Southwestern Illinois trade panel extending reach to Peru, plans luncheon

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at SIUE and the Southwest Illinois Trade and Investment Council are planning a luncheon program on doing business in Peru on Tuesday, Dec. 3. “PERU: A Friendly Country for Doing Business” is a complimentary lunch program to highlight business opportunities in Perú, key sectors, the latest investment projects and…

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MCT trail formally opened between Troy and O’Fallon

Madison County Transit and the Metro East Park & Recreation District formally opened the 7-mile Troy-O’Fallon extension of the MCT Goshen Trail. A ceremony Saturday, Nov. 16, marked the event with participation from local officials and the Park & Bike Lot on Kyle Road in O’Fallon. The $10 million asphalt trail extends the 12.4-mile MCT…

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Forefront Dermatology opens new location in O’Fallon

The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce joined chamber member Forefront Dermatology as it celebrated its new location at 930 Talon Drive location in O’Fallon. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 12. Dr. Scott Carrizales, board-certified dermatologist and retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, isaid he is passionate about helping patients overcome their skin conditions.…

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Bank of Belleville continuing consistent growth, president says

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Having the right team members gives a community bank a leg up on the larger competition, says Bank of Belleville’s Ron Stephens, who became the institution’s president and chief executive officer this year. “What makes the difference is the people, the place and what it stands for. People knowing you and you…

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Professor receives 2019 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award at LCCC

GODFREY – Developmental Education Professor Chrissie Chapman is Lewis and Clark’s 2019 Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. “I’ve been here 20 years, and I’ve enjoyed working here every year,” Chapman said. “The thing that really brings me the most joy is when I complete projects with my students, I ask them to step out…

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Trump rolls back EPA oversight in Midwest, favoring polluters

EPA inspections and staff levels plunge in the Chicago regional office as regulations are abandoned and policy favors job creation over clean air and water. The Midwest is among the areas hit hardest by the cutbacks, with inspections down 60 percent since Trump took office. By BRETT CHASE, Better Government Association SAUGET— Mamie Cosey and…

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Belleville storage facility signs on as U-Haul dealer

U-Haul Company of Illinois Inc. has announce that Gateway Storage Mall has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Belleville community. Gateway Storage Mall at 17 Royal Heights Center will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. Normal business hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.…

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Ameren Illinois: 750-plus scams attempts reported so far in 2019

National Utility Scam Awareness Week November 18-22 In conjunction with National Utility Scam Awareness Week Nov. 18-22, Ameren Illinois is reminding the public to be aware of scammers targeting business and residential utility customers. Since Ameren Illinois began tracking scam attempts in mid-2014, there have been more than 5,000 reported scams, costing customers upwards of…

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McKendree nursing professor honored for excellence in teaching

Dr. Kelli Whittington, RN, CNE, of McKendree University is among 100 St. Louis area educators who have received the 2019 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award for their outstanding contribution to the teaching profession and to their students. The awards were presented on Nov. 17 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis. Recipients were chosen by…

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East St. Louis teacher receives 2019 Emerson Excellence Award

Quintina Fisher, third-grade teacher at Gordon Bush Elementary School in the East St. Louis School District, was awarded an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award in St. Louis. Fisher’s supporters say she embodies all characteristics of excellence in teaching.  She encourages her students to strive towards their goals and sets high expectations for learning with every…

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