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Illinoisans brace for higher heat bills this winter

By KEVIN BESSLER, The Center Square As Illinoisans brace for higher heat bills this winter, the Illinois Commerce Commission is taking steps to avoid a repeat of February’s cold spell that disrupted the flow of natural gas to Illinois. The storm that blanketed the south-central region of the country forced natural gas processing plants to…

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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital receives 2021 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award

Hospital earns national distinction as a top performer in clinical quality HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been named a 2021 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey, a national leader in health-care consumer and workforce engagement. Press Ganey recognizes St. Elizabeth’s as a top-performing health-care organization achieving the 95th percentile or above for performance…

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Application portal opens for new round of Illinois rental assistance

$297 million from federal government is available to Illinoisans facing pandemic hardships By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The application portal is now open for another $297 million of rental assistance for Illinoisans who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois Rental Payment Program, or ILRPP, money comes from the…

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Metro East schools to receive new water bottle-filling stations

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation award a second round of H20 On the Go grants Fifty-five Illinois schools will receive new water bottle-filling stations to encourage students to drink more water as part of H2O On the Go, a grant program started last year by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation…

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Dupo-based sporting goods operation acquired by BSN SPORTS

BSN SPORTS, the nation’s largest direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to the school and league markets and a division of Varsity Brands, has acquired Winning Streak Inc. based in Dupo, Ill. Founded in 2003, Winning Streak has served the greater St. Louis and Chicago team sporting goods market through an extensive brand selection…

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IMPACT Strategies supports BSA Outfitters in Metro East shop relocation

The BSA Outfitters Metro East Scout Shop’s new Fairview Heights location opened this fall at 5205 N. Illinois Street (Illinois Route 159). Replacing its previous location in Belleville, the new shop is easily accessible from I-64 and is centrally located to serve the needs of all Metro East Boy Scouts. IMPACT Strategies provided general contracting…

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SWIC Foundation honors church for support of soup program

The Southwestern Illinois College Foundation recently recognized the Conqueror’s Christian Center, a family church in Belleville, as a major donor to the SWIC Soup Program that helps feed students in need. From left, SWIC Foundation Executive Director Rena Thoele, Conqueror’s Christian Center Financial Secretary Alice Jackson and SWIC English Professor Tami Hughes. Conqueror’s Christian Center…

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Region part of national effort to crack down on ‘money mule’ fraud

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois is participating in the national effort to combat money mule activities. Money mules are individuals who are recruited by national and international fraud schemes to help with the laundering of fraud proceeds, or transport goods purchased with fraud proceeds. Such individuals are usually recruited…

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Experts offer predictions for next year’s real estate market trends

By KEVIN BESSLER, The Center Square With prices increasing more than 10 percent and inventories tight in 2021, prospective home buyers are wondering what the market holds for next year. While this past year brought a home-buying frenzy largely fueled by first-time millennial homebuyers, Realtor.com predicts potential homeowners will face increased competition for at least…

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Metro East redistricting at issue as judges hear legislative map case on Tuesday

Legislative maps in Chicago, Metro East at issue By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago will begin hearing oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that could determine the makeup of state legislative maps in the Chicago area and Metro East region for the next 10 years.…

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