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Illinois American begins massive sewer separation project in Alton

Installation of six miles of sanitary sewer main included The image outlines project site locations.  Illinois American Water is kicking off three significant projects to separate portions of the wastewater system from the stormwater system. Over six miles of sanitary sewer main will be installed in the Turner Tract, Shields Valley and Piasa Valley areas…

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MCT launches commemorative tree and bench program

Opportunity to honor an individual, organization, or business while enhancing MCT trails Madison County Transit is launching an MCT Trails Commemorative Tree & Bench Program. The new program provides a way for residents and trail users to purchase a tree or bench to be placed along the MCT Trails to honor a loved one, or…

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Bill would allow special needs students to stay with school program past 21

Another measure allows the use federal benefits to purchase feminine hygiene products By TIM KIRSININKAS Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House Human Services Committee advanced two bills Tuesday, one allowing special needs students to stay with a school program past their 22nd birthday and another allowing the use of certain federal nutrition…

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State’s southernmost counties getting vaccination sites

Hospitalizations near pandemic lows By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state announced new mass vaccination sites in Adams and Cook counties Wednesday and added National Guard support for sites in the state’s southernmost seven counties. That brings the number of state-supported mass vaccination sites to 18, according to the governor’s office,…

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Machine takes ‘Byte’ out of hunger at hospital cafe

Ken Derienzo, manager of Morrison Food Service at Alton Memorial Hospital, puts a credit card in the “Byte” machine in the Alton Memorial Hospital café. The machine was installed to serve employees, physicians and visitors during the hours when the nearby café’s serving line is not open. “We have mostly salads, sandwiches, parfait items and…

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Poettker completes Richland County High School work in Olney

Richland County Community Unit 1 has a newly completed, $31.5 million addition and renovation of its Richland County High School in Olney, Ill. Construction manager Poettker Construction Co., of Breese, and designer BLDD Architects were engaged to modernize the education facility, improve safety and security, and increase accessibility for the 2,400-plus student district, while creating…

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Spectrum store opens for business in Alton

Charter Communications Inc. announced the opening of a new Spectrum store in Alton. The store gives consumers an option for adding or managing their Spectrum Internet, TV, mobile or voice services. The store at 1837 Homer Adams Parkway is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and…

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East St. Louis Café of Champions Challenge offers $3,000 in prizes

Caterers and restaurant entrepreneurs are invited to showcase their talents in the 2021 East St. Louis Café of Champions Challenge, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s first food industry business plan competition. The opportunity is huge as the winning caterer or restauranteur receives the opportunity to operate their food business on the SIUE East St. Louis Higher Education Campus…

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Free tax preparation assistance available throughout Illinois

Low-to-moderate income families and older Illinoisans needing assistance filing their 2020 individual income taxes can receive free help through several trusted programs across the State of Illinois. The Internal Revenue Service and AARP Tax-Aide programs are providing free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in select locations statewide. How taxpayer…

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New state Rep. Elik begins her committee service

State Rep. Amy Elik, R-Fosterburg, this week began her service on six key committees scheduled to convene in the legislature. The House of Representatives began conducting hearings virtually on Monday. Many important issues face the state, but one of the most significant is unemployment. A Labor & Commerce Committee hearing is scheduled Thursday to discuss…

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