2018 October Issue

Village trying to expand on success of housing

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A housing development that helped transform the core of East Alton could be greatly expanded under a plan being promoted to the state.    Mayor Joe Silkwood and others traveled to Chicago in September to meet with officials of the Illinois Housing Development Authority to push their case for funding for the expansion…

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Counties working on grant to build on apprenticeships

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Madison and St. Clair County officials are working together on a $500,000 grant proposal that would help increase their market for apprenticeships.    The plan comes in the wake of each of them being certified by the U.S. Department of Labor as a Registered Apprenticeship Program Intermediary Sponsor a few months ago. The…

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Businesses seeking help with trained workforce

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Trained workers are difficult to come by, and the situation is putting a county program through the paces as it helps businesses search for solutions.    Madison County Employment and Training Department, whose role long was targeted to the individual worker, is increasingly finding itself dealing more directly with the employer, said Tony…

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POINT: Who is the best choice for governor of Illinois?

Bruce Rauner: Continued reforms, not raising taxes, are what state needs By BRUCE RAUNER     Four years ago, I ran for governor to unlock Illinois’ potential. I was a political newcomer. A private citizen called to serve.    It’s been difficult, but short of being a husband, father and grandfather, building a stronger future for the…

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COUNTERPOINT: Who is the best choice for governor of Illinois?

J.B. Pritzker: Stable, experienced hand needed to guide state through problems created in past four years By J.B. PRITZKER    Not long ago, Illinois was far behind when it came to creating and attracting technology companies – and we were missing out on the good-paying jobs those companies create. The Great Recession took its toll and…

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HSHS Medical Group adds primary care doctor

    HSHS Medical Group has welcomed primary care provider Zachary Luchtefeld, DO.      Luchtefeld sees patients of all ages at HSHS Medical Group Family & Internal Medicine at 1950 Vandalia St., Collinsville.    Luchtefeld completed his undergraduate degree at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and completed his medical degree at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine…

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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s welcomes hand therapist

    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Outpatient Therapy Services has added Robin Bertram as a Certified Hand Therapist, one of 6,284 credentialed worldwide. Such therapists must practice for at least three years, gain 4,000 hours of experience and pass a comprehensive exam.    Hand therapy is the art of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the…

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