Commentary

“In Our Opinion”

By the Publisher Every year, an Illinois legislature proposes  a bill to remove public notices from being published in newspapers and allow units of government to post them to their websites. They must think they are saving taxpayers money, and that newspapers no longer are relevant. This year is no different. House Bill 811 has…

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The History of Newspapers in Troy

• May 18, 1872: James N. Jarvis published the first issue of The Commercial Call. • 1873: The name was changed to The Weekly Bulletin. • 1881: The newspaper and plant were sold to George M. Armstrong, then later sold to Henry         B. Morris. • 1885: James Jarvis established the Troy…

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News Release: Historical Monuments, Memorials, And Statues Should Reflect Our Finest Values (Commentary)

The Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) welcomes the ongoing public discussion about monuments and commemoration in the Prairie State. Communities across Illinois face decisions about the presence of commemorative statues, monuments, and memorials and the naming of public spaces and buildings. The ISHS encourages Illinois communities engaged in these discussions to carefully consider not just…

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Chamber Of Commerce Sends Letter To Governor

The following letter was sent to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker from Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Mushill on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 in response to the new round of mitigation measures that took effect that day. September 2, 2020 The Honorable J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois 207 State House Springfield, IL 62706…

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News Is Not Free

An excerpt from the author, former Times-Tribune Contributor Elizabeth Donald. “Sometimes, I just have to channel my inner Harlan, and I tell them, ‘Do you go to a gas station and expect them to give you free gas? Do you go to the movie theater and demand that they allow you in for nothing? Then…

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For Questions on Triad’s Back To School Plan

The Times-Tribune staff strives to do our best to bring you the most up to date information on how COVID-19 is impacting back to school plans in the Triad and Collinsville School Districts. We attend the school board meetings and report back to you the reader what happens in those meetings. We talk to administrators…

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Change: The Only Thing We Can Be Certain Of

By Steve Rensberry, Editor It is with a mountain of memories and unforgettable experiences as editor these past few years that I must bid farewell to the readers of the Times-Tribune, with Jan. 31 being my last day, and newly hired editor Kyle Cunningham coming on board this week. Kyle comes with significant experience at…

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Tourism Has Major Impact On Region

By Steve Rensberry, Editor Attendees at the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau summit this past week were treated to an impressive breakdown of the value, impact, and future of tourism in the region, primarily in the counties of Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Calhoun, Montgomery, and Greene. Held in the Meridian Ballroom on the campus of…

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Taking The Slow Track To High-Speed Rail

By Steve Rensberry, Editor The U.S. is ahead of a lot of countries in a lot of things, but high-speed rail is not one of them. Not only are trains in the U.S. generally slower, but there are fewer lines and fewer passengers. Ten years ago, under Obama, we were told of a plan to…

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One Violent Crime Is One Too Many

By Steve Rensberry, Editor The murder of Edwardsville attorney and philanthropist Randy Gori this past week brought shock to a lot of residents in the area, not just because the victim was well known and a high-profile name, but because once again it occurred in a residential neighborhood and in a home, a place most…

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