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Edwardsville mayor to serve as VP on Municipal League board of directors

The Illinois Municipal League elected officers and members to its board of directors at its Annual Business Meeting, held Sept. 25, as a part of the 108th IML Annual Conference at the Hilton Chicago. Edwardsville Mayor Art Risavy was elected to serve as a vice president, on the statewide organization’s board of directors. “It is…

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Southern Illinois town pins hopes on river port development

Alexander County saw 36.4 percent population decline since 2010 By PETER HANCOCK, Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com CAIRO – Anyone who has driven America’s Interstate highway system is familiar with those standard blue signs near major exits indicating the services available ahead – fuel, food and lodging. Driving south on Interstate 57 in Illinois, approaching the…

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Street mural begins in Alton’s Downtown entertainment district

A street mural is underway in the heart of Downtown Alton’s entertainment district. Alton Main Street says the new public art project is being painted directly on the roadway at the intersection of State and Third streets. The public is welcome to observe the artist at work. Creation of the mural began on Sunday, Sept.…

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Senior vice president named at Bank of Belleville

Bank of Belleville has added Mark Davitz to its lending team as a senior vice president. Davitz, who has 30 years of banking experience, will be supporting clients with their commercial banking needs. “I’ve known Mark for more than 20 years and he has the character, values, and work ethic that fit very well within…

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Elimination of cash bail expected to hurt circuit clerk revenues

By KEVIN BESSLER, The Center Square A new study shows most county circuit court clerks in Illinois will lose about 11 percent of their general fund fee revenue when cash bail is eliminated in 2023. The focus of the study is on the amount of bond payments applied, which means bonds processes and disbursed after…

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Mental health researcher named IBHE Nurse Educator Fellow

A career dedicated to uplifting the mental health of students, faculty and community members has earned Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Tracy Cooley a FY2022 Illinois Board of Higher Education Nurse Educator Fellowship Program award. Cooley, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, assistant professor in the School of Nursing’s Department of Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing, received this…

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Senior living counselor joins Keystone Place retirement community

Keystone Place at Richland Creek in O’Fallon, Ill., announced that Greg Gelzinnis has joined the independent living, assisted living and memory care community as its senior living counselor. Gelzinnis will provide guidance to seniors and families seeking insight into the variety of available senior housing and care options and help them to determine the right…

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Lewis and Clark hosting Minority Info Fair Sept. 30

Lewis and Clark Community College will engage with minority students on campus next Thursday to share information and resources that can help them reach their academic and career goals. The Minority Information Fair will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in The Commons, inside the McPike Math and Science Complex on…

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Delta Dental of Illinois names new director of client services

Delta Dental of Illinois announced the hiring of Alyce K. Buchanan as director of client services. In this role, Buchanan will be responsible for the company’s customer service operations, developing the service business plan and related strategies to ensure a customer-centric focus. Buchanan has more than 20 years of dedicated contact center/service operations leadership expertise.…

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Revised state legislative maps are now law but face legal challenges

Challenges likely in both state and federal courts By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Despite opposition from Republicans as well as reform groups, Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed into law the revised state legislative district maps that lawmakers passed in August, opening the door to almost certain court challenges. “These legislative…

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