2015 June Issue

Public sector appears out of touch

To the editor:    On page 28 of the IBJ, May 2015, Alan Ortbals criticized Gov. Rauner on “trying to cut your way to prosperity.”     The Democrats have been trying to “spend their way to prosperity” and that has not worked. I believe Gov. Rauner’s position is that the state needs to engage in best…

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Do not cut community care programs

Do not cut community care programs To the editor:    These are tough financial times for Illinois, and our legislators will be making tough decisions as they negotiate with Gov. Rauner on his 2016 budget. They need to hear from constituents to know how important services caring for our most vulnerable neighbors are, many of which…

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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     Schmitt LLC of Belleville leased a 7,345-square-foot industrial building at 103 S. Sixth St. to PSC Industrial Outsourcing, LP. BARBERMurphy represented both parties. COLLINSVILLE    …

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Rauner wants to run us to ground

To the editor:    The Illinois state director of the National Federation of Independent Business said in a recent letter to the editor (in the Springfield Journal Register) that she supports Gov. Bruce Rauner’s efforts to shift the risk and expense of caring for Illinoisans injured at their workplaces or harmed by corporate negligence and malfeasance…

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Infrastructure investment essential for long-range job growth

By MARK HARMS    This is a critical time for transportation infrastructure in our state, and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is encouraged that the message seems to be resonating with our leadership in Springfield.    On May 5, the Illinois Department of Transportation, led by Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, held a listening tour in Collinsville and in…

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Downtown Alton has found ways to outlast the doubters

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Thirty years ago, Downtown Alton was dying on the vine. A once-thriving business district was going downhill fast.    You could see the difference reflected in historical photos from decades past. Just after World War II, cars, merchants and shoppers would line Third, Belle, State and Piasa streets, vying for the bargains they…

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Now that we tried everything else, let’s do the right thing

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court smacked a big, bright, UNCONSTITUTIONAL stamp on the legislature’s 2013 pension fix law. It wasn’t a mixed review. The decision was both unanimous and harsh. The legislature has tried to lie their way out and wriggle their way out and neither has worked. So, what’s…

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Development occurring throughout Southwestern Illinois

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    While major projects like the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge have been completed, new developments are going on throughout Southwestern Illinois. Here is a review of just some of the projects recently finished, currently underway or set to begin later this year.    Alton — A construction project estimated at $2.7 million…

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