Heating and cooling company joins national brand

PEORIA — Locally owned and operated AAA Northgate Heating and Air Conditioning, which has been serving the Peoria area for nearly 70 years, has joined forces with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, a national heating and air conditioning brand with independently owned and operated locations throughout North America. The company is now operating as…

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Effingham family physician still makes house calls

  EFFINGHAM — When Scott Willis, a retired tool and die maker, made the decision to move from Racine, Wisc., to Effingham, Ill., his top priority was to find a family physician he could trust. With a lengthy health history that included multiple strokes and a kidney transplant, Willis’ health might challenge most medical professionals.…

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Senator-elect Duckworth to serve committees handling infrastructure, transportation, small business and energy

  CHICAGO — After being sworn into the U.S. Senate on Jan. 3, U.S. Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, will serve on several influential committees: Environment & Public Works; Energy & Natural Resources; Commerce, Science, & Transportation; and Small Business. She said the committee posts will give her an important platform to push for Illinois priorities…

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Solar energy classes to be taught at LCCC

  GODFREY – With the surge of interest in alternative energy, two classes this spring will assist students who want to learn more about design and installation of solar energy sources. Solar Design and Installation (SOLR-120-A1) and Grid Tied Solar Design (SOLR-121) offer students a basic understanding and hands on experience with alternative energy. Luke…

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Durbin announces over $12 million for community health centers

  SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded six community health centers in Illinois a total of $12,186,227 through the Health Resources and Services Administration Health Center Program. Community health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality…

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New plumbing firm seals launch with aid of timely business advice

  Caseyville resident and veteran plumber James Dawley and his wife, Dawn, have begun their own residential and commercial plumbing business, AXIS Plumbing LLC. They successfully secured Small Business Administration financing, thanks to the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Midwest Regional Bank. The co-owners began pursuing their…

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$77 million coming for Head Start in Illinois

  CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families has awarded providers throughout Illinois $77,414,803 to support early education and comprehensive family support services in the state. “The Head Start program is the source of countless success stories in Illinois and around the…

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First Bank says women more nervous over retirement than men

  Despite gains, closing the retirement gap remains challenging for women, and American women are much more uncertain about their retirement finances than men, according to a new survey by consumer marketing firm Gfk. The survey found that 60 percent of women were uncertain or not confident about their retirement finances compared to 41 percent…

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O’Fallon seeks proposals to develop vacant land near sports park

  O’FALLON, Ill. – The city of O’Fallon has issued a request for proposals from developers or organizations willing to purchase all or a portion of 45.7 acres of city-owned vacant land along Taylor Road, near the O’Fallon Family Sports Park. The property along Taylor Road is positioned, city officials said, to serve the O’Fallon…

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Psychological Associates adds two to operations team

  CLAYTON, Mo. — Psychological Associates, a leadership consulting company serving the metropolitan area, recently expanded its Organizational Consulting team with the addition of Kristi Addis and Melissa Cynova. Addis joined Psychological Associates in operations management in 2016. In her new role, she supports company President Dr. Michelle Clark. She had 10-plus years of experience…

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