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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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Alton cracks down on building codes with landlord licensing

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    A new landlord licensing provision will help protect the city from unscrupulous operators, the mayor of Alton says.    Licensing requirements are among a flurry of measures taken in recent weeks by officials trying to hold property owners accountable when they fail to adhere to building codes, Mayor Brant Walker said.    “We introduced…

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Lindenwood exercise science program preps students for success

    The exercise science program at Lindenwood University-Belleville is beginning its fifth year, but even in its infancy, the program provides undergraduate students hands-on opportunities, where they get to experience real-world applications of the theory they study.     “One thing I think we really focus on as faculty members of this program is to ensure…

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