Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce names Williams Ambassador of Year

City of Edwardsville Economic and Community Development Director Walt Williams has been named Ambassador of the Year by the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce. The recognition acknowledges some 50 hours of volunteer service Williams devoted to the organization throughout 2019. Williams has served as an ambassador for the chamber since November 2015. Chamber Membership Director…

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Former economic development director named to Bi-State Development Board

St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern has appointed Terry Beach to represent St. Clair County on the Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners. Beach will serve the remainder of Michael Buehlhorn’s term which expires in January 2021. Buehlhorn resigned his position after serving nearly nine years in various capacities on the board, most recently as…

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Metro East housing market closed 2019 strong

Almost every county in the Metro East had more housing units sold compared to December 2018. St. Clair County had 18.8 more units sold with 253 units in the month of December. While, Madison County had 9.8 more units sold with 269 units. According to Illinois Realtors data, 12.1 percent more homes were sold in…

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Simmons Hanly Conroy elevates two attorneys to shareholder

Alton-based Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest product liability and mass tort firms, has promoted two attorneys to shareholder, effective Jan. 1. They are Michael K. Hibey and Laura S. Fitzpatrick. Hibey is based in the firm’s office in Alton, and Fitzpatrick operates out of the New York office. “With decades of combined…

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United Way now accepting applications for 2021 funding

United Way of Greater St. Louis is seeking funding requests and applications from nonprofits that serve people in its 16-county service area.  The effort targets five impact areas for agencies that: provide food and shelter, establish financial stability, foster learning, improve health, and strengthen communities. In addition, United Way released the findings from a comprehensive,…

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Madison County receives funding for homeless services

Agencies within Madison County will receive approximately $1.76 million in funding for homeless services. “The majority of grant funding Madison County will get will go to agencies that deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless,” Chairman Kurt Prenzler said. “Very little goes to county government.” The U.S. Department…

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Regional job-shadowing program for foreign immigrants to launch

St. Louis region invites foreign-born, work-authorized job seekers to first-of-its-kind initiative Groundhog Day on Feb. 2 — the day when shadows play a role in winter predictions — will serve as the backdrop for the launch of a new job-shadowing initiative in the St. Louis region. The St. Louis Mosaic Project is launching a Professional Shadowing Program aimed at…

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SIUE School of Pharmacy’s makes two appointments

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy Dean Mark Luer, PharmD, has appointed Jessica Kerr, PharmD, as associate dean of professional and student affairs, and Monica Kempland, PhD, as experiential education coordinator. Kerr’s appointment is subject to SIU Board of Trustees approval. Kerr has served as interim associate dean since September 2018. During her interim…

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Illinois ethics laws called among weakest in the nation

Advocates urge stricter rules on conflicts of interest, financial disclosure By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Government reform advocates told a panel of state lawmakers Thursday that Illinois has some of the weakest governmental ethics rules in the country and that lawmakers should put more teeth into them if they hope to…

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