Scott Credit Union to open another Missouri location

Members of Scott Credit Union will have a fifth Missouri location later this year when they need to visit a branch. The local credit union is finalizing plans to open a location at 9100 Gravois Road in Affton, MO. The newest SCU location, which was a former bank building, is 8,300 square feet and features…

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CARES Act funds available for small businesses, service agencies in county

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County will open an application process on Monday to grant $1.7 million to businesses and public service agencies for COVID-19 relief. Madison County residents impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply starting Aug. 17 for federal virus relief money to be distributed through Community Development Block Grant as a result of…

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Growing with the times: Local landscaper now one of largest in country

The Munie family celebrates at a recent gathering. Joe Munie, left, and his wife Linda, right, flank their children, from second left, Craig, Clare and Matt Munie.   By DENNIS GRUBAUGH, The Illinois Business Journal Joe Munie built his company quite literally from the ground up, and in the last 40 years, he hasn’t ventured…

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Panel backs governor’s rule fining businesses over mask enforcement

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s emergency rules to first warn, then fine businesses that do not adhere to a mandatory mask requirement for employees and customers was approved Tuesday by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. The changes are not settling well with everyone in the business community nor with Republican members of the Legislature. “Governor…

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LCCC working to make campus safe for students, faculty this fall

GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College officials say they are working to make college as safe as possible for students, faculty and staff this fall. Instruction will be offered in five modes which emphasize flexibility and safety. Two new modes – Virtual Class Meetings and Virtual Blended Courses – utilize synchronous virtual instruction, in…

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Duckworth-Durbin bill to commemorate Route 66 passes Senate

Bipartisan legislation to commemorate Route 66 introduced by U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, both Democrats from Illinois, and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., has passed the Senate, they said Tuesday. The Route 66 Centennial Commission Act (S. 1014) will establish a centennial commission in preparation for the 100th anniversary of Route 66, which begins in…

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Return to work also means analyzing the workspace, too

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH The workspace of the future may look vastly different from today’s, driven in part by health concerns of the COVID-19 era. “We’ve all been hearing about ‘return to work,’ but it’s actually about returning to the workplace,” said Jane Louer, the founder and CEO of Louer Facility Planning in Collinsville. “It’s important…

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Pritzker announces launch of housing assistance programs

Calls it largest pandemic-related housing stability program in the nation By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday announced a pair of housing assistance programs aimed at helping lower-income households meet their rent and mortgage payments during the pandemic. “The economic pain brought on by COVID-19 has impacted every…

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Trades rep named to Kaskaskia Regional Port District board

Mark Chatham has been appointed by the governor to serve on the Kaskaskia Regional Port District Board, pending Illinois Senate confirmation. Chatham, from Belleville, is currently a journeyman with the Steamfitters Local 439. Chatham previously worked as a journeyman for the East St. Louis Carpenters Local 169. Chatham is trustee for the Delegates for Southern…

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