2016 December Issue

Kendra Wolters, Associate, Heyl Royster, Edwardsville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Kendra Wolters credits her grandfather for her early interest in law. He worked for a printing press operation and left to work for the union, where he oversaw contract negotiations and worked with attorneys.     “I loved talking with him about his job,” she said.    When she started college, she didn’t know…

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Jennifer Martin, Partner, HeplerBroom LLC, Edwardsville

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Jennifer Martin comes from a long line of attorneys. Her grandfather and father were partners in a small Centralia law firm. It was only natural that she would follow in their footsteps.    “For a little while I wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “It was the only other thing I thought…

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Q&A with John Nations, president and CEO, Bi-State Development Agency

    IBJ: What’s your background?        Nations: I was a lawyer with Armstrong Teasdale and mayor of Chesterfield. Started out practicing law with my dad in the ‘80s. Ended up with my own firm. Joined Armstrong Teasdale in 2006. There I did a lot of land use, development, corporate work, economic development work, and the…

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Developers tinker with the look of new Hofbräuhaus restaurant

IBJ Staff Report    BELLEVILLE — To enhance the traditional atmosphere of the Hofbräuhaus-St. Louis/Belleville, the developers of the German restaurant and microbrewery have added a complex, Bavarian Gothic transfer vault ceiling to plans for the dining rooms.     The revised plans also include a higher, mansard-style roof; a redesigned kitchen better able to handle groups…

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Backers say hotel project will fill a need in Belleville

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    BELLEVILLE — A 1,000-seat Hofbräuhaus restaurant could be open by spring, just about the time developers will start construction of a hotel and conference center that are part of the destination complex.    Approximately 18 months later, visitors will have a place from which they can stay, eat and visit sites from around…

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POINT: Should the U.S. presidential campaign season be shortened?

No, even unruliness and tedium have place in a democracy seeking the best candidates By STEPHEN HANSEN    We have just witnessed the most vulgar and unrelentingly vicious presidential campaign of our lifetime. The 2016 election began almost two years ago, and we are all exhausted by the outright lies, empty platitudes and shrill claims of…

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Unusual business partnership makes big road project possible

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    EAST ST. LOUIS — Taulby Roach, a traffic consultant enlisted to help plan road improvements on East St. Louis’ riverfront, says the changes could boost growth for generations.    The project really heated up about three years ago when Bunge, a major grain operator, decided to build a high-speed grain transfer facility on…

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Players relish roles in East St. Louis riverfront development plan

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    EAST ST. LOUIS — Officials hope an $8.1 million public-private partnership to revamp infrastructure also stimulates development of the city’s riverfront.    “It should be a magnet for additional industry,” St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern said.    Officials broke ground last month on the first phase of the River Bridge District Project,…

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New SIUE business analytics program draws students, employers

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The Southern Illinois School of Business commenced a new program last year — a specialization in business analytics. There are currently 15 students enrolled and the first of them should graduate next spring.    “Some folks will be using it to launch their careers,” said Tim Schoenecker, interim dean of the SIUE…

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