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State’s top GOP candidates plan gathering in Edwardsville

Illinois Republican governor candidates Darren Bailey, Richard Irvin, Max Solomon and Jesse Sullivan are expected to join more than 25 candidates for state and local offices at a GOP Candidate Meet-and-Greet from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the American Legion on Illinois Route 157 in Edwardsville. The event is free to the…

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Census Bureau thinks Illinois was undercounted in 2020 census

Survey data shows six states undercounted, eight overcounted By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Census Bureau released new survey data Thursday suggesting the population of Illinois may have been undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2020 headcount. That was one of the findings of the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey, or…

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Kaskaskia College auto tech program fueled by McKay Auto Parts’ grant

Kaskaskia College’s automotive technology program has received a $30,000 donation to enhance educational opportunities for students in the automotive industry. Earl Flack, president of McKay Auto Parts, presented the check to Kaskaskia College President George Evans and Charles DeBernardi, assistant professor of Automotive Technology at McKay Auto Parts headquarters in Litchfield. The funds were made…

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Charges allege bids were faked in construction at multiple Aldi stores

Federal fraud charges have been filed involving potential rigging of bids for construction projects at Aldi Grocery Stores throughout Southern  Illinois and Missouri. On Tuesday, May 17, a federal grand jury in East St. Louis returned a nine-count indictment charging a former Aldi executive and a local general contractor with federal fraud offenses, said the…

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Madison County receives $3.8 million for sale of Plum Street property

An aerial view of the county property, situated on the northwest corner of Plum Street and Governors’ Parkway in Edwardsville. Madison County has formally closed on the sale of nearly 14 acres targeted for development along Plum Street in Edwardsville. “In real estate, it’s never sold until it’s closed,” Chairman Kurt Prenzler said Thursday. “The…

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Leaders praise state’s capital plan as money pours into Southern Illinois

Funding helps state agencies build, improve, and renovate aging facilities Projects throughout Downstate Illinois are being funded by $46 million in Capital Development Board investments made possible by the state’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan. The money will be used to improve and renovate various state agency buildings in the state’s southern regions. The funding will…

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Illinois rejoins federal Title X family planning program

Action comes after Biden reverses Trump administration’s ‘gag rule’ By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has resumed participation in the federal Title X family planning program after refusing to take part for the past three years in protest over a Trump administration policy regarding abortion services. Gov. JB Pritzker announced this…

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Police opposition has softened toward 2021 criminal justice reforms in Illinois

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois gkinnicutt@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Amid a campaign season in which every constitutional office and seat in the Illinois General Assembly will be up for vote, rising crime and a landmark criminal justice reform passed in 2021 have become dominant topics for Republicans trying to loosen Democrats’ hold on state government.…

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Leaders mark groundbreaking of America’s Center expansion project

Regional leaders came together Tuesday in downtown St. Louis to celebrate the groundbreaking of the America’s Center expansion project known as AC Next Gen. The groundbreaking kicks off the much-awaited expansion and facelift for the America’s Center Convention Complex, which was last updated in 1995. Speakers at the groundbreaking discussed the first phase of the…

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Crowe confirmed as next U.S. attorney in Southern District of Illinois

The U.S. Senate late Tuesday unanimously confirmed Rachelle L. Crowe to serve as United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Details on the transition were not immediately available but Crowe, a Glen Carbon Democrat, will be required to resign her post as state senator in Illinois’ 56th District. The district encompasses Metro East.…

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