Southwest expanding service to Cancun and other destinations next spring

ST. LOUIS — Southwest Airlines has released its spring 2018 schedule which includes a major boost in flights for St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The schedule, which begins in March, includes an expansion to daily service from single-day, Saturday service from STL to Cancun. The service was just announced in May with the weekly non-stop…

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Associate Judge Sarah Smith announces run for circuit judge

EDWARDSVILLE — Associate Judge Sarah Smith has launched her candidacy for circuit judge, seeking a seat to be opened in 2018 by the planned retirement of Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder. “I have seen what an impact we, as judges, can have on the lives of those in our community, even as Associate Judges. As a…

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Korte Recreation Center voted best recreation center in Southwest Illinois

HIGHLAND – The Highland Parks and Recreation Department says the Korte Recreation Center was recently voted the best recreation center in Southwest Illinois. “This is quite an honor for not only the department but for the city of Highland and all of our members and guests,” said Mark Rosen, director of Parks and Recreation. The…

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Residential construction numbers down in latest report

Residential construction is down for the metropolitan area compared to last year at this time. Dodge Data & Analytics today reported on June construction starts in the metropolitan statistical area of St. Louis, consisting of the counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Jersey, Lincoln, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Louis,…

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Greensfelder expands intellectual property practice

ST. LOUIS – Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., has announced a major expansion of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group with the addition of four IP attorneys in the firm’s St. Louis and Chicago offices. Mark E. Stallion joins as leader of the patent team. Based in the firm’s St. Louis office, he most recently…

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SIUE names Boddie director of counseling services

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jeffrey Waple, PhD, has named Courtney Boddie, LPC, NCC, as director of counseling services. Boddie is projected to assume his new responsibilities on Tuesday, Aug. 1. “Courtney brings extremely impressive credentials to SIUE,” Waple said. “He has the clinical training, education and professional experience to make…

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Duckworth, Durbin announce federal funding for firefighter resources

Alton is among several Illinois communities to benefit from federal firefighting grant money. U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, Democrats from Illinois, said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded a total of $2,695,377 to communities across Illinois through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The AFG Program provides first-responder organizations with the access…

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Governor’s Hometown Awards application deadline Aug. 1

SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission is reminding all interested parties that applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards are falling due. The awards give formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life through projects that have strong volunteer support, meet a need, and make a definitive impact. Interested townships, villages, cities,…

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Acreage sold in East St. Louis

Ralph Stanley sold a 5.2-acre site at 15-28N-09W Rock Springs Road, East St. Louis, to Caseyville Transfer Station, 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 lease, type of building/property, size of…

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Stuart legislation to block pay raise for lawmakers signed into law

COLLINSVILLE – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, to block an automatic pay increase for lawmakers was signed into law Wednesday. “Politicians shouldn’t take a pay raise when the state is in such dire fiscal shape,” said Stuart. “When I took office seven months ago, the state was in its second year without…

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