2015 December Issue

Health insurance signup warning

Health insurance signup warning To the editor:    Yes, it is that time of year  that all of us should be thinking of signing up for our health insurance, whether it be on our own or through a Medicare Plan.  Currently my husband and I are researching our options for a continued health plan for myself…

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Gun owners need education

Gun owners need education     As supporters of the 2nd Amendment rights afforded to all Americans, and as members of the state Legislature, we have taken a strong stance against efforts by politicians seeking to limit the rights of responsible citizens to keep and bear arms.      While there has been some tremendous success, such…

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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. BELLEVILLE Kevin Kobishop sold a 1,020-square-foot retail building at 801 W. Main St. to Stephen and Vicky Dunn. BARBERMurphy Group represented the seller. Thompson Fuel Corp.…

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Sad state of business morals

Sad state of business morals To the editor:    Enjoyed your editorial about the sad state of morality in corporate America. I’m not sure if it is getting worse or it’s always been bad but we just hear about it more.     I just saw the film “99 Homes” about the housing crisis and it really…

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Youths urged to consider careers in manufacturing or the trades

By DAVID STOECKLIN and RICK STUBBLEFIELD    The manufacturing sector has long been a mainstay of our nation’s and our region’s economy. More than 16,000 individuals earn their living working at one of the top 50 manufacturing operations in Southwestern Illinois, and smaller manufacturers account for many more jobs. A study recently commissioned by the Leadership…

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Madison County chair backs neighboring county for NGA project

By ALAN J. DUNSTAN    When the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced it was looking for sites in the greater St. Louis area to construct a new, advanced technology facility, Chairman Mark Kern and members of the St. Clair County Board stepped up and submitted an excellent proposal for a 182-acre site adjacent to Scott…

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Revive the Militia Act of 1792 and make America safe again

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    2015 has turned out to be one murderous year. Baltimore has topped 300 murders for the first time since 1999. St. Louis passed last year’s lofty level a couple of months ago. And, in Chicago, a person is murdered every 17 hours. Most of these homicides are committed with guns. Nearly…

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By keeping to America’s ideals, no problem is too great to solve

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    There was a time, not so long ago, when good vs. evil was personified by simple things we could understand.  Old Man Potter vs. the conscience of George Bailey, for instance. Or John Wayne vs. anyone in a black hat.    The world was certainly simpler then, and in many ways I wish…

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