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State creates 46 new affordable homes for Greene County families

Hopkins Estates and Tiger Trace replace two outdated era public housing developments with new, modern homes Forty-six rental homes have been built in place of two outdated housing projects in Greene County. Through the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, the Housing Authority of Greene County demolished Prairie Court in Greenfield and Glen Rowe Court in Roodhouse.…

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Schnucks expands curbside pickup to 59 stores

Schnuck Markets Inc. announced that curbside pickup is now available at 59 stores, nearly doubling the number of locations previously offering the service. In addition to expanding to more stores in the St. Louis and Evansville, Ind. areas, curbside pickup is debuting at Schnucks stores in central and northern Illinois as well as central Missouri.…

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Western Governors University celebrates Veterans Day with $75,000 in scholarships

In celebration of Veterans Day, Western Governors University is offering $75,000 in scholarships to veterans, active-duty military, reservists and military families who are interested in furthering their education. The WGU “Salute to Armed Forces” Scholarship can be applied to any of the online, nonprofit university’s 60+ bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in the high-demand fields…

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McKendree University Board names alum as new president

Daniel Lett, chairman of the McKendree University Board of Trustees, announced today that at the Saturday, Nov. 3, board meeting, Daniel C. Dobbins was elected the 33rd president of McKendree University in Lebanon. Dobbins will take office on Jan. 1, 2020. He succeeds Dr. James M. Dennis, who announced his retirement as president earlier this…

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Students give thanks to visiting veterans

Lewis and Clark Veterans Services, along with North Elementary School students and the Alton High School ROTC, gathered with a group of area veterans Nov. 8 in recognition of Veterans Day. The ROTC presented the colors, while students recited the pledge and members of the fifth-grade choir sang the national anthem. Each student was given…

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Shimkus collection to be housed at university

Students, political scientists and historians will have easy access to research the long tenure of Congressman John Shimkus, following the completion of his 24-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives. Shimkus and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook announced Friday, Nov. 8 that records, correspondence, photos and more will be housed in the…

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McKendree Cyber Defense Team to compete in DoE CyberForce

McKendree University students will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s fifth annual CyberForce Competition  on Nov. 16. Teams from more than 100 colleges and universities in 24 states and Puerto Rico will compete at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., and nine other national labs from coast to coast, simultaneously. Organizers describe the competition…

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Illinois turns to Small Business Administration to aid 1.4M residents

While FEMA officially denies state’s request for individual assistance, 28 counties are eligible for up to $46 million in aid SPRINGFIELD – The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday denied the state’s appeal for federal assistance to help residents in 22 counties recover from 2019’s severe storms and historic flooding along the Illinois and Mississippi…

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Area Amtrak route contributes to state’s record numbers

Chicago lines to St. Louis and Milwaukee show sharp increases over 2018 By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Amtrak routes that connect Chicago to St. Louis and Milwaukee saw record numbers of riders in the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 while the national passenger rail system turned in its best…

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Ameren Illinois donates $60,000 to Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

Ameren Illinois is making a $60,000 donation to the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation in East St. Louis to support programs for at-risk children. “Kids who live in poverty often see no future beyond the struggles they encounter every day,” Joyner-Kersee said. “This generous grant from Ameren Illinois will enable us to provide children with quality adult…

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