New laws take effect in Illinois on Jan. 1

Rear-facing car seats, blaze pink hunting clothes and required school safety drills are among the subjects contained in new state laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2019. “Many of the laws that go on the books New Year’s Day reflect people’s desire to create a safer environment for their children and loved ones,” said state…

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Local Sears closing, but efforts underway to address what happens next

Sears avoided liquidation Friday with a $4.6 billion bid by Chairman Eddie Lampert just before deadline, Associated Press reported. The bid still needs approval from Sears Holdings’ board in January 2019. The offer is for just 435 Sears stores and was issued by an affiliate of Lampert’s ESL Investments, Transform Holdco. Earlier on Friday, the…

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Most popular baby names at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in 2018

A name says something about a person – noble, kind, charitable or simply derived from another name. Below are the top baby boy and baby girl names for deliveries at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon in 2018. The top baby names at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in 2018 were: Boys:Jackson / JaxonGreysonJamesLiam Girls:AvaHarperAvery /…

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Retail building leased in Waterloo

Leroy and Jane Washausen sold a 1,500-square-foot retail building at 6163 Illinois Route 3 in Waterloo to Sam and Nikki Gentes. The buyers plan to open a fitness training center in the space. BARBERMURPHY represented both parties.

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Madison County offers help with holiday recycling

In coordination with Madison County Planning and Development, townships and municipalities throughout the county are providing 28 drop-off sites for residents to dispose of their Christmas tree. The Christmas Tree Recycling Program has operated successfully for the past 21 years in Madison County. The recycled trees are chipped into mulch and used in public gardens…

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Southern Illinois Builders Association awards scholarships

The Southern Illinois Builders Association awarded 19 scholarships this year. The honorees are: Richard Boyer, III, Swansea; Blake Branz, O’Fallon; Andrew Dant, Highland; Jacob Dreyer, O’Fallon; Kyla Epplin, Tamaroa; Noah Feldott, Belleville; Hunter Grupe, Belleville; Nathan Haynes, Carbondale; Josie Hogue, Maryville; Kelsie Jeffries, Collinsville; Arianna Kampwerth, Highland; Jason Koerkenmeier, St. Rose; Zackery Korte, Highland; Caden…

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Alton Memorial adds car simulator to rehab services

A new “car” is turning heads as the newest addition to Alton Memorial’s Human Motion Institute Rehabilitation Services. The Car Simulator WT-960 Tran-Sit allows patients receiving acute care to practice getting in and out of vehicles before being discharged to their homes.“It is not uncommon for patients to have fear, anxiety, and sometimes pain getting…

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