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IBJ Digital News is one more tool in newspaper’s reader outreach

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    More than five years ago, when I hitched my wagon to the Illinois Business Journal team, I wanted to try new and different techniques to market our brand.    My partner, Al Ortbals, and the newspaper’s founder, Kerry Smith, had done yeoman’s work building the print edition, and for that I’m forever thankful.…

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Better Together’s city/county consolidation plan deserves support

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    A group called Better Together has proposed consolidating St. Louis City and St. Louis County and that’s not sitting well in Metro West.    In 1876, the “Great Divorce” separated St. Louis City from St. Louis County and, in doing so, locked its boundaries in forever. This has been hugely detrimental to…

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