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Parking area operators must collect tax from customers beginning Jan. 1

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, parking area operators will be required to register with the state of Illinois and begin collecting and remitting tax on the rental of parking spaces. The Illinois Department of Revenue wants to ensure that parking area operators are aware of their responsibility to ensure compliance with the new registration and tax…

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Date set for 25th annual salute to Scott AFB and Business Expo

The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, along with the city of O’Fallon and village of Shiloh are hosting their 25th annual Salute to Scott Tribute and Business Expo on Saturday, Nov. 9, Gateway Classic Cars in O’Fallon, from 10 a.m. to 2  p.m. This event is organized by O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee to…

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Schnuck Markets ending tobacco sales beginning Jan. 1

Schnuck Markets Inc. today announced that beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the company will end the sale of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, chewing tobacco and snuff. The company will sell through its existing inventory through the end of the year. Starting on Oct. 15 and continuing indefinitely, Schnucks will offer double Schnucks Rewards…

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COUNTERPOINT: Should federal lands be opened to private development?

No, drinking water, ecosystems, economies all would be at risk By MARY VANDEVORD While development might be appropriate for some federal lands, areas with important or vulnerable ecosystems, sites with significant historic or cultural resources, and places that Americans use for recreation should receive strong protection. Put simply, America’s public lands provide the greatest overall…

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Shimkus says he will retire from Congress

Congressman John Shimkus, a Collinsville Republican who has held office since 1997, says he will retire. Shimkus announced Friday he will not seek re-election for Illinois’s 15th Congressional District next year. Shimkus said while his tenure in Congress has been “an honor of a lifetime” he is looking to spend more time with his family.…

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State’s congressional delegation seeks federal assistance on flooding

The entire Illinois Congressional delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday, supporting Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s request for federal assistance for the state to help 33 counties recover from severe flooding that occurred from February to July.  This year’s flooding is the longest flood event to ever occur in Illinois. “Many communities…

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Caritas, others, assist Belleville children’s center with walk-in cooler

Metro East-based Caritas Family Solutions has received several grants to obtain and install a walk-in cooler/freezer at the agency’s St. John Bosco Children’s Center in Belleville. Ameren Illinois provided a $10,000 grant through its Ameren Cares program and the William H. and Mary E. Baker Charitable Trust provided a $2,500 that will accomplish site prep…

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Hundreds participate in annual labor parade in Wood River/East Alton

Hundreds of union members affiliated with the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO marched Saturday in the annual Labor Day Parade, which this year was held in Wood River and East Alton. Some 38 unions are affiliated with the federation and around 20 locals were expected to participate. The events kicked off at 10…

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