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Metro Transit service changes won’t impact Illinois routes

Adjustments to 18 Missouri MetroBus routes to improve service reliability Metro Transit will make adjustments to schedules and service frequency for 18 Missouri MetroBus routes in the City of St. Louis and in St. Louis County on Monday, March 21. There are no changes to MetroBus routes in Illinois or to MetroLink train schedules. Like…

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Former judge takes helm at Legislative Inspector General’s Office

Michael  McCuskey has begun his role as legislature’s watchdog. By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Michael McCuskey assumed his role of Legislative Inspector General this week, bringing 32 years of judicial experience to the position charged with investigating lawmaker misconduct. “I want them to be a little scared of me,” McCuskey, in…

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Senate advances bill to allow online hearings for orders of protection

Survivors to have online access for protection orders, court hearings in large counties By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois gkinnicutt@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Illinois Senate voted to pass a measure that provides domestic violence and sexual assault survivors online access for order of protection court hearings in the state’s nine…

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Area casino planning ‘National Day of Hiring’ today

Lumière Place Casino & Hotel will host a National Day of Hiring event from 1 to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 24. Potential team members will have the opportunity to learn more about Lumière Place, the Caesars Entertainment portfolio, possibilities at the property and within the company. Face coverings and professional dress are requested. The day…

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State senator resigns seat amid corruption probe

Cullerton resigns Senate seat, reportedly plans to plead guilty to federal charges Former labor committee chair was charged with being paid by unions without doing work By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, resigned his seat Wednesday and will reportedly plead guilty next month to federal corruption…

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Comptroller calls for ending penalties on state’s late payments

Mendoza says bills now being paid on time; claims penalties don’t deter lateness By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is calling for repealing a law that imposes a 12 percent interest whenever the state is late paying its bills, along with a program that allows private investors to…

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Landmark home, former business, being restored in Collinsville

By STEPHANIE MALENCH, smalench@timestribunenews.com A historic landmark in Uptown Collinsville has new owners who are bringing it back to life for the entire city to enjoy. The Schroeppel-Brown House, located at 317 West Main St, was purchased by Jeremey Martin and Bailey Lutz in December of 2021. The land where the three-story Queen Anne style…

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U.S. Steel employees honored as volunteer service champions

Five employees at United States Steel Corp.’s Illinois and Indiana facilities, including one from Granite City, have been named Volunteer Service Champions, as part of the company’s “United by Service” campaign honoring community service efforts. The company honored the winners with $5,000 in donations to charitable organizations of their choice. The United by Service campaign…

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House leaders again remove some Republicans over mask refusal

Disruptions over mask requirements continue for 2nd straight week By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – In the first half-hour of House session Tuesday at the Capitol, the leaders of each party made calls for civility, two lawmakers recounted their recollections of a House floor altercation, and three Republicans were removed from the…

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Jerseyville in for $16 million in water upgrades

Illinois American Water is investing more than $16 million to upgrade the local water system in Jerseyville. The investment supports continued reliable, safe drinking water as well as upgrades for enhanced efficiency, safety and security. “Illinois American Water’s investments are an example of continuous improvements to help meet the demands of today’s customers and for…

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