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Metro East to reap windfall in Rebuild Illinois projects

Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced that almost $111.4 million has been awarded to transit providers downstate as part of the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. The governor also announced an additional $108.3 million for public ports in Illinois. The two announcements, combined with earlier commitments of $40…

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Pritzker vetoes paid COVID leave for school, university employees

Negotiates new bill to provide leave to only those fully vaccinated By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday vetoed a bill that would have provided paid administrative leave for public school and university employees who miss work due to COVID-19-related issues and instead negotiated “compromise” legislation that would…

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Three physicians join Neurosurgery of St. Louis

Neurosurgery of St. Louis announced the addition of three experienced neurosurgeons from within the St. Louis community who have joined its practice. Michael F. Boland, MD, Michael N. Polinsky and MD, Scott H. Purvines, MD, joined the group’s current neurosurgery team, which includes Brendan M. Fong, MD, Sarah J. Fouke, MD, Stephen J. Johans, MD,…

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Kaskaskia College to take on high school students this fall

Kaskaskia College administration recently hosted school superintendents to introduce the college’s “KC Now” program for qualified high school students. KC Now allows high school students to attend KC during their junior and senior years, beginning Fall 2022. This program will allow students to earn college credit toward a degree or certificate while completing high school.…

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Judge’s ruling temporarily halts subcircuit law in Madison County

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine announced today that a Sangamon County judge has granted a temporary restraining order halting the implementation of the recently-enacted legislation creating new judicial subcircuits in Madison County. The TRO was in response to a lawsuit Haine filed on January 21 on behalf of Madison County which challenges the constitutionality…

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ImpactLife opens blood donation center in Fairview Heights

ImpactLife, a blood provider to hospitals across the St. Louis region, has opened a new blood donation center in Fairview Heights. The facility, which opened Monday, Jan. 24, at 10900B Lincoln Trail (Midway Plaza), will be available Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.…

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New leadership roles announced at The Korte Company

Todd Korte will begin his role as executive chairman of The Korte Company after serving 21 years as the company’s president and CEO, the company announced Monday. Brent Korte, The Korte Company’s former chief operating officer, was named the company’s new president and CEO. In the 63-year history of The Korte Company, Brent is only…

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Judge mulls lawsuit seeking to block mask mandates, exclusion rules

Demonstrators outside the Illinois State Board of Education building protest a statewide indoor mask mandate in all public and nonpublic schools Aug. 18, 2021, in Springfield. (Capitol News Illinois file photo by Peter Hancock)   Court weighing school COVID mitigations By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A Sangamon County judge is considering…

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Revitalize Nutrition brings smoothies to Edwardsville

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon celebrating the first customer appreciation weekend at Revitalize Nutrition, a new smoothie and juice bar that recently opened at 1019 Century Drive in Edwardsville, near Wang Gang. Co-owners Britney Murphy and Tim Martin are featured here along with members of their team and supporters from…

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Police chiefs, sheriffs warn Illinois lawmakers about rising crime rate

Task force hears from law enforcement about impact of SAFE-T Act By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Police chiefs and sheriffs told a panel of state lawmakers Friday that they need more resources and support from the public and the General Assembly to combat a rising rate of violent crime in Illinois.…

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