Two Southern Illinois Amtrak stations part of $2.25 million Justice Department settlement

Patrons of two Amtrak stations in the Southern District of Illinois may be eligible for compensation as part of a recent Justice Department settlement. On Jan. 29, federal authorities announced that a $2.25 million fund had been established to compensate travelers with a mobility disability who were harmed physically or emotionally because of accessibility issues…

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FOID, concealed carry permits extended again

Illinois State Police assure lawmakers agency is clearing renewal backlog By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police has given another 150-day extension to people whose Firearms Owners Identification cards or Concealed Carry Licenses have expired due to a backlog in processing renewal applications. A panel of state lawmakers gave…

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State pausing use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine per federal recommendations

Member of governor’s staff tests positive for COVID-19 By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – On advice of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois will pause distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson. The federal agencies made that recommendation Tuesday morning after…

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Veteran road engineer joins Gonzalez Companies

Gonzalez Companies has announced the addition of its newest team member, Jon Schaller, P.E., who will serve as a senior project manager. Schaller has more than 30 years of industry experience including serving as the engineer of local roads and streets for the Illinois Department of Transportation District 8, where he regularly managed project funds…

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Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity has chamber office hours

Tracey Glenn, Southwest Region manager of the Office of Regional Economic Development at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, will have quarterly in-person office hours at the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce. Glenn will answer questions about resources for businesses (incentives, tax assistance, grants, and PPP). She can also help direct you to state…

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Groundbreaking today for rec complex, R.P. Lumber Center

Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton, city officials, donors and children of the community who will benefit from The R.P. Lumber Center will break ground Tuesday on Edwardsville’s new recreational development. The event is a reschedule of an earlier date postponed by rain. The center is part of the city of Edwardsville’s “A Better Place to Play”…

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New podcast highlights O’Fallon and Shiloh communities

A new podcast highlighting businesses and events in the O’Fallon-Shiloh  area has begun, with new episodes released each Friday. The 618 Now podcast provides a snapshot of what’s happening in the area. “There is so much going on in our community. But we recognize it can be difficult keeping track of everything,” says podcast co-host,…

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Former Sen. Clayborne entitled to withheld salary, judge says

Judge rules two ex-senators should be paid withheld salaries Illinois Comptroller will appeal decision, calls former lawmakers ‘shameless grifters’ By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Two former Illinois state senators have a “clear right” to receive portions of their legislative salaries that were withheld by Illinois Comptroller Mendoza and her predecessors, a…

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Ameren, others lay out opposition to costs of Clean Energy Jobs Act

An analysis of a 900-page Clean Energy Jobs Act by Ameren Illinois concludes that the plan will cost Downstate customers nearly $20 billion over the 30 years. Consumers and energy advocates from across Central and Southern Illinois are raising concerns about the Downstate cost of the bill pending before the Illinois General Assembly (Senate Bill…

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American Trucking Associations names regional vice president-Midwest

American Trucking Associations has named Brian Peters to the regional vice president- Midwest position, responsible for member engagement and recruitment within the Midwestern states of ATA. Peters looks forward to “identifying and prospecting for new member additions within the ATA membership, aiding in the retention of present members, and serving ATA members in a “trusted…

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