2015 May Issue

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 Cindy Hawkins sold a 7,056 square-foot commercial building at 5801 Mount Pleasant to Community Care Connections LLC.  BARBERMurphy Group represented both parties. JJ Properties LLC sold…

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Today’s workplaces may be slowing down amid all the conveniences

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH     My journalism career began in the 1970s, sandwiched a couple of years before Anderson Cooper  entered junior high and a few years after Woodward and Bernstein made the profession a rage.    It was an incredible time to be a newspaperman, but in terms of technology it was far from modern. At…

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Rauner should heed own words: ‘You can’t cut your way to prosperity’

By ALAN J. ORTBALS     When Bruce Rauner was elected, I was hopeful that the non-politician would take a non-political, non-idealogical, objective look at the state’s fiscal situation and craft a pragmatic plan to right the fiscal ship. Instead, he offered dogmatic drivel and shell game antics designed to make the state’s ledger look better…

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Nineteen area road projects recommended for federal funding

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH     Municipal governments are figuring on absolutely no help from the state of Illinois on some of their long-range road projects in coming years, but that doesn’t mean they have given up on outside financial assistance altogether.    The federal government still has funds available, and towns around Metro East are vying for…

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Waterways Journal plans second annual Inland Marine Expo in June

IBJ staff report     ST. LOUIS – The Waterways Journal Inc. will hold its second annual Inland Marine Expo for the inland and intracoastal marine transportation industry on June 15-17 at the historic Union Station in downtown St. Louis.    The event, known as IMX, sold out of exhibit space in its first year and attracted…

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Efforts continue to cultivate locally grown foods business

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH     ALTON — More than a year after supporters launched a movement to push locally grown food, the cultivation of the program continues.    Interest is definitely there, with the latest salvo coming by way of a series of speakers who addressed the subject during a spring seminar at Lewis and Clark Community…

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Southwestern Illinois Workforce

Southwestern Illinois Workforce Workforce is defined as those who work in the area represented but may live elsewhere. A total of 232,881 are employed in Madison and St. Clair counties with 154,213 of these in the private sector. The Trade/Transportation/Utilities sector showed a slight increase in 2013 and continues to account for more than a…

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Alan J. Dunstan – Madison County

Industry Leaders of Southwestern Illinois    “During the difficult years of the recent recession, a time when many businesses were forced to re-evaluate strategic plans and revise budgets to reflect the economic downturn, Madison County officials were working diligently to prepare for economic growth.     We were confident Madison County, and our country, would rise…

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Gregg Kirkland – Simmons Hanly Conroy

Industry Leaders of Southwestern Illinois    “As a national law firm headquartered in Illinois, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a strong track record of taking on complex cases and obtaining excellent results for our clients. We provide legal representation to individuals, families and business in Illinois and throughout the nation in cases of corporate wrongdoing. Our…

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