Area News

Region 4 Returns to Phase 4 At 5:00p.m. October 9

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing that Region 4, the Metro East, will return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan today, October 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. While the rate of testing in Region 4 has remained relatively stable, the rolling average positivity rate in the region…

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Mail In Ballots Envelopes Erroneously Labeled with Party Affiliation

October 6, 2020 – Madison County Board Member Chris Guy questioned the integrity of the counties’ absentee ballot program after becoming aware on Monday of a major mistake made by the election authority. County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza made a questionable error by including the voter’s party affiliation on the certified postage label mailed to thousands…

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Tax Amendment Disapproved Of By Business Community

  By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Illinois Business Journal The business community is loudly speaking out against a proposed constitutional amendment on income taxes facing voters in Illinois. The governor backs the measure, which would change the state’s income tax from a flat tax to a graduated one based on income. He says the revenue generated would…

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Troy Council OKs Halloween

By Charlie Feldman [email protected] Troy will celebrate Halloween this year, pandemic or no pandemic. But the fall tradition of burning leaves has been canceled – permanently. These were among the new developments at the Monday, October 5 City Council meeting. “People still ask me, ‘Is Halloween still on?’” said Mayor Allen Adomite. “I’m not seeing…

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Support Dogs For Those Who Support Our Freedom

By Stephanie Malench [email protected] Got Your Six Support Dogs is celebrating its 5th anniversary this month. In that time, over 40 specially trained support dogs were placed with military veterans and first responders that have emotional or physical needs that qualify them to receive the dogs. Founder and Executive Director Nicole Lanahan said it takes…

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Larry Trucano

Larry Trucano, born September 15, 1939 in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL, age the age of 81. He is preceded in death by his father, Harry V. Trucano and his mother, Wilma (nee Richardson) Trucano Giovando. Surviving are his wife, Ginger M. (nee Bickel)…

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Council Hears Sustainability Plan For First Time

By Stephanie Malench [email protected] The Collinsville City Council recognized several individuals and received a donation at their regular meeting at Gateway Convention Center on September 22. The September Yard of the Month first place award went to Barbara Johnston at 141 Helen Place and the second place award went to her neighbors Phillip and Charleen…

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