A laundry list of tax changes effective for 2014

    A number of  tax changes are taking effect in 2014. They are the result of tax legislation enacted in prior years or are triggered by effective dates in IRS regulations, rulings and other guidance. Also, a number of important final regs go into effect this year.     Here are highlights of these tax changes…

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State offers leeway for some job applicants with records

    Illinois has joined a fast-growing number of states, cities and counties that no longer require prospective employees to disclose criminal records in initial job applications.    In October, Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order that removes questions about criminal history from applications for jobs with state agencies, boards and commissions.    “A law-abiding citizen’s past…

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Keeley & Sons built much of Illinois side of Stan Span complex

    As you’ve driven west to St. Louis over the last four years — whether on Interstate 55/70 or I-64 — it’s been hard not to see Keeley & Sons of East St. Louis hard at work. That’s because the company has played such a huge role in the construction of the various components of…

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Kaskaskia Engineering Group is ultimate team player on bridge project

    Over the past five years Kaskaskia Engineering Group has been involved in many facets of the new Mississippi River bridge project, working on multiple engineering teams.    To speed up the project, the Illinois Department of Transportation split the Illinois work into three pieces and selected different engineering firms for each piece. There was the…

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Crawford, Murphy & Tilly designed components on both sides of river

    Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, Inc. began its work on the new Mississippi River bridge project in late 2008. By the end of 2009, CMT’s engineers had completed their design.    CMT is a full-service consulting engineering firm that specializes in four areas: aviation, highways and bridges, water and wastewater and land development. Greg Law is…

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New bridge is just the first step, Poplar Street fixes are next on the roster

    As the Mississippi River Bridge project went through design and construction, a common concern among drivers was that the new bridge fixed part of the problem.    A bigger problem was the flow of traffic between the Congressman William L. Clay Sr. Bridge (commonly known as the Poplar Street Bridge) and Interstate 55.    “We’ve always…

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Geotechnology had innovative solutions for fast-track construction

    Geotechnology, Inc. was one of the first firms involved in the design of the new Mississippi River bridge, providing geotechnical work on the original design. That design eventually had to be greatly modified in order to whittle approximately $1 billion off the price tag.     The St. Louis-based firm drilled down into the bedrock…

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Unions contribute 1.75 million man-hours building bridge complex

    A big reason that the $660 million Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge complex is being delivered on time and on budget is due to labor, according to Terry Nelson, executive secretary-treasurer of the Carpenters’ District Council of St. Louis and Vicinity.    “The construction unions worked together with IDOT and MODOT and the general contractors,”…

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