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  1. Anonymous on March 5, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Troy is a great town but I think they should consider the people that live in the rural areas when it comes to repairing roads. How about fixing the narrow country roads ? What about fixing the water issues that rural areas have, when the creeks run out of their banks and make the roads impassable ? They spend almost a year replacing a bridge on East Mill Creek , but thy haven’t cut down the dead huge trees that are about to fall over and take out the power lines to all of the homes that are in the area. They have taken huge trees that have fallen into the creek, but that will only do so much. We pay hefty real estate taxes too, nothing has been done in the rural areas, but the taxes keep going up. It’s about time to get something done.

  2. Anonymous on March 18, 2022 at 9:58 am

    One of the reasons I wanted to subscribe to the Times-Tribune was to be notified of events going on in the community. I looked at the Events section of the website and it is totally blank. Thanks.

    • Editor on March 18, 2022 at 10:49 am

      Our Community Events Page is a Print Edition and Digital Subscriber Exclusive. Stephanie Malench, Editor

  3. Anonymous on March 8, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Calling all Conservatives. The real ones. Not the phonies. Ones whose cornerstone values are the Constitution, the rule of law, and institutions that make those possible. When are you going to take your Party back? Yes, you who used to call yourselves Republican before your brothers and sisters swallowed the cool aid of Putin’s puppet. And you, who still hold onto the Republican label, just because you have no place else to go. A political party without a moral core grounded in reality, not self-delusion, eventually self-destructs.
    The big lie that Trump won the election worked well. Now it’s a litmus test for “real” Republicans. Didn’t matter when it came time to produce evidence in open court, there was none. Believing mattered more than evidence.
    Why was selling the fraud so easy? Because the lie was aimed at minds who want to be lied to. Even Donald Trump was booed when he told people to get vaccinated. When you invite people like that into your party, the lunatics eventually take over the asylum. The ones who know better, but are in the game to get power, have no choice but to bobble their heads along with loonies. Courage only makes you a target. Just ask Congressman Adam Kinzinger. That is why the Republican Party today has so few moral leaders. Who’s following them?
    The joke is anyone who challenges the delusion is called a “RINO.” The fact is: many real Republicans have already left.

  4. Anonymous on February 25, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    It is disturbing that a particular group (based out of Troy) has been harassing school districts in the name of student’s “rights” regarding not masking. They attended a board meeting in Collinsville, in which board members and a parent were harassed. The police had to be called as this group also disturbed two Edwardsville schools by repeatedly honking horns. Bethalto school district had to cancel a day of school. I certainly believe in the necessity of protest but when people cross that line into disturbing school children and intentionally harassing educators, they should NEVER be viewed as champions of students’ rights.

    The school districts that abruptly went mask optional overlooked the rights of their special education students, many of whom have health conditions. The Individual Disabilities Education Act was extended to include protections that are to be written in their education plans. Many of these same students do not have these necessary strategies written into their IEPS/504s. This information can be found in the Roadmap to Return (pp.19-23), a document issued by the U.S. Department of Special Education on September 30, 2021.

    Parents of children with IEPS/504s/health conditions that have concerns regarding their child’s health and safety should know that their child’s rights can be protected. I also hope that this group harassing students and educators learn quickly that this is NOT acceptable behavior. I look forward to seeing more balanced articles that call out this bullying for what it is.

  5. Anonymous on February 12, 2022 at 10:56 am

    With all the help wanted signs all over,it seems like the boarder wall is up and completed already.
    Maybe we should re- think it.

  6. Anonymous on December 2, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Troy’s New Military memorial
    To avoid confusion for many veterans, I offer this explanation of why the Military monuments are out of order for a typical flag and military memorial.
    The monuments were put in based on the Continental Congress of 1775 and therefore in order of FIRST inception not the current US Military Protocol which has  the Army (1775), Marines(1789) , Navy(1789) , Air force(1947) all Dept of Defense and then always last is the Coast Guard(1790) because its under the Dept of Transportation.
    But in 1775 it was the Army, then Navy then Marines then Coast Guard. In 1783 after the war ended the Navy and Marines disbanded.
    Then in 1789 the Marines were recreated then the Navy under the US Congress which is why the current protocol exists.
    The current site was done one can assume so that when the US Space Force (2018) , the next military service, has a flag then when it goes in it will follow the Coast Guard in date of inception.
    And therefore no monuments will have to be moved.

  7. Anonymous on December 1, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    This may sound petty but to those of us who are military veterans, particularly those of us who are Air Force veterans it is not. The Veteran’s Monument currently being constructed at the park will, I’m sure, be one of the finest in the entire area. I commend the time and effort that so many people put into its construction particularly the efforts of Tim Greenfield. My complaint is the placement of the service monument stones. The Coast Guard stone was placed fourth in line, ahead of the Air Force. While the Coast Guard is one of the oldest services, its primary function is maritime security, search and rescue, and law enforcement. It has no actual military mission except in time of war and then only by order of the President or the Congress when it becomes a branch of the US Navy. I’m sure that this was an honest mistake but it should be rectified. I would also add that space should be made to include this country’s newest military service; The U.S. Space Force even though it’s to young to have any veterans yet.

    • Anonymous on December 3, 2021 at 7:20 am

      Yes, it is petty.

  8. Anonymous on November 15, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Where’s Brandon?
    Seems like from the topic of letters to the editor the last couple of weeks. The whereabouts of Collinsville Senior Center Director Brandon is on many Senior Citizens minds. Normally things that happen at the Township and Senior Center makes it’s way to Facebook by our Supervisor or his supporters. This situation has Seniors threatening to stop coming to the Center. One letter said Brandon lost his job for getting a haircut on his lunch hour. Now that’s some strict rules. The Supervisor is attending all those parties and on Facebook during the day. I guess when you are the President of the Township you have all the power.

    I know at a recent meeting there were some issues about Brandon taking someone to the hospital. Derrick said that was OK.

    So what did you do Supervisor Cox? Where is Brandon?

    • Anonymous on December 17, 2021 at 2:47 am

      I think that ANY entity, Government or not, has the right to hire and fire people without asking permission. FACT: 40k+Ben for someone to sit and stamp lunch cards as a main job function and, on top of that, was absent many times for his job “duties”. He was warned, talked to, every step was taken to communicate the importance of his one main job” lunch cards” that was not being implemented .. Does it really take even THAT much? Adults, doing adult jobs…LSS- 50k+ TAX PAYERS were paying for a position that was no longer needed. However, he has tried to get local44 involved because he wanted 18 mos.of paychecks of his union paying job after he was released. THIS should not be news, He didnt perform his duties. he was warned, warned, and let go. lawfully. Horrible to lose a job, but it is time C-Ville dusted off the books and cut some fat so to speak, Definitely make sure that everyone that has a job that requires state certifications, has the certification and hours to perform their job correctly. Money is flying out of Collinsville. tax payer money. Needs to stop. No, not an employee or official of Collinsville /C Township. Just stating facts as I know to be true and well proven . Get your facts- Sound Off is great, but at times it should be called”90210.” Assessor office, Audit is coming your way. State certs are being check today Friday Dec 17th 2021. good luck to all and get a hobby.
      Supervisor Cox was elected to do just as he his. His/her role as supervisor is not to ask your permission. Go to a board meeting and ask face to face, Not anonymously. Afraid your position is an over site as well? Meetings are public, go ask your questions to the men and women we elected to do their job, Have a great day !

  9. Anonymous on November 12, 2021 at 11:05 am

    At the November 9,2021 Collinsville Township meeting supervisor, Derrick Cox, made a statement that he didn’t know if everyone knew that he was a radio DJ for over 11years. What was the relevance of that statement and why should we care? Maybe we should be wondering what happened to that DJ position.

    • Anonymous on December 17, 2021 at 3:13 am

      You seem infatuated with Supervisor Cox. Although anonymous , your rhetoric, syntax and grammar shine through all over this site . as much as you try. .. You must have absolutely nothing better to do with your time. I feel for you. Get out and enjoy life, stop complaining about everything that you think you can. Plenty of bones in your closet. Watch me let them out.

      We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.

  10. Anonymous on October 25, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Groundhog Day
    If you’ve seen the movie Groundhog Day before then this situation with the empty lot next to the Senior Center reminds you of that movie.

    If you go back and read the minutes from the October, November, and December 2019 Collinsville Township meetings. You’ll find Supervisor Cox was pushing then like he is now to purchase this lot. Back then he also had a PEP Grant with no interest. Then it was a PEP Grant loan that the Township had to pay 3% interest each year. Still paying way over the appraisal amount of the property. Well not really because I’m not aware of anyone getting an appraisal, but willing to spend $200,000 plus blindly.

    Back in 2019 Trustees Ball and Guenther were both in favor of buying this lot with no appraisal information. Basically it seemed they were just backing whatever Cox was doing. In all fairness Ron Jedda was also in favor of the Township buying this property.

    Well now it’s time the four Trustees stand on their own and make decisions on their own. This going along with the everything the Supervisor says isn’t what we put them in office for. If that’s the case there will be no honesty in the Township.

    All four have a voice. Now use it.

  11. Anonymous on October 18, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Senior Center Parking Lot
    So what is the real reason Supervisor Derrick Cox wants to purchase this piece of property with taxpayers money? Yes I said taxpayers money. I know he has a deal to get PEP grants and use a large donation from a senior for a large portion of the cost, but still money is coming from the Senior Center budget. This grant money doesn’t fall from the sky or grow on a tree. It comes from somewhere. To quote Ron Jedda “No free money”. I suggest a Collinsville Township residents listen to the official video of the Town meeting. Not the video Supervisor Cox is putting out on his favorite Facebook page. Listen to what Mark Achenbach has to say. Then listen to Ron Jedda. Both of these guys make great points why buy this property at the asking price is ludicrous. They are both associated with CARD and have firsthand experience with a situation like this. If you still aren’t convinced find the post from Realtor Roger Reeves and read what he has to say. You’ll find that post where Supervisor Cox posted his version of the meeting video in the Collinsville Connection Uncensored Page. That seems to be the official Supervisor’s go to page for discussing Township business. It’s there you see that Aaron Wright points out Supervisor Cox violated the Open Meetings Act at least once and maybe twice. He makes a great point. Residents hear about every Senior Center party that going on via social media, but this meeting was Collinsville’s best kept secret. Why was that Mr. Cox and Trustees? Supervisor Cox can be quoted saying this is a great deal for the Senior Center. He also feels the residents will vote the way he wants them to. That can be dangerous when you look at these numbers. Asking price $125,000 value per Cox $62,500. Total cost to purchase and improvements $213,000, PEP GRANTS $115,000, A donation to Senior Center $60,000, Money from Senior Center Budget $38,000. All for property that when completed will be valued at $100,000. All these numbers came from our Supervisor. My question is would he use his money to make a purchase like this? Cause he sure likes spending our money.

  12. Anonymous on October 14, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    I am curious to see if the Troy Times Tribune will report on Triad School District facing a Civil Lawsuit due to their mishandling of a former student being sexually harassed by a teacher. It isn’t a surprise that “the powers at be” claim no knowledge of this teachers past behaviors. But if you ask former students going back SEVERAL years, students that are in their early and late 20’s now, they will tell you a very different story. This behavior was common knowledge, and Triad did absolutely nothing! Just like they always do with anything that is wrong at Triad….what they are known for……they sweep/swept it under the carpet. Hopefully maybe this time Triad will actually be held accountable for something. And just maybe, the Regional Superintendent of Schools in Madison County, Robert Werden, will start putting some oversights in place on the people at the top of this District. It is long overdue.

    • Anonymous on October 19, 2021 at 8:00 am

      When I read this, it could not have been more true. However, I also saw that there were not any replies. That should tell you something. No one wants to speak up against them they know how Triad reacts against people that speak out against them. The retaliation is swift and horrible.

      • Anonymous on October 29, 2021 at 11:30 am

        Care to provide examples, or are you just putting that out there without proof?

        • Anonymous on November 3, 2021 at 7:46 pm

          Gosh just go to casetext online and read the actual lawsuit about their awareness and prior knowledge of this teacher. Or just just do some simple research online or at the courthouse. You can ask for anything you want with a FOIA request on a case or for a transcript of a case for an individual or the district as a whole.

          • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 4:28 am

            I’m unrelated to the previous poster above. In my experience, legitimate FOIA requests for such egregious information are ALWAYS AUTOMATICALLY DENIED under some irrelevant exception that typically doesn’t apply in the scope proclaimed. Few people have enough available daytime hours to file a lawsuit in court to acquire the required information and our local Media is a huge part of the real problem here as they typically aid the misconduct by rarely investigating anything.

  13. Anonymous on October 9, 2021 at 8:01 am

    I see signs around Troy saying… Pray for Charlee. Does anyone know how Charlee is doing? Thanks!

  14. Anonymous on October 4, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Maybe Facebook being down today is a good thing for one group of individuals in Collinsville Illinois. I was looking a different Facebook groups for Collinsville after the two big Main Street festivals they had. I found what I was looking for on the Collinsville Connection group page. It was a very well organized and positive driven page for the City. I found some others also that was helpful. Then I found one that I was shocked to find that a resident of Collinsville runs. Someone who claims to care about Collinsville.

    This Facebook Group is Collinsville Connection Uncensored. It’s solely ran by a local landlord and has quite a large following. They take the Uncensored to the highest level in this group. The misinformation that flows in this group about the pandemic and vaccines is pathetic. There’s a group of people that still believe former President Trump is coming back and moving President Biden out of the White House. At first I thought this might be a satire site, but I see people such as CARD board members, Township board members and County employees pushing these issues and their political agendas. This is definitely a black eye on Collinsville and to see the City leaders feeding the frenzy is even more disturbing.

  15. Anonymous on October 4, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    SOUND OFF is not a good feature. It’s no different than allowing Facebook to spread lies and hate and look where that has gotten us. More divisive than we have ever been.

    This week the world was introduced to the Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen. During her 60 Minutes interview she said, “The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook, and Facebook over and over again chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money.

    There was also an internal Facebook document quoted as saying, “We have evidence from a variety of sources that hate speech, divisive political speech and misinformation on Facebook and the family of apps are affecting societies around the world.”

    This SOUND-OFF section is nothing more than an extension of this awful social media phenomenon, but on an even smaller and more personal scale. For what? What is it solving?

    Our community deserves a hometown newspaper with INTEGRITY. We deserve a publisher, an editor, and reporters with ability to tell the hard stories, but without bias and in a way that helps the community better understand and become fully informed. We are an intelligent community who deserves intelligent local news.

    DO BETTER, Times-Tribune and Better Newspapers.

    Jessica Dudley
    Troy, IL

  16. Anonymous on September 24, 2021 at 11:28 am

    SOUND-OFF is a great feature! It provides an opportunity for everyone to express their concerns. As Collinsville Township’s elected Supervisor, I read the SOUND-OFF Column without fail. The Column provides a lot of good ideas, good input, and is a forum that allows everyone to participate. I much appreciate all the different viewpoints.
    Our Township Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the friendly, secure environment of the Collinsville Senior Center, and are an open forum in which citizens are encouraged to voice their viewpoints to the Township Trustees and have their concerns addressed. I encourage everyone to attend our Township Meetings as often as possible so that they may participate.
    On behalf of myself and all of the Trustees, we hope to meet, greet, and see as many of our residents and fellow taxpayers as possible. Derrick Keith Cox, Your Collinsville Township Supervisor

  17. Anonymous on September 20, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    I’m in total agreement with those who oppose mandatory vaccinations. No one should tell another what to put in to their body. I’ll support all the politicians who oppose vaccinations, and I’ll expect their support next year when Fido’s rabies vaccination is due.

    • Anonymous on September 30, 2021 at 9:02 am

      The pandemic continues because of people with attitudes like yours. I presume you have all of your other required

      • Anonymous on September 30, 2021 at 4:27 pm

        Have you ever heard of SARCASM?

  18. Anonymous on September 20, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Collinsville Township
    Supervisor Derrick Cox, I read that you have now reached a deal to purchase the lot next to the Senior Center for full asking price. This grant or grants you have secured for this purchase agreement are not costing the Township directly. What does that really mean? If we go back to when you were trying before the buy this piece of property with grant money. We ended up finding out the grants had to be paid back with interest if I’m not mistaken. Or a portion of them did. I know it was a very confusing mess because the property was valued less than the asking price. Is that still the case? Just because you have grant money, it doesn’t make it a smart deal if you are overpaying just to say you got it done.

    Plus what about the sewer Derrick. Is that going to cause problems down the road with the plans for a parking lot? If it qualifies as eminent domain it seems that would be an issue. I think there’s a lot of unanswered questions here and I’m not sure announcing you had a deal online was wise. Best of luck in finalizing everything.

  19. Anonymous on September 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Adult Bullies Take note .
    What is and adult bully ? Its a male or female who hold a office for a charity or organization that thinks because they give many hours to it they are the controllers. They think they own it. Well surprise , your not ..People laugh at you. And thank you because you have nothing else in life to do. You know exactly what i am talking about if you belong to a club or organization . These type of people usually have not held a important management position ln work or life ever. Now they really get off on a title trying to make people think they are important . Its sad its this way but these people are hard to boot out because they are unfortunately the hard workers. They just need to be taken aside and educated how to be a good leader. If they are open to help they have hope . If not get them out . They are a nobody and drag people who want to help from the organization. Beware they are also the ones who form there little secret groups and act like 9 year olds. talking about everyone…Just sayin

  20. Anonymous on September 19, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Maybe someone can answer this. when there is a legitimate groups collecting for a charity at a 4-way stop why do people who approach in a beautiful auto, cigarette in one hand, donut in another , not donate a quarter for the charity. Or even a buck . Please don’t tell me they don’t have a nickel on them. Its these type of people who have a hand out first time they need something. Just sayin !!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Anonymous on September 13, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Collinsville Township 100 Days and Counting
    It’s great to see Supervisor Cox cut the budget 20%. I think everyone expected he would do that since he had been saying for the last four years the Township was projecting more than they needed in the budget. Cox talked about bringing new life to the Senior Center and the different parties and donations from the area food banks. He also spoke of the grant from Madison County which is paying for the free lunches for everyone in the City. Was Cox elected Supervisor or Senior Center Manager? I think he’d have more accomplished if he made more decisions using his authority. Instead he brings these items to the Trustees for their approval therefore if anything goes wrong it’s on their backs not his. How long before the four of them decide enough is enough and stop approving these items? Well I’m sure three of them are close to that point.

    It seems the empty lot next door is still a stumbling block for Supervisor Cox. From when he was a Trustee trying to push it through and now once again the owner doesn’t want to sell it. Maybe it’s a sign that it’s not a good deal after all.

    Supervisor Cox said he’s not been able to tackle the situation in the Assessors office. Well I guess that depends on how you look at it. It seems he has made it clear of Facebook what his intentions are for the Assessors office. Now I know we can’t take anything serious that’s on Facebook. Or can we? He says he’ll leave it up to the Trustees to decide and from what was said a couple of meetings ago it seemed one Trustee felt the Assessor had a pretty good handle on things. Maybe he should be more concerned with what the residents think and not just the hand full of little old ladies at the Center.

    Last but not least. Social media and this publication. Let’s go back in time to when Supervisor Cox was just a Trustee. A Trustee with his phone camera in hand and filming every meeting. Then going home and editing that meeting to add little subtitles. Some that were so derogatory you had to wonder if an adult was actually writing it. I wonder if some made people quit their jobs? Then people would talk about the other Trustees and Supervisor in the posts. Calling them fat and old, talking about them getting up to use the restroom like it’s a major crime. For your friends and family to fat shame the previous Supervisor and you have the nerve to complain because people speak their mind on social media and in this publication. You say residents can call or email you. Above is why they don’t. It will make its way to social media either by you or you will tell your supporters and they will post it. Anyone who is critical of how you are doing things gets bullied by you or your supporters. You’ll go and deny this but the readers and look on Facebook. Your page, or Collinsville Connection Uncensored II, it’s there.

  22. Anonymous on September 6, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    As usual at the fest there are a lot of food vendors which is great.
    What is lacking are places to actually sit and eat.
    Unless you enjoy running from here to there to get your food, and drink.
    Many times were had to sit on the curb and eat, we did not want our food to
    get cold.
    Are picnic tables non- existent in the up-town area.

  23. Anonymous on September 5, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Collinsville Township
    After listening to Supervisor Derrick Keith Cox go on and on about using City of Collinsville TIF Tax Increment Financing for the Township. He thanked supporter Phil A. for this idea which seemed rather odd to me and many of my friends. We all know Phil from his days of standing at the Collinsville City Council meetings with his son ranting about TIF funds being used for the local saloons and placed like the Library and Collins house.

    It seemed like Cox was like a child with the JC Penney’s Christmas Catalog picking out gifts he wanted Santa Mayor Miller to buy him for Christmas. Sounded like elves Bair and Jackson was telling Cox to just put anything you want on your Christmas list. Over priced parking lot, air conditioning units, something to replace the memorial wall. I’m sure with the help of his Senior Center Council this list will be long.

    I definitely don’t think TIF funds should go to purchase property that is priced over its value. If Supervisor Cox wants that property that bad. Then he can purchase it and lease it to the Township for $1.00 a year on a 99 year lease.

    • Anonymous on December 17, 2021 at 2:50 am

      You should go speak your mind in person at a public meeting. You will more than likely get a response from a person you’re re directing towards.

  24. Anonymous on August 26, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    The anti- maskers and anti- vaxers claim their rights allow them to reject masks and vaccinations. Our founders thought protecting our rights so important that they wrote them down in the Constitution. In that way, they knew no regime could revoke them. But this focus on only our rights completely ignores our civic responsibilities. “Rights” and “Responsibilities “ represent both sides of our civic balance sheet. Notably, the founders were so sure that Americans would never forget their responsibilities, they didn’t bother to document them.

    Especially in a largely Judea-Christian society, one of the first lessons we learn (in Genesis 4) is that we are “our brother’s keeper”. Translating that to civil terms, it means that we believe in the common good. American patriots, across our history, have been willing to unselfishly sacrifice their individual rights for the common good.

    When wearing a mask, I do not spread disease, keeping my brother safe. When vaccinated, I lessen the chance of spreading disease to my brother and reduce the places where a new variant might develop. This is a time when American patriots should again be focused on “we”, and not just “me”.

  25. Anonymous on August 20, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    It was sad to read the marquee signs at the “Time Out” in Troy. First one I read was “unattended children will be served beer and taught to swear”. The second one was there now. “SH!T Happens”. It’s a shame that’s all they have to say, it’s very offensive. I would not patronize this place if everything was free.

  26. Anonymous on August 9, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    With all the discourse and disagreement throughout the state, have you ever thought we would all be better off in Illinois without Chicago? Yes? Well guess what? A lot of other people think the same thing. Illinois Separation has been working tirelessly to make this happen.
    What can you do to help? Stop by Collinsville’s Woodland Park on Saturday, August 14 between 10 AM and 6 PM and sign a petition. It will only take a couple minutes and could really make a big impact. The event will be at the Optimist Pavillion
    Illinois Separation is working to get a non binding referendum on the 2022 ballot to see how many people in each county want to separate from Chicago. So far, 25 counties have put this question on the ballot and all 25 of them voted yes by more than 60%.
    To get the question on your county’s ballot, all we need is signatures. A LOT of signatures. So please stop by and take a minute to sign. There will be people there to talk about the movement and share information if you are interested in getting involved. Bring your friends and family, too!

  27. Anonymous on August 8, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    There are two people from Collinsville participating in the Tokyo Olympics, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Travis Dunnette. Michelle is a key member of the women’s volleyball team and Travis is a behind the scenes participant with the USA basketball teams. I found it very disconcerting that Michelle was only mentioned in the first paragraph’s first sentence and that her picture was not included with the article. The entire rest of the article (and it was a very long one) was devoted, complete with a picture, to Travis. The only other mention of Michelle was a short, separate article at the bottom of the first article. Her picture should have been part of that article.

  28. Anonymous on August 5, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    With a new school year around the corner, I do hope that the Triad School district and the City of Troy have improved the drop off/pick up procedure for Silver Creek Elementary School. Morning and afternoon both, it is nearly impossible to get to and from Lower Marine Road. Not only is Dewey Street one lane but side street such as James And Kenneth are congested as well. Heaven forbid an emergency vehicle should need to get through. Residents in the Lower Marine Road area pay plenty in property taxes and should have access to a safe thoroughfare to/from town.

  29. Anonymous on August 2, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Collinsville Senior Center
    Well you have to give credit to Karaoke Cathy. She really knows how to throw a party. Seems since her son got elected as Township Supervisor that’s been her new job. The big question is will Supervisor Cox create a paying job for Karaoke Cathy is the next budget? I’m sure there are plenty of taxpayers who have family members having major birthdays that will now want to use the Collinsville Senior Center with all the bells and whistles this last get together had. I know the place was packed with family and friends. Plus City Officials and a video with St. Louis News people. A party like that would cost most people $1500-$2000. Not if you live in Collinsville Township and know Supervisor Cox and people at the Senior Center. I think the Center Manager needs to start a Major Birthday List for Collinsville Seniors and get these parties on the calendar. I’m sure he can take on an additional task with the Senior Center Board. Keep those donations coming Supervisor Cox so the taxpayers save that $30,000 for our trips.

  30. Anonymous on July 29, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Collinsville Township
    As I was sitting watching the July 13th Township meeting I couldn’t help but think of a previous Sound Off letter I read about CARD. Seems Ron Jedda is to worried about what’s going on in Collinsville Road and Bridge Department than taking care of taxpayers money at CARD. I was happy that Kathy Trucano-Hoelscher gave her report and cleared up all of Mr. Jedda’s questions. Another thing that I found as odd that night. After four years as a Trustee Supervisor Cox still didn’t know how things ran between the Township Board and Road and Bridge. Next Township Assessor Pete Poletti gave his report and it was interesting how Supervisor Cox seemed determined to find out why our Assessor has the number of employees he does. Especially why we have more employees than Edwardsville. So both Trustees Ball and Guenther met with Poletti neither had answers as to the big employee question and seemed Guenther thought the Assessor could justify how he runs his office for the taxpayers. Not good enough for Supervisor Cox who is sending FOIA requests to all Townships to see how many employees they have. It’s evident he has his mind set on dismantling the assessors office. He’s said it on Facebook multiple times and now the taxpayers are going to pay the price. Ball, Guenther and Stewart gave their reports while Sewell had nothing to add for the month. Seems he’s taking this Trustee position seriously.

    The updated Bylaws were brought up and Derrick even had a copy for Phil. There’s to many changes for this letter but a few caught my attention. Speakers now can just be anyone off the street. No matter where they live or work and can talk about anything they want. They can spend their five minutes praising the current board or the previous and not be stopped. Plus per the new bylaws they don’t have to conform with conventional manners of speech, writing, dress, and behavior. So we can have speakers dancing around the room while speaking. Then our investments can be placed anywhere no matter what their ranking is. Now how wise is that in this economy Mr. Supervisor? Seems every meeting Supervisor Cox has something that he could have approved like the new auditor yet he has the board vote and approve these items. So if there’s any issues it’s on the board not the Supervisor. If the Trustees are going to vote to approve the Auditor then shouldn’t they interview him first? I still have to question why isn’t the Supervisor using his approval authority?

  31. Anonymous on July 29, 2021 at 8:45 am

    This is in reply to the comment in the 7/29 edition regarding face masks. Instead of mandating face masks it should be a vaccination mandate for all people age 12 and older UNLESS immune-compromised. For you to call those of us who are vaccinated and upset at having to wear masks again as selfish individuals is ludicrous. Those who are unvaccinated or compromised need to accept responsibility for their own health and let the rest of us get on with our lives for you are truly the selfish ones. Oh, and be careful what you wish for with the comment regarding suing anyone who causes your loved ones to become infected with COVID-19 because the tables could be turned with you being sued for your irresponsibility and refusal to vaccinate!

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2021 at 11:45 am

      Being vaccinated is no guarantee that you won’t get infected. I know this first hand.

      So while I agree that there should be a vaccination mandate, as there has been before, you shouldn’t be so high and mighty about not wearing a mask. I wish I would have kept wearing mine.

  32. Anonymous on July 19, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    I read where the Collinsville Township Senior Center is having another big party this week. This time it’s a 100th birthday party. So is the Senior Center a rental or is this our tax dollars going towards these parties. The Supervisor and his Mom are promoting to pack the place on Facebook. I guess this is where the $30,000 Supervisor Cox gave his new Senior Council to spend is going.

    Maybe it’s time Supervisor Cox explains how all these special parties are being paid for. He said donations before, but in the paid bills there was $2000 for food at the Senior Center. Doesn’t look very transparent. Plus I may want to use the Center for a day or two since everyone else is.

  33. Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Can someone explain something for me? Where do criminals get guns? Sure, the easy answer is “they buy them off the streets”. But that’s not a real answer.

    Naively, perhaps, I think they come from the homes of “law-abiding gun owners” – they are stolen from the homes of “law-abiding gun owners”.

    Can’t we all agree that we’d like to keep guns out of the hands of criminals? I think we’d all agree with that – well, the criminals won’t…

    Why can’t anyone come up with a legitimate method to address this? Maybe a friend of mine is right. No one really wants to solve this. They just want to complain about it…

  34. Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Does anyone know what’s going on with the Collinsville Area Recreation District CARD? We had Collinsville Township Supervisor Derrick Cox and CARD member Mark Achenbach and others marching our streets to dissolve CARD. Looking at the Parks and the Water Park it was a good move since Collinsville is doing a much better job than CARD did.

    So what is CARD President Ronald Jedda and Jeanne Lomax, Aaron Wright, Mark Achenbach, Brad Sewell doing? The CARD website is lacking information as if they don’t want the public to know what’s going on. No minutes for 2020 or 2021. What else is the public missing? Was the golf course sold? What was the profit? What was the profit used for? How much debt was paid down? Has CARD money been used for anything political? This is still a large part of our the taxpayers money and if this group isn’t going to watch over it then we need to make changes. I know they think we can’t, but never say never. It’s time for transparency Ron Jedda!!!

  35. Anonymous on July 11, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    I see there’s going to be a Collinsville Township meeting on July 13th. They still haven’t posted the video of the last budget meeting even though Supervisor Cox post part of the video on his Facebook page. What is the holdup Mr. Achenbach?

    I see on the agenda the Bylaws are being rewritten. I question who is doing these changes the Supervisor and Trustees? Or Ron Jedda and Mark Achenbach?

    The Absences and Vacancies section seems a bit off balance for someone who is trying to serve their community and support a family. Plus it contradicts policy between two sections. So I’m sure Supervisor Cox will be confused when there’s a vacancy.

    I also see under new business approval for auditor for FY ending March 31, 2021 year ending Township annual audit. So didn’t Supervisor Cox say this was already done? Plus there was no money for additional audits at this time? Is some little old lady donating an audit now? Same goes for the new Township Shuttle Bus? Are taxpayers paying double for something just so Cox can say he got a bus for the Township? He does like to spend other people’s money. I guess when he closes the assessors office there will be extra money.

    Residents please attend the meetings. Your new Township is spending your money.

  36. Anonymous on July 10, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Yesterday when I was walking in the Troy park, a teen on a bicycle almost hit another older walker. Walking is great exercise for senior citizens and our park is the perfect place to do it. However older citizens often don’t hear as well and some have issues with balance. It isn’t always easy to hear a bicycle coming up behind you. Please remind your kids to yell “on your left” so that walkers, whether elderly or not, can react. This is not a onetime occurrence, and has happened many times. Let’s keep our park safe for all who use it.

  37. Anonymous on July 7, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    My husband and I have been considering going to the Collinsville Senior Center for their free lunch program. From what we’ve heard it’s a good time and they draw a lot of seniors like us. What scares me now is reading from my Collinsville Facebook group about those who aren’t vaccinated. I follow the Senior Center and the new Supervisor on Facebook and know some of these people that attend the Center. Now they are bragging about not being vaccinated and that the virus isn’t really bad. Well in the pictures nobody is wearing masks and for my husband and I that’s dangerous. It was sad to read two CARD Board members telling everyone the vaccine and virus are both political. I’d hate to see the Senior Center become a virus hotspot. I hope this gets addressed so we can start joining the fun.

  38. Anonymous on July 6, 2021 at 8:45 am

    “I am very concerned and upset by the Tax Assessor’s (Mr. Poletti) comments at the last Township Meeting. He stated that his crew is going to be going all over the Township taking pictures of the fronts and backs of everyone’s homes. It’s a “State Law”, he said. I talked to several Townships and they are aware of no such State Law as Mr. Poletti claims. It should concern the taxpayers there are unlimited possibilities of what would happen if this were carried out. One of Mr. Poletti’s crew could trip and fall while trespassing without permission in someone’s backyard and get seriously injured. They could trip and fall. They could get bit by someone’s dog or let someone’s dog out of their backyard and roam the neighborhood.
    A homeowner’s do could bite them. A homeowner’s dog could get pepper-sprayed or worse just because the homeowner had his own dog in his own backyard. A homeowner’s dog could be let out of the yard and get hit by a car. A A homeowner’s dog could wander through the neighborhood and bite a child. A homeowner’s dog could get picked up by Animal Control. A homeowner could get fined. A homeowner could end up having their dog taken away from them. A homeowner could have to pay to get their dog back. A homeowner’s dog could be put down because one of Mr. Poletti’s crew members trespassed and upset the homeowner’s dog and someone got hurt.
    Homeowners will even be afraid to leave their own dog outside in the homeowner’s backyard. Who is going to be liable for all of these things? Is the homeowner going to get sued? It will be either the homeowner or Collinsville Township. Are the Township taxpayers going to end up paying the bills because Mr. Poletti’s worker is out on sick leave because of an injury?
    Commissioner Poletti should come to the next Township Meeting and identify the specific law he is relying on so that this situation can be addressed. Frankly, I don’t think Commissioner Poletti has the right to walk around a homeowner’s property without permission. What if someone did the same thing to him and fell and got hurt or got bit by his dog? If Commissioner Poletti can’t give us all the answers. Supervisor Cox should then find out from Mr. Poletti a satisfactory explanation at the next Township Meeting what measures he is taking to protect his work crew and the residents and who is going to end up paying for it.”

    • Anonymous on July 6, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      So I guess you wouldn’t want any utility workers coming on your property to read the meter or fix a problem? You are suggesting a lot of what if situations for the assessors employees like they are untrained on how to do their jobs. Plus if pet owners are leaving their pets out in the summer heat or winter cold shame on them.

      • Anonymous on December 17, 2021 at 3:02 am

        No, but assessors in the state of Illinois have to attend the required classes and pass the required certifications that show they in fact are qualified, at least somewhat, to assess. yearly. There are a few in that office that do not carry the certification , did not take the classes for educating assessors on laws, provisions and revisions.That i do not agree with. Some have no experience or knowledge of whats asked of them. Unacceptable .However, state regulators have just recently been made aware (Tuesday) and will be moving forward. Hope all turns out well, but i want a qualified person in those positions, just my opinion

  39. Anonymous on July 4, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Collinsville Township
    So when will Supervisor Derrick Cox start taking his job seriously and stop acting like it’s party time at the Senior Center? I realize he is giving his Mom something to do even though she doesn’t even live in the Township or Collinsville. Handing her $30,000.00 to spend is very generous of him. Of course since the Board voted on it now it’s their idea not his.

    I noticed the video of the budget meeting hasn’t been put on the Township website, but Mr. Cox has posted a clip on his Facebook page boasting about how much “He” saved the taxpayers even though the board voted to approve it. What is odd, he posted a budget from the previous administration for the public to review and then at the meeting handed out his changes. On his Facebook page he really only talked about the assessors budget and included childish subtitles about the assessors office and his policies. Again when will Mr. Cox take this job seriously? A taxpayer asked Mr. Cox when he plans on dismantling the assessors office and the answer from Mr. Cox was. Promises will be kept. So I guess we should all be ready for the Township Assessors office to be dismantled just like CARD was. Is the Township next?

    Is Mr. Cox using donated money to purchase the messed up parking lot next door to the Senior Center? We need more parking but do we need to over pay and use money that was donated? I don’t think that should be Mr. Cox’s call. I hope the Trustee’s wake up and start seeing what’s going on before it’s to late. Right now it seems they are just saying OK to everything Mr. Cox says.

    • Anonymous on August 19, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      Of course they are going to say ok, they are all his chosen picks with the exception of Stewart. That’s how he wanted it to be. It doesn’t make much sense to dismantle the Assessors office and dissolve the Township when you just got elected to head the Township, does it? Never know what is going on in that head of his….

  40. Anonymous on June 27, 2021 at 9:50 am

    I enjoy your local news and sports coverage each week but I am disappointed that you never give Father McGivney High School any coverage dispite the fact that the school is only one mile from your home office. Recently, the McGivney High varsity baseball team made the 1A state championship title game but didn’t receive any coverage at all. Their run through regionals, sectionals and state garnered coverage from the Edwardsville Intelligencer and even the St. Louis Post-Dispatch but received nothing from the local paper right down the road. It is disappointing that so many high school kids that live right under your umbrella of news coverage are being overlooked.

    • Editor on June 27, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      They were mentioned in the article titled 618! 618! 618! which covered all of the teams that won championships or set a new record. We only have two part time sports reporters so we can only do Triad and Collinsville. Stephanie Malench, Editor

  41. Anonymous on June 26, 2021 at 8:03 am

    It seems some people just can’t move forward and see their community moving in the right direction. On Saturday June 26th the Caseyville Library is hosting a special Drag Queen Storytime. It’s National Pride Month and it’s only fitting for the library to hold this event.

  42. Anonymous on June 20, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Collinsville Township
    I’m not sure I understand either Supervisor Derrick Cox wasn’t at the 6/6/2021 Township meeting or he’s very forgetful. His post on the Times-Tribune Facebook page will make anyone who voted for him wonder what kind of game he’s playing. His claim of inaccuracies in the reporting this Paper and it’s reporter is what’s inaccurate. If we start with the energy aggregation. After that presentation was given Mr. Cox struggled to get a motion to move forward. Finally a motion was made by Trustee Ashely and a second by Trustee Brad who said he’d second just to move it for a vote. The Clerk then asked about reading the two agreements. The Clerk started to read the agreements. Before the Clerk was stopped by Supervisor Cox it sure sounded like these agreements were for more than putting these on the ballot. At time for the vote, Trustee Brad voted NO. He seconded the motion, and Trustee Matt voted yes only to make sure it went back on the ballot. It’s all on the video. Also Township Senior Center Manager Brandon talks about going to a seniors house to trim her hedges and about using volunteers for that reason. The lady was 98 and needed help from the Senior Center. This was approved by Redmon Insurance per Supervisor Cox. Brandon also went on to speak about his good buddy Jed “Robinson” Robbins at the City Parks and Rec and their Shuttle Bus that Supervisor Cox knew nothing about. I think the only part he had right was the he didn’t appoint Trustee Matt to Supervisor Pro-Temp. That was in the agenda.
    I recommend Mr. Cox either render an apology to the paper and reporter or his resignation to the Township. Judge for yourself.

  43. Anonymous on June 13, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Collinsville Township
    Well this month’s meeting started with Derrick Cox’s favorite news man Elliott Davis in the audience. That was interesting watching him and his cameraman filming the showman himself. It’s was nice to see the minutes pass without being argued about. It was once again to hear from Scott again and his positive comments about the Township moving forward. Then Phil and his idea now instead of the Township buying the lot next door for parking. He now thinks the City of Collinsville should use TIF Funds to purchase it and build the parking lot. His theory like always is they have given money to Saloons so why not parking lots. It was pointed out after Supervisor Cox had said former Supervisor Hopkins ordered audits of the Township that they couldn’t afford to do any more audits. Supervisor Hopkins did follow the law and got the audits done despite Cox trying to make it sound like he wasted money. A few things I don’t understand. Why voting on an electric plan again? During the presentation for this electric plan Cox said we needed more time cause we have a smarter board than we did before. What he saying about himself? Why is Supervisor Cox talking about closing the Assessor office on Facebook? Is that the proper forum for him to discuss Township business? It was a breath of fresh air listening to Ashley, Clint, and Matt and their ideas.

  44. Anonymous on June 12, 2021 at 8:38 am

    CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle Bartsch Hackley a former graduate of Collinsville High school for making the U.S. women’s volleyball team. Let’s bring home the gold!

  45. Anonymous on June 6, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Collinsville Township
    Collinsville Senior Center Council was seated by Collinsville Township Supervisor Derrick Cox. It’s a seven member Council including Mr. Cox’s Mother who says she doesn’t even live in Collinsville or the Township. Plus this Council was given $30,000 to spend from Mr. Cox who is being mean with the budget. I wonder where that money is coming from? I sure hope it’s not from my lawn waste pickup. This weeks meeting should be interesting. Hope we learn more about the money that’s supposed to be paid back before the audit. Per newspaper article last week.

    • Anonymous on June 10, 2021 at 7:42 pm

      Per the forensic audit mentioned at the last meeting, there has been no accountability for the cash flow with Collinsville Township. Per Ms Trucano (Roads and Bridges) the lack of accountability has been a flaw for many years as mentioned in every audit. In other words, perhaps there will be more money since office employees will now be accountable and not freely skIm, I mean spend, I vaguely remember a meeting where it was mentioned that the office manager was claiming 42 miles (or maybe it was more than that) for a trip to Edwardsville. I’ve never driven one way 42 miles to Edwardsville. The office manager was receiving mileage for what she claimed. That may be fraud. Someone mentioned somewhere that there were no programs at the senior center. It is my understanding that the senior center was closed to the public and that there were homeless people using the center. Many have mentioned the center is so clean now compared to before pandemic closed the township to the public.

  46. Anonymous on June 4, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    For anyone with a “F*** Biden” or “Pritzer S***s” sign, or any similar sign attacking a Republican or Democrat, that sign doesn’t make you a patriot. It makes you part of the mob that is making America weaker.

    Let’s call each other names, like we did in middle school. Yeah, that was a good plan then. I’m guessing middle school was the high point of your life. All those people you made fun of in middle school, yea, uh, you work for them today.

  47. Anonymous on May 30, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Collinsville Township
    I’m not sure where to start. The swearing in ceremony looked like something out of Honey Boo Boo. From the decorations to the people in the crowd wearing party hats. Seemed to be more people there than voted in the election. Looks like this was just the beginning of the let’s make a deal style new Township. The comments on social media were very interesting especially when the a new Township fan was hoping the non partisan board was Republican. Which was answered by “I hope I’m not beat by a girl” Trustee Sewell “it’s close enough”. That should make Democrat residents think about the future. We should all thank the Fairmont City Food Pantry and Supervisor Derrick Keith Cox for feeding the City of Collinsville Free Lunch 11:00am-12:30pm going forward at the Senior Center. The announcement showed up on Supervisor Cox’s Facebook page and was announced at the Township special meeting he posted on his Facebook page titled the Hornets been squashed. I know where I’ll be having lunch going forward. Come on City of Collinsville our tax money paid for that building so let’s fill it up. Mr. Cox said lunch is FREE. A free BBQ on Friday was hosted by Supervisor Cox and his First Mom. Seems the Township has turned into quite to party palace. Hopefully the newness will wear off and everyone will get to work creating this new and better Township we have all been promised. So far we have new microphones donated by a supporter who couldn’t hear for the last four years. Yet just now decided to buy new microphones and audio equipment for the meetings. Maybe she could’ve heard better had she donated these things four years ago. Former MCT Chairman Jedda told us all what to expect and how to act going forward. That needs looked into at a later date. Of the same thing from Phil. The Township hired a janitor to clean one day a week for $600 a month. So that’s $150 a day. So that’s $18.75 a hour if he/she take eight hours to clean. I doubt that will be the case so maybe four hours at $37.50. Wonder how many of the employees at the Township make $37.50 per hour? Supervisor Cox is making so great deals already. Just wait until he really gets settled in. You notice how he sold this janitorial contract. He said he could’ve approved it, but wanted to have everyone vote on it. Pushed it right through. Nobody discussed it or questioned it. Just voted to pass. Just like he handed out assignments to each Trustee. You now each have homework. Is this the future of the Township?

  48. Anonymous on May 10, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    So what will it be when the new Collinsville Township Supervisor and Trustees are seated? As one resident said Derrick Keith Cox is like our own little Trump. Will he continue to be a voice for Ron Jedda and Mark Achenbach? Will Trustees Guenther and Ball be as disrespectful as they were when they spoke as public speakers? Will Trustee Sewell keep making promises he can’t back up? But won’t be able to delete his spoken words. Will Trustee Stewart be heard with her straightforward ideas or will she be drowned out by the Collinsville Taxpayers Association? Will the residents still complain about the same problems or will those all be in the past and it’s all rose pedals and butterflies now?
    In a State where gambling has become such a past time. Is there anyone taking bets on how long before the Township is up for grabs by the City or County? I’d say County since Cox and Prenzler are so tight. Will Cox still put out his videos of the meetings with those subtitles making fun of everyone? I wonder what the new nicknames will be for all the new players? Wouldn’t be interesting if the former Supervisor and Trustees all came to the meetings and held their feet to the fire. Making them actually do what they campaigned on. Get the popcorn ready folks it’s going to be an interesting show.

  49. Anonymous on May 6, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    I had to laugh in agreement at your article on slow postal service. Sometimes we get mail 7 days after they were mailed from California, etc. What is really funny is that sometimes the stamps aren’t even cancelled! I know the pandemic is supposed to be the cause, but I think it is poor management. Sometime ago I sent out a Ebay item I sold. It was never received by the buyer and I had to refund her. I not only lost the item but had to pay for postage and Ebay and PayPal fees. I wonder which corner of our post office it is hiding.

  50. Anonymous on April 25, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Collinsville Township Part Two: Does the dirty politics ever stop? During the campaign we were told to view the videos the Trustee Derrick Keith Cox put on his Facebook page if we wanted the facts. The first meeting after the election Cox posts a video of the meet. He has a fit that the bills don’t add up and can’t be voted on. I pick my copy of the Times and wait what do I read? Oh Dan Hopkins found where Cox claimed there was an error and the bills were voted on and passed. How many of those videos on Mr. Cox’s Facebook page are misleading? Then there’s a complaint from a Township resident Mary who is upset the building isn’t open. When Mr. Cox jumps in and says “It’s sad when government is supposed to be there for you but there really there for themselves”. “THIS IS one reason we won so big”! Resident Mary went on about the Assessors office not knowing how to use a copy machine with five years training. Something Cox has ranted about for the last four years. Now he’s a Trustee. Yet why wasn’t he up at the Senior Center and why isn’t he part of this Government he claims people want to replace? What comes next in this Facebook thread is the textbook meaning of cyber bullying. Local realtor Roger commented how much the assessors office has helped him out over his number of years in the reality business. Next campaign manager Ron Jedda, Trustee Derrick Keith Cox and resident Mary went after this realtor like a piece of meat to a pack of wild dogs. Now I’m sure this thread will be deleted if this is printed. Nothing like hiding the truth.
    You get the Government you deserve.

  51. Anonymous on April 22, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    How much money did Collinsville lose on the Reifschneider Restaurant that failed to open uptown.
    Wonder if is the same Reifschneider that joined the Missouri Athletic Club several months ago.

    • Anonymous on December 17, 2021 at 3:17 am

      Yes it is. They have absolutely nothing to do with each other, in any shape or form,

  52. Anonymous on April 22, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    HB1736 also called The REACH Act should be renamed the OVERREACH Act. The sponsors of this bill want to, once again, take a parental right and duty – to teach our children about sex – and place it in the hands of government. One intent of this bill is to establish mandatory sex education in our publicly funded schools- pre-k through 12th grade.
    Call Katie Stuart 217.782.8018 and ask her to vote NO
    HB3071, is just another version of the HB1736 buy slightly toned down. It is troubling none the less. Many of the subjects are very controversial and are subjects that should be left to the parents to teach. It takes most of the language of abstinence out and strikes language about alternatives to abortion while giving information on how and where to access local resources for sexual and reproductive healthcare. I have to wonder if these resources will direct them to Planned Parenthood. Call Katie Stuart 217.782.8018 and ask her to vote NO

  53. Anonymous on April 20, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD). Does anyone know who’s watching the shop over there? If you look at their website there’s no meeting agendas and no minutes for what few meetings they did have. Do they still own the Golf Course that was such a poor investment? Seems the board gave President Ron Jedda the approval to sell it and use $500,000 to pay down the massive CARD debt. Then nothing has happened since. Sewell and Wright were busy running for Collinsville Township Trustees. While Jedda and Achenbach were busy managing Sewell’s campaign and fighting social media battles for Derrick Cox and his team. So I’m sure for the last year CARD was just a second thought since they already ripped it to shreds. I know Derrick Cox worked hard to dismantle CARD, but it’s still our tax dollars there and if these folks aren’t going to be responsible. Then it’s time they step aside and get people in that can handle the job. My name won’t be printed because that’s the policy, but I’m a 60 year taxpayer and I’m tired of seeing my tax dollars wasted by people who act like children. So grow up.

  54. Anonymous on April 17, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Kepley Column comment – Concerning the latest political diatribe by Democratic apologist /Trump hater, Brett Kepley, he cites the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. Perhaps Kepley doesn’t know the Act was signed by Ulysses Grant (Republican) and was necessary to protect former slaves and white Reconstructionists (Republicans).

    History shows us that Robert Byrd (Democrat) was the longest serving Senator (51 years) as well as an “Exalted Cyclops” in the KKK. Byrd referred to blacks as “race mongrels” and said “the Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.” Democrat Senator Byrd filibustered against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Kepley concludes with there are no “viable options to save him”, meaning Trump. Doesn’t the law presume innocence? Kepley’s column is unworthy of your newspaper.

  55. Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Collinsville Township. Is it the Beginning or is it the End? With the majority of voters staying home on Election Day. Derrick Keith Cox and his Team with the exception of Ashley Stewart walked away with a win in the Collinsville Township race. Weeks prior to the election promises from the Cox Team started hitting social media and many door steps with the offer of limb and leaf pick up for not only the residents of Collinsville Township, but for all of the City of Collinsville. One would have to imagine this would be quite the undertaking for the Road and Bridge Department. Unless Mr. Cox and the Trustees are going to collect the leaves and limbs themselves. Then the promise to pay the taxpayers back the money the Township has been holding that’s against the law that Mr. Cox has ranted about every year for the last four years. Once again this will be quite the undertaking to find each person who is rightfully due this refund. Who is going to go through all the records of deed transfers to assure people who have moved or the estates of those who died are properly paid? Obviously not the assessors employees who Mr. Cox has for the last four years claimed aren’t worth the money they are being paid. Maybe again Mr. Cox and his team are going to scour the recorders themselves. Let’s not forget when the election took that nasty turn and a letter was sent to Jason Rehg’s employer by Mr. Anonymous. The denials from the Cox Team came almost as quickly as the above promises. Yet for a team running on transparency everyone knew where the letter came from. As was stated on social media. When you lay with dogs, you get fleas. I hope they all got a flea treatment. They say you get the Government you deserve. Well Brad Swell thanked this campaign managers Ron Jedda and Mark Achenbach. Now remember those two names because both are associated with CARD and the dissolution of such. Mr. Achenbach actually resigned from the CARD board to help who else but Derrick Keith Cox in the dissolution of CARD and then was voted back on without any public knowledge. Maybe sitting out in these small April Elections isn’t such a good idea after all.

    • Anonymous on April 17, 2021 at 10:17 pm

      Are you to embarrassed to put your name here?🤣🤦‍♀️🤣🤦‍♀️🤣🤦‍♀️🤣

      • Editor on April 18, 2021 at 7:26 pm

        Reminder from Admin: all comments are anonymous.

  56. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Nothing do do with up here,but the city of Red Bud,Illinois entered into a 30 year contract
    with Symmetry Energy solutions, and now the residents are finding their gas bills doubler even triple.
    Stick with Ameren,it’s a lot cheaper

  57. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Anyone watching the Cardinals opening day game probably
    noticed this idiot sitting behind home plate waving, and acting stupid.
    Guess it proved you have money, you may not have common sense.

  58. Anonymous on April 8, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Parents – did you know that your state legislators could take away your rights regarding your minor child?

    House Bill 1797 and Senate Bill 2190 would repeal the existing parental notification requirement for abortion in Illinois. This Repeal Bill undermines parental rights and puts girls at risk to sexual predators, molesters, traffickers, abusive boyfriends and bullies.

    It means someone else could take your 14 year old daughter to have an abortion without you ever knowing she was pregnant or by whom. Parents will be unable to provide appropriate aftercare for their girls, such as extra support, or post-abortion counselling, if this information is withheld from them.

    A March 7-10th poll of 600 Illinois registered voters found that 72% still believe a parent or guardian should be notified if a minor girl is seeking an abortion. Wouldn’t you want to know if it was your child?

    Then call today: Sen. Christopher Belt, at 618-875-1212, Sen. Rachelle Aud Crowe, at 618-251-9840, Rep. Latoya Greenwood at 618-646-9557, Rep. Jay Hoffman at 618-416-7407, and Rep. Katie Stuart at 618-365-6650. If you can’t get through on the phone leave a message or look up their addresses and write a letter, but do so now.

  59. Anonymous on April 8, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Well it finally happened the Troy PD made some big changes. Thanks for getting rid of the so called leader. its nice not to have to listen to his wife spreading rumors and jabbering at the Barber Shop on how great they are !!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous on April 16, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      Oh My Gosh! This actually made me laugh out loud! This statement was so incredibly dead on. She has always been like this and thought she was better than everyone else. Too Funny:)

  60. Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    So the Troy PD is setting up automatic license plate scanners at the ramps to highway 40 and 162, without giving any reason other than to catch “felons”, and not having ANY public debate about the intrusion of government and law enforcement into personal privacy and liberties. Who is the city contracting with? How long will license plate images be stored? Who has access to them? How much is the city being paid or paying for these cameras? What defines putting some license plate on a “hot list”- why stop at felons, why not go for people who have double parked or missed jury duty? Finally, congratulations, TPD, lets assume you scanned a plate that was on the “hot list”, but who’s to say that car stays outside of the city limits or your jurisdiction? What’s the point???

    • Anonymous on May 4, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      If you’re on a public roadway, it’s not a 4th amendment/privacy violation to observe a registration plate…..

  61. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Mr. Dixon running for Belleville Mayor would be a great choice.
    At least he is honest about his past(a rare thing in politics)
    Race has nothing to do with it.Belleville has been going down the crapper for years.

  62. Anonymous on March 20, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    I am curious how Pete Poletti, Collinsville Township Assessor, was able to obtain my name and address to send a political mailing? The mailing targeted seniors who received the senior citizen property tax exemption or freeze. This should not be legal. He used his position to obtain this information.

  63. Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Did anyone else notice in the Collinsville Township board meeting Trustee Cox had a prepared statement addressing each of the public comments?

  64. Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Well good news !!! By the end of March a bad leader is leaving his job . When a person starts thinking he is a big time official and getting all of his freebees its time to go…Need new ideas and better leaders .Hopefully we get one whos spouse keeps there nose out of it..

  65. Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Guess I will have to start smoking to get the vaccine. Since when is smoking a chronic disease?

    • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Well Good News in Troy . A bad leader is finally leaving !! Unfortunately some people including the spouse think they run a small city or town after serving for a extended period. Then when they p s off to many employees or people getting there free handouts and are forced to bail out . By the end of March we are loosing one ….Bye Bye !!!!!

  66. Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    The Cherokee Nation has requested that Jeep discontinue the use of the name of their people, I my self believe this has been a long time coming and would be in the best interest of Jeep in todays social climate.
    The Cherokee people were the second largest owners of African American slaves in the United States, I mean to call your vehicle the “Jeep Grand Cherokee” would be the same as having a vehicle called ” The Confederacy Cruiser “,
    Now I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to buy a vehicle named after monsters who kept people as slaves.

  67. Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Following the stories of people “jumping the line” to get their Covid Vaccines. Does it seem to anyone else that it is mostly those “law and order Republicans” who can’t seem to follow the rules…

  68. Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    I was in the 4 O yesterday. A sign on the counter says you must wear a mask. A sign on the plexiglass says you can’t verbally abuse the cashiers. I’m guessing the second sign is because the cashiers pay no attention to the first sign. Go figure…

  69. Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 11:26 am

    For all of you who believe masks don’t work, I hope your next surgical team is aware of and respects your beliefs.

  70. Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Looks like Madigan is finally out of the picture.All he has to do now is sit back,and collect his pension.
    No one is going to dig up dirt on him, because their state job depends on keeping quiet.
    Speaking of this, unless you are a RN,MD,or teacher, you knew someone to get the state job.

    I have been told it takes “an act of god” to work for the highway department.

  71. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Seems like a lot of police chases wind up with someone getting seriously injured or killed.
    Maybe if someone is able to shoot at the car radiator at some point; this would render the car
    inoperable , and avoid a lengthily chase.
    A comment from a law enforcement professional about this would be in order.

  72. Anonymous on January 7, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Missed you last couple weeks on Soundoff.!
    Great to hear you are covering Highland also.. Question: Why don’t some officials in Troy or Madison County return phone calls? I don’t care what kind of question is they should have the professionalism to return the call. They are certainly paid well for the time they put into the job and the benefits from friends in other offices are great . Maybe a official will have time to answer this question !! YOU THINK ?

  73. Anonymous on January 6, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Having Mary Miller represent us will be an embarrassment for our district. She is succeeding John Shimkus who understood that his role was to support all citizens of the r.
    If Mary Miller thinks that ellection results were “tainted”, then what does that mean for her own results. Were they “tainted” also?
    Yes, I am a registered democrat but have voted for John Shimkus many times ove rthe last 20 years I have lived in the district because he would work across party lines when needed to do what was right for ALL people he represented.

    Mary Miller, we do not all believe that results of presidential election were fraudulent and are embarrassed that you are objecting to the certification of election results

  74. Anonymous on December 17, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    It’s my understanding that the schools can request funds from our taxes up to 5%,then there is need for a tax referendum to ask the voters to approve it.
    I came from a town 20 miles south of Belleville.
    Several years ago they requested a tax referendum, using the excuse there had not had one in 20 years.
    Well 20 x 5 =100 so our school taxes doubled in 20 years.Naturally they took the full amount every year.
    We have tightened our belts everywhere possible, so we need this additional money to function.
    Can’t remember if it passed or not, but I do remember talking one of the umpires for the softball team.
    Your school is one of the highest paying for umpires,that’s why I drive 25 miles to do it.
    Oh; did I forget about the greenhouse that was built.

  75. Anonymous on December 13, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Hand in the cookie jar? Seems like Mitch Bair and The City of Collinvsville should have thought before they hired council woman Donna Greene’s company to disinfect City Hall on an annual basis? Sounds like a conflict of interest for sure!! Seems like they have been there and done that before!!

  76. Anonymous on December 13, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    With the high cost of college tuition and unpaid student loans,
    one wonders why the coaches make so much.
    Some in Illinois make millions, surprise ,surprise!

  77. Anonymous on December 10, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Restaurants and Bars in Troy still open ? Of course they are.
    Always see cars hiding around business. Those who can’t refrain from a drink. So sad…Could it be some of them are past LAW abiding people .These are the people we know who drive really nice cars have lots of toys , travel alot and live in Expensive homes playing the high roller. These are the ones who should know basic business rules …Always make sure you have enough money to pay your income and bills for a year put away. These business owner claim they are going out of business and broke when they call from their second home in Florida . Or the Casino where they drop 5 grand a week .I don’t feel sorry for them at all . I have seen to many of them reach in the cash drawer and grab money from there own business to play cards or drink or somewhere else….

  78. Anonymous on December 10, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    The day we can get elected officials in Troy who will do what’s right and be honest. Make the rules of the game apply to everyone ( including yourself and family ) Can every official holding office now honestly say he does not play favoritism . Can every official say they will do what they can for our Town with out expecting a favorite along the line. Don’t be afraid of other officials who are sleazy . If the honest and good guys can stick together, without worrying about there jobs or getting reelected we can overcome these people who’s names are on every street corner …These people do not own you .I have not labeled anyone in particular because they know who they are. They should sit down and explain to there family members how they operate see how they feel about them then. Comments to this are welcome . Thanks for posting Times Tribune

  79. Anonymous on December 8, 2020 at 9:14 am

    St. Louis city is considering closing several public schools because of low attendance .
    The current superintendent has not received any negativity yet.
    Had he been white, the natives would surely be restless by now

  80. Anonymous on December 4, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Back long ago there used to be a silent record on the juke box.Six plays for a quarter
    The purpose of this was to give people a chance to talk without having
    to shout over the loud music.
    How times have changed, now you have to shout over the loud talkers seated next to you.

  81. Anonymous on December 3, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    A recently published report of a local school expenses is disturbing.
    Some of the expenses were for pizza and donuts
    Quite a few were for for employees making over $90,000
    Millions for the entire payroll, some money in banks not even local.
    Wonder if there was any anonymously spent at the local pot dispensary?

    • Anonymous on December 14, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      It was in black and white. The tax payers in the Triad school district need to contact Triad Central Office and ask for a spreadsheet showing the year to year raises for each Administrator in their Central Office for the last 10 years. You can get this through the Freedom of Information Act. You will be astonished to see the raises given each year for these Central Office Administrators especially during the times when they were telling the tax payers that they need to pass referendums to raise our property taxes. You will also find interesting the number of high paying Administrative jobs that were created and given to family and friends of said Administrators. Please make sure that you use an anonymous email address when requesting the information via the Freedom of Information Act (which by law you can do). This will avoid Triad trying to find out who you are and trying to start their usual character assassination campaign. As they do whenever anyone dares to question their authority. It is time real change happens at the top and STOP funding Triad off of the backs of the tax payers. Don’t be fooled by more referendums with threats given to your children of possibly loosing music, art, band ect. That was shameful in itself. This is supposed to be a “Public” school NOT a Corporation.

      • Anonymous on December 20, 2020 at 5:33 pm

        The underlying problem with Triad is its approach to taxation. Most local taxing districts start by asking themselves, “What do we need?” It’s a bottoms-up approach, and results in lower taxes.

        Triad Administration asks, “What can we get (without holding a hearing)?” You can see how that results in higher taxes. We need School Board members who are accountable to taxpayers, instead of simply rubber-stamping the Administration proposals.

  82. Anonymous on December 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Restaurants that are open for indoor dining are violating a Health and Safety requirement.

    Makes me wonder whether they’re violating other Health and Safety requirements …

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2021 at 8:36 am

      As anyone ever used a product that claims to be the best. Then the company comes out with the same product, but call it better. Don’t you think to yourself haven’t I been paying for the best already? Well that’s how I feel about the Derrick Keith Cox campaign for Collinsville Township Supervisor. He has been a Township Trustee for four years. He boasts about be number one politician in the area yet him and his team are going to make the Township better. What has he been doing the last four years? He points out these bad things he’s been a part of as a Trustee and the takes credit for all the good it took three plus votes to get. In the forum he didn’t answer questions he just complained over and over. Look at what he does on the Bi-State Board if he doesn’t get his way. He’s on with Elliot Davis like every week. He not your opinion for a better township. It’s just feeding his ego that’s all ladies and gentlemen. If you don’t believe me just watch his videos or ask those who work in the Senior Center.

  83. Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Social media does not require evidence. Courts do. Success on social media, without success in the courts, is like seeing your own breath in the cold. It only feeds the narcissist.

  84. Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    This is the first time I’ve been back to my hometown of Troy since 2018 and I have to say a lot has changed. I’m concerned. There’s more places to gamble here than to actually buy groceries or places for actual activities that don’t involve burning a hole in your pocket. I guess this is the new Vegas of the Midwest! I guess in that case I’ll take a Tito’s on the rocks, cheers!

  85. Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Tier 3 ? Who are you trying to kid .People will not pay attention to this ..We need strong leadership in small towns . Leadership should also have a cap on years in office. If a leader cannot accomplish what he wants in couple years then he or she needs to be replaced anyway. They let the job title go to there head. And of course family members think they also have authority. I think in many cases higher responsible positions should change every 2 years regardless. Some leaders get lazy and carless with their mouth…Not realizing the people who work with them (not for them ) as they think are the ones laughing behind there back ….Now what does Tier 3 have to do with this ? These leaders can enforce this but are to lazy and don’ want to stir the pot …

  86. Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    First thanks to the person who commented about Welfare and Disability people . Thank you . It is so true. It seems like there is a certain type of ( Union employed person ) who is always looking for a good attorney so they can sue over a job to draw disability. I say Union because it is usually people who have good paying Union jobs. They can’t wait to go buy expensive homes or vehicles ( Usually Pickups ) and drink or hunt, fish all the time and sit on their butt…Some i am sure are reading this. They are also the ones who stick together .. True, just look around …

  87. Anonymous on November 22, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Driving on Meridian Road in Glen Carbon,I was tailgated and passed
    even though the speed limit was 35, as I was doing.
    There must be a strong magnetic field in the atmosphere there that is
    interfering with their car electronics, turn signals don’t seem to work in that area;
    mine did.

  88. Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Seems like the people on welfare and so called “disability” are doing fairly well.
    We look for reduced prices on meat at the store.
    The above mentioned are at the custom cut meat counter,
    always buying name brand groceries ,abusing parking privileges ,and
    in most cases have newer cars.

    • Anonymous on November 20, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Patel of Pete’s Market is sure getting the royal treatment. I wish Mayor Adomite would take me around to all the taxing entities to get my taxes abated. Just doesn’t seem fair to other small business owners. He should pay his fair share. It’s not like grocery stores aren’t close to us.

  89. Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    A big shout-out to Alfonzo’s in Troy. While other restaurants are openly ignoring the Governor’s orders banning indoor dining, Alfonzo’s has been plugging along. They’ve been trying to get by on carry-out and delivery alone. As for me, I’m only patronizing those restaurants that are COMPLYING with the efforts to limit the spread of Covid. I will not patronize those who do not comply. If folks wouldn’t mind replying with other family owned restaurants that are complying, it will give me a list of other places to patronize.

  90. Anonymous on November 13, 2020 at 8:52 am

    I noticed that on school days when the kids are being driven to school
    other than the bus; there seems to be a demolition derby taking place on the roads.
    I have been tailgated, and passed doing the speed limit.
    The solution is to “leave earlier” maybe.

  91. Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    I see some women with blue hair for some reason.
    I think the official name is “mermaid hair”
    Considering the looks of the people that have it,
    Maybe it should be called “walrus hair”

  92. Anonymous on November 8, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Brett Kepley states that there exists a “Constitutionally protected right of abortion”. I couldn’t the word abortion in my copy of the Constitution. Does Kepley have his own version just for liberal lawyers? Doesn’t the Declaration of Independence, after stating that all men are created equal, guarantee the government will protect “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”? Or does Kepley think this phrase applies only to men? I think not.

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      See Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113

      However, many (conservatives) think that overturning Roe would make abortion illegal. Not so. Roe said that the constitution forbid the states from making abortion illegal If Roe were overturned, the struggle would return to the state level. Meaning that instead of one battle, we’ll have 50 battles.

  93. Anonymous on November 7, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Next time you decide to donate to a charity,
    check the expense ratio.
    Some are over 80%
    Even more shocking, check the CEO salary.

  94. Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 9:59 am

    I am confused by the way certain names are spelled and pronounced.
    Sean is “shawn” so why isn’t Dean called “dawn’?

  95. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    WHO ARE WE TRYING TO KID ? The local PD or State Police are not going around checking at night to see what Restaurants / Bars are serving inside . Too much politics involved. So if you read this paper , go ahead and make your reservations your place will be open . I know of certain Organizations or clubs that are having 50-100 people Restaurant gatherings set for First couple weeks of Nov…So don’t cancel your plans . You know when things opened up a couple weeks ago , people had a opportunity to show they understood the seriousness of C-19 but for some reason they could not send that signal to there brain. They could not resist getting out and join the party seen . Well The numbers now speak for themselves . Good luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  96. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    DAH-DAH-DAH When are the Restaurants and Bar owners going to wake up? It doesn’t take a genius to understand why places have to close indoor services again. I can’t believe these places. When they are given restrictions to follow or guidelines they still take advantage of the situation .Some customers don’t do as they are asked and the owners don’t want to say anything because they are afraid they won’t come back. Let’s face it some people just hate to be advised what the rules are. I have seen Restaurants / Bars with 10-12 people sitting at tables. Owners or Managers don’t say anything .They just want to make the money . So here we go again . Just follow the rules Restaurant / Bar Owners and maybe are numbers will decline and we wont have these close downs.

  97. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I say NO to the Governor and his closing stores. Who says he can pick and choose who says open and who closes. Restaurants have to close but Walmart and grocery stores can stay open. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want them to close either, but I don’t think people elected him to make these types of decisions. He’s not God. Let the public make up their own minds wether they should go out to dinner or not. Gov. Pritzker, stay out of our business. It’s our choice not yours.

  98. Anonymous on October 24, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Remember years ago when you went out to eat,
    it was relaxing, and low keyed conversations.
    Now it’s a loud ‘ha-ha-ha at the next table

  99. Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Recently on a trip to Calafornia ,I noticed a huge billboard advertising tattoo removal.
    Reminds me of an advertisement on tv there
    “We don’t follow trends, we set them”

    reminds me of the

  100. Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 8:34 am

    To Interested Voters:

    We would like to share what we know about Sarah Smith who is a candidate for the Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon, IL. We aren’t lawyers or judges, but just ordinary citizens, who happen to have met Judge Smith and liked her appeal, drive and determination. We have researched her and found that she has achieved more in her short life than most people twice her age. She works diligently at being a mother, wife, judge, Air National Guard officer (Colonel) and now, candidate for the Appellate Court. Wow, what drive! We think she is someone who is honest and has the integrity and reputation for doing the right thing, which isn’t always easy.

    It’s been an unusual year for campaigning and through it all, Judge Smith has given her time, reaching out to the voters, staying engaged and listening to people in her very large district. We especially admire someone with such diligence, who by the way just graduated from U.S. Army War College, and her patriotism over political partisanship.

    We like what we have learned about Judge Sarah Smith and will vote for her on Nov. 3rd!

  101. Anonymous on October 16, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    I noticed that since this pandemic started that handicapped parking abuse
    has eased up somewhat(at eating places) since you are not supposed to go inside and sit for hours
    after you took the parking spot.

  102. Anonymous on October 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Ever notice that most of the crime in St. Louis is in north city.
    Seems like mostly white police are assigned there; at least that
    what I see on the tv news.
    The other strange phenomena is lawn mowers don’t seem to exist there
    the grass and weeds are mostly unattended to.

  103. Anonymous on October 12, 2020 at 10:02 am

    To the citizens of Madison County:

    I am writing concerning Bob Daiber who is a candidate for Madison County Board Chairman. I know Bob and I know he has what it takes to lead the county board and do what’s right for the citizens of Madison County. I worked on several major projects and public awareness campaigns with Bob, and witnessed his ability to identify and solve problems. He has the ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans in order to get things done. Bob is a dedicated professional with a “common sense” approach and I feel that’s what’s missing in today’s politics. Bob is intelligent, practical, and versatile and one who is politically savvy. He can listen and reach out to help those who need it most, regardless of one’s politics.
    Choosing a chairman to oversee the Madison County Board is a no-brainer for me. I especially like the no-nonsense approach Bob Daiber would take and his plan to reduce my taxes. My taxes went up considerably and I think it’s time we give someone who is “middle of the road” a chance at doing what is best for the taxpayers.
    Thanks for listening!
    Phil Smith

  104. Anonymous on October 5, 2020 at 9:49 am

    The Presidential Debate was one the most embarrassing things I have ever watched. It made me ashamed that this is the image that we put forth to the world, that, this is what democracy should look like. Shame on both candidates. I wish there was a realistic alternative. I don’t want to vote for either candidate.

  105. Anonymous on October 3, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Let’s be crystal clear about this. If the Republicans had an alternative to Obamacare, they would have proposed it in legislation. They haven’t. The whole “repeal and replace” is a hoax. Passing alternative health care legislation would have “repealed and replaced” Obamacare. But the ONLY legislation the Republicans have attempted (multiple times) has been to repeal Obamacare. Even when they held both houses of Congress, that is the only health care legislation that was considered. ANY Republican who tells you a different story is plainly lying to you.

  106. Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    In the recent Soundoff . Someone compared Bars and Restaurants to Walmart , Home Depot etc…No Comparison. The stores people wear mask . In the Bars after a few drinks you end up with 15 people outside nose to nose spitting all over each other without a mask on ..Called irresponsible . Lets face it , someone people just don’t like the idea of being told what is best for them . Thnen they go home and spread what they may have picked up to their family …

  107. Anonymous on September 17, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Graduated Income Constitutional Amendment Tax Misconceptions

    Illinoisans are being asked to support a constitutional amendment that would fundamentally change the way we pay our state income tax. We support and recommend that you consider joining us in voting YES! We do so after careful consideration, much debate and we recognize and respect that there are differences of thoughts on this important matter. Nonetheless, we wish to clarify the following mis-conceptions.

    Misconception #1- If the amendment passes, it will give the legislature the power to raise taxes. Wrong! The Legislature already has the power to raise taxes, but legislators are loath to add more taxes to the lower and middle classes. The Graduated Income Tax Amendment would remove the current flat income tax and allow proposed future legislation to reduce some of the state income tax burden from low and moderate-income taxpayers to place more of it on wealthy taxpayers.

    Misconception #2- If the amendment passes it will open the door for the state to tax retirement income. Wrong! The Legislature already has the power to tax retirement income. No amendment is needed for legislators to tax retirement income now. Actually, if the Graduated Tax Amendment does not pass, taxing of retirement income will more likely be considered due to the urgent need for state revenue.

    Misconception #3-Voting against the Graduated Income Tax Amendment is a step toward keeping our taxes from increasing. Wrong! Illinois is one of only eleven states that do not have a graduated income tax, and one of only 3 states that do not tax retirement income. Illinois also imposes sales taxes on fewer items than most states. The lack of sufficient revenue forces local governments to rely heavily on property taxes to meet their obligations; and due to the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, additional state funding will be required.

    Misconception #4- Family farms will be hurt by the Graduated Income Tax Amendment. Wrong! Only corporate farms will pay the corporate tax rate.

    The Graduated Income Tax Amendment is a first step toward righting the state’s finances. Please vote “Yes” on the Constitutional Amendment to support a Graduated State Income Tax.

    • Anonymous on September 25, 2020 at 5:33 pm

      As long as Illinois is and remains a one party rule state yes, no matter what they call it your taxes – all taxpayers ( you even amazingly acknowledge this in your “Misconception#1 ) are going up. You live in a state that has more unfunded liabilities than any other of the 50 states ( you know like all those ‘union’ folks with lifetime taxpayer funded pensions, lifetime taxpayer funded healthcare, etc ) – how about an amendment to reduce these? Never gonna happen in anyone’s lifetime again, as long as there is one party rule

      • Anonymous on October 1, 2020 at 3:46 pm

        Its sad to say you are right about these so called ” Union” folks . I know of at least 10 on the top of my head that started drawing Disability when they were in their 50s , Drawing a nice pension, great healthcare and griping they do not get a 6 % Cost of living increase every year . Well to bad . Your in good enough shape to make it to the nearest bar every day ……Woops forgot this is a one party state…..Some of these people couldn’t tell you who their Senator was but they could sure tell you what it said on any page of there local union book …….

  108. Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    When I read the recent article about the attorney Thomas DeVore and his advice on opening bars and restaurants to indoor dining, it really bothered me. We all understand the awful situation for these businesses, but this is dangerous.

    A new study published by the CDC found that people who dined out within 14 days of testing were twice as likely to have contracted Covid. Going to a gym or gathering with less than 10 people showed no bearing on rate of infection. The difference, obviously, is the need to remove a mask. You can find the full report in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality weekly report.

    Look, if you are going to encourage bars and restaurants to open indoors, it seems for the good of the public, you need to urge caution as well. Folks need to know the consequences. Also, the precautions necessary to keep people safe ought to be part of the presentation. But, if you still to choose to do this, please stay away from me.

  109. Anonymous on September 8, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Disappointed in you- Times Tribune
    Your Sound Off Section just confirmed us not renewing our subscription to your paper. Your Sound Off allows nasty opinions, yet anonymous? That is not a professional responsible newspaper. Just more crap that we are having on our televisions and online everyday. You have the opportunity to do positive, local stories and not add to the nasty, hate comments that divide our country more. I Worked at Times Tribune, under Editor Paul Ping, for 5 years. I was always proud of the work we did and you have taken it and trashed it. Good luck as I think you have just solidified many peoples decisions not to renew. Not enough Troy news anyway and you have ruined what made it special to local families. God Bless America

    • Anonymous on October 1, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      Is this guy kidding !! Sound Off is Great .It gives people in Troy the opportunity to let the so called (Big Shots ) and (Barney Fifes) know what people really feel. Don’t you realize that if you posted your name you would have the News Teams out here every other week . Even though its a tiny town these are the ones that have the worst backstabbers around . Even you would probably loose some friends . Its good to be able to say what you really feel , it gives some of these so called leaders a chance to grow up and stop playing kiss a–.

  110. Anonymous on September 8, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Both Madison and St. Clair counties suffer under systemic voter suppression. Yes, your vote is suppressed. State law states no precinct shall have more the 800 registered voters. The county clerks opt not to follow this law. As a result…you have a larger precinct and longer wait times at the polls. Because the precinct is oversized people shy away from being precinct committeperson. No precinct committeperson, no organization at the most basic level of our republic…and your needs go unmet as the position is vacant. No organization= lower voter participation.
    Contact your county clerk and demand they follow state law. They will try to fob you off. Demand they follow the law as enacted, not how they selectively decide “shall”= “may”. Contact the party of your choice and consider volunteering to fight the apathy of the elected caste. Your very freedom hinges on this. The devil is in the details and their transgressions make this hel…

  111. Anonymous on September 7, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    As a registered Republican, I am deeply offended by last week’s writer who asserted that I belong to a cult, and accordingly, take the progressive option of cancelling said writer. I now feel much better. So much so that I would offer that person my opinion: The 2012 platform is easily found online. Don’t be afraid of doing a little research before expressing your opinion.

    • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Did anyone else realize that neither of these commenters tried to refute the position of the original post that the Republican Party is a cult? One was offended, the other simply used that old trick of name calling.

      Let me quote from the 2012 Republican platform:

      “Our nation faces unprecedented uncertainty with great fiscal and economic challenges, and under the current Administration has suffered through the … most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression.

      Many Americans have experienced the burden of lost jobs, lost homes, and lost hopes. Our middle class has felt that burden most acutely. Meanwhile, the federal government has expanded its size and scope, its borrowing and spending, its debt and deficit. Federalism is threatened and liberty retreats.

      For the world, this has been four years of lost American leadership, leadership that depends upon economic vitality and peace through strength.

      Put simply: The times call for trustworthy leadership and honest talk about the challenges we face. Our nation and our people cannot afford the status quo. We must begin anew, with profound changes in the way government operates; the way it budgets, taxes, and regulates. Jefferson’s vision of a “wise and frugal government” must be restored.”

      That sounds like it’s right on for 2020. Of course the 2020 Republican platform is nothing like this…

  112. Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 11:04 am

    I thought the Sound Off section was only for comments and no Bashing. What do you call it when the comment is made in the Elections column about the Republican Party being a cult…Just shows how narrow a Democrats mind is .or should i say the person who sent it in is . That person is probably out looking for something free ……..

  113. Anonymous on August 26, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Hey! Has anyone noticed how much they have build up the roads in the next phase of the Hampton Glen development? I wonder if that is legal. It sure has added to the flooding on Country Lane and across into Pebblebrooke. Drive back there, it is crazy!

  114. Anonymous on August 26, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    SHADOW WOOD PHASE 3 rezoning meeting — Anyone interested in speaking against the proposed zoning change from R-2 single family residential to R-7 multi-use planned residential, anything residential in the R-1 through R-6 categories (including multiple family dwellings, mobile home parks) for the field at the end of Wheat Drive (one end Harvest Run, one end Shadow Wood) should send an email to or attend the Planning and Development Committee meeting on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. at the Madison County Board Room 157 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL, Ste. 203. This field abuts Shadow Wood, Harvest Run, Woodland Hills neighborhoods, but also will impact all residents on Country Lane, Bauer Road. The developer wants to go from 58 families (R-2 zoning) to 81 families (if R-7 is approved). The County Zoning Board of Appeals recommended to deny this rezoning, but the appeal now goes to the Madison County Planning and Development Committee with the above meeting date/time/location. Reference Shadow Wood Phase 3 File Number Z19-0058.
    Things to ponder:
    There are NO R-7 zoned districts within unincorporated Madison County — why this small 28 acre field?
    Traffic Generation – Per the Planning and Development Department — Single-family homes generate roughly 10 car trips per day during the week and multifamily (duplexes) generate roughly 20 car trips per day during the week. Shadow Wood Phase 3 is a seventy (70) lot subdivision consisting of fifty-nine (59) single-family dwelling lots and eleven (11) multi-family dwelling lots that will generate roughly an additional 810 trips per day. If it were kept at R-2 and 58 dwellings the estimated car trips would be 580.

    Stormwater Management & Drainage – The drainage of the property will be diverted to the proposed drainage areas on the property, as well as towards existing culverts east across Bauer Road (which floods to the point of impassable) and Wheat Drive (which recently had large rock gutters built in the subdivision to ease flooding in Harvest Run) and in an undetained area north of the subject property (not sure if this is the pond on Triad’s property, or the creek that runs through and occasionally floods Turtle Creek/Meadowbrooke/Fair Oaks/Hampton Glen/Woodland Hills/Shadow Wood).

    If the property is zoned R-7 and the developer goes bankrupt, or wins the lottery, or just decides to sell it, it is zoned R-7 and a new developer can use the latitude given by that very liberal zoning district.

  115. Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    It’s official. The Republicans no longer have any principles. In the recent past (2015), Republicans were opposed to deficit spending, governing through presidential executive actions, crony capitalism and Russian aggression. They were in favor of free trade, free markets and strong international alliances. While I don’t have a copy, I’d bet the 2012 Republican platform mentioned all of these things.

    The 2020 Republican platform (effectively) has just two words – Donald Trump. And his presidency has been in opposition to the principles listed above.

    Republicans no longer belong to a political party They belong to a cult.

  116. Anonymous on August 21, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Joe Biden has been in public service for 50 years. Donald Trump has been President for three and a half years, but has yet to do any public service.

    • Anonymous on July 29, 2022 at 8:30 am

      And Biden hasn’t done anything in 50 years, he is destroying the Untied States of America.

  117. Anonymous on August 20, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I have been going to the senior center for the last 5 yrs. or so, and if we cannot use it for the seniors, why not let the kids use it till things are back on an even keel? If they did what they said they would do as far as keeping after the cleaning of it, what will it hurt? I think its silly to let that building set there empty!

  118. Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Why is Madison County voting tonight to give the public defender a cost of living increase but not the rest of its employees?

  119. Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    There are teachers at local schools in Bond and Fayette Counties that are openly telling students that COVID is a hoax. Of course, they believe it is a ploy to remove Trump. These are frightening times for our democracy and education.

  120. Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Are you aware that the children of our teachers are going to school everyday? Why do our children receive only half of the education as their children? Why does every other family have to scramble to find child care or pay for child care? All other parents have had to figure out our child care situation since March. This is unfair. If I have to work and don’t have a sitter can my child go to school everyday too? 

    • Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      This is at Troy elementary schools.

    • Anonymous on August 26, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      How can this be true? Not all of the Triad school district teachers live in Troy, they would have to do what their districts do, including those who live in Troy. Please site your sources.

  121. Anonymous on July 28, 2020 at 9:47 am

    What is going on with everyone in this Town….. do we think the pandemic is over with ? Not by a long shot.. yes cases are down in IL.. thank you Govenor or we would have been like other excelling states. You think you don’t need to wear a mask if you cant distance.. and what is up with local businesses not enforcing mask wearing or at least suggesting it…There are a couple that do but most don’t.. People in this town are walking around In stores and everywhere with no protection and NOT keeping 6 feet.. most disturbing is seeing someone in scrubs in the store with no mask… What DR,dentist or medical building or nursing home are they in.. sure would like to know so I don’t go there.. also seeing waiters and waitresses in stores with restaurant clothing on with no protection… I wont eat out because of that going on.. Oh and a Buffet… REALLY… what up!! What is it with people that wont protect others in public places.. Don’t tell me it is your right. yes it starts with and R but it is a RESPONSIBILITY.. just like wearing a seat belt, NO shoes, No shirt NO service. No texting on phone when driving.. No driving while intoxicated… I remember the fit people threw when all this went into effect.. Guess what it saved lives and people got over it.. We have had some new cases in this community some from traveling to highly infected states.. coming home and not quarantining until they are sick.. Most people are proven to be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic showing no sypmtom’s.. so when you decide to go to these infected states just remember you may be bringing that virus with you and not know it; go to work or shopping in town and kill someone with it.. Community spread that is a good one… we don’t know where they have been or if they even had a mask on .. who and how many were infected by them? Thank you to all you responsible citizens that distance and wear your mask in public places.. I appreciate it and so do many others.

  122. Anonymous on July 17, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Has anyone else been contacted by SSM Physical Therapy in Troy about potential exposure to COVID-19 in their office?

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Nope, but if you want COVID in Madison County, the Highland racetrack is open for business. These types of people don’t like to wear masks, social distance, or believe in science.

  123. Anonymous on May 10, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Before he retired, Scott Lawson was responsible for picking up signs around Troy that were put up where they weren’t supposed to be. When he retired, and his position was filled in the Police Department, they were supposed to start doing that. Ha! Just driving around, you can see that this kind of work is below the TROY PD.

    • Anonymous on May 28, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Yep. Plenty of Mosquito Joe signs around these days. Joe must be a friend of the PD, or the barber shop. Hard to tell them apart sometimes

  124. Anonymous on May 4, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Where I live burning is allowed. I have breathing problems and asthma. I enjoy sitting outside for fresh air, not pollution that make it hard to breathe. A neighbor burns all the time their grass cuttings. I do not want to cause problems with neighbors and say nothing. What I would like is for them to take this into consideration and burn late afternoon, or have clippings hauled away.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Neighbor, talk to me.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2020 at 10:01 am

      I agree, burning should be limited to certain days of the week. However, per the city ordinance: “Burning is allowed 7 days a week between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., within the City of Troy for yard waste (leaves, branches, etc.) Burning of construction material is prohibited within the city limits of Troy.” Technically anyone burning in the city should have their fires out by 4:00 p.m. I don’t see how this works since fresh grass clippings can smolder for days. I guess, to have it changes to say Monday, Wednesday, Friday burning only, you would need to bring it up before the city council.

  125. Anonymous on April 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    The Collinsville Township Board of Trustees Operates Unencumbered by Accountability.

    Having watched the proceedings at the Collinsville, Illinois Trustee meetings both in person and via Facebook I was astounded to find the absence of structure for how the proceedings take place.

    Please feel welcome to go back and look at these videos yourself and you will find tremendous comedy amongst the sad realization that these elected officials behave on video with infantile vindictiveness and demonstrate no compunction to be transparent for the public, let alone operate with the taxpayers best interest. When reading this summation it might seem that this must be fiction or an exaggeration and I truly wish that too. These are paid employees that operate with little decorum and no willingness to be forthright, transparent, and open, they do not even recognize the need, as they are in power and impervious to accountability.

    During the last few meetings they ushered out the previous Supervisor Terry “Bones” Allan and in a prearranged coup installed a new Supervisor Dan Hopkins aka Yogi, who had two weeks earlier resigned his oath to serve the public. Under the cover of darkness and in the chaos created by the Covid19 isolation orders, an “emergency meeting” took place virtually in minutes.

    “Miraculously” the recently resigned former Trustee just happened to be hiding outside the “emergency meeting” and just after the previous long tenured Supervisor, who was likely forced to step down, the new Supervisor was installed without discussion or fanfare. There was one dissenting voice that delivered an admonishment by the concerned Trustee on behalf of the public for not yet again acting in haste, but the conspirators voted immediately.

    This crude illusion had been manufactured and was even predicted two weeks prior in the public comments on these video’s regarding the resignation and release of Dan Hopkin’s from his oath to serve the public. Suddenly, Dan could not wait to serve the taxpayers and obtain the large salary that went along with his new found enthusiasm.

    The past level of dysfunction has now dramatically risen. The lawyer is allowed unrestricted billable hours and when that point is brought up regarding concerns over productivity with tax dollars the response from new Supervisor Hopkins is for rationalizing and mitigating the wrongful nature of this practice by saying “other lawyers charge even higher prices”. This has nothing to do with the question posed but allows him to press forward with the meeting to the nodding approval of the other board members who also feel embarrassment over their own dereliction of responsibility and fear scrutiny of themselves.

    Then Dan Hopkins on his own, purchases for the taxpayers a $900 desk (at least the previous Supervisor bought his own) that was portrayed and once again minimized by stating that this desk was worth even more. This expenditure and approval of the abundant lawyer fees have never been discussed but are blindly allowed, which calls into question why, and are things corrupt or grotesquely negligent? Today the concern is that next meeting the new Supervisor will produce an expensive throne to preside over further obfuscation and ineptitude foisted upon the already strained taxpayers.

    This pandemic further highlights the complete disconnection of the Trustees to the taxpayer. These careless expenditures for “necessities” when the average taxpayer is struggling and feeling pressure trying to make it through financially. The money given to the lawyer and for a desk could have been used to assist the most disadvantaged people in the community. Perhaps some kids or seniors could have benefitted during these unprecedented times, however the Supervisor and conspirators draw the line when it comes at the expense of not increasing the income for the Township lawyer or not acquiring office furniture as the first acts of “leadership” through the crisis.

    True leadership is by demonstrating selflessness and setting the example for the followers, not by deepening the approval of those closest involved supporters/conspirators who are needed to allow continued Self interests. Why not contribute to the community if you want to produce leadership? At the very least the lawyer is intelligent enough to know better, but lacks the self respect and moral conviction to not allow himself from abusing his position also. He would be quick to produce a malpractice claim elsewhere for far less negligence. These precise points will never be addressed or responded to because a denial from shaky ground will pose a significant and likely embarrassing challenge.

    You can watch these videos by going to Derrick Keith Cox Facebook page and then when you read the comments you will find criticism of these actions, but what you will not find is anyone that defends or endorses these behaviors.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2020 at 10:59 am

      I suggest you watch the Township meetings on the township website if you want to see the whole meeting. Plus watching from the Facebook page of Derrick Keith Cox he has residents blocked including per his comments the new Trustee. Also there are childish subtitles calling Trustees and the Supervisor names like in the statement above. One even went as far as say Mr. Foley was tipsy at the last meeting. I agree the meetings haven’t been run the best in the past, but with Mr. Hopkins in the Supervisors seat I think you’ll see a change in how things are run around the Township and these meetings. All the whining and grandstanding will come to a stop I’m sure. I don’t think Mr. Hopkins can be pushed around like Mr. Allen was by Mr. Cox. I’d like to know why the Republic Services representative came directly to Mr. Cox and didn’t make an appointment to speak to the board directly? This board has to work together as a team and there’s four Trustees not just one and if the one doesn’t get his way then it’s a conspiracy that everyone is against him. Then the name calling comes out and the next meeting he’s convinced his friends to come to the meeting and plead his case. It’s sad to watch cause people aren’t coming for the Township meetings they are coming to be Derrick Cox cheerleaders.

  126. Anonymous on April 13, 2020 at 10:50 am

    In Jarvis Township it is a clear case of “who you know”.
    Those of us that travel Bauer Rd northbound have complained to township road commissioner about the mud that is left on the road almost daily by a farmer who has changed his operation and moving heavy equipment across the road to feed his cattle. That farmer works for the township.
    Instead of insisting the farmer sweep the road after leaving the mud, the township have this week put up People Crossing signs in the area when the equipment crosses the road.

    • Anonymous on April 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      The legalities of things like “Laws”, “Ordinances” and the “Constitution” are things for the Peasantry of the Fiefdom to follow and abide by, not the members of the Fiefdom working for the Township. It’s been that way for decades, they run things the way they want to around here, careful what you say or thugs working for the Road District may come knocking on your door. Or worse you could find yourself framed for a crime you didn’t commit by their appointed “good old boy” connection.

    • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      That’s politics . If your part of it you get special favors if not then to bad . Always been that way in small towns. Some so called leaders think they are so important not releasing people sit back and laugh and talk about them.

    • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Jarvis Township You will find this small town political game and favoritism everywhere. People who grow up in these towns think they own them. Most are not very educated but form the little jerk group and take care of each other …Only way to change it is break up the group …Only way to do that is pick one at a time and do more for him or her that the Jerk Circle will. Always another way to skin a cat.

    • Anonymous on August 10, 2021 at 5:07 pm

      With regard to mask wearing, Republicans like to say that people are smart enough to know whether to wear a mask or not. Really? Look around. I think the data (cases, deaths, etc) proves them wrong.

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