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2017 March Issue

Some benefits to using the Business Model Canvas

    The Business Model Canvas is an entrepreneurial tool that enables you to visualize, design, and reinvent your business model. It was developed by Swiss business theorist and author Alexander Osterwalder.     For many startups, using the tool can help them develop a clear view of their value proposition, operations, customers and finances. As a…

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New Illinois legislation tackles numerous subjects

Governor signs bill on lead testing         CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed Senate Bill 550, legislation to protect Illinois children from possible exposure to lead in drinking water.     SB 550 will require schools and daycares to sample for lead contamination from sources of potable water in school buildings. The oldest school…

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Funding for local highways remains down the road

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Major Metro East transportation projects remain priorities of local leaders, but construction relies on uncertain federal and state funds.    Still, the fiscal logjam is going to ease at some point, and it will be a good idea to have priorities “in the queue,” Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, told local leaders in a…

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Illinois and Missouri come out even in Realtor tax study

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    When it comes to taxes, homeowners in Illinois and Missouri are pretty much even. That’s the gist of a comparative tax analysis done by John Foster of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis at SIUE. The report was commissioned by the Illinois Association of Realtors and released in December.…

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Local Scott enhancement efforts undermined by state budget standoff

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The success that Southwestern Illinois has enjoyed in protecting Scott Air Force Base and expanding its missions and facilities has attracted the envy of other communities and other states, according to former U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello.    “When I announced my retirement from Congress,” Costello said, “I received phone calls immediately asking…

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Woolpert, Scott AFB worked together to provide support for key tenants

    Scott Air Force Base, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, is not only a major player in the global efforts of the U.S. Air Force, but it has forged a strong and prosperous relationship with the surrounding communities.    Older than the Air Force itself, which turns 70 this year, Scott AFB began as Scott…

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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital continues collaboration to train military, civilian physicians

    Diagonally across the street from HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville is a 25,000-square-foot facility where St. Elizabeth’s Hospital partners with three other health-care organizations to train some of the best and brightest medical graduates during their journey to becoming family physicians.     There are two clinics, Belleville Family Health Center and Scott Air…

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Scott Air Force Base’s economic impact is $4 billion and growing

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The economic activity generated by Scott Air Force Base exceeds $4 billion annually, according to a study released by the Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor in November 2014.    The report, Illinois Military Base and Defense Industry Assets Economic Impact Study: State and Regional Analyses, was conducted by the Center for…

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