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Burger King honors scholar at its Pontoon Beach location

Madisen Basarich, an employee of the Pontoon Beach Burger King, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Burger King Scholars program. Basarich is one of 73 area college students, including 13 employees or children of employees, to receive a scholarship sponsored by franchisee Broadway Restaurant Group. Basarich will use the $1,000 scholarship towards tuition…

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Metro East businesses hit by pandemic receiving Back to Business grants

By offering support to small businesses, Illinois is working to provide stability to local economies, state Sen. Rachelle Aud Crowe said this week, highlighting the significance of Back to Business grants sought by firms. Crowe, D-Glen Carbon (shown), said seven locally-owned businesses in her district are among those able to demonstrate financial loss from the…

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Two Metro East reps would face each other in latest congressional maps

Democrats unveil 2nd draft of congressional maps Districts appear to favor Democrats in 2022 by 14-3 margin By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Democratic leaders in the General Assembly released a second draft of proposed congressional district maps over the weekend as they prepare to head into the final three days of…

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William M. BeDell Center planning fundraisers in Wood River area

The William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center (arc) in Wood River will host a parade on Friday, Nov. 12, at 11:30 a.m.  The agency will also resume its annual tradition of a dance and auction on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The second annual parade, honoring veterans, will take place at the administrative…

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Bank of Hillsboro opens new branch in Staunton

Bank of Hillsboro has officially opened its new permanent branch in downtown Staunton at 227 East Main St. “We are extremely excited to be in the new location and have permanent roots in the community that has welcomed us with open arms,” said SVP Regional Manager Mike Ward. “We chose this new location because of…

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Highway maintainer saves driver from overturned semi

Illinois Department of Transportation Highway Maintainer Alan Ingle was hauling rock from the Casey gravel pit to Effingham earlier this year when he saw a crash occur just ahead of him: A semi traveling southwest on Interstate 70 flipped and landed in a ditch. Ingle reacted immediately. First, he warned oncoming traffic of the crash…

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Jerseyville rolls out destination branding initiative

A new vibe and a fresh outlook are coming to Jerseyville, intended to welcome visitors while continuing to honor the city’s past. With an intended design of making the City of Jerseyville the region’s place to go and the place to be, the Jerseyville Historic City Center District has been established. “When the world shut…

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Apprenticeship roundtable set for Collinsville in November

An apprenticeship roundtable made up of educators, business leaders, workforce development entities and elected officials will appear before the general public next month. The event is to be presented by Madison County Employment and Training and St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department. The discussion will center on: apprenticeships, internships, work-based learning, and how to establish…

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Holland Construction services opening St. Louis office

Swansea-based Holland Construction Services Inc. has announced plans to expand to meet growth in the St. Louis market. The company will open a new office at 1000 Macklind Ave., across from Forest Park between the St. Louis Science Center and St. Louis Community College. “More than half of our business as a company is in…

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