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2019 June Issue

Illinois gets mixed reviews from site selectors

  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    What do prospective companies want in a community? They want workforce skills, transportation infrastructure, and quality of life.    What they don’t want are politics and lack of responsiveness.    Southwestern Illinois leaders got some rare insight into what firms everywhere are looking for in the way of development potential during a two-day…

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SIUE corporate partnerships educating business employees

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    SIUE’s Office of Educational Outreach hopes to expand on corporate partnerships that allow businesses a convenient way to add to their employees’ education credentials.    Interim director Mary Ettling said her office is stepping up efforts that have been underway for many years, primarily with area hospitals. The idea is to get a…

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Illinois Business Journal purchased by Better Newspapers Inc.

    Greg Hoskins says his growing company aims to make the best newspapers better.    His firm, Better Newspapers Inc., based in Mascoutah, has purchased the Illinois Business Journal, based in Edwardsville, from owners Alan J. Ortbals and Dennis Grubaugh.    The sale was finalized on May 31 and brings to 21 the number of papers owned…

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Siteman affiliation touted by Alton Memorial — and patients

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    The ramifications of having one of the nation’s most recognized cancer care programs at its disposal are many for Alton Memorial Hospital, says President Dave Braasch.    Last month’s announcement that the hospital would become the first Illinois affiliate of the Siteman Cancer Network means Washington University physicians at Alton Memorial and at…

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COUNTERPOINT: Should Illinois employers ease up on marijuana drug screening?

No. Safety necessitates firms should keep policies intact for testing of all drugs — legal or not By JO MCGUIRE    There are many assumptions and misperceptions about how drug testing works pertaining to marijuana. Clearing up the myths often helps create better dialogue and understanding about why employee screening is so very important to the…

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PNC Bank intent on supporting communities, regional president Scully says

By KERRY SMITH    Michael Scully, PNC Bank regional president for St. Louis and Southern Illinois, says he’s proud to work for a company that has pledged $500 million to support a myriad of early education initiatives in celebration of the bank’s 15th anniversary of Grow Up Great, its signature outreach.    “This year marks a $150…

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Commerce’s Gomric says bank leadership has deep roots in Southern Illinois

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Commerce Bank has billions of dollars in assets, but it’s never gotten away from its community bank approach, says Matthew Gomric, the Southern Illinois market president.    “When you think of Commerce Bank you think of our culture and the commitment to the community. Although we are publicly traded, we very much take…

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