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Despite judge’s order, Caseyville has no plan to re-vote on police chief termination

Caseyville Village Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 hours ago

Months of wrangling in court appeared to have concluded on Oct. 3 when a judge ordered a revote on the termination of Caseyville police chief Jose Alvarez, but the saga continues, as the Village has no plan to honor the order. Village Trustee Brenda Williams, chairperson of the police and fire commission for the Board […]

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Area news: light bulb thief charged with stalking former girlfriend

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By   1 hour ago

A Staunton man was recently arrested for stalking a Marine woman just two days after he admitted stealing light bulbs from her home. Bryan S. Crawford, 34, was taken into custody by Marine Police on Oct. 4 at a grocery store in Edwardsville where Crawford worked, Marine Police Chief Chris Singleton said. Crawford was arrested […]

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Collinsville Police to increase presence at CHS Friday after rumors of gun threat

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By   9 hours ago

A Collinsville High School student was the unknowing victim of cyberbullying last week and the subject of recycled rumors Thursday that have once again activated the Collinsville Police Department. A CHS student started a rumor on social media last week that another student was going to bring a gun to school Friday, Oct. 17 and […]

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Collinsville ALDI set to re-open Nov. 1

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By   17 hours ago

Sporting higher ceilings, improved lighting and environmentally friendly building materials, the ALDI at 1716 Vandalia St. in Collinsville will re-open to the public on Nov. 1, the company announced. The store, which closed for remodeling on Oct. 13, will offer a simple and easy-to-navigate shopping experience, a company spokesperson said. Energy-saving refrigeration and light bulbs […]

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Collinsville High School hosts Parent U, a drug awareness presentation

Sign outside Collinsville High School / Picture by Roger Starkey

By   1 day ago

The Collinsville High School Auditorium will be the scene Thursday evening for a drug awareness presentation designed to educate parents about drug use by kids. A CHS administrator will provide insight into what it is like to be the mother of a victim. Detective Chris Coyne of the Troy Police Department will provide information to […]

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Summit Avenue Bridge closes Monday, expected to open in three months

An artist rendering of the new Summit Avenue Bridge in Collinsville / Courtesy of the City of Collinsville

By   2 days ago

Continued work to build a new Summit Avenue Bridge, near Johnson Hill Road in Collinsville, will require the existing bridge to be closed for an estimated three months, one month longer than previously estimated. The bridge will close on Oct. 27. Work on the bridge, which may require periodic lane closures, could continue into the […]

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Collinsville High School announces first quarter Honor Roll

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By   3 days ago

Updated on Oct. 23 to add Kristine Schneider – Dominguez, who was inadvertently omitted from the original list Collinsville High School today announced its first quarter Honor Roll students. Students must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher to be named to the Honor Roll. Student Name Grade Level ACEVEDO, EDGAR M 9 AKERS, ASHLEY M […]

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Collinsville woman charged with stealing from Summit Elementary School PTA

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By   6 days ago

A Collinsville woman was charged Wednesday with stealing approximately $2,500 from the Summit Elementary School PTA. The administration of the school contacted police on Sept. 23 and provided documentation related to a possible theft. After investigation, the Collinsville Police identified Heather Horvath, 38, as the suspect, police said. Horvath faces a felony charge of theft […]

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City of Collinsville rejects CARD’s request to donate land

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By   6 days ago

The Collinsville City Council decided recently not to be a benefactor for the Collinsville Recreation District by donating nearly $2 million of land. CARD passed a resolution on Sept. 16 asking the City to give the district much of the property at three parks and the Jaycee Sports Complex. Through a series of renewable agreements, […]

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    Nation’s top recruit plays Kahoks Friday; Flyers need win to qualify for playoffs

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    By   5 mins ago

    Friday is senior night for the Collinsville Kahoks, who will welcome East St. Louis and Terry Beckner Jr., the newly minted ESPN top recruit in the nation, to Kahok Stadium. Beckner, a 6-foot-4, 298 pounds defensive lineman was named the number one overall recruit in the country by the national sports network Thursday. Collinsville Head […]

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    O’Fallon ends soccer Kahoks’ season

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    By   1 day ago

    Lately, the Cardinals cannot beat the Giants in the post season. O’Fallon is the soccer Kahoks baseball Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals. Four times in four years Collinsville has played O’Fallon in Regional play and the Panthers have walked off the field victorious four times. Wednesday, Collinsville lost in heartbreaking fashion, 6-5 on sudden […]

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    Kahok boys soccer tries to exorcise the Panther demon in regional play Wednesday

    Jared Hamann v O'Fallon on Sept. 13. / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   1 day ago

    Collinsville, Ill. – The Collinsville High School boys soccer team has played the O’Fallon Panthers in the Regionals the past three years, and have been sent home for the season each time. The Kahoks get another crack at the Panthers Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Kahok Stadium in the first round of the Collinsville Regional. […]

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    Jordan Smith is the athlete of the week. CMS baseball & Abbey Burns honorable mention

    Jordan Smith about to score the game tying goal against Alton on Oct. 16 / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   5 days ago

    Kahok soccer player Jordan Smith collected three goals and was instrumental in an overtime win against conference rival Alton Thursday, earning this week’s Metro Independent Athlete of the Week award. All three of Smith’s goals Wednesday and Thursday were key moments in the Collinsville’s third and fourth consecutive victories. In the mud and muck at […]

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    Kickoff return deflates Kahoks in loss at Alton

    The Collinsville Kahoks defense against Alton on Oct. 17 / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   6 days ago

    Alton, Ill. – The Alton Redbirds answered a Collinsville fourth-quarter touchdown with an 80-yard kickoff return to break the Kahoks’ spirits on the way to a 29-6 victory. Collinsville (1-7, 1-5 Southwestern Conference) struggled to move the ball most of the game on a field still muddy from a week of rain and playing against […]

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    STATE CHAMPS! CMS baseball wins!

    The 2014 state baseball champion CMS Trail Blazers: TJ. Williams, Garrett Morski, Devon Bovinett, Gavin Woods, Jacob Dumstorff, Noah Scrum, Tate Wyatt, Zack Hartman, Logan Whitehead, Zane Baker, Brendan Rasch, Sam Phelps, Logan Jackson, Spencer Vlasik, Kris Modlin / Photo courtesy of coach Josh Hartle

    By   6 days ago

    The Collinsville Middle School baseball team defeated Carterville 3-2 Friday to win the Southern Illinois Junior High School Association state championship. Carterville grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Trail Blazers, who used their speed to steal a victory. Just as they had done in the semifinal game more […]

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    Bauer’s golden goal gives Kahoks win over Alton

    Jordan Smith about to score the game tying goal against Alton on Oct. 16 / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   1 week ago

    The last touch of the last regular season home game in Grant Bauer’s Kahok career gave was an overtime winner. The road to Collinsville’s 2-1 overtime win over Alton started with an early 1-0 deficit for the second straight night. The Redbirds (11-6-3, 2-4 Southwestern Conference) scored their lone goal 5 minutes and 15 seconds […]

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    Kahoks try to knock off playoff seeking Redbirds

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    By   1 week ago

    The Collinsville Kahok football team travels to Alton Friday for the team’s final road game of the season. The Redbirds enter the game 4-3 (2-3 Southwestern Conference). A fifth win could earn Alton a playoff spot. Collinsville (1-6, 1-4 SWC) may be looking at its final chance to get a second win in 2014. The […]

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    Kahoks overcome the mud and an early goal to beat the Lancers

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    By   1 week ago

    Belleville, Ill. – The soggy sod could not stop the Collinsville Kahoks from scoring four goals Wednesday for the third consecutive match as they topped Belleville East 4-3. The Kahoks (9-9-1, 3-2 Southwestern Conference) fell behind less than two minutes into the match when the Lancers (5-9-3, 1-3-2 SWC) scored at the 1 minute 36 […]

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      Local girl going to Hollywood for the chance of a lifetime

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      By   10 hours ago

      A Collinsville girl is going to Hollywood in January on a trip that could change her life forever. But, at only 6 years old, she does not realize the potential destiny that awaits. Hayden Rehg was recently selected to attend the iPOP! acting and modeling contest, a week-long contest with more than 100 agents from […]

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      Chili cook off, dog parade and trick-or-treating coming to Main Street Saturday

      Layne Smith (4 years-old) on the left and Landon Mahat (8 years-old) on the right at Fall Festival 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   4 days ago

      The annual Fall Festival takes to Main Street Saturday on what is predicted to be a gorgeous Collinsville day. Thousands of people will meander Main Street as temperatures approach 74 degrees under a sunny sky. Kids in costume will trick-or-treat at local businesses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while parents surreptitiously swipe candy from […]

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      Blum House Art Show to feature local artists

      Blum House, Collinsville, Ill. / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   2 weeks ago

      Submitted Content Local artists Benjamin Gomez and Dwayne Dean will be showing their paintings at an upcoming Blum House Art Show. The show on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Library District. Dwayne Dean, also known as Orion Hunter, admires the work of Salvador Dali and, […]

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      Halloween events at Collinsville Library

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      By   2 weeks ago

      Submitted Content Collinsville, IL –The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is ready for fall with events to thrill and entertain. On Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., adults and teens age 13 and over are invited to get into the Halloween spirit with some heebie-jeebie inducing, hair-raising stories. Join master storyteller Ron Adams for a spooky, […]

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      See four award-winning films for free at McKendree’s Hett Center

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      By   3 weeks ago

      Submitted Content The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts’ free Film Art Series presents four award-winning, critically acclaimed films this season. The 2014-2015 Film Art Series explores the art of communication, which is the theme of the academic year at McKendree University. Each will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hett auditorium on the Lebanon, Ill., […]

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      Behind the booth: Junior Service Club fries up ravioli for charity at Italian Fest

      Toasted Ravioli / Photo By Timothy Boyd via Wikimedia Commons

      By   1 month ago

      Barb Kusmierczak is all too familiar with what it takes to run an Italian Fest booth, having been in charge of Junior Service Club’s booth for the last 10 years and having worked with her son’s Cub Scout and Boy Scout booths before that. “It was kind of funny, this year at the food safety […]

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      See one of Italy’s top films of 2013 Thursday at the Collinsville Library, for free

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      By   1 month ago

      The award-winning Italian comedy, Buongiorno papà (titled Out of the Blue in English) debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Collinsville Public Library. Italian Film Night at the Italian Fest features one of Italy’s most popular movies last year. The film, shown in Italian with English subtitles, is a sentimental comedy about parenthood. The lead […]

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      With jokes and a song, personalities shine at Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest Pageant

      Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest 2014, Gabriella Hill and Andrew Hilmes / Photo by Lexi Cortes

      By   1 month ago

      The newly crowned Little Mister Italian Fest said there’s one change he would like to make to his title. “Leave out the ‘little’ thing,” he said. “I’m 8 years old, come on.” Andrew Hilmes, 8, was the oldest contestant in this year’s Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest pageant, held Saturday. Gabriella Hill, 7, won […]

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      The city, Italian-American culture and family inspire Collinsville author

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      By   1 month ago

      Collinsville has been home to established Italian-American writer Loretta Giacoletto since 1957, and for years, she has written novels, short stories and sagas inspired by her and her husband’s families and their Italian culture. Giacoletto, who will be signing her books at Spirito’s Italian Grocery in Collinsville during Italian Fest, said she started writing when […]

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        Game Night hosted by the Collinsville Junior Service Club

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        Submitted Content The Collinsville Junior Service Club is hosting a Game Night at the Collinsville Senior Center on Thursday, Nov 13. Club members & community guests are welcome to bring their favorite card & board games to play and share. A dessert smorgasbord, water, coffee & tea will be provided. 50/50 & gift basket raffle […]

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        Harlem Wizards coming to CHS for fundraiser

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        By   2 days ago

        Submitted Content The Harlem Wizards are coming to Collinsville High School Saturday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The evening promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face. This event is hosted by The Collinsville […]

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        Caseyville’s third annual Freaky Five 5K is Saturday

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        Submitted Content Registration is open for the third annual Freaky Five Halloween 5K Run/Walk, Oogle Moogle Monster Mash Dash kid’s fun run and Bonfire. The evening event is Saturday, Oct. 18 in Caseyville Park and is a fundraiser for kid’s park activities.  It opens to the public at 3 p.m. for race day registration, packet pick up, free […]

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        Photography workshop at Collinsville Library

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Submitted Content Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in a two-hour workshop at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center. Regardless of the type of camera you use, you may be looking for ways to make your photos better. On Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m., members of the Collinsville Area Camera […]

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        Collinsville Women’s Club quarter auction fundraiser Oct. 19

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        By   2 weeks ago

        The Collinsville Women’s Club is hosting a quarter auction fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 19. Doors open at 12 p.m., auction starts 1:30 p.m. Where: VFW 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville Ill. All in Paddles $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the Door $5.00 per bid Paddle. We will have some amazing items for just 1-4 quarters. Win new & […]

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        Finding your roots at the Collinsville Library: Genealogy Club

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Submitted Content Collinsville, IL – New and experienced genealogists are invited to join the History and Genealogy Club of Collinsville. The club is a friendly group of people who share an interest in genealogy and local history. All are welcome to share findings and resources. Each meeting focuses on a different topic such as immigration […]

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        Health care registration at Collinsville Library

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Submitted Content Collinsville, IL – Families and individuals in need of health insurance are encouraged to stop by the Collinsville Memorial Library Center on Thursdays in October to sign up for coverage. A representative from East Side Health District will be at the library between 2 and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, 23, and 30.  […]

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        Herbal remedies workshops at Collinsville Library

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Submitted Content Collinsville, IL –Anyone interested in learning how to heal their body the natural way is invited to join the Collinsville Memorial Library Center for a series of monthly workshops. Participants at Herbal Remedies workshops learn the many benefits of natural medicine.  These hands-on workshops, taught by Community Herbalist Kristine Brown, will teach you […]

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        Craft group at Collinsville Library

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        Submitted Content Collinsville, IL – Crafters of all skill levels and types of crafts are welcome to join the “Yarn Paper Scissors” craft club at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center. Regardless of whether you sew, knit, crochet, scrapbook, stamp, embroider, paint, quilt or bead, you are invited to be a part of this supportive group […]

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          A hidden gem, 529 College Savings Plans offer big benefits

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          By   3 weeks ago

          Many parents in the past few months have faced the daunting task of writing a sizeable check to universities to cover their child’s fall semester tuition. While writing the check, I am sure many were asking themselves why they did not save more money for this event. According to College Illinois!, a prepaid tuition program, […]

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          Keene on Your Finances: Strategies to maximize Social Security benefits

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          By   3 months ago

          Every day thousands of Baby Boomers turn age 62 and become eligible to receive Social Security benefits. The dilemma they face is taking the money immediately or waiting. For those who can afford to wait, doing so could result in hundreds of thousands of extra dollars over a lifetime.  There may also be unique strategies […]

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          Keene on Your Finances: How well do you know your financial advisor?

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          By   5 months ago

          It is fairly typical for financial advisors to be nice people with warm smiles and engaging personalities.  It is also not uncommon for them to appear financially successful by living in upscale communities and driving luxury cars. But does it qualify them to give you prudent financial advice and manage your investments?   What are their […]

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          Think you’re not paying fees for your 401(k)? You’re probably wrong

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          By   7 months ago

          “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”  This widely used adage essentially communicates the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing.  Although this is intuitive for most people, when it comes to 401(k) plans, far too many participants think they are getting a free lunch. According to a recent survey by […]

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          “Keene on Your Finances” – Roth 401k and Roth IRA, a lifetime of tax free earnings

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          By   9 months ago

          A well-respected tax and estate planning attorney recently told me he had no idea he could contribute to a Roth 401k. He was sure there was an income limit. He and many others are missing a great investment opportunity. For years we have been wired to defer taxes and pay only when it is absolutely […]

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          Coming soon: “Keene on Your Finances”

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          By   1 year ago

          Brad Keene, vice president and partner at Meridian Financial Group, and lifelong Collinsville resident, will be a Metro Independent featured columnist, starting Friday. Brad’s “Keene on Your Finances” columns will appear every two months, providing valuable information about managing your personal finances. Keene is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM), holds an MBA from St. Louis University […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Mayor out of line to sign name to letter

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            By   3 months ago

            Dear Editor, On June 30, Ready Nation Illinois director Sean Noble messaged Collinsville Mayor John Miller and Mr. Kevin Weinacht stating the BND never printed their letter this spring. Ironically, the Post-Dispatch has not printed my rebuttal to the July 12 letter Noble drafted captioned, Illinois’ cut in childcare hurt families and businesses. My rebuttal […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Fairness for Fairmount Park

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            By   4 months ago

            Fairmount racetrack has been in business since 1925.  At one time, the racetrack was one of the largest job creators in the Metro East and sent more tax dollars to Collinsville than most, if not all, businesses in Madison County. Today, the racetrack is a shell of what it was, what it could be, and […]

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            Marleen Suarez: “Prenzler should turn his attention to his own office”

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            By   5 months ago

            My name is Marleen Suarez. As a candidate for Madison County Treasurer in the November Election, I promise to talk about issues that matter. I am a successful small business owner with more than a decade of professional investment industry experience and a plan for how to make the Treasurer’s Office work better for you. […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Stand with Steelworkers

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            By   6 months ago

            A battle is on to protect American-made steel and the livelihood of those who make it. U.S. Steel in Granite City is the second-largest property taxpayer in Madison County. The steel mill pays more than $6.65 million to 10 local taxing districts, and provides jobs to more than 2,000 employees, most of whom live in […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Revisiting the mayor’s role in the flower sculpture acquisition

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            By   6 months ago

            The Metro Independent published a great article about the flower sculpture at the corner of Clay Street and Route 159. It should serve as a reminder of our very unusual weak Mayor form of government that Mayor Miller fails to respect. But for being Liquor Commissioner and chairing meetings he is simply one of five […]

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            Letter to the Editor: National Day of Prayer

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            By   6 months ago

            In 1952, the U.S. Congress established a day to remember the religious heritage of this country and to celebrate the rights to freely exercise our faith, and yes, to pray to God. As a nation, we unite on the first Thursday in May for the National Day of Prayer. In Madison County, religious beliefs also […]

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            Letter to the Editor: When taxes go up, do you have a say in it?

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            By   7 months ago

            To the Editor: The number one complaint the Madison County Treasurer hears is about tax increases. People say, “I didn’t vote for an increase, so why do my taxes keep going up?” They’re right. The public often doesn’t have a say in the matter. How does it happen? First, let’s make it clear that the […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Madison County Jail referendum, “the time for action is now”

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            By   8 months ago

            Letter to the Editor: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, “the time for action is now.” The French novelist who penned “The Little Prince” believed “It’s never too late to do something.” He’s right. Early voting started in the Primary election and many of you will make the trip to the polls to cast your ballot. However, […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Historically low rates at Madison County tax sale

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            By   8 months ago

            To the Editor: People usually don’t associate good news with taxes, but the annual Madison County Tax Sale, held this past Thursday, did result in good news for late taxpayers. Property taxes in the amount of $4.4 million were sold at a weighted average penalty interest rate of 1.59 percent. I’m not aware of any […]

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