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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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Ameren Illinois warning Metro East businesses of scam

    Local business owners are being targeted by con men who are posing as Ameren Illinois bill collectors.    “The scam artists are very convincing,” said Stan Ogden, vice president of Customer Service for Ameren Illinois. “They are using scare tactics and threatening to disconnect electric service if an immediate payment is not made.”    Ogden said…

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Investment in Granite City exceeds $1 billion since 2007

    Granite City celebrated a significant milestone during 2013, reaching more than $1 billion in new investment since the start of the Great Recession, which created more than 700 jobs and retained more than 4,000.      “Despite ups and downs during the course of the recent economic downturn, Granite City has emerged standing strong and…

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Economic impact study touts Lewis Clark Community College’s value to region

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois Economic impact study touts Lewis Clark Community College’s value to region     GODFREY – Continued growth at Lewis and Clark Community College has had significant ramifications for the regional economy, a newly released economic impact study concludes.     The overall impact of LCCC on the local business community during 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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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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McKendree’s new entryway has a monumental impact on campus life

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois McKendree’s new entryway has a monumental impact on campus life     McKendree University in Lebanon has been leading its students down new paths since it first was founded. An entryway completed in late 2013 will serve to even more boldly and significantly mark the beginning of new journey down…

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