Bristow to host gun rights update on March 5

To keep residents informed about legislation affecting their Second Amendment rights, state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Alton, and the Illinois State Rifle Association will be hosting a gun rights update on Thursday, March 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Piasa Armory at 3685 East Broadway in Alton. “As a staunch supporter of our Second…

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Sheriffs say new policy ‘aids and abets’ undocumented immigrants released after felony convictions

State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, R-Kankakee, joins Illinois sheriffs and fellow lawmakers at a Tuesday at a Capitol news conference to urge Gov. JB Pritzker to repeal a policy that prohibits communication and cooperation with federal, state and local authorities when an undocumented immigrant is released from prison on felony charges. (Capitol News Illinois photo by…

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SBDC, O’Fallon team on upcoming Google Analytics workshop

The Illinois Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and the city of O’Fallon, will be hosting a Google Analytics Livestream Workshop at O’Fallon City Hall (255 S. Lincoln Ave.,) on Tuesday, March 31. The workshop takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. with a presentation on how to master…

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Lawmakers continue push for prescription drug price controls

Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, left, and Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, speak about their bill that would authorize the state to set maximum prices for certain high-cost prescription drugs Tuesday during a Statehouse news conference. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Peter Hancock) New board would set upper payment limits on high-cost medicines By PETER HANCOCK…

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Advocates rally to end cash bail in Illinois

Senator calls initiative ‘the civil rights issue of the 21st century’ By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Criminal justice reform advocates rallied Tuesday at the Statehouse in hopes of making Illinois one of only a handful of states to eliminate cash bail in all or most criminal cases. Hundreds of people gather…

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First month’s legal marijuana sales generate $7.3 million in tax revenue

An additional $3.1 million comes from retail sales taxes on adult-use cannabis By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Revenue reported Monday that the first month of legalized adult-use cannabis sales in the state generated $7.3 million in cannabis tax revenue for the state, plus another $3.1 million in…

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ATI Physical Therapy appoints two regional vice presidents

ATI Physical Therapy, a national provider of physical therapy services, announced the appointments of Matt Armiger and Shari Dropik-Hernandez as regional vice presidents for the Illinois and Southern regions. With Armiger leading Illinois and Dropik-Hernandez helming the South, the two will become part of a company-wide rollout of new RVP positions across the country. Working…

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First Bank selling 14 branches, including seven in Metro East

First Bank is selling 14 of its 94 branches to three banks. The company announced Monday that Royal Banks of Missouri will purchase two Illinois branches, located in Granite City and Jerseyville. Dieterich Bank will purchase five other Illinois branches, in Columbia, Red Bud, Chester, Waterloo and Breese. First State Community Bank will purchase seven…

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Harman named director of behavioral health nursing at Centerstone

Centerstone has named Jessica Harman, RN, as director of behavioral health nursing, based in Alton. Harman will be responsible for managing statewide psychiatric and medical resources, as well as the state’s Medication Assisted Treatment services for adults addicted to opiates. “In this role, Jessica will be able to pass on her knowledge and help guide…

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Lewis and Clark, U of I Chicago partner on nursing admissions pathway

Lewis and Clark Community College nursing students may have an easier time earning their bachelor’s degree thanks to a new agreement with the University of Illinois at Chicago. The board of trustees of the University of Illinois, on behalf of the UIC College of Nursing and UIC Extended Campus, and Lewis and Clark Community College…

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