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Collinsville And Firefighters Union Reach New Two-Year Contract

By Stephanie Malench smalench@timestribunenews.com The Collinsville City Council held its first meeting of the year at Gateway Convention Center on January 11. After two new police officers were sworn in (Emily Briley and Brian Joy), Tony Fuhrmann, Director of  the Madison County Employment and Training Department, spoke during public comment to thank the City for…

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Collinsville Men Sought In String Of Montgomery County Burglaries

By Jake Leonard Several individuals are either awaiting arrest or is currently in jail in relation to a string of burglaries in four counties. Officials from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) has made arrests recently relating to burglaries last year in Montgomery, Macoupin, Madison, and Randolph counties. Montgomery County deputies took a report in…

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Over 300 New Laws Took Effect On January 1, 2022: Part 3

FAFSA Application For Youth In Care (Public Act 102-70, Senate Bill 63): Under this new law, DCFS is required to assist every youth in care who is entering their final year of high school complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or an application for state financial aid and requires DCFS to assist in…

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Collinsville Township Discusses Grants For Parking Lot

By Stephanie Malench smalench@timestribunenews.com The Collinsville Township Board of Trustees met on January 11 with a limited agenda. Three public comments were made, two by Mark Achenbach and Al Woolen, questioning the status of the parking lot and thanking the board for lowering the tax levy.  Woolen also wanted to know exactly how the tax…

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SOS Office To Remain Closed Until January 24

Out of an abundance of caution and due to the continued high numbers of new COVID-19 cases statewide, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing that all Secretary of State departments – including Driver Services facilities – will resume conducting in-person transactions Monday, Jan. 24. The Secretary of State offices and facilities first closed…

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Glen Carbon Researching Water Treatment Plant Alternatives

By Kathy Turner The Glen Carbon Village Board, on Tuesday, January 11, approved a contract with WHKS to provide professional engineering services with regards to the Village’s Water Treatment Plant as well as treatment plant alternatives and the costs related.  Scott Hunt of WHKS was in attendance to detail the contract with the Village.  He…

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Maryville Village Board Approves More Pre-Annexation Agreements

By Stephanie Malench smalench@timestribunenews.com The Maryville Village Board met on January 5 and started with two public hearings for pre-annexation agreements. There were no questions or concerns related to the two properties at 5605 Woodland Drive and 16 Bliss Terrace, both in unincorporated Collinsville, and both ordinances passed. The last ordinance passed was the declaration…

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Highland City Council Approves Digitizing Cemetery Records

     By Jake Leonard “`Business in the January 4, 2022 meeting of the Highland City Council was rather light in their first meeting of the new year. Following approval of the meeting minutes from the December 20 meeting and with no one in line to make public comments, the council proceeded to swear in…

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Over 300 New Laws Took Effect On January 1, 2022- Part 1

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a multipart series summarizing  many of the new laws taking effect in Illinois January 1, 2022. For full text of a law, go to www.ilga.gov and typing in the bill number in the left column. School Employee Family Leave Extension (Public Act 102-335, House Bill 12): An employee…

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Preliminary Hearing Held In Murder Of Troy Woman

By Jake Leonard It only required one witness for Judge Jim Roberts to find probable cause against a Collinsville man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and shooting the man she was with in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving. A preliminary hearing for Robert “Bobby” J. Tarr, 48, was held virtually Monday afternoon in Montgomery…

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