2017 October Issue

Hope remains for two troubled cemeteries

Receiver works to clear titles, sell properties By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    EDWARDSVILLE — One by one, the guests sitting in a large circle in the back room of Main Street Community Center introduced themselves, telling others what brought them to the meeting.    For one woman, it was the distant memory of her mother and a grandson,…

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SIUE design center accommodates growth of student engineers

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    EDWARDSVILLE — An ongoing expansion of the SIUE Engineering Building belies everything you’ve heard about budget problems with the state’s universities and the flight of students to other states. There is growth in some Illinois school corridors.    The two-story construction project will be the focus this month of SIUE Day, a fund-raiser…

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More districts have eyes on CEO program

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Edwardsville High School looks to be the next home of CEO, a program that aims to build hometown leadership and entrepreneurism skills at a young age.     Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities is slated to start in the fall of next year, pending the anticipated approval of the school board and the hiring of…

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POINT: Should Illinois legalize recreational use of cannabis?

Yes: State should allow, tax and regulate adult cannabis cultivation and responsible consumption By DAN LINN    Illinois should legalize cannabis. Taking this industry out of the illegal sector and bringing it above the table would create jobs, provide needed tax revenue and end another failed prohibition.     There was a time when this country outlawed…

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COUNTERPOINT: Should Illinois legalize recreational use of cannabis?

No, police foresee problems like those being experienced in other states By CHIEF JAMES R. KRUGER JR.    There are logical, data-driven reasons that the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police opposes the potential legalization of recreational marijuana. In short, we would anticipate more traffic fatalities, more accidents, and more petty crimes and more hospitalizations due…

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Korte & Luitjohan, Richland College Student Success Center, Decatur

By RITA DUCKWORTH    Construction projects are often delayed due to weather, permits or materials. In the case of Richland College in Decatur, it was the Illinois budget crisis.     Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc. is the coordinating construction contractor for a new building at the college that is state funded under the Community Development Board.…

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Plocher Construction, water treatment plant, Taylorville, Ill

By ROBERTA CODEMO    Work began in August on a new $24.8 million water treatment plant in Taylorville to replace the city’s aging facility. Plocher Construction of Highland is in charge of the project.    The project will include construction of a new 32,000-square-foot plant on 23.5 acres, a 700-square-foot remote pretreatment building at Lake Taylorville and…

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Poettker Construction, Outpatient Prep and Recovery addition, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese

By RITA DUCKWORTH    Poettker Construction Co. is nearing completion of a new Outpatient Prep and Recovery addition to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, Ill.    Construction began in September 2016 with a dedication scheduled for November 2017.     “The new addition is attached to the north side of the existing hospital. It connects to the…

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IMPACT Strategies Inc., Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fairview Heights

By RITA DUCKWORTH    IMPACT Strategies Inc. was the original builder of Fairview City Centre in Fairview Heights, and is doing construction there once again. Kimco Realty contracted the firm to do the buildout for a new Dick’s Sporting Goods store. It is replacing the 50,000-square-feet of retail space vacated by Sports Authority in July 2016.   …

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Contegra Construction Co., Dart Transit, Edwardsvill

By ROBERTA DUCKWORTH    The new truck service center and logistics operation facility for Dart Transit is nearing completion, reports Jim Mundy, design build coordinator and project executive with Contegra Construction Co. in Edwardsville.     Construction on the Gateway Commerce Center site is scheduled for completion by the end of November.    “Dart Transit is expanding their…

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