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2017 April Issue

Hospital preps for move on several fronts

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Seven months from the biggest move in its history, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s is actively working through the logistics of shifting patients and services to its new O’Fallon hospital.    The approximately $300 million project will open this November northwest of Green Mount Road and Interstate 64.The total investment includes dedicated dollars to the…

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Meals on Wheels cuts shortsighted, agency head says

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Meals on Wheels is a major investment in the lives of senior citizens, and state and federal leaders are being shortsighted in trying to squeeze funding from the program, a local nonprofit head says.    Jonathan Becker, executive director of Senior Services Plus based in Alton, minces no words when asked about the…

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Tax reform, infrastructure, dereg baked into stock surge, analysts say

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    On March 1, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an all-time high of 21,115, having risen steadily since an election day value of 18,259 — a 15 percent increase. While that is quite a run, financial experts say there’s a lot of substance and little froth in those numbers.    Previously, money…

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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 Dan Mansmith sold the property at 300 N. Charles St. to Andrea Kronenberger. Kunkel Commercial Group represented both parties. Kathy Bridgeman leased executive office space to Sierra…

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Police deserve our thanks as keepers of the peace

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    When did police become the enemy of the people?    They are not, of course, but you might think that’s true, given the assault upon the profession the past few years —  the shootings, the general disrespect, the growing belligerence to authority. You can’t pick up a daily paper without seeing the latest…

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Nobody knew this could be so complicated

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Recently President Trump exclaimed, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” If what he meant by that was that everyone knew but him, he was right. Health care is complicated. At least in the United States, that is. In other countries, not so much.    We all remember how gut wrenching…

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Evaluating the efficacy of U.S. border security

By SURANJAN WEERARATNE     President Donald Trump has repeatedly stressed the need to build a durable wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to fend off illegal immigration into the United States. Indeed, he and his surrogates made this issue a central plank of their campaign and argued that the “wall” would be at the heart of…

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