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COUNTERPOINT: Should Illinois do more to regulate vaping businesses?

Yes, e-cigarettes should be regulated equally as other tobacco products By KATHY DREA E-cigarette use, also known as “vaping” or “Juuling,” is everywhere these days – in schools, on YouTube, on the streets and dominating the headlines. What most people don’t know is that these are unregulated tobacco products that are not safe, have not…

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U.S. News & World Report cites work at Memorial Hospital Belleville

Memorial Hospital Belleville has been recognized as a “high performing” hospitals for treatment of heart failure and knee replacement. “It is an honor to be consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a high performing hospital in these specialty areas,” said Mark J. Turner, president (shown).  “Our employees and medical staff are dedicated…

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Scheffel Boyle CPAs announces 25 promotions throughout offices

Scheffel Boyle CPAs has promoted 25 professionals throughout its seven offices. The positions are: Principal Josh Andres, CPA Manager Crystal Bock, CPA (shown) Supervisor Jason Grunlund, CPA Christopher Sobrino, CPA Senior Accountant Patrick Meyer, CPA Taylor Jarvis, CPA Andrew Patterson Nick Hoff, CPA Kayla Ervin Katelin Feldman Travis Wellen, CPA Noah Feldmeier, CPA Chad Frerichs,…

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Newspaperman chairing effort calling for state funerals for WWII veterans

Central Illinois newspaper owner and community leader John Galer has been named Illinois state chairman of an effort to provide state funerals for World War II veterans. Galer will lead local efforts for the nonprofit association called, State Funeral for World War II Veterans. The bipartisan efforts call for a request of the president of…

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Emerald ash borer damage to be discussed in Metro East

Emerald ash borer, the forest pest that has recently been detected in the Mississippi River floodplain, will be the subject of a Metro East seminar Aug. 20. Lewis and Clark Community College’s National Great Rivers Research and Education Center  and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will address the public at the NGRREC’s Jerry F.…

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State’s medical marijuana program will apply to schools as of Jan. 1

By PETER HANCOCK, Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker celebrated a pair of new laws Monday that expand the state’s medical marijuana program, including one that gives students more options for taking the drug at school. “As we continue to reform state government so that it better serves its families, we must…

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Allegiant adds flights to Sarasota out of MidAmerica

Allegiant airline on Monday announced service from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will begin Nov. 15. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $69.  Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by…

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Alton area to celebrate its soybean roots

Lewis and Clark Community College, the city of Alton, and the Illinois State Historical Society will reveal hidden history with the dedication of an official Illinois State Historical Society marker on the site where the first soybeans were planted in Illinois in 1851 on Friday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. at 417 Prospect St., Alton.…

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Madison County to recognize flood response efforts by communities, agencies

Madison County is recognizing the successful flood response and mitigation efforts during a public event this month. “Madison County is proud of the hard work, dedication and the community spirit displayed during the challenges we faced earlier this year during the flood,” Chairman Kurt Prenzler said. Prenzler said the county invited those who helped safeguard…

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Governor signs bill aimed at ‘changing culture’ in workplace

By JERRY NOWICKI , Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a measure aimed at preventing workplace sexual harassment and protecting victims who come forward. The measure, Senate Bill 75, was unanimously passed in both the state House and Senate earlier this year. “We’re not only changing the law—we’re…

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