Governor signs budget fix, but not everyone likes it

From staff and wire sources SPRINGFIELD — In an early major test of Illinois’ newly divided government, the Senate passed a compromise plan Thursday to plug a $1.6 billion hole in this year’s budget and avert shutdowns of state programs and services. New Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the legislation into law hours after the…

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Haine said he’ll take case for U.S. Steel all the way to president

From Illinois Business Journal news services SPRINGFIELD – Sen. William Haine, D-Alton, has filed a Senate resolution in response to U.S. Steel’s announcement that it will temporarily idle its Granite City plant. The closure of the plant will lead to the layoff of 2,080 workers. “There is one word to describe this; catastrophic,” Haine said.…

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YWCA in Alton to honor Future Leaders

From Illinois Business Journal news services The YWCA of Alton  has announced the winners of the Josephine Marley Beckwith Future Leader Scholars for 2015: Taylor Tartar, Kaylee Fritz, Eric’el Johnson and Mallory Stimac. The young women will be introduced along with this year’s Women of Distinction at a reception Sunday, April 19, at the YWCA,…

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Durbin seeks assistance for displaced steelworkers

From Illinois Business Journal news services WASHINGTON – Calling Granite City Works “a source of pride” for its employees and the Metro East, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, today asked U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi to work with local labor leaders and the community to minimize the impact of U.S. Steel’s decision to idle operations…

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U.S. Steel head pleads for leveling trade practices

From Illinois Business Journal news services WASHINGTON – One day after making public a plan to temporarily idle Granite City Steel Works, the head of United States Steel Corp. joined other executives to press Congress to help the industry by enforcing trade laws. President and CEO Mario Longhi said Congress can strengthen America’s economic and…

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Plan to streamline business-startup paperwork advances in Senate

From Illinois Business Journal news services SPRINGFIELD – A plan that could make it easier to open a business in Illinois is moving through the state Senate. The legislation would require the state to put all permit and license applications online, on one centralized website. “If you want to open a business in Illinois, we…

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SunCoke: Idling doesn’t affect steel mill supply contract

From Illinois Business Journal news services SunCoke Energy, Inc. says any idling of U.S. Steel’s Granite City Works will not affect the terms of a long-term contract to supply coke for the company. SunCoke issued a statement Wednesday in the wake of U.S. Steel’s announcement that it is temporarily idling its Granite City Works flat-rolled…

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Dunstan: Do what’s needed to keep Granite City steel mill operating

From Illinois Business Journal news services EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan today reacted to United States Steel Corp.’s plans to temporary idle the Granite City Works, calling it “… a devastating blow to the thousands of families who will be affected by the plant’s closing.” U.S. Steel plans to idle its Granite…

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