 8, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comCameras to have eye on residents By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Trespassers and troublemakers at local public housing complexes take note — beginning this week, you may be on candid camera. Crews from Alton Burglar Alarm Systems, AmerenUE and Central Electric Contracting Inc. plan to begin installing a system of 26 high- Troublemakers targeted by new security system tech security cameras and transmitters in public housing complexes in the city. The equipment will be placed 18-to 24-feet high on utility poles. The cameras will be aimed throughout the exteriors of all complexes owned by the Alton Housing Authority and the Madison County Housing Authority in the city, except Alton Manor. The cameras will be aimed down streets at complex entrances and on cul-de-sacs, in particular. Work is expected to begin either Monday or Tuesday at Oakwood Estates, which is getting five cameras. “They are a deterrent," said Jeff Copley, housing manager for the Alton Housing Authority. “They will deter problems and make it safer for kids The monitor will record everything on tape. If something happens, we can go back and look at the tape " Copley said no one will be watching the monitors. “Hopefully we can cut down on late-night problems, such as people partying and gathering around," saidPaying tribute to armed forcesLocal VFW chapter plans annual Veterans' Day celebration By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer ALTON — Veteran Floyd Fessler was a navy Seabee who built airfields on the island of Guam for U.S. fighter pilots to take off to attack Japanese battleships in the South Pacific in World War IL “Japanese pilots bombed our airfield and we had to quickly rebuild it for the U.S. fighter planes and bombers to land," said Fessler, who was a proud navy man in the “Double Dragon" 83rd Seaboes in battles of the South Pacific. The 73-year-old veteran is commander of Alton VFW’ Post 1308 which will host the big Veteran’s Day celebration at 10:00 a m. Thursday at the VFW on Alby Street. “We invite the public to join us to honor all the men and women who serve in our armed forces,” Fessler said Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War will gather at the historic World War I doughboy statue at the VFW to pay tribute to veterans who died in the all the wars. “Many veterans gave their lives in the wars for our freedoms,” said Hay Helsley, president of the Veterans Memorial Council, sponsor of the big Veterans Day commemoration. Veterans and auxiliary members of different branches of the armed services will lay wreaths at the foot of the doughboy statue, which was moved years ago from the Alton riverfront to the VFW “The doughboy is a landmark in Alton," said Marjorie Henderson, president of tile women’s auxiliary of VFW Post 1308. State Rep Steve Davis, D-Bethalto, will be the speaker at the annual Veteran’s Day commemoration, said Helsley, past commander of Alton Disabled American Veterans. The Alton Colonial Fife and Drum Corps will play a patriotic tune and march through thd ■ See TRIBUTE, Page A7 Children have too much homework, parents say By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer Some area parents are complaining that too much of their children’s schoolwork is turning into homework. Educators say homework is necessary. Homework helps pupils practice what they’ve learned in school that day, educators say, but some parents are concerned that extensive amounts of homework reduce the time children can spend with family or in outside activities. Marcia Dodds, principal of McKinley School in Alton, said ven when I was a classroom teacher, in the same year in the same class I would have parent A saying there was too much homework and parent B saying there was not enough homework.” Marcia Dodds principal of McKinley School complaints about the amount her office each year. However, of homework given come to the complaints often contra dict. “Even when I was a classroom teacher, in the same year in the same class I would have parent A saying there was too much homework and parent B saying there was not enough homework," Dodds said. Dodds said she believes 30 to 45 minutes of homework are an adequate amount for pupils in the third through fifth grades, which are the grades at McKinley School. If elementary pupils are consistently working for extended periods ■ See HOMEWORK, Page A7 Remembering Keshner Shame makes scofflaws pay up State web page already hailed as a success By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A program to shame scofflaws into paying state taxes by posting their names on the Internet has proven to be effective even before it starts. The web page is scheduled to be up next week. Already, 711 of the 5200 taxpayers on the list have paid the state a total of $7.2 million. “The payments started almost immediately,” said Mike Klemens, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Revenue. In March, the department sent 5200 taxpay ers certified notices to warn them that if they did not pay, their names would be placed on the list. The taxpayers owed the state a combined total of $320 million. “We had money in here before we had the program announced,” said Klemens. Of the 711 who have paid, 161 people have entered into payment plans that will produce $8.7 million. There also were 244 taxpayers who proved to the department that they don’t actually owe any back taxes. The web page link,, will list the names of 600 to 700 people or businesses, their addresses, the amount of tax and type of tax they owe, the liability period, and in the case of a corporation, the name of the president of that corporation. To be listed on the web page and the paper copies that will be available in district offices, a taxpayer must owe $10,000 or more. They must have owed that amount for at least six months, and it must be a final liability. Anyone whose case is in an adminis trative hearing process will not be listed on the page. Connecticut pioneered the ■ See SHAME, Page A7 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Flags fly at half-mast Sunday in front of the Madison County Courthouse for Madison County Judge J. Lawrence Keshner, of Godfrey, who died Saturday of a sudden illness. See OBIT, Page AS. The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Alton VFW Post 1308 commander Floyd Fessler and Marjorie Henderson, president of the VFW Auxiliary, stand in front of the World War I doughboy monument at the VFW where the annual public Veterans Day ceremony will be at IO a.m. Thursday. ;