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Schnucks partners on cash-back, receiptless tech feature

GetUpside’s 20 percent cash back available at 110 Schnucks locations Schnuck Markets Inc. has launched GetUpside at all of its stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, and will be the first grocer to use the service’s receiptless tech feature. The move complements Schnucks’ ongoing digital investment in the customer experience, the grocer said. Shoppers use…

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CVS installing time-delayed safes in Illinois to curb opioid theft

By KEVIN BESSLER, The Center Square To curb the theft of opioids, CVS Health will be installing time-delayed safes at its Illinois locations. Pharmacy robberies are not only a problem in Chicago, but in downstate communities like Decatur, Nashville and Columbia. The Illinois Attorney’s General Office reported they are seeing gangs target pharmacies to steal…

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Here is the average home price in Metro East

In case you’re thinking about the sellers’ market, the average home price in Metro East is $183,593. That’s according to statistics from the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois October inventory demands continue to increase home prices, the association said this week. Home sales Compared to October 2020, St. Clair County home sales were down 2…

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Raceway owner to be honored by Comcast for support of military

Comcast has announced World Wide Technology Raceway owner Curtis Francois as the seventh annual Comcast Community Champion of the Year. Francois (shown) will receives the award for his work with the Raceway Gives Foundation, which lifts up individuals and military families in the St. Louis area who are seeking to fulfill their potential. Comcast will…

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Delta Dental foundation awards grants locally, across state

Alton organization among 18 recipients of 2021 Community Grants Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, awarded nearly $245,000 to 18 nonprofit and community organizations through its annual Community Grants Program. Each organization shares the Foundation’s mission of improving children’s oral health throughout Illinois. “Ongoing disparities worsened by…

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School district buying land for new elementary school

By KEITH GILLETT Herald Publications The Mascoutah District 19 School Board is buying land north of Mascoutah Middle School for a future Mascoutah Elementary School. The board authorized District Superintendent Dr. Craig Fiegel to enter into an agreement to purchase 67.86 acres of land for $1,059,593. The land is located in three parcels of 28.32…

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Senators renew push to make Cahokia Mounds part of National Park System

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday sent a letter to President Biden urging him to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to incorporate the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site under the National Park System and offer additional protections for the ancient mounds in St. Clair and Madison…

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New area code to be added in northcentral Illinois

The Illinois Commerce Commission says an 861 area code is being added to counties and municipalities presently served by the 309 area code in the northcentral part of the state. The 861 area code will “overlay” the existing territory in order to supplement the telephone number supply. The 861 area code will be available for…

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Annual Uptown Collinsville Light-Up Parade this Saturday

The 2021 Uptown Collinsville Light-Up Parade, featuring holiday lights, floats, bands and unique, festive cars, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade begins at the Collins House at 5:30 p.m., travels down Main Street, makes a left onto Center Street, turns onto Clay Street, and ends at Combs. Participants can go to the…

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O’Fallon is in for major highway work, mayor says

In his regular written column to the community, O’Fallon Mayor Herb Roach this week noted that two major highways that service O’Fallon will see major overhauls in the next few years. “Much of the credit is due to the persistence of our Director of Public Works, Jeff Taylor,” Roach said. His column states: “If you…

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