Davis, Bost, Shimkus announce $21.4 million grant for Merchants Bridge

Three Southern Illinois congressmen jointly announced a major grant to help fund repairs to the Merchants Bridge at Venice, Ill. U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Mike Bost (R-Ill.), and John Shimkus (R-Ill.) on Friday  announced a $21.4 million grant awarded to the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis . The grant, awarded through the FY…

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Governor appoints Costello to lead the Illinois Department of Agriculture

Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday he has appointed former Southern Illinois State Rep. Jerry Costello II to serve as the director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Costello lives in Smithton with his wife Lori and their three children. “With farming playing an important role in his family’s history and a career of public service,…

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Seven establishments participating in first Collinsville Restaurant Week

The first-ever Collinsville Restaurant Week kicks off today, Friday, Feb. 28, and runs for 10 days through Sunday, March 8. Seven locally owned and operated restaurants in Collinsville will offer $10 lunch specials and $25 (or in some cases 2 for $25) dinner specials. Fixed price specials are available for lunch and dinner meals and…

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Callis joins Holland Law Firm in new Illinois office

Holland Law Firm has added a new partner, former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis. She will head the firm’s new Illinois office, which will be located in her hometown of Granite City. “With Ann’s hometown roots in Granite City, years of experience on the Madison County bench, and her large book of business, I…

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Plummer is encouraging submissions for broadband expansion

In an effort to expand broadband access across the 54th District, State Sen Jason Plummer R-Edwardsville, is encouraging eligible applicants to apply to the Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program. Earlier this year, it was announced that $50 million in funding is being released for the first round of matching grants of Illinois’ $420 million statewide…

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Gupchup named board chair for Southwest Illinois Division of United Way

Gireesh Gupchup, director for university-community initiatives and professor of pharmacy at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named 2020 auxiliary board chair for the Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis. He succeeds Jay Korte, director of client relations at The Korte Company, who has held the chair position since 2018.…

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Centerstone to highlight problem gambling in regional events

Centerstone, a national provider of behavioral health care, is collaborating with the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling to dedicate March to helping people “have the conversation” about problem gambling. “Not only will we be spotlighting Centerstone’s gambling disorder services, but we will also strive to increase public awareness…

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S.M. Wilson promotes Weber to project manager

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Josh Weber to project manager. He will be responsible for leadership and coordination for all aspects of projects. Weber joined S. M. Wilson in 2017 working on Tallgrass Creek Residential Building 1.4 and 1.5. Weber then transitioned to a lead role in managing a new client for S.M. Wilson,…

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Group celebrates February as National Career and Technical Education Month

The RiverBend Growth Association and Madison County Career & Technical Education System in celebrating February as National Career and Technical Education Month. CTE Month is a national public awareness campaign that is held in February by organizations nationwide to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of innovative CTE programs and to make educators, policymakers, employers, parents,…

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