2014 April Issue

Why we must act now to protect air force base’s future

    Whether they do business directly with Scott Air Force Base or not, most Southwestern Illinois businesses understand that our region’s economic vitality is directly linked to Scott. But many are surprised to learn that Scott’s economic impact has actually increased by 40 percent since the last Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process in 2005.   …

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Labor unions in Illinois nervously awaiting November

America’s union is under assault. And I don’t mean the republic for which it stands.    Labor organizations today find themselves boxed into a corner after a few very vexing months of major losses. Now, one of the most illuminating examples of vexation is happening in Illinois, in the current race for governor.    Never have union…

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Why are we spending all this money to protect Scott AFB?

    Last summer the U.S. House of Representatives spent its last days before the August recess taking yet another vote to repeal Obamacare and pass a farm bill that stripped out food stamps — neither of which had any chance of passing the Senate much less being signed by the President.     When asked by…

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Government Affairs Report

By the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce has a new CEO    Todd Maisch will begin July 1, taking over for current Chamber CEO Douglas Whitley, who is retiring on June 30.     Maisch, 48, is currently the chamber’s executive vice president, overseeing several departments, including the business services division, government affairs, membership and…

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COUNTERPOINT: Proposed expansion of speed camera use in Illinois

Speed cameras represent bad public policy for the citizens of Illinois     The legislative proposal to allow communities throughout Illinois to use speed camera traffic enforcement (photo radar) represents bad public policy. If enacted it will seriously infringe on the rights of the driving public, harm the economies of communities that adopt it and shift…

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POINT: Proposed expansion of speed camera use in Illinois

Traffic safety cameras prevent crashes, reduce financial, emotional toll on communities     Traffic collisions kill tens of thousands of people and injure millions more every year in the United States. These tragic events lead to substantial financial costs for the victims’ loved ones who are already burdened with emotional loss and the businesses, governments and…

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Entrepreneur gains an edge with trade center’s help

    CARLINVILLE — Sherry Brianza’s life centers on cosmetics, but her fondness for the work of the International Trade Center at SIUE goes way below the surface.    The Carlinville native is well on her way to a full launch of a cosmetics distribution company, thanks to the advice she’s gotten and the connections she’s made…

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Fairview City Centre, Fairview Heights, IMPACT Strategies

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois: Commercial Construction Fairview City Centre, Fairview Heights, IMPACT Strategies By KATE GENO    The Fairview City Centre project is under way at the corner of Illinois 159 and Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights. IMPACT Strategies started work in June 2013 to help revive this prime location by building a new retail shopping…

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Maryville hires Moran Economic Development to create first TIF district

Southwestern Illinois TIF Success Stories Maryville hires Moran Economic Development to create first TIF district By ALAN J. ORTBALS    While Moran Economic Development is not an old firm, it’s quickly become the economic development right arm of many communities in Southwestern Illinois.     Keith Moran, president of MED, said he’s on call with communities like…

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