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State legislators leaving office with the job not yet finished

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    There’s a low, flat rumbling on the horizon, and one who didn’t know better would think it was residents caravanning out of state.    This parade, though, is filing out of the Illinois Legislature.    At last count, 24 veteran statesmen were calling it quits, having had enough of the legislative business to last…

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Amazon’s HQ2 should serve as a wakeup call for St. Louis region

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    About 2000, the American Water Company, headquartered in New Jersey, decided that it needed to create one customer service center that would handle calls for all of its subsidiaries. Through companies like Illinois American, Missouri American, etc. they served more than 100 cities in about 18 states scattered across the nation.…

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