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2016 June Issue

Salvation Army feeling the pinch

Salvation Army feeling the pinch To the editor     The Salvation Army Midland Division respectfully submits this letter to the editor regarding the budget impasse in the state of Illinois. The situation is affecting services and programs in the Metro East.     The state of affairs across southern Illinois is dire — especially for those…

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After 13 years, I-55 growth plan nears completion

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    The I-55 Corridor Development Code, a regulatory and zoning code that aims to quietly coordinate the growth of several interstate-blessed communities, but a source of its own growing pains, is finally coming to the end of one road — and the beginning of another.    After 13, sometimes tumultuous years, the city of…

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Mounds supporters push for national park status

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A local conservancy group is getting considerable backing in an effort to protect and elevate the status of ancient mound sites in and around Metro East, but it remains to be seen if the campaign can get over the hump before President Obama’s term ends.    The HeartLands Conservancy, based in Mascoutah, has…

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Menu-labeling mandate has food industries reeling

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Menu-labeling guidelines handed down by the Food and Drug Administration will do little to educate customers but plenty to hurt small businesses, many in the food-service industry say.    Groups, including those representing pizza and convenience store industries, are urging Congress to enact legislation that will give their members flexibility in meeting new…

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Group seeking to attract young people to manufacturing, trades

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Members of the Manufacturing Steering Committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois are ready to hit the road and spread the word about the need for youth to pursue careers in manufacturing and skilled trades.    Twenty-five of its members have undergone a speaker training program provided by Southwestern Illinois College. They…

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POINT: The corporate inversion controversy

Allow the practice: Inversions are an improvement over the status quo By WAYNE WINEGARDEN    Sometimes in a breakup, you are responsible; but if you learn the right lessons, the breakup can lead to something much better.    In the case of U.S. corporations and the federal government, many companies have been considering whether a corporate restructuring…

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COUNTERPOINT: The corporate inversion controversy

Stop the practice: Inversions let corporations dodge their taxes By BIBIANN LEBECHI    Would you ever try to avoid a restaurant tab by hiding out in the bathroom, hoping the waiter would eventually give the check to someone else?     Pretty irresponsible behavior, but that’s essentially how a lot of multinational corporations try to dodge their taxes…

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Renae Coffman, Span Manager, Commerce Bank, Belleville

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois: Women in Banking and Finance   Renae Coffman, Span Manager, Commerce Bank, Belleville By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    For 21 years, Renae Coffman has worked in many areas of the banking industry.    She has built her banking acumen through working in back office functions, fraud, as a teller, a personal banker and…

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Lisa Fowler, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, First Clover Leaf Bank, Edwardsville

Spotlight on Southwestern Illinois: Women in Banking and Finance   Lisa Fowler, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, First Clover Leaf Bank, Edwardsville By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE    The next generation of banking began for Julie Laurent’s family when she declared her career choice at her eighth-grade graduation ceremony. Her father spent more than 50…

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