2015 August Issue

Anti-worker system not the answer

To the editor:    When workers are injured on the job through no fault of their own, a system must be in place to ensure that the injured person does not find themselves in a position where they are unable to support themselves or their family. In order to provide this protection to injured employees, businesses…

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Hoffman committed to working families

To the editor:    This summer’s overtime session of the General Assembly has shown the true character of our leaders.  One of our staunchest allies, House Labor Committee Chairman Representative Jay Hoffman is sure to come under intense fire from Gov. Rauner.  Rep. Hoffman has shown his commitment to the working families of Illinois again and…

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Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate Transactions

  Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate Transactions   The Illinois Business Journal is proud to publish commercial real estate transactions recently completed by commercial brokers across Southwestern Illinois. ALTON Sunset Commercial Properties LLC leased a 3,250-square-foot retail space at 3092 Homer Adams Parkway to Mystical Journeys. BARBERMurphy Group represented both parties. BELLEVILLE Waste Management of…

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Businesses can boost profits in face of minimum wage increases

By WOODRUFF IMBERMAN and SOPHIE HARMS     Because of a recent ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council, Chicago’s minimum wage jumped from $8.25 an hour to $10 on July 1, 2015; and will increase incrementally to $13 by 2019. This makes higher productivity a must not only for employers within city limits, but those…

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State assessment test being shortened for coming year

Illinois Business Journal Staff Report    SPRINGFIELD — Teachers, students and parents who said state assessment testing is taking too much time are being heard at the state level.    The new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessment will return this coming school year with a shorter, simpler format to improve the testing…

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Make sure you’re getting exemptions

To the editor:    Madison County property tax assessments are popping up in area newspapers. Owners who want to appeal the amount have a short window to do so.    As Treasurer, I don’t determine the assessments or set tax rates — I simply collect property taxes.     People call the Treasurer’s Office to ask about their…

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New Catholic high school opening is historic for diocese

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    MARYVILLE — In one corner of Principal Mike Scholz’s modest office sits one of his most valued assets, a small, round table that he says speaks to the character of Father McGivney High School.     “The kids have fondly named that table the ‘Round Table of Knowledge’,” he said. “Kids don’t do…

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IBJ Business News

IBJ Business News Couple purchase auto body shop     Mike and Cindy Beshears have purchased Steve’s Auto Body, Inc. in O’Fallon, Ill., from Steve Maher.      Mike is a 20-year employee of Steve’s Auto Body and has been in the collision repair industry for more than 38 years. Steve’s Auto Body has served Scott Air…

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Quality Testing and Engineering, Inc., new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois: Engineering and Architecture Quality Testing and Engineering, Inc., new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    With projected completion by the end of 2017, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will move seven miles down the road from its current site in downtown Belleville to a new O’Fallon location at Interstate 64 and…

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