2015 November 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 BPD Company III, LLC leased a 1,900-square-foot office space at 2100 South Illinois to Lutz Agency, Inc. BARBERMurphy Group represented both parties. The Realtor Association…

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Let voters pick their politicians rather than other way around

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The 2008 elections were a landslide victory for the Democratic Party. They not only won the presidency by nearly 200 electoral votes but also picked up eight senate seats and expanded their majority in the house to 257.    In the aftermath of that whitewash, the Republican Party began to strategize on…

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Rearview polls offer distorted look at presidential preferences

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    If I ran for president, I’d probably get some key votes.    My mother would back me, I’m sure. So would my favorite aunt. My three kids, I don’t know. Usually when I lean left, they lean right. And vice versa.    You know children.    But I’m pretty sure I could lock in the…

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Days dwindling to apply for InnovateHER competition

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    EDWARDSVILLE — Business ideas that empower women and impact families have a shot at $70,000 in national cash prizes, but they must cross an important local hurdle first.    The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE was chosen by the U.S. Small Business Administration to serve as a host organization…

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COUNTERPOINT: How do we handle the growing use of drones in Illinois?

Move quickly on clear rules; billion-dollar industry makes UAS integration a top priority By BRIAN WYNNE    Unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly called drones, are at an exciting and pivotal stage, transforming the way a number of industries operate and creating several new ones as well. Whether helping insurance companies efficiently survey damages due to natural…

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OSF Saint Anthony’s says it is transforming primary care in the area

By DAVID W. PRUITT    ALTON – One year into the historical affiliation of Saint Anthony’s Health Center and OSF HealthCare System, OSF Saint Anthony’s is transforming health care in the River Bend, its leaders say.    The Health Center recently completed a $2.7 million renovation of the Saint Anthony’s Physician’s Group, Suite 205. The total redesign…

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POINT: How do we handle the growing use of drones in Illinois?

Move slowly, privacy is concern, but precipitous legislation may cut off innovation By ADAM SCHWARTZ    Not so long ago, most Americans viewed unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, as a military tool being utilized in foreign battlefields. Flying high over the mountains of Afghanistan, the military’s drones could drop bombs on difficult to reach…

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St. Joseph’s Hospital continues to grow after first two years on new campus

By RANDY SCHORFHEIDE    When a child reaches his/her second birthday, some commonly refer to this time as going through the “terrible twos.”    That cannot be said about the new HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital (Highland) as patient volumes continue to grow for the second straight year — reinforcing hospital leadership’s vision first shared when the new…

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Q&A with Silvia Torres Bowman, director, Illinois SBDC International Trade Center, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

EDITOR’S NOTE: Officials from business, government and logistical services have formed the Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council to promote international trade and foreign investment in St. Clair and Madison counties. They will meet quarterly. Silvia Torres Bowman and her office are helping organize the group. IBJ: How did this council get started? Torres: We started…

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