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Illinois AG, 17 others seek power to investigate police misconduct

Group also wants access to departments’ excessive force data SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ attorney general asked Congress in a letter Thursday to grant his office the power to investigate “practices of unconstitutional policing.” After Rodney King was beaten by Los Angeles police officers in 1991, federal lawmakers established the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.…

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Foundation receives $100,000 grant from COVID-19 relief fund

The Edwardsville Community Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, which was established by the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations in collaboration with the governor’s office. The grant money will be used to help community organizations in Madison County impacted by and responding to…

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Testing sites now open to all in Illinois, regardless of symptoms

The state of Illinois is opening its community-based testing sites to anyone to get tested, regardless of symptoms or other criteria. As the state moves toward a full reopening, testing will be crucial to identify new cases and take immediate action to prevent additional spread. “As we move forward, COVID-19 testing must be widely available…

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Next tax bills to be mailed have grace period factored in

Madison County property tax bills have completed printing and will be headed to mailboxes starting Friday. “Those who signed up for electronic delivery received their bills on Wednesday, June 3, while the remainder of bills will begin the mailing process on Friday, June 5,” Treasurer Chris Slusser said. “The first installment is due July 9,…

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Armstrong Teasdale opens office in Metro East

Armstrong Teasdale, which has offices across the United States, has now opened one in Edwardsville. In the past two years, the firm has expanded its geographic footprint significantly, hiring more than 80 attorneys and staff, and opening five new offices across the country in addition to Edwardsville. “We already serve a wide range of clients…

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County Democrats call for community collaboration

Leaders call on other communities in Madison County to follow Edwardsville example Democrat Party officials are praising the city of Edwardsville and the Edwardsville Police Department for what they call a proactive approach to understand and address issues of fairness and equality in their community. “Now is the time that we all need to come…

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COPS grants to pay for multiple police officers in Southwestern Illinois

At least five Southwestern Illinois law enforcement agencies will be receiving a total of more than $1 million in grant awards from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. The grant covers 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time officer,…

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