2014 October Issue

Illinois Government Affairs Report

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce By TODDMAISCHpresident and CEOIllinois StateChamber of Commerce     With the 2014 General Election now less than a month away, and the general public starting to focus more closely on the key races around the state, the Chamber is now releasing our voting record for the 2013-14 session of the Illinois…

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Chamber says locks threatened by modernization needs

Illinois Business Journal report    A wide array of civic and government leaders took to the Chicago River in late September to voice support for greater federal commitment to modernizing Illinois’ lock and dam system to ensure its continued contribution to the state’s economic growth.    The Illinois Chamber of Commerce brought together business and labor leaders,…

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Prairie State Energy Campus, Marissa, Plocher Construction Co.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction Prairie State Energy Campus, Marissa, Plocher Construction Co. By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The Prairie State Energy Campus near Marissa is revamping its waste-handling process with an eye on more efficient operation and potentially turning waste into profit. Plocher Construction Co. of Highland is performing the necessary system upgrades which…

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National Great Rivers Research Center-Phase II, Alton, Contegra Construction Co.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction National Great Rivers Research Center-Phase II, Alton, Contegra Construction Co. By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Contegra Construction completed work on the $5.5 million second phase of the National Great Rivers Research Center in Alton  earlier this year. Erin Morris was Contegra’s project manager on the job.    The iconic National Great…

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SIH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center, Carbondale, the Korte Company

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction SIH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center, Carbondale, the Korte Company By ALAN J. ORTBALS    As of July 1, Southern Illinois Healthcare Medical Group had a new Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center in Carbondale. The Korte Company designed and built it in just eight months.    Korte and SIH Medical Group…

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Memorial Hospital-East, Shiloh, Holland Construction Services (Joint Venture)

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction Memorial Hospital-East, Shiloh, Holland Construction Services (Joint Venture) By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The steel skeleton of the new Memorial Hospital-East in Shiloh is up, exterior wall framing and sheathing is progressing and the brick façade work will begin soon. The construction project is a joint venture of Holland Construction…

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Case-Halstead Library, Carlyle, Poettker Construction Co.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction Case-Halstead Library, Carlyle, Poettker Construction Co. By ALAN ORTBALS    The Case-Halstead Library Board held a grand opening ceremony for its new library on Aug. 16, 2014. The new library replaces the existing facility, which was located in a home on the same site that had been donated to the…

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SIH Comprehensive Cancer Center, Carterville, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction Memorial Hospital-East, Shiloh, Holland Construction Services (Joint Venture) By ALAN J. ORTBALS    McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is nearing completion on a new, 43,500-square-foot comprehensive cancer center for Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carterville, Ill.    The $24.5 million project is centrally located on a beautiful 15-acre, wooded lot on Illinois Route…

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Illinois Supreme Court Restoration, Springfield, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois Commercial Construction Illinois Supreme Court Restoration, Springfield, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The historic Illinois Supreme Court building had declined over 100 years but now looks brand new, thanks to Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. and a team of restoration specialists.     The $15 million, 13-month project…

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