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Chicago school layoffs blamed on pension crisis

Reprinted by permission of The Associated Press    CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Public Schools and city leaders say the state’s failure to enact pension reform is to blame for the district laying off more than 2,100 employees – a cut that one legislator described Friday as “more dramatic than anything the state has seen’’ during…

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Illinois Government Affairs Report: St. Louis Regional Chamber

ILLINOIS    During the Special Session on July 8, both the House and Senate succeeded in gathering the three-fifths vote necessary to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto of HB 183. This action means that Illinois now has a concealed carry law in advance of a deadline issued by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of…

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Government Affairs Report: Illinois State Chamber of Commerce

Pension Reform Update: No Action Expected until August    Despite Gov. Pat Quinn carrying out his threat to punish lawmakers for failing to deliver a pension reform proposal to him by line-item vetoing their pay, members of a pension conference committee are not expected to issue any recommendations on what pension reform should look like…

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Lawrence Group, St. Paul’s Home for the Aged, Belleville

   Lawrence Group has been working with the St. Paul’s Home for the Aged to design a new skilled nursing community in Belleville. Construction documents have been completed, and St. Paul’s is currently working on financing the project.   The home, which opened in 1926, is a collaborative effort between St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,…

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Southwestern Illinois Commercial Real Estate Transactions

  The Illinois Business Journal is proud to publish commercial real estate transactionsrecently completed by commercial brokers across Southwestern Illinois. Edwardsville Marilyn J. Traw Trust sold a 2,960-sq. ft. office building at Three 157 Center to  Brauer Properties LLC. CB Commercial Brown Realtors represented both parties. Landlord Tenant Services leased 520 sq. ft. of office…

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FGM Architects, West Washington County School District K-12 School, Okawville

   FGM Architects, with offices in O’Fallon, Ill., recently completed work on a new K-12 school for West Washington County Community Unit School District 10 in Okawville, Ill. With construction now complete, all students and faculty will start the fall semester in the new facility.   The district, faced with the challenges of aging facilities and…

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Louer Facility Planning, Global Brass & Copper, East Alton

   Louer Facility Planning just completed work on three renovated offices for Global Brass & Copper – dba Olin Brass – in East Alton. Olin Brass, which traces its roots in East Alton back to 1892, embarked on the office renovation in order to reorganize office space to make it more modern and efficient.   Louer…

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Quality Testing and Engineering Inc., St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland

   The new St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland is set to open later this month and Quality Testing and Engineering Inc. has been involved in the project since before the first shovel broke ground.   Mike Widman, president of QTE, says his firm provided geotechnical and environmental services early on in the project and continues to…

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Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc., Memorial Hospital-East, Shiloh

   Before Memorial Group Inc., the parent company of Memorial Hospital in Belleville, announced its formal plans to build a new hospital in Shiloh, the engineering firm of Thouvenot, Wade and Moerchen Inc. had already been hard at work on the project.   TWM was brought in early on to assist with site analysis, site planning…

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