2014 September Issue
LCCC set to start conversion on Center for the Humanities
EDWARDSVILLE — Lewis and Clark Community College is set in October to start converting the historic Lincoln School in Edwardsville into the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities. The goal is to finish construction by the end of 2015 and open to the public in January 2016. “Lincoln School isn’t on the list of…Read More
Commercial Real Estate Round-Up
Scott Air Force Base nets a No. 1 ranking: Here’s why
Air Force Times, a widely read weekly newspaper published by Gannett, recently rated every U.S. Air Force base on a number of important quality-of-life categories to determine the Best Bases for Airmen. After scores were calculated for all 68 bases, Scott Air Force Base ranked No. 1! St. Louis-area residents can understand why our…Read More
COUNTERPOINT: The proposed millionaires’ tax: a good or bad idea?
It’s a bad idea and a bad way to fund education A series of nonbinding referendums will appear on Illinois’ November ballot, addressing issues the General Assembly already rejected this past spring. Among them will be a special section devoted to class warfare. This nonbinding referendum – the so-called “millionaires tax” – asks voters…Read More
POINT: The proposed ‘millionaires tax’: a good or bad idea?
Yes, fair taxation a good idea, but current ballot initiative has flaws Article 9, Section 3(a) of the Illinois Constitution mandates that the state’s personal income tax be imposed at one flat rate across all levels of income — period. That means someone earning the minimum wage pays the same income tax rate as…Read More
Video business tests unmanned aerial vehicle market
Brock Wilkerson is on the ground floor of a high-flying business that he feels is bound for even greater heights. In that regard the Southern Illinois native is not unlike some of the largest companies in the country, who are chasing after the commercial drone industry, which he hopes really takes flight once federal regulators figure…Read More
Industrial tenants scramble for building space
The commercial real estate market has been through some tough times over the last six years but it’s heating up and industrial real estate is leading the way. The CoStar Group, a research firm that provides information, analytics and marketing services to the multi-family and commercial real estate industry, recently issued its mid-year report…Read More
Voices of reason provide future hopes of Ferguson, Mo.
Historians know there was no love lost among the Founding Fathers. Truth be told, they were at each others’ throats for many years establishing the foundations that led to the rights and liberties that endure today. Those freedoms include the right to petition our government over grievances — and the right of peaceful protest. …Read More
The world belongs to those who show up
Facts about the Michael Brown shooting case in Ferguson have dribbled out agonizingly slowly but some interesting demographics revealed themselves in the interim. For example, we learned that Ferguson, a city of 21,000 people, has a racial makeup of 30 percent white, 67 percent black with other minorities making up the remainder. We also…Read More
Terry Johnson, broker, BARBERMurphy Group, Shiloh
Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois: Engineering and Architecture Terry Johnson, broker, BARBERMurphy Group, Shiloh By KATE GENO After selling his company Johnson Properties, Inc. to BARBERMurphy Group in January, Terry Johnson joined the expanded company as a broker and continues to serve his longtime clients. BARBER-Murphy Group is now considered the largest commercial real estate brokerage…Read More