Illinois housing market sees jump in home sales, prices

The Illinois Realtors said this week that statewide home sales in March 2017 totaled 13,074 homes sold, up 9.6 percent from 12.116 in March of 2016. The statewide median price in March was $189,900, up 10.7 percent from March 2016 when the median price was $171,500. “Consumers this spring have no choice but to be…

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Carrollton Bank donates textbooks, laptops to SIUE East St. Louis Center

Carrollton Bank has donated textbooks and laptops to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center to support finance education. The gift will enhance the curriculum at the ESLC Charter High School. Carrollton Bank Chief Executive Officer Tom Hough and his wife, Suzanne, presented a check today valued at $8,700 to cover the purchase…

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Company leases industrial property in Dupo

A company has leased industrial property in Dupo. Middendorf Industrial Group, LLC leased an 11,500-square-foot industrial building at 6 Coulter Road to AMS Services, LLC. BARBERMurphy Group represented both parties. *** Just close a commercial real estate deal in Southwestern Illinois? Tell us about it. We’ll need to know the buyer/lessee, whether it’s sale or…

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Manar advances update to Illinois’ genetic privacy law

SPRINGFIELD – A controversial plan before Congress that would permit companies to fine workers who refuse to share their genetic information through workplace wellness programs has prompted Illinois lawmakers to tighten up a state law protecting workers from such repercussions. “We’re seeing changes proposed at the federal level that are concerning to me and to…

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United Way report shows nearly half in area don’t have basic living wages

United Way of Greater St. Louis has released the “Basic Living Measure,” a comprehensive measure of the number of households in the region challenged to meet basic living expenses. The report, compiled by the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in partnership with United Way, found that 43 percent,…

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IDOT seeks land in Southern Illinois counties for wetland creation and restoration

CARBONDALE — The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to purchase land from willing sellers for wetland mitigation in Hamilton, White, Saline, Gallatin, Hardin, Pope, Johnson and Massac counties as well as the eastern portion of Jefferson, Williamson and Union counties. The department says the property should be: • Located in floodplain or frequently flooded•…

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Dedication to emeritus professor enhances dental campus

ALTON – An emeritus professor of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, known for his significant contributions to teaching, professional development and leadership, and devoted support of campus beautification efforts, now has a scenic dedication settled in front of one of the unique campus’s historic buildings. The family of Dr. David Jenkins, with…

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SIUE nurse practitioner program coordinator to be honored

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing’s Valerie Griffin, DNP, assistant clinical professor and coordinator of the family nurse practitioner program, will join the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Griffin’s induction will honor her outstanding contributions to health care through her main focus areas of education and policy. Griffin will be…

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GCS Credit Union donates toward new AMH ambulance

Employees of GCS Credit Union wore camo and jeans while donating a check this month for $1,080 to Alton Memorial Hospital, to be used toward the purchase of a new ambulance. From left: Marlene Lewis, AMH Development office; Sarah Gebke, GCS Community Relations representative; Dave Braasch, AMH president; Lauren McGee, GCS Marketing and Business Development…

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16,000-square-foot retail building sells in Nashville, Ill.

Wells Fargo sold a 16,000-square-foot retail building located at 545 National Mine Road, Nashville, Ill., to Glenwood Equities, LLC. The redevelopment project is for a Dollar General. BARBERMurphy Group represented the seller. *** Just close a commercial real estate deal in Southwestern Illinois? Tell us about it. We’ll need to know the buyer/lessee, whether it’s…

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