Alton Steel sold to its employees, company says

Ownership of Alton Steel Inc. has been transferred to the company’s approximately 50 full-time salaried employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, former owners John and Jayne Simmons announced Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, during an ASI salaried employees meeting, ASI Chief Executive Jim Hrusovsky announced that ASI had been sold, describing the new owners as…

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First Community Credit Union acquiring naming rights to SIUE arena

The largest corporate naming rights arrangement at SIUE will be formally announced Thursday when the arena at the Vadalabene Center will officially become First Community Arena. First Community Credit Union and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will announce a $2.3 million, 10-year deal in ceremonies set for 11:30 a.m., the school said in a media advisory.…

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Madison County holding job fair in September

The 29th annual Jobs Plus Regional Job Fair is set to take place next month in Collinsville. The free event, sponsored by Madison and St. Clair Counties, will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Gateway Convention Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville. Madison County Director of Employment and Training Tony Fuhrmann…

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Boil order issued after Alton area water main break

Illinois American Water has issued a boil water order to a portion of customers in the Alton District service area. The area impacted includes Forest Homes-Maple Park and a portion of Alton. The impacted area can be viewed on a map here – http://arcg.is/0HHu1e. A break on a 12-inch water main caused a drop in…

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Caritas, others, assist Belleville children’s center with walk-in cooler

Metro East-based Caritas Family Solutions has received several grants to obtain and install a walk-in cooler/freezer at the agency’s St. John Bosco Children’s Center in Belleville. Ameren Illinois provided a $10,000 grant through its Ameren Cares program and the William H. and Mary E. Baker Charitable Trust provided a $2,500 that will accomplish site prep…

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Clayborne & Wagner supports several recent causes

Belleville-based Clayborne & Wagner LLP recently participated in several charitable causes. One was a donation to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of East St. Louis. “We are pleased to donate to this great national organization that is supporting our local communities,” said Michael L. Wagner, partner at Clayborne & Wagner LLP. “The East…

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24th annual Big Muddy Blues Festival set for Laclede’s Landing

St. Louis’ historic Laclede’s Landing is again gearing up for the region’s largest, one-of-a-kind blues music events of the year. The Big Muddy Blues Festival provides a platform for a wide range of artists who represent extensions of the blues genre, such as soul, R&B, rock, gospel and jazz, attracting an eclectic audience celebrating St.…

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Hundreds participate in annual labor parade in Wood River/East Alton

Hundreds of union members affiliated with the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO marched Saturday in the annual Labor Day Parade, which this year was held in Wood River and East Alton. Some 38 unions are affiliated with the federation and around 20 locals were expected to participate. The events kicked off at 10…

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Dedication of Gary Graham Field set in O’Fallon

The O’Fallon Community is invited to the O’Fallon Family Sports Park on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. for the dedication of the Championship Soccer Field to former O’Fallon Mayor Gary L. Graham. “Mayor Graham had a profound impact on this community during his 20 years as mayor,” said Mayor Herb Roach. “I want to…

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Illinois small businesses to see impact of recent legislation

By COLE LAUTERBACH, The Center Square Small businesses in Illinois will soon have to abide by Illinois’ human rights laws, which beyond the existing federal regulations they were already required to follow. The bill, signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Aug. 20, takes effect next July. It removed a provision that said businesses…

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