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Cooperation: It’s how things will get done in the years ahead

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH        Last month, I watched an extraordinary gathering of eight mayors on one stage at a year-end Realtors presentation.    What struck me was both how unusual the situation was and how far we’ve come as a region in Southwestern Illinois. I’ve covered politics and the players for almost 40 years and such…

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With tax cuts and stimulus, follow Minnesota, not Kansas

By ALAN J. ORTBALS         In November, Trump’s chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, had an embarrassing moment caught on camera. At the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council conference in Washington, D.C., he asked a room full of business leaders how many would invest their tax act gains in their businesses. Just a few hands went…

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