2014 January Issue

Simmons Firm Donation to Madison County Food Pantries Feeds Hundreds through Holiday Season

Simmons Firm Donation to Madison County Food Pantries Feeds Hundreds through Holiday Season Employee Foundation Drive Collects More than 38,000 pounds in donations     More than 38,000 pounds of food and personal hygiene items were delivered by employees at the Simmons Law Firm to five Madison County area pantries this past holiday season. Employees raised…

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COUNTERPOINT: ILLINOIS’ PENSION REFORM LAW (P.A. 98-599)

Less retiree income means less retiree spending     Imagine that a business associate to whom you had extended credit simply decided that his debt to you had become so large that it couldn’t be paid in full.    He might explain that owing so much money was hurting his credit rating, adding that, after considering the…

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Hampton Place housing development completed in Alton

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois Hampton Place housing development completed in Alton     The third and final phase of the Hampton Place housing development was completed in 2013. A total of 86 new, single-family homes have been built as part of the project in the Mexico neighborhood in Alton since 2002.    The neighborhood is…

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Korte & Luitjohan renovating Illinois Supreme Court building

    The renovation of the 1906 Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill., by Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. began in June 2013, and is expected to be complete in one year.     The scope of work includes the renovation of office, storage and work areas, as well as the historic preservation of public spaces,…

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Family of dentists stands tall at new SIUE simulation lab

    An instructional lab that will help train future dentists across the country is up and running in Alton.    The $9.5 million John and Anna Markarian Multidisciplinary Simulation Laboratory was formally dedicated on the School of Dental Medicine campus this past month. The event at the facility of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was attended by…

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Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois A few words about the year gone by — and a new one dead ahead Here’s to 2013, a very … intriguing year.    For some businesses, the past 12 months has been a swing period, as the nation continues to climb out of the hole left by the meteoric…

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Poettker Construction enjoys busy year, looks to another

    Founded in 1980, Poettker Construction Co. is a second-generation family-owned business specializing in providing exceptional construction expertise for health-care and educational institutions as well as retail and industrial clients throughout the Midwest region of the U.S.     Poettker provides a full range of services to its clients, including general contracting, design-build, construction management, and…

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Year begins with Internet tax issue still undecided

    On Dec. 2, arguably the busiest online-shopping day of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to settle a dispute between several states and Internet retailers with regard to the so-called “Amazon tax.”     Internet retailers, such as Amazon.com, have been criticized for failing to collect sales tax (or “use tax,” as it is…

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2013 a year of firsts and continued growth for Lindenwood University-Belleville

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois 2013 a year of firsts and continued growth for Lindenwood University-Belleville     The Belleville campus of Lindenwood University has been a continuous mecca for growth and development for over a decade now, serving as a catalyst for positive success and change for students, education and the community alike. Celebrating…

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