Madison County Sheriff Lakin to retire at end of term

After 35 years in law enforcement, Madison County Sheriff John Lakin announced he will be retiring after his term ends in the fall of 2022. Lakin explained his wife Amy will be eligible to retire this summer after 35 years with the Illinois State Police. “We talked about it back in February and decided after…

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West Star names Falcon maintenance supervisor in East Alton

West Star Aviation has announced the promotion of Dan Sies to Falcon aircraft maintenance supervisor at its East Alton facility, based at St. Louis Regional Airport. Sies has more than 20 years of aviation experience starting with West Star in the Citation department and then transferring to Falcon in 2006 as an AMT Lead for…

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Alton-based Big Z Media acquires Today’s Advantage

Today’s Advantage, the local weekly shopper that has published continuously since 1986, has been acquired by Alton-based Big Z Media, the companies announced today. Big Z is the umbrella organization for radio stations WBGZ 1570 AM and 107.1 FM and MyMix 94.3 and 92.3 HD3, news website AltonDailyNews.com, and digital marketing offerings through Big Z…

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Republicans propose independent redistricting commission

Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, left, and Sen. Jason Barickman discuss the GOP’s latest proposal for redistricting reform during a virtual news conference Tuesday.(Credit: Zoom.us) Bill also require use of official census data By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republicans in the General Assembly have introduced a new bill that would hand…

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Village of Glen Carbon receives $18,750 grant for drainage project

The Village of Glen Carbon has received an $18,750 state grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to construct a drainage outfall at the corner of Glen Crossing Road and Jamie Lynn Drive. State Sen. Rachelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, and state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville,  advocated on behalf of the village at…

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Paycheck Protection Program extended an additional two months

President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law Tuesday, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, issued…

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SIUE honors women for embracing and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion 

A photo collage of the 2021 Phenomenal Women, including most nominees. The incredible contributions of inspiring women who embrace and promote diversity, equity and inclusion within their own lives and the lives of others were showcased during Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s annual Phenomenal Women’s Celebration held virtually on Monday, March 29. The 2021 Phenomenal Women…

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Southern Illinois man sentenced in mail thefts

A man who repeatedly stole mail from mailboxes in Southern Illinois is heading to prison. Seth W. Sorensen, 45, was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison and two years of court supervision after his release. Last December, Sorensen pled guilty in federal court to one count of mail theft and two…

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