Penn National Gaming’s CFO to step down

Penn National Gaming Inc. said this week that William J. (“BJ”) Fair will be stepping down as executive vice president and chief financial officer at the conclusion of his current employment contract term, which expires March 31. Penn operates Argosy Casino in Alton, Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights, Mo., and River City Casino in St.…

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Construction begins on Unger Eye Care location in Edwardsville

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for Unger Eye Care on Thursday. Dr. Thomas Unger, Dr. Drew Unger and Dr. Alice Unger are featured on the site of their future location at the intersection of South Illinois Route 157 and Lewis Road in Edwardsville. They are scheduled to open in the…

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Bost bill recognizes excellence of 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott AFB

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Taylorville, on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation to designate the Illinois Air National Guard 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base as a Center of Excellence for KC-135R maintenance operations. “The 126th is the best of the best,” said Bost. “Time and again they have set the…

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Illinois reports job gains, lower unemployment

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Unemployment rates in all 14 metropolitan areas in Illinois dropped over the past 12 months as the state’s economy added more than 61,000 jobs, according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by state and federal labor agencies. “Illinois has a bright future for residents and businesses, and…

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Greensfelder appoints McLaughlin as next president/CEO

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. has announced the appointment of Kevin T. McLaughlin as the firm’s next president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 1, 2020. McLaughlin has been appointed to the role following the death of former Greensfelder CEO Timothy R. Thornton in June 2019. Since then, Greensfelder Officer John W. Dillane has served as interim CEO. McLaughlin will…

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Bristow seeks another term, surrounded by local supporters

Standing among local community leaders and supporters, state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Alton, on Wednesday kicked off her campaign for a new term as state representative for the 111th Legislative District, saying she wants to continue to working on building a stronger middle class. Bristow, who was first appointed to the post in December 2016 to…

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Illinois-based Jimmy John’s to be acquired by Inspire brands

Inspire Brands today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Champaign-Ill.-based Jimmy John’s Sandwiches. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Jimmy John’s Board of Directors, including Founder and Chairman Jimmy John Liautaud. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more…

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HSHS Medical Group welcomes physician Jacobson

HSHS Medical Group has welcomed Dr. Jon Jacobson, DO, MPH, to its medical team. Jacobson sees patients at HSHS Medical Group Occupational Health & LeadWell, 1512 N. Green Mount Road, Suite 108, in O’Fallon, Ill. Jacobson received his medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He performed an occupational and…

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SBDC offers minimum wage workshop for employers

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is collaborating with accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP and the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce to bring a special “Minimum Wage Updates for Employers” Workshop to Collinsville from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. The session unites local CPA Kalee…

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Grafton plans largest American Flag on Mississippi

The city of Grafton will dedicate the largest American Flag on the Mississippi River this Saturday, Sept. 28. The new flag will be located on the riverbank at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, adjacent to Grafton’s Lighthouse Park. The dedication ceremony for the 130-foot-tall flagpole and the 40-foot by 80-foot American Flag…

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