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Advantage Maytag in Collinsville adds U-Haul services

U-Haul Company of Illinois says Advantage Maytag has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Collinsville community. Advantage Maytag at 1010 Saint Louis Road will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items, and in-store pick-up for boxes. U-Haul now offers Truck Share 24/7 as a more convenient and secure way…

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Governor signs bill expanding historic preservation tax credit program

PEORIA — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed SB 3527, a bipartisan bill improving and expanding the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Historic Tax Credit. Rauner, calling it a successful economic development incentive, says the credit will now be available to communities statewide. “This legislation opens up millions of dollars in economic incentives in the form…

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MidAmerica Airport welcomes 100,000th passenger this year

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah on Thursday welcomed Timothy Lay and family of Belleville as the 100,000th passenger to enplane at the airport this calendar year. The Lay family were travelling to Destin, Fla., on the regions’ only non-stop service to that destination. He and his family joined a full Airbus 320 load of…

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Crowd expected Thursday for Trump’s appearance in Granite City

President Trump will arrive in Granite City Thursday to a mostly welcoming audience that will include many steelworkers who have returned to the job. The president is expected to be there from 1 to 2 p.m., local leaders say. The Chamber of Commerce Southwestern Madison County on Wednesday issued a call to members to create…

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Democrats, soybean supporters among critics of Trump farm aid plan

A plan to bail out farmers stricken by an escalating trade war is harvesting a mixed crop of reaction. U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin criticized President Donald Trump’s plan to provide emergency aid to farmers. “Bailouts, tweets, and bragging won’t save the lost crop value for our farmers and won’t protect their reputations around…

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Manar wants Commerce Commission ‘geographically balanced’

SPRINGFIELD – Appointments to the Illinois Commerce Commission – the panel that approves electric rates and monitors railroad crossing safety – would be geographically balanced to ensure the interests of rural and downstate taxpayers are represented under a measure introduced this week by state Sen. Andy Manar. Senate Bill 3626 requires that at least two…

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Telecommunicator honored by O’Fallon for 60-mile challenge

O’Fallon Police Chief Eric Van Hook presented Telecommunicator Michelle Foster with a Chief’s Commendation for completion of the “Ruck to Remember 60 to 60.” Foster completed the 60-mile challenge this spring in honor of fallen officers and soldiers. “Michelle is a dedicated public servant, avid runner, and proud mother of a Marine. She is a…

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Sales are down but homes selling quicker — and for more

Illinois homebuyer demand was strong in June’s competitive summer market with homes selling quickly and at higher median prices, Illinois Realtors said Monday. Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in June totaled 18,310 homes sold, down 6.2 percent from 19,514 in June 2017. The statewide median price in June was $225,000, up 4.5…

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