First Mid names regional community bank president for new banking center

First Mid Bank & Trust has welcomed Chris Frein as a regional community bank president. Before joining First Mid, Frein served as chief lending officer at Stifel Bank. With 30 years of banking experience, Frein will be responsible for supporting and strengthening lending relationships in Clayton, Mo., and its surrounding areas. Frein and his team…

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Lawrence Group announces 2020 promotions

St. Louis-based Lawrence Group, one of the largest building design, development, and project delivery firms, is announcing three promotions: Julie Steffens (right in photo) has been promoted to principal and director of interior design. Steffens co-leads Lawrence Group’s education practice. Steffens brings a collaborative leadership style and said she is passionate about growing long-term client…

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Prenzler wants property tax limit on November ballot

Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler is proposing a limit on property tax growth and wants it on the ballot in November. “Property taxes are out of control,” Prenzler said. “I want to give the voters an opportunity to do something about it.” Prenzler is calling a special meeting of the County Board for Wednesday…

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More House Democrats call for Madigan’s resignation

PHOTO: House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, is pictured speaking to graduate students in the University of Illinois Springfield’s Public Affairs Reporting program last year at the Statehouse. Two more members of Madigan’s House Democratic caucus have called on him to resign this week. (Capitol News Illinois file photo by Lindsey Salvatelli) Growing number…

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State regulators grill ComEd execs over fraud admission

Utility says $200 million fine to be paid by shareholders, not ratepayers By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Top executives of utility giant Commonwealth Edison faced tough questions from state regulators Wednesday as they publicly apologized for the lobbying scandal that is forcing the company to pay a $200 million criminal fine.…

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