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MCT to raise ridership fares effective Aug. 16

From Illinois Business Journal news services GRANITE CITY – At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Madison County Transit board of trustees approved a plan to adjust its bus fares for the first time since 2009. The approved fare adjustments will take effect Sunday, Aug. 16. The board also gave permission for staff to host a…

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AFSCME, governor reach temporary agreement to avert strike

From Illinois Business Journal news services SPRINGFIELD – The state’s biggest worker union agreed on a temporary truce on contract talks with state government today. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31 issued this joint state-union statement late this afternoon: “Today, AFSCME Council 31 and the Governor’s Office reached an agreement…

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Rauner vetoes budget bills, cites constitutional obligations

From Illinois Business Journal news services SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner today vetoed 19 budget bills that he said combine to create a deficit of nearly $4 billion, noting that Illinois has a constitutional obligation to balance its budget. “Today, I veto House Bill 4146 from the 99th General Assembly in order to protect Illinois…

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Reaction mixed after Supreme Court upholds subsidies in Affordable Care Act

From Illinois Business Journal news services The Illinois Hospital Association and medical groups around the country applauded the decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court  upholding the legality of subsidies for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans and millions of Americans that have enabled them to obtain health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The…

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Work begins on school for Wayne City school system

From Illinois Business Journal news services Work is under way on a new pre-K-12 grade school for Wayne City Unit School District 100. The school is designed by FGM Architects of O’Fallon and being built by Holland Construction Services of Swansea. The 129,000-square-foot structure will open in spring 2016. The state-the-of-art, $20 million project will…

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Donation funds planters along Broadway in Downtown Alton

From Illinois Business Journal news services ALTON – The Alton Beautification and Clean City Committee, the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pride Inc. and the City of Alton each recently donated $600 to help fund 20 new, 26-inch planters used to decorate Broadway in Downtown Alton. They are a welcome addition to the hanging…

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State forwards crowdfunding bill to governor

From Illinois Business Journal news services SPRINGFIELD – State lawmakers have unanimously approved and sent to the governor a measure intended to make Illinois more business friendly by instituting intrastate crowdfunding exemptions. State Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, was chief sponsor in the Senate. “Illinois has the vital infrastructure to promote job creation. Crowdfunding is…

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Ameren Illinois says it’s ready for summer’s wallop

From Illinois Business Journal news services COLLINSVILLE – Ameren Illinois says it’s  prepared to meet expected increases in the demand for electricity this summer. In a recent presentation to the Illinois Commerce Commission, company officials outlined steps taken to improve reliability and increase the capacity of its electric delivery system. The results of a Summer…

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Clock winding down on state worker contract talks

By Public News Services SPRINGFIELD – With a contract deadline just one week away, state workers in Illinois are continuing to push for a fair labor agreement. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees say they are not pleased with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed cuts in pay and benefits, and what…

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Edwardsville releases plans, rendering for Spray & Play Park

   From Illinois Business Journal news services EDWARDSVILLE – The City of Edwardsville today released a rendering and a more detailed description of the planned Spray & Play Park to be built just south of downtown. Slated for completion near Memorial Day 2016, plans for the Spray & Play Park include a splash pad and…

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