April 13, 2015

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This week's Good NewsLink's first story features the Leadership Council's Southwestern Illinois annual dinner, honoring our educational excellence that fuels our regions growth. I would like to extend a "thank you" to all who participated as well as our sponsors. Enjoy the articles on growth in Southwestern Illinois below and the beautiful spring week ahead!

Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



More than 400 gather for Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner celebrating Growth Fueled by Educational Excellence

(Riverbender, 4/7/2015)

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois welcomed a crowd of more than 400 for its 2015 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner last Thursday, clear indication of just how strongly regional leaders feel about the importance of a quality education in driving our region's growth.

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Gov. Rauner pushes for spy agency move to Illinois site near Scott Air Force Base

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/30/2015)

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday said that a site near Scott Air Force Base should be considered the prime relocation spot for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which is planning to move from south St. Louis.

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Metro East Startup Challenge returns, with richer top prize

(Illinois Business Journal, 4/2/2015)

The Metro East Startup Challenge is back for a second year - and the top prize is bigger.

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Dunstan, Hagnauer pledge support for workers impacted by idling of Granite City Steel

(Illinois Business Journal, 4/7/2015)

Illinois Business Journal 4/7/2015 - Local officials say they are quickly acting to formulate a plan to help steelworkers and others who are expected to be impacted by the planned temporary idling of U.S. Steel's Granite City Works.

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Illinois Economy Strengthens

(WBGZ Radio, 4/2/2015)

The Illinois economy is growing at a rate seldom seen since the recession.  The University of Illinois Flash Index this month is 107 - up from 106.6 a month ago.

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Kirk Talks Transportation

(WBGZ Radio, 4/6/2015)

Transportation projects are on this year's to-do list for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.

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FedEx opens Sauget facility

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/10/2015)

A new $23.5 million distribution center for FedEx Corp. is open in Sauget.

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Collinsville in line for marijuana dispensary in Eastport

(Illinois Business Journal, 4/9/2015)

Collinsville may become home to the second medical cannabis dispensary in Illinois State Police District 11 - a location in Eastport Plaza near the State Police headquarters.

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UberX to begin operation today in Metro East

(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 3/27/2015)

The mobile phone ridesharing app will begin operation today in St. Clair and Madison Counties, while regulatory hurdles will keep it dormant across the river in Missouri.

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Belleville City Council advances plan to move police department

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/6/2015)

The Belleville City Council on Monday advanced an $18.5 million project to move the police department to 720 W. Main St., renovate City Hall and build an indoor parking garage for police cars.
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Wood River police station one step closer

(Advantage News, 3/28/2015)

The Wood River Police Department has reached the next step toward a new police station as plans are coalescing for the structure.

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Law firm opens new headquarters in Edwardsville, adds another office

(Illinois Business Journal, 3/30/2015)

In addition to offices in East St. Louis and St. Louis (by appointment), the firm now serves its clients from new offices in Edwardsville and Belleville.

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St. Elizabeth's makes case for replacement hospital ahead of new vote

(St. Louis Business Journal, 3/31/2015)

After its request to build a new hospital in O'Fallon, Illinois, was denied in January, St. Elizabeth's Hospital officials have responded by saying that a state regulatory board's concerns have been addressed.

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Business Moving Headquarters to Godfrey

(WBGZ Radio, 4/8/2015)

The former Godfrey Hardwoods on Humbert Road is being retooled into a business that refurbishes train and boat motor parts, and plans have been revealed that point to a long-term commitment to Godfrey.

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Water Company to Run Grafton Sewers

(Riverbender, 3/31/2015)

Illinois American Water is expanding its level of operations in Grafton.  A company spokesman says they will now be under contract to operate and maintain the city's sewer system.

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SWIC raises tuition $3 an hour, says improved WiFi will save students money

(Belleville News Democrat, 4/1/2015)

Southwestern Illinois College will hike tuition rates by $3 a credit hour starting this summer.
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In Other News


Holland Construction Services receives AGC Safety Award

(Illinois Business Journal, 4/8/2015)

Holland Construction Services was recently presented with the Associated General Contractors Annual Safety Award.

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Local home sales remain strong as foreclosure filings continue to fall

(News-Democrat, 4/10/2015) 

Metro-east real estate market continues to strengthen as foreclosure rates fall.

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Local credit union soars to the top for tax collection

 (Advantage News, 3/27/2015)

Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler recognized an area credit union on Thursday for its exemplary service in collecting property taxes during the past year.

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Health panel recognizes Saint Anthony's cancer center

(Advantage News, 4/8/2015)

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has included OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center among its 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award winners.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Scholarship Presented to Incoming Lindenwood Belleville Freshman

Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee and the R. Whittington Foundation presented O'Fallon Township High School senior Taylor Harris with a scholarship to attend Lindenwood University-Belleville at a ceremony on campus April 1. Harris, of O'Fallon, Ill., will be a freshman at Lindenwood Belleville in fall 2015. 

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Leadership Council members associated with projects in this issue  

Lewis & Clark Logo
    McKendree Logo
   St. Louis Regional Chamber
  Madison County IL

St. Louis Regional Chamber

St. Clair County Seal

St. Elizabeth's Hosp

Holland Logo

Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois 

Contact Information

Ellen Krohne, Executive Director, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois


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