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Waxing the City opens location in Edwardsville

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce welcomed Waxing the City to Edwardsville on Jan. 12. The business first opened its doors at 2329 Plum St. (near Global Brew) a few weeks earlier. The company is new to Edwardsville, but not to waxing. With more than 125 locations nationwide, Waxing the City offers head-to-toe waxing services…

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More service members, spouses receiving support for professional licensure

Rep. Stuart talks about issue close to Metro East A new report details the state’s efforts to shepherd service members and their spouses through cumbersome professional licensing process. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation this month announced the release of the annual Report on Expedited Licensure Review for Military Service Members and Spouses…

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Survey: Illinois schools face worsening educator shortage

Some of the findings of the latest survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools. Go here for the survey. By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – School officials across Illinois say a shortage of teachers and substitutes is forcing them to cancel course offerings, move them online or fill open…

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Pair add to Republican field in Illinois governor’s race

By GREG BISHOP, the Center Square The field for Illinois Republicans seeking their party’s gubernatorial nomination just grew. The amount of money in this election cycle is also expected to grow. Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker Friday gave his re-election campaign $90 million. IllinoisSunshine.org compiles campaign finance reports and shows the billionaire Democratic incumbent has more…

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SWIC in line for grant funding of pre-apprenticeship program

Some $9.6 million in grant funding will be used to support construction pre-apprenticeship programs aimed at creating a talent pipeline of diverse candidates as part of the groundbreaking Illinois Works initiative, state officials said. Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville is receiving a share of the funding. The grant is being awarded to 23 organizations that…

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Rate of food price inflation could ease for shoppers and diners in 2022

By DANIEL GRANT, FarmWeek Shoppers and diners might see some relief from food price inflation in 2022 after absorbing steep price increases the past year. But prices for many items likely won’t go down any time soon. USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) predicts the consumer price index for all food could increase 2 percent to…

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LCCC responds to high demand in paralegal job market

In an effort to help meet the demand for paralegals in the St. Louis job market, Lewis and Clark Community College will offer eight-week classes to earn a Paralegal Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree beginning Jan. 18. Students who qualify through L&C’s 30 and Out option, which is designed for students who have already…

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Virtual hearing underway to determine Illinois rail needs

The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a virtual public hearing through Jan. 21 as part of an ongoing study assessing the state’s rail system to help identify potential improvements. The event will provide an update on input collected throughout the year on current conditions, capacity concerns and safety challenges. The event, hosted at illinoisrailneeds.org,…

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Illinois DOC pausing intake of inmates due to COVID-19 surge

County sheriffs say it increases strain on local jails By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com The Illinois Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that it would pause intake of inmates from county jails amid the COVID-19 surge. As of Friday, IDOC reported 1,042 staff members and 1,684 inmates were positive for COVID-19. Sheriffs who are…

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