Greenville doctor retiring, community invited to drive-by parade

GREENVILLE – HSHS Holy Family Hospital is hosting a celebration parade in honor of Dr. Boyd A. McCracken’s 43 years of care to the community. McCracken’s patients and community members are invited to celebrate his retirement on Sunday, July 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.  To ensure everyone’s safety, the celebration will be held in…

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Best Hometown Bank now part of First National of Waterloo

Best Hometown Bank has officially merged into First National Bank of Waterloo. The bank’s two Madison County locations in Collinsville and Maryville will now be First National Bank of Waterloo locations, which expands First National Bank of Waterloo’s reach to 10 cities in five counties with 13 banking centers. First National Bank of Waterloo President, Rick…

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Chicago casino bill signed into law

Gov. JB Pritzker signed SB 516 into law on Tuesday, finalizing a gaming package that paves the way for a Chicago casino by reworking existing tax structures, allowing gaming at the State Fair and providing relief during the pandemic. The bill is intended to fund critical infrastructure and create thousands of jobs across the state.…

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Collinsville Aqua Park back with improvements

Collinsville Parks and Recreation Department has reopened the renovated Aqua Park. The park returned Saturday, June 27. During Phase 3 of Restore Illinois, the park has only been open for private and group swim lessons and therapeutic walks against the current of the lazy river. As part of the Phase 4 Restore Illinois, visitors will…

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Head of St. Louis Regional Chamber will be stepping down

The president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Tom Chulick, announced Monday he will be stepping down from the role at the end of 2020. Chulick led the Regional Chamber since March 2018, when he was tapped to serve as interim president and CEO after the resignation of Joe Reagan. “What started out…

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Lincoln Land Community College offering solar energy training

Lincoln Land Community College in partnership with Wind Solar USA is offering two, four-week solar energy classes this summer at a reduced price. The trainings will be offered in a hybrid format, each using online learning with one, hands-on lab held in the Workforce Careers Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. “If you…

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Illinois’ minimum wage increases on July 1

Illinois Department of Labor reminds workers to watch their wages SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ minimum wage will make its second increase this year to $10 per hour beginning July 1. The Illinois Department of Labor urges minimum wage earners to make sure their checks reflect the increase following July 1. Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation passed…

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Four named directors of development at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Vice Chancellor for Advancement Rachel Stack has added seven development staff members during a time when development strategies have never been more important for higher education institutions contending with the economic implications from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through national searches, Stack named four directors of development to manage fundraising and facilitate giving.…

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Celebrate the July 4th weekend in Southwest Illinois

Communities mark Independence Day with fireworks Independence Day 2020 will look slightly different from previous years as only a handful of local communities are moving ahead with fireworks celebrations. Light shows will still take place in Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Grafton and Shipman although some social distancing measures have been put into place. Fireworks will glow over…

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