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Pension issue reaching crises level for Illinois communities

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Metro East is a long way from Harvey, Ill., but the many communities that make up the Mississippi valley have a lot in common with the berg in Cook County.    Harvey, a town of just more than 25,000, has been called the first domino to fall in the ongoing municipal pension crises.…

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My 2 cents on SIU Edwardsville, e-commerce sales taxes and more

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    While never at a loss for an opinion, some months there are multiple issues vying for my attention. This is one of those months. So, rather than devote my limited space here to one subject, I’ll take some quick hits at multiple topics.    Since its founding in the 1950s, Southern Illinois…

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