Boil order lifted for St. Clair Square

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS – A boil order in place the last several day has been lifted at St. Clair Square Mall. There are no longer any O’Fallon water customers, in O’Fallon or Fairview Heights, under a boil order, officials said this afternoon. The order began on Monday, after the city of O’Fallon successfully repaired a break…

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Hearst buys The Telegraph, Jacksonville paper

Hearst media, owner of the Edwardsville Intelligencer and other media operations around the country, announced today it has purchased The Telegraph newspaper in Alton and the Jacksonville Journal-Courier from Civitas Media. A link to the announcement is here.

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Movie shoot to begin around Madison County Courthouse

EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Courthouse will be the backdrop for a scene in an upcoming Twentieth Century Fox film that starts shooting Thursday night. Employees who arrived at work Thursday morning noticed at least a half-dozen tractor-trailers and other large trucks parked along Second Street and in the parking lot. Production crews are setting…

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Babcock seeking state rep seat being vacated by Beiser

BETHALTO – Republican Mike Babcock has announced his candidacy for state representative of the 111th District, hoping to fill a seat that longtime incumbent Democrat Dan Beiser plans to vacate. Babcock said the timing was right to make his announcement, after the General Assembly hiked state income taxes by 32 percent while “refusing to control…

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Illinois salons, cleaners must show service prices under new law

SPRINGFIELD — It soon will no longer be OK in Illinois to charge women more than men for services such as dry cleaning and salon appointments. Legislation that increases transparency in pricing among some service providers and exposes gender-based price discrimination has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake,…

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Wait time grows for disability insurance hearings, Allsup says

BELLEVILLE — The national average wait time for a Social Security Disability Insurance hearing has reached 596 days, putting at even greater risk the almost 1.1 people with disabilities who are stuck in that backlog, according to Belleville-based Allsup, a national provider of disability benefits representation. The Social Security Administration now predicts the measurement will…

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14 college scholarships awarded by CSBG Advisory Council

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Community Development has awarded $10,500 in scholarships to 14 college students. County Recorder Amy Meyer and County Board members Clint Jones of Maryville and Bruce Malone of Alton presented the Community Service Block Grant scholarships. Five of the 14 students attended an award ceremony Each student will receive $1,500 scholarships —…

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Bank sells building in Smithton

Providence Bank sold a 9,960-square-foot retail building at 2 Sunset Court, Smithton, to Threlkeld Family Investments, LLC. BARBERMurphy Group represented the buyer. *** 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 building/property, the…

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MadCo Credit Union to merge with 1st MidAmerica

EDWARDSVILLE — Madco Credit Union is merging this week with 1st MidAmerica Credit Union. “We are proud to come together with 1st MidAmerica in order to provide the best products and services to our members,” Joe Dauderman, chair of the Madco Credit Union board, said. Dauderman said the merger takes place on Thursday. He said…

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Bonutti Clinic Orthopedic Surgeons now seeing patients in Highland

HSHS St. Joseph’s Highland has welcomed providers from the Bonutti Clinic in Effingham to the hospital’s Medical Staff. Dr. Peter Bonutti has begun seeing patients by appointment in the hospital’s Specialty Clinic. Orthopedics is the care of the musculoskeletal system. This includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and the spine. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical…

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