Town and Country Bank’s Abert brings hometown expertise to the job

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Paul Abert’s financial acumen is grounded in the advice he’s received from a litany of experts, a veritable Who’s Who of local banking. It served him well. Today, he is Madison County community president of Town and Country Bank. And his family roots go deep across Edwardsville, making him a familiar face…

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Pritzker hails passage of pension consolidation bill

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks Thursday during a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield about the General Assembly’s passage of legislation to consolidate 649 downstate police and firefighter pensions into two unified systems. The bill was the byproduct of a task force that Pritzker appointed in February. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Jerry Nowicki) Says…

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Allegiant begins flights from Mascoutah to Sarasota, Fla.

Allegiant starts service today (Friday) from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $58. “We are so happy to offer St. Louis-area residents this new, nonstop service to Sarasota / Bradenton this winter,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant…

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Edwardsville Bank has staffing in place for February opening

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Officials with Edwardsville Bank are eyeing an early 2020 opening for a facility that they say will fill a void in local banking. Remodeling is underway on the location at 209 E. Schwarz St., between East Kansas and South Buchanan streets, the former location of a U.S. Bank branch. Edwardsville Bank, a…

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Illinois Senate President Cullerton to retire

PHOTO: Senate President John Cullerton speaks during debate on the Senate floor Thursday at the Capitol in Springfield. After Thursday’s end of the veto session, Cullerton announced he would be retiring from the Senate sometime in January. (Photo by Lee Milner of Illinois Times) Surprise ripples through Statehouse after longtime lawmaker’s late announcement   By…

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‘No bars, no restaurants:’ Marijuana trailer bill clarifies allowable public use

Bill also addresses ‘revolving door’ policy for lawmakers joining the industry By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A cleanup bill written to ensure a smooth rollout of the legalization of adult-use marijuana in January passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on Thursday. Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored…

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Ameren Illinois gives goats right-of-way to clear vegetation

Ameren Illinois is staying ahead of the herd. The utility is experimenting with an environmental-friendly way to remove invasive vegetation in difficult-to-reach rights-of-way across its service territory. Currently, the company is piloting the use of 50 goats along a steep and rocky plot of land in Hillview, Ill., in Greene County. The area is covered…

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House of Ninjas to hold grand opening on Saturday

House of Ninjas, LLC, a family-owned ninja warrior obstacle course training facility for youth and adults, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1334 Central Park Drive in O’Fallon. Owner John Wilmas and his wife, Nicky, have worked with the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois…

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Insulin price cap advances with strong support in legislature

PHOTO: Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor Wednesday at the Capitol In Springfield during debate about legislation that would cap the cost of a 30-day supply of insulin at $100 for those with state-regulated health care plans. The bill, which Guzzardi sponsored in the House, passed and will be sent to Gov.…

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RBGA names Hansen Meat Co. as Small Business of the Month

The RiverBend Growth Association has named Hansen Meat Co. as its Small Business of the Month for November. The store opened first in Jerseyville in 1952 under first-generation owners Bill “Good Buddy” Hansen and his wife, Sissie. Their vision grew with the second-generation owner and President David Hansen who built a successful wholesale division. David…

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