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19th Annual Green Gift Bazaar planned on Small Business Saturday

A past Green Gift Bazaar in Downtown Alton.   The Sierra Club Illinois Piasa Palisades Group and Alton Main Street are celebrating Small Business Saturday by hosting the 19th annual Green Gift Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 27. The event gives community members the opportunity to purchase “green” gifts for upcoming special occasions and support small…

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St. Clair County panel approves fire, security services at MidAmerica Airport

The St. Clair County Public Building Commission has approved the selection of Avports, LLC, to provide aircraft rescue and firefighting, airport operations and security services for MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah. The approved five-year contract for the work – collectively referred to as ARFF services – totals just under $1.1 million per year. Virginia-based…

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Virtue Vein and Lymphatic Center opening Edwardsville location

Virtue Vein and Lymphatic Center, a locally owned clinic with six locations throughout Southwest Missouri and Illinois, is opening at 217 South Buchanan, Suite B in Edwardsville, its first location in the Metro East. Owner Raffi Krikorian MD (shown) is a board-certified cardiologist and vascular physician with 25 years of experience in this field. The…

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TorHoerman Law hosts eighth annual Turkey Giveaway

Edwardsville-based TorHoerman Law staff hosted its eighth annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Alton Amphitheater. The law firm gave away 500 turkeys and raffled off other prizes and items. The giveaway is supported by local organizations and businesses. “The unsung heroes of the Turkey Giveaway are the sponsors” Attorney and President…

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New partnership with SIUC presents theater opportunity for Kaskaskia students

Kaskaskia College students that are aspiring actors, directors, set designers, and other theater professions now have the option of transferring to Southern Illinois University Carbondale to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater. Kaskaskia College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale signed a new articulation agreement for KC graduates to transfer to SIU Carbondale and…

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New Illinois congressional maps signed into law

Pritzker says maps reflect Illinois’ diversity, preserve minority representation By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday signed legislation redrawing the state’s congressional district maps, saying they reflect Illinois’ diversity and preserve minority representation. “These maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will ensure all communities are…

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Boy Scouts of America honor Belleville lawyer as Distinguished Citizen

The Greater St. Louis Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently presented Patrick Mathis of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. and Michael Wenzel of Wenzel & Associates with the 2021 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award for a lifetime of leadership and generosity to the community. Patrick Mathis founded the law firm of…

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Family agrees to five-year sponsorship of Edwardsville Art Fairs

The 2021 Art Fair was a great success, the Edwardsville Arts Center says, with participating artists reporting over $290,000 in artwork sales. The funds raised through booth fees and sponsorships shape the budget for the coming year for the programs and events the EAC organizes. The Edwardsville Art Fair enriches the community and has become…

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State unemployment benefits no longer to be made by debit card

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment insurance benefit payments will soon no longer be made by debit card. Beginning Dec. 27, 2021, claimants who defaulted to a debit card option as their preferred method of payment will begin receiving paper checks instead of the benefits being placed on a debit card. The Department…

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