Illinois’ vote-by-mail requests shatter previous record set two years ago

By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health has released in-person voting guidelines for election authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 this year. Changes announced last week include moving polling locations from senior living facilities, maintaining social distancing for voters and workers, creating outdoor spaces for citizens…

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Poettker Construction headquarters wins Building Team Award

Poettker Construction Co. was recently awarded a bronze Building Team Award by Building Design+Construction for its new state-of-the-art headquarters in Breese, finished in October 2019. The Building Team Awards highlight the best projects across the country, exemplifying the collaboration between owner, architect, engineer and contractor to produce buildings that exhibit architectural and construction excellence. “We…

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Hanson tabbed as treasurer for Madison County Bar Association

John C. Hanson is serving this year as treasurer of the Madison County Bar Association. He is a member of the litigation practice group at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., representing companies in a variety of commercial matters. Previously, he served as an assistant state’s attorney in the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. “We’re pleased…

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Group cancels Alton’s Halloween Parade, one of area’s largest

The East End Improvement Association has announces the cancellation of the 2020 Alton Halloween Parade, one of the region’s largest such parades, due to COVID-19. “We regret to cancel this fun, wonderful family tradition,” stated Steve Schwartz, spokesman of the East End Improvement Association. “After much deliberation, we felt that for the health of our…

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Belleville offering free masks to residents as part of COVID battle

Beginning Monday, Aug. 31, the city of Belleville is offering free surgical face masks to residents who live in Belleville. The city has 85,500 masks, and residents may each receive two masks which are available for pick-up at various locations throughout the city. Those locations include: – City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St.; – Fire…

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Lewis and Clark Community College welcomes new faculty members

GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College welcomed four new full-time faculty members this fall. All four replaced former faculty members in programs that demonstrated a need, said LCCC Chief Academic Officer Jill Lane. “We’re really excited for this group,” Lane said. Instructor of Chemistry Ben Hutcherson has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Georgetown…

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SIUE goes inside for next vice chancellor for administration

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has selected Morris Taylor, PhD, as its vice chancellor for administration following a national search. Pending approval by the SIU Board of Trustees, Taylor officially assumes his new responsibilities on Thursday, Oct. 1. The VCA is responsible for support functions of the university, including planning and budgeting, human resources, financial affairs,…

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New order in the court: masks at all times, justices say

State Supreme Court: Symptomatic individuals should also avoid courthouses, per guidelines By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ highest court on Thursday included wearing a face covering in its COVID-19 rules governing state courthouse admittance. The update comes six days after Gov. JB Pritzker issued his seventh disaster proclamation in response to…

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