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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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Bob Brockland Buick GMC relocating to Columbia

    Bob Brockland Buick GMC broke ground on a new facility along Old State Route 3 in Columbia late last year and will be open for business in its new location in the summer of 2014. It is just across the road from Weber Chevrolet, and some think it might be the catalyst to attract…

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TheBANK of Edwardsville tops market share, mortgage loan lists

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois TheBANK of Edwardsville tops market share, mortgage loan lists     TheBANK of Edwardsville continues to be the choice for local financial needs, according to the latest deposit market share report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and mortgage loan statistics provided by Marketrac.        For the second straight year,…

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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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Uptown Collinsville continues restoring its strength and beauty

    Ten years ago, Collinsville’s Main Street suffered from blight, vacant storefronts and crumbling sidewalks. In the last decade Collinsville has implemented programs and developed financial tools to turn this around and now the “Uptown” Collinsville District is once again alive with unique shops, locally owned restaurants and an array of offices and financial institutions.…

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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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Commercial Energy Consultants adds natural gas to reverse auction

Year in Review 2013: Southwestern Illinois Commercial Energy Consultants adds natural gas to reverse auction     Commercial Energy Consultants, LLC added natural gas to its reverse auction program. The St. Louis-based firm had been providing the service for electric for two years, according to Mike Grimes, the company’s president.    The reverse auction is a computerized…

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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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