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Madison County receives $3.8 million for sale of Plum Street property

An aerial view of the county property, situated on the northwest corner of Plum Street and Governors’ Parkway in Edwardsville. Madison County has formally closed on the sale of nearly 14 acres targeted for development along Plum Street in Edwardsville. “In real estate, it’s never sold until it’s closed,” Chairman Kurt Prenzler said Thursday. “The…

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Bank of Hillsboro welcomes new Edwardsville branch manager

Bank of Hillsboro has welcomed Megan Wood as its new Edwardsville branch manager. Wood joined the bank six years ago as a part-time teller and then became a loan processor. She was offered the position of branch manager in December and transitioned into the role in April. “Megan has always prioritized her relationships with our…

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Leaders praise state’s capital plan as money pours into Southern Illinois

Funding helps state agencies build, improve, and renovate aging facilities Projects throughout Downstate Illinois are being funded by $46 million in Capital Development Board investments made possible by the state’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan. The money will be used to improve and renovate various state agency buildings in the state’s southern regions. The funding will…

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Illinois rejoins federal Title X family planning program

Action comes after Biden reverses Trump administration’s ‘gag rule’ By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has resumed participation in the federal Title X family planning program after refusing to take part for the past three years in protest over a Trump administration policy regarding abortion services. Gov. JB Pritzker announced this…

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Nitro Family Foods cuts ribbon on new commercial kitchen

Nitro Family Foods, known for its homemade Nitro Salsa and pickles, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony May 4 to mark the completion of a large conversion project. The work converted a former, vacant dog grooming facility into a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen with a store front at 231 E. State St. in O’Fallon’s Downtown…

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Police opposition has softened toward 2021 criminal justice reforms in Illinois

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois gkinnicutt@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Amid a campaign season in which every constitutional office and seat in the Illinois General Assembly will be up for vote, rising crime and a landmark criminal justice reform passed in 2021 have become dominant topics for Republicans trying to loosen Democrats’ hold on state government.…

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Surgical Services manager earns Alton Memorial Leadership Award

Although Alton Memorial Hospital was unable to hold its annual Employee Awards Banquet again this year because of the pandemic, the hospital was still able to honor several of its top staff members during the recent Health Care Week. Cathy Wagner, manager of Surgical Services and the Cardiac Cath Lab, won the 2021 Leadership Award,…

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Leaders mark groundbreaking of America’s Center expansion project

Regional leaders came together Tuesday in downtown St. Louis to celebrate the groundbreaking of the America’s Center expansion project known as AC Next Gen. The groundbreaking kicks off the much-awaited expansion and facelift for the America’s Center Convention Complex, which was last updated in 1995. Speakers at the groundbreaking discussed the first phase of the…

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Mark to retire as chairman, president of Ameren Illinois

After a distinguished 20-year career in the energy sector and 45 years of business and civic leadership, Richard J. Mark, chairman and president, Ameren Illinois, announced his intention to retire on Aug.1, 2022. Upon reaching a final decision, Ameren leaders will announce Mark’s successor. “Richard has been a difference-maker for our company, having served in…

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Crowe confirmed as next U.S. attorney in Southern District of Illinois

The U.S. Senate late Tuesday unanimously confirmed Rachelle L. Crowe to serve as United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Details on the transition were not immediately available but Crowe, a Glen Carbon Democrat, will be required to resign her post as state senator in Illinois’ 56th District. The district encompasses Metro East.…

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