2016 February Issue

Hundreds of jobs possible in two development projects

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    EDWARDSVILLE — Business is sunny ahead, judging from a forecast laid down by city officials.    Construction values are up, an economic development website is being debuted and more importantly a couple of major projects are in the works that bode well for the coming year.    One of the projects is a 40,000-square-foot,…

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Once-deserted city theater is now hosting sellouts

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    What is going on at the Wildey Theater in Downtown Edwardsville?    Last December, a screening of the 2003 Christmas movie, “Elf,” sold out. A second showing was quickly arranged for the next day and it drew 225 people.    In January, the Grateful Dead cover band, Jake’s Leg, played to a sold-out…

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Act now on your insurance

Act now on your insurance To the editor:    Rivers and streams in many parts of Illinois overflowed as a result of recent storms.  The excess water left behind serious property damage.    Many people buy insurance to shift the cost of rebuilding, repairing, or replacing homes and belongings to an insurance company.  However, homeowner’s insurance is…

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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 Williams Family Trust sold a 8,500-square-foot, 17-unit apartment building at 704 E. Main St. to Bob Rowan. BARBERMurphy Group represented both parties. Kocot Realty, LLC…

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Private health exchanges: What new marketplace model means for business

By MARK MORGAN    The way companies provide health benefits is changing, as new choices emerge both in terms of what’s offered and how it’s offered. Private health exchanges, or marketplaces, are one of the “new kids on the block” and they’re fast becoming a compelling option for employers and employees. In fact, 6 million people…

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Greed seems to have won

Greed seems to have won To the editor:    I agree with you that it seems “Profits above everything”… What has changed is that CEOs are paid and incented way above what they were back before the ’70s. At most a president or CEO was paid maybe 10 times above the average worker at the company.…

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Businesses: Congress must get out of way of Paris agreement

By YALE KLAT    In December more than 190 nations signed on to an historic climate accord in Paris.    While such an agreement may seem remote to the Midwest, the fact is that innovative businesses – including thousands located right here in the heartland – benefit when nearly every country in the world commits to cutting…

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