Upper Alton Association to present Souper Saturday

Area businesses to bring on their best soup to see who walks away with the best tasting soup The Upper Alton Association invites the public to attend Souper Saturday on Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Senior Services Plus, 2603 N. Rodgers Ave., Alton. This is Upper Alton Association’s first fundraising event…

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Don Harmon, Oak Park Democrat, named Illinois Senate president

Emerges over Lightford after hours of closed-door talks By JERRY NOWICKI AND PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, was elected as the 39th president of the Illinois Senate on Sunday after hours of behind-the-scenes negotiations. The race had been weeks in the making, and by the time…

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RBGA young adult committee planning gift card raffle

The RiverBend Growth Association’s Young Adults Committee is planning a gift card raffle in which participants will have chances to win thousands of dollars in gift cards in a program that will support both area youth and non-profit organizations in the Riverbend area. The committee consists of three representatives from the RiverBend Growth Association’s member…

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Granite City CEO program offers taste of community fare

The community is invited to taste local restaurant fare and explore local businesses during “A Taste of 62040 Plus More,” an offering of the Granite City CEO program. The event will be Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Granite City High School. CEO stands for Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, a…

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New law accelerates access to senior tax break

SPRINGFIELD – A measure co-sponsored by state Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, that speeds access to a property tax break for seniors was signed into law Tuesday. House Bill 961 will allow seniors to benefit earlier than originally scheduled from a new law removing the need for Cook County residents aged 65 or older to reapply…

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SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE assists in launching Artstream Studio

The Artstream Studio, a creative, convenient, one-of-a-kind, mobile art studio and event venue, recently opened in November to provide unique art enrichment programs, after school activities, birthday parties and art parties to the St. Louis Metro area. Owner Jennifer Beech has worked with the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern…

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Pritzker reflects on first year in office, looks ahead to 2020

Says state government was in worse shape than he thought coming in By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – One year ago, on Jan. 14, 2019, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker was sworn into office. A billionaire businessman from Chicago with no prior experience as an elected official, he took the reins of a…

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10-day Alton Restaurant Week gets underway

A cross-section of secret-recipe fried chicken, mouth wateringly tender pepperloin steaks, whiskey steak burgers and more are in the offing with Alton Restaurant Week, which kicks off today, Friday, for 10 days of dining through Jan. 26. Some 25 locally owned and operated restaurants are participating in Alton, East Alton, Bethalto, Godfrey and Grafton. Diners…

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