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Memorial Hospital gains five stars for gallbladder, respiratory failure work

  From Illinois Business Journal news services BELLEVILLE – Memorial Hospital has received a 5-star rating from Healthgrades for the quality of gallbladder removal surgery for two years in a row (2015-2016) and treatment of respiratory failure for nine years in a row (2008-2016). Healthgrades is an online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in…

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Illinois awardees among those honored by East-West Gateway at 50th annual luncheon

  From Illinois Business Journal news services The East-West Gateway Council of Governments presented its annual Outstanding Local Government Achievement Awards Wednesday to six recipients during its 50th annual meeting, recognizing area governments and officials for their achievement in the areas of public service, leadership, and productive collaboration among local governments. The presentations were made…

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Allegiant adds service from St. Louis MidAmerica to Fort Myers

  PHOTO FROM LEFT: Tim Cantwell, director, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and Daniel Meier, manager of  airports for Allegiant, unveil the Fort Myers/Punta Gorda service on Thursday. From Illinois Business Journal news services MASCOUTAH — Allegiant airlines today added another destination from St. Louis MidAmerica Airport, nonstop service to…

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Diel & Forguson promotes CPA to principal

  From Illinois Business Journal news services O’FALLON – Diel & Forguson, LLC has announced that Jamie R. Dressler, CPA, MBA has been promoted to principal. Dressler (left) has been with the firm since January 2013 as a tax manager. Her focus has been primarily financial statement preparation; QuickBooks installation, training and support; and tax…

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Illinois insurance company joins St. Louis-based alliance

  From Illinois Business Journal news services ST. LOUIS — Mertz Insurance Agency recently became the newest member of Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a family of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois. Mertz Insurance Agency, which is owned by Christine Mertz, specializes in life, auto, home and commercial insurance. Christine has…

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National ad highlights ‘environmental consequences’ of ethanol mandate

  From Illinois Business Journal news services SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A national TV ad campaign highlighting the alleged failure of Washington’s ethanol mandate to deliver on its environmental promises is set to begin airing in Illinois. The national cable and broadcast buy, currently scheduled to run through November, builds on the campaign’s ongoing national educational…

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Madison County budget reduced by more than $1 million

  From Illinois Business Journal news services EDWARDSVILLE – The Madison County Board has approved a $129,032,013 balanced budget, which includes a reduction of more than $1 million from the previous year. At its November meeting Wednesday, Chairman Alan J. Dunstan presented the 2016 fiscal year budget, which begins on Dec. 1.Dunstan has submitted a…

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Alton Memorial donates ambulance to Bethalto

  Alton Memorial Hospital has donated an ambulance to the village of Bethalto. Accepting the ambulance from AMH President Dave Braasch, center, is Bethalto Mayor Alan Winslow. With a brand new ambulance now on line, this one was to be taken out of service. However, Winslow reached out to Ken Balsters (far right), the Bethalto…

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Deadline is Dec. 1 for veterans to get help paying Madison County property taxes

  From Illinois Business Journal news services EDWARDSVILLE — Honorably discharged veterans who are facing financial difficulties still have time to get help paying their property taxes. The Madison County Veterans’ Assistance Commission and the Madison County Treasurer’s Office want to remind veterans about the property tax program that assists struggling veterans. The deadline to…

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