2016 March Issue

Officials unveil ‘Give 30’ mentoring program for troubled youth

Special to the Illinois Business Journal     EDWARDSVILLE – During the 2011– 2012 school year, more than 272,000 students in Illinois’ public schools were suspended.  Another 2,400 students were expelled and more than 10,000 students were arrested by law enforcement officials.      Dr. Robert A. Daiber said the problem is not limited to troubled cities…

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Leaders say legislation enforcement would protect steel jobs

By MIKE RILEY SR.     The steel industry has been hit hard in recent years.  Domestic steel mills idled their total production capacity due to exports of cheap steel from China that created an oversupply of steel in U.S. markets.      U.S. Steel Corp. has been in our regional area for decades providing sustainable jobs…

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St. Clair County best location, location, location for NGA

By WAYNE BARBER    The purpose of this letter is to state my endorsement and support for the selection of the Scott Air Force Base site in St. Clair County for the relocation and expansion of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project.     There are many locational considerations that require close attention and evaluation in making this…

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Taxpayers deserve chance to decide on layers of government

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Much of government exists simply to support itself.     We all know it. It’s a time-honored structure that we occasionally complain about, but essentially leave unchecked. At the local level, you could call it the brother-in-law syndrome: Politicians in seats of power put a family member on the payroll simply to give…

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Sometimes government needs to step in where others won’t

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Ever since Ronald Reagan declared that, “government is the problem” in his first inaugural address in 1981, Americans’ affinity to and respect for government has been on the wane. If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, “Government can’t do anything right,” I’d be able to fly…

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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s praises 3-D mammogram technology

Special to the Illinois Business Journal        BELLEVILLE – HSHS St. Elizabeth Hospital says detection rates of breast cancer are greatly increased with use of the new 3-D mammograms.    The hospital invested more than $400,000 to expand the current mammography services with advanced 3-D. The equipment was installed in November and is now available to…

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3-D mammogram technology begins at Highland hospital

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    HIGHLAND — The latest in mammography technology has arrived at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, promising new hope for detection of even the smallest of breast cancers.    The $350,000, Hologic brand 3-D equipment was installed the last week of January and officially debuted in early March.    The unit is located in the Basler…

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Even the ‘desk-bound’ can get a little exercise into their day

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    ALTON — If Kristy Hettenhausen had her way, 9-to-5 Americans would mix a little “Hokey Pokey” in with their desk-bound-day’s routine.    In her world, “putting your left foot in and shaking it all about” can only help the working body, especially when it’s glued to a chair most of the day.    “Our…

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News of the Nation

There is a best time to buy just about anything you want By ANNE D’INNOCENZIOAP Retail Writer    NEW YORK (AP) — For those willing to wait, there’s a best time of year to buy all kinds of things, from TVs to bathing suits.     “Retail is very seasonal,’’ said Benjamin K. Glaser, features editor at…

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IBJ Business News

IBJ Business News Renovations complete at two SIHF facilities     FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS — Construction-management firm, IMPACT Strategies has completed two major renovation projects for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, a $2.4 million expansion and renovation at Centreville (Ill.) Health Center, the other a $600,000 renovation of the Charleston (Ill.) Health Center.    The multi-phased project at Centreville…

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