Shimkus says he will retire from Congress

Congressman John Shimkus, a Collinsville Republican who has held office since 1997, says he will retire. Shimkus announced Friday he will not seek re-election for Illinois’s 15th Congressional District next year. Shimkus said while his tenure in Congress has been “an honor of a lifetime” he is looking to spend more time with his family.…

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Spectrum awards $1,000 to ‘I Support the Girls’

Guests in attendance include representatives from “I Support the Girls,” state Rep. Katie Stuart, Edwardsville City Administrator Kevin Head and City Alderwoman Janet Stack. Spectrum is donating $1,000 to “I Support the Girls,” as part of the company’s community philanthropic program, Spectrum Employee Community Grants. The grant recipients offer a variety of important outreach programs…

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Water boil order lifted for portion of Metro East service area

Illinois American Water has lifted the boil water order for a portion of its Metro East service area. The boil order was issued Wednesday afternoon after a contractor working at the company’s Metro East water treatment plant near East St. Louis hit a 24-inch water main, causing a drop in water pressure. The boil water…

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State’s congressional delegation seeks federal assistance on flooding

The entire Illinois Congressional delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday, supporting Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s request for federal assistance for the state to help 33 counties recover from severe flooding that occurred from February to July.  This year’s flooding is the longest flood event to ever occur in Illinois. “Many communities…

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BJC, Alton Memorial expand Family Physicians in Bethalto, add lab

Alton Memorial Hospital and BJC Medical Group are expanding their presence in Madison County with a new medical office building that opened for business Monday, Aug. 26. The new building houses an expanded Family Physicians of Bethalto practice, while adding Alton Memorial Convenient Care and a Network Reference Lab.  The building, located at 163 East…

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Poettker Construction raises $30,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Breese, Ill.-based Poettker Construction, a second-generation family-owned construction company, raised more than $30,000 in an annual golf classic for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The golf classic, titled “Building Children’s Futures,” was held July 26 at Governor’s Run Golf Course in Carlyle. “We are thankful for our employees, friends, business partners and sponsors who make this…

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Bat tests positive for rabies in Madison County

A bat tested positive in Madison County for rabies. Madison County Rabies Control Administrator, Adam Ohms, D.V.M., reported that a bat collected in Godfrey tested positive for rabies. He said the bat was brought in on Aug. 21 after appearing sick/injured and then sent to the lab for testing. Ohms said it appears there was…

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618 Women deliver $31,650 to Main Street Community Center

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH, Illinois Business Journal The first donation of the newly formed “100+ Women Who Care from the 618” was a memorable one —  $31,650 for the Main Street Community Center in Edwardsville. An oversized, symbolic check marked the occasion on Tuesday, but it was a bag containing hundreds of other checks that represented…

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