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Small Business Administration issues disaster declaration in wake of floods

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday announced the U.S. Small Business Administration approved his request for a disaster declaration following one of the worst floods in Illinois history. The approved SBA disaster declaration makes low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses in Alexander, Jersey, Rock Island and Stephenson counties, as well as the…

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Two-week readiness drill puts agencies in two states to test

Local health departments from 15 counties in Missouri and Illinois completed a two-week readiness exercise in October to test their ability to work seamlessly together to protect the public health in response to the simulated release of a biological agent in the St. Louis region. The exercise was part of the Centers for Disease Control…

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Year’s worth of overtime fraud nets guilty plea by police officer

An East St. Louis police officer appeared in federal district court Friday and pleaded guilty to obtaining department funds by fraud. Mario H. Fennoy, 48, of Lebanon, entered an “open plea” to the federal indictment returned against him in June, admitting that he falsely submitted claims for overtime pay for nearly a year while working…

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Pritzker hails passage of pension consolidation bill

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks Thursday during a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield about the General Assembly’s passage of legislation to consolidate 649 downstate police and firefighter pensions into two unified systems. The bill was the byproduct of a task force that Pritzker appointed in February. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Jerry Nowicki) Says…

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Allegiant begins flights from Mascoutah to Sarasota, Fla.

Allegiant starts service today (Friday) from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $58. “We are so happy to offer St. Louis-area residents this new, nonstop service to Sarasota / Bradenton this winter,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant…

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Edwardsville Bank has staffing in place for February opening

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Officials with Edwardsville Bank are eyeing an early 2020 opening for a facility that they say will fill a void in local banking. Remodeling is underway on the location at 209 E. Schwarz St., between East Kansas and South Buchanan streets, the former location of a U.S. Bank branch. Edwardsville Bank, a…

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Illinois Senate President Cullerton to retire

PHOTO: Senate President John Cullerton speaks during debate on the Senate floor Thursday at the Capitol in Springfield. After Thursday’s end of the veto session, Cullerton announced he would be retiring from the Senate sometime in January. (Photo by Lee Milner of Illinois Times) Surprise ripples through Statehouse after longtime lawmaker’s late announcement   By…

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‘No bars, no restaurants:’ Marijuana trailer bill clarifies allowable public use

Bill also addresses ‘revolving door’ policy for lawmakers joining the industry By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A cleanup bill written to ensure a smooth rollout of the legalization of adult-use marijuana in January passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on Thursday. Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored…

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Ameren Illinois gives goats right-of-way to clear vegetation

Ameren Illinois is staying ahead of the herd. The utility is experimenting with an environmental-friendly way to remove invasive vegetation in difficult-to-reach rights-of-way across its service territory. Currently, the company is piloting the use of 50 goats along a steep and rocky plot of land in Hillview, Ill., in Greene County. The area is covered…

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Insulin price cap advances with strong support in legislature

PHOTO: Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor Wednesday at the Capitol In Springfield during debate about legislation that would cap the cost of a 30-day supply of insulin at $100 for those with state-regulated health care plans. The bill, which Guzzardi sponsored in the House, passed and will be sent to Gov.…

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