Another 81,000 Illinoisans file unemployment claims

Total claims since mid-March top 800,000 By JERRY NOWICKI, Capitol New Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Unemployment in Illinois and the U.S. continues to balloon amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The state reported 81,596 first-time claims in the week ending April 25, during which time more than 3.8 million claims were submitted nationally. That means 818,917…

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Another test collection site opens in Metro East

In cooperation with state and local elected officials, and Touchette Regional Hospital, SIHF Healthcare are opening their fourth COVID-19 test collection site, this one in Wood River. Screening phone lines are open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (618) 646-2596. The screening by a SIHF provider will involve questions about symptoms, possible…

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Ameren urges bill payers to apply for funding assistance

Ameren Illinois customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bill are encouraged to apply for funding assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, LIHEAP is a federal program that provides utility bill assistance to those individuals who meet the income guidelines. Additional…

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Donations pour in to COVID-19 relief funds at St. Louis Community Foundation

An anonymous donor has established a $250,000 challenge grant to spur contributions to two coronavirus relief funds administered by the St. Louis Community Foundation, and the challenge is being met throughout the bi-state area. According to the foundation, $150,000 will be used to match donations from individuals and family foundations to the COVID-19 Regional Response…

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McKendree University graduates can gather for celebration – next year

Members of McKendree University’s Class of 2020 will get their diplomas, but they’ll have to wait a year to gather in celebration. The university announced Wednesday that this year’s class will celebrate their graduation in May 2021, during commencement weekend. The Class of 2020 undergraduates will have the opportunity to gather next year—on Friday, May…

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Accounting professor is an institution at LCCC

In the 50 years since Lewis and Clark Community College was founded, few have left their mark on the institution like Professor of Accounting Margie Sinclair-Parish, who has been a faculty member for 38 years. Sinclair-Parish began her journey with LCCC as a student, earning an Associate in Arts in 1975. After achieving her Bachelor…

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Here are the tenants signed on at Trace on the Parkway in Edwardsville

As the Trace on the Parkway project continues to develop at the intersection of Governors’ Parkway and Illinois Route 157 in Edwardsville, Kunkel Wittenauer Group, which is serving as the residential property manager for the project, is signing up commercial retailers who will also be located on the property. Eleven locally-owned businesses have now committed to opening…

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Madison County Archival Library still serving up history – online

Although the Madison County Archival Library is closed until future notice due to COVID-19 and the Museum for renovation, the Madison County Historical Society and museum staff continue to offer access to information about Madison County history through its website (https://madcohistory.org/) and Facebook page. Assistant Curator Mary Z. Rose has created two on-line exhibits in…

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