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MCT hosting bike and pedestrian trail summit event

In celebration of May as National Bike Month, and to illustrate the many benefits of trails and a vibrant bicycle/pedestrian culture to communities and individuals, Madison County Transit is hosting the MCT 2022 Trail Summit on Friday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Leclaire Room, on the N.O. Nelson campus of…

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Moody’s gives Illinois second credit upgrade within one year

Move means lower interest costs, but rating remains lowest of all states By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois on Thursday received its second credit rating upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service within one year, moving up one notch but remaining in the worst shape of the 50 states. It’s the third upgrade…

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Appellate court ruling backs governor’s vaccine, testing mandate

Ruling says enforcement of mandates doesn’t equate to quarantine By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A state appellate court ruled this week that it will not block enforcement of the Pritzker administration’s mandate that certain categories of public employees either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing. The 2-1 ruling by…

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County appeals ruling on judicial subcircuit legislation

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine says the county has filed a Notice of Appeal on Illinois’ Seventh Judicial Circuit’s ruling on the recently-passed judicial subcircuit legislation. “This subcircuit law is unjust, unconstitutional, and riddled with problems,” Haine said. “We can discern no legitimate reason why it needs to be implemented on such a rushed…

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State police add FOID kiosks to help speed application processing

The Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau has added an option for customers without access to online devices to apply for and update FOID cards. Customers can now utilize FOID kiosks at three ISP facilities across the state. Current locations and hours of service include: Northern Illinois: Illinois State Police District 5, 16648 Broadway St,…

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Next phase of construction to begin on City Foundry STL

New + Found, the developer of City Foundry STL in St. Louis, recently completed financing for City Foundry STL Phase 2, and is moving forward with construction. The $125 million development will include a 14-story, 272-unit residential tower, an 83,000-square-foot office building, 25,000 square feet of retail space and a 481-car parking garage. City Foundry…

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SWIC Foundation honors church for support of soup program

The Southwestern Illinois College Foundation recently recognized the Conqueror’s Christian Center, a family church in Belleville, as a major donor to the SWIC Soup Program that helps feed students in need. From left, SWIC Foundation Executive Director Rena Thoele, Conqueror’s Christian Center Financial Secretary Alice Jackson and SWIC English Professor Tami Hughes. Conqueror’s Christian Center…

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Proposed constitutional amendment could help unions at bargaining table

By ANDREW HENSEL, The Center Square A proposed constitutional amendment could give unions more power at the bargaining table. Amendment 1 would establish collective bargaining as a fundamental right in Illinois. The law is backed by money from labor unions across the state. The Illinois Right to Collective Bargaining Amendment would prohibit laws that interfere…

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New energy law will invest billions on renewable, nuclear sectors

Unions, environmentalists call it a win for climate, job creation in state By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker was joined by environmental and social justice activists, union representatives, and lawmakers from both parties Wednesday as he signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul that aims to phase out…

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LCCC gets funds to expand Habitat Strike Team

Lewis and Clark Community College and the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center recently received grants and funding totaling $420,000, which will be used to expand full-time staff and expand the capability of the Habitat Strike Team. The Strike Team, whose major funding partners include the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Illinois Habitat Fund,…

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