2014 November Issue

Utility customers may get breather again this year, Ameren says

Illinois Business Journal report        COLLINSVILLE – For a second straight year, Ameren Illinois customers can look forward to a heating season where natural gas prices are lower than the national average.    “We are fully prepared for the winter season and expect stable prices for Ameren Illinois customers,” Ameren Illinois Gas Supply Director Ken Dothage…

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Second hearing slated for input on hospital’s relocation

Illinois regulators will hold a second public hearing to give residents a chance to express their opinions about HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s plan to build a replacement facility in O’Fallon. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board will hold the hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2235 Bond…

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Two development agencies team on multimodal campaign

Illinois Business Journal report        The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and St. Louis Regional Chamber are pursuing a collaborative initiative to create a new brand identity for the region as a growing, multimodal hub.    The effort is called St. Louis Gateway.    At the heart of the effort is a new website, www.stlgateway.com, which highlights the…

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Businesses can help themselves battle ID theft, BBB says

Illinois Business Journal report    Business owners have a unique responsibility when it comes to identity theft, having to worry about the welfare of themselves, their businesses, their employees and their customers.    The Better Business Bureau and the website BusinessTheftID.org offer a series of tips to follow to protect companies against such theft.    – Protect your…

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Poettker Construction wraps work on Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle

    The Case-Halstead Library Board held a grand opening ceremony for its new library on Aug. 16. The new library replaces the existing facility, which was located in a home on the same site that had been donated to the city in 1938.  Poettker Construction Co. was the construction manager and Arcturis was the architect…

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Data security becomes a corporate must, researcher says

    Even as the average consumer worries about the safety of electronic transactions, so, too, must companies of all stripes.    But depending on their size and financial wherewithal, many companies are surprisingly slow to protect themselves in this age of data insecurity. That, according to a national researcher who’s looked at the issue for financial…

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Touchette Regional Hospital undergoing two major renovations

    For more than 100 years, Touchette Regional Hospital has delivered high-quality care to Metro East residents. And with two new expansions on the horizon – a larger emergency department and new behavioral health center – it will serve more patients than ever before.    After a 20-month construction period, Touchette’s new $3 million, 5,200-square-foot emergency…

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St. Joseph’s celebrates ‘first birthday’ of new hospital campus

    There wasn’t the same excitement and anticipation at 6 a.m., Aug. 22, 2014, as there was the previous year at that same time. However, what did occur at that time and date this year was the new St. Joseph’s Hospital campus (hospital facility and medical office building) completed its first full year of service…

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Gateway Regional Medical Center to open urgent care in Glen Carbon

    Gateway Regional Medical Center is opening its new Gateway Urgent Care at 4273 S State Route 159 in Glen Carbon this month. The 4,000-square-foot medical center will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.    Urgent care centers are walk-in medical clinics that provide ambulatory care for a wide variety…

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Alton Memorial children’s care includes helicopter, ambulance

    ALTON — A partnership between Alton Memorial Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital is offering a new level of treatment for injured and sick children. Soon, the addition of a helicopter landing pad at Alton will give the program even more of a lift.    AMH is serving as home base for a St. Louis…

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