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Caseyville and St. Clair County announce increased traffic enforcement

Light at a police station / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   20 mins ago

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and Caseyville Police Department recently announced they have started increased impaired driving and seat belt enforcement and will continue through Jan. 4, 2015. Caseyville Police are participating in the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program, funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. STEP is focused on specific times […]

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Fire destroys Collinsville home, community collecting to provide necessities for family

Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed a home in the 6900 block of Loyet, Collinsville, Dec. 16 / Photo courtesy of Lannie Altenberger

By   2 days ago

A father, 2-year-old boy and two 17-year-old girls lost their home and everything in it nine days before Christmas. The Collinsville area is rallying to help the family. Collinsville, Maryville, Troy and Fairview Heights fire departments all responded to a house fire in the 6900 block of Loyet Road in rural Collinsville Tuesday afternoon. A […]

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Caseyville mayor appoints twice-bankrupt resident as village treasurer

Caseyville Mayor Len Black / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 days ago

Undeterred by a 4-2 vote Wednesday by the Board of Trustees against his choice for Caseyville Treasurer, Mayor Leonard Black appointed a resident to the post who has twice filed for bankruptcy. Black appointed Lola Cline as interim treasurer, which he can do without Board approval. Reached for comment Thursday, Black called the votes against […]

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Collinsville Police to increase traffic enforcement from Friday through Jan. 4

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By   3 days ago

The Collinsville Police Department announced Wednesday that it will increase traffic enforcement Dec. 19 through Jan. 4, 2015. The increased enforcement is to reduce traffic accidents and injuries during the holiday season, police said. In conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Collinsville Police Department will enforce DUI, seat belt, and mobile phone usage violations […]

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Man sentenced in connection with Granite City beating that left acquaintance paralyzed

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By   3 days ago

A man accused of beating an acquaintance with a hammer and metal bar was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday. Ricky A. Andrews, 35, and Robert C. Kelly, 49, were charged in 2012 with Class X felonies for home invasion and attempted murder in connection with the beating of a man on Delmar Avenue […]

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Collinsville woman charged with three counts of bank burglary

Image of a woman suspected of robbing the FCB Banks in Caseyville on Nov. 7, aborting a Dec. 5 robbery at the Bank of Edwardsville in Swansea and robbing the FCB Banks of Maryville on Dec. 10

By   4 days ago

A woman who was referred to a religious organization for help during an aborted bank robbery was charged with three counts of bank burglary in a complaint filed in federal court Friday. Easter O. Jimison, 37, of the 1200 block of Ridge Avenue in Collinsville, allegedly robbed the FCB Banks Caseyville branch on Nov. 7 […]

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Collinsville electronics appliance recycling drop off information for 2015 announced

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By   5 days ago

Anyone with an old microwave, flat-screen television, computer, or even a motorcycle, can safely dispose of unwanted items at Collinsville’s electronics and appliance recycling drop off. The event will be held in the parking lot at 227 W. Main St. in Collinsville the second Friday of each month in 2015 (except January). Wissehr Recycling (www.WissehrRecycling.com, […]

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Maryville bank robbed, Collinsville woman in custody

Image of a woman suspected of robbing the FCB Banks in Caseyville on Nov. 7, aborting a Dec. 5 robbery at the Bank of Edwardsville in Swansea and robbing the FCB Banks of Maryville on Dec. 10

By   1 week ago

Maryville Police were called to the FCB Maryville Bank at about 5:18 p.m. Wednesday following the report of a robbery. The robber showed the teller a note and was given an undisclosed amount of money, Maryville Police said. The robber fled the scene in a small, silver vehicle with no license plates, traveling south on […]

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Keene is Collinsville Unit 10’s Teacher of the Month

Jennifer Keene, Collinsville Unit 10 December Teacher of the Month, with Rick Kincheloe of Edward Jones, the award's sponsor / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   1 week ago

A school-wide assembly, a special guest, a surprised recipient of the Teacher of the Month award; the scene is quickly becoming a welcome Collinsville tradition. Jennifer Keene, the Twin Echo Elementary School reading specialist, was the teacher who shook her head in surprise Friday after hearing her name called by special guest Rick Kincheloe, the […]

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    Basketball Kahoks losing streak reaches six

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    By   21 hours ago

    Collinsville, Ill. – The Collinsville High School boys’ basketball season is following a familiar script this year. The 2013-2014 version of the Kahoks opened the season with three straight wins before losing seven straight. This year’s team opened the season with three straight wins, and has now lost six consecutive contests. The host Kahoks (3-6, […]

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    Lady Kahoks rally to run past Redbirds

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    By   2 days ago

    Collinsville, Ill. – Leading by a scant point at halftime Thursday, few would have predicted that the Lady Kahoks would go on to a romp over the visiting Alton Redbirds. Alton (2-7, 2-3 Southwestern Conference) ran out to a 16-9 lead after one quarter, before Caity Brombolich and the Lady Kahoks took charge. Behind Brombolich’s […]

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    Alton defeats Wrestling Kahoks

    By   2 days ago

    Alton, Ill. – The Collinsville Kahok wrestlers fell 45-24 to Alton Thursday in a Southwestern Conference meet. Winners for the Kahoks were: Jevon Pargo, Patrick Grzywacz, Zach Schaefer, Derrion Miller and Jarod Estes. Collinsville is back in action at 3 p.m. Friday at Mascoutah. Results: 126 – Tim McCarvey (Alt) dec Jake Blaha (CHS), 13-11 […]

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    Lady Kahoks win big over Triad

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    By   7 days ago

    Collinsville, Ill. – The Collinsville High School girls’ basketball team regained its winning way with a 60-39 non-conference victory Saturday over visiting Triad. Aubreeny Brady bounced back from a subpar game against O’Fallon Thursday to lead all scorers with 22 points. Sophie Thompson’s 14 lead the Knights in scoring. The Lady Kahoks (5-3) held Triad […]

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    Basketball Kahoks continue slide

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    By   1 week ago

    O’Fallon, Ill. – Collinsville entered the fourth quarter Friday with the slimmest possible lead, but left O’Fallon with its fifth consecutive defeat. Leading 30-29 after three quarters, the Kahoks (3-5, 0-3 Southwestern Conference) were outscored 27-21 in the final stanza. Each team scored more points in the fourth quarter than in the first half. O’Fallon […]

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    Wrestling Kahoks dominate three opponents Friday

    By   1 week ago

    Collinsville, Ill. – The Collinsville High School wrestlers gave clinics to three visiting teams Friday. The Kahoks outscored Mascoutah, Cahokia and  Springfield by a combined  154 points. CHS defeated Mascoutah 71-12, Cahokia 64-16 and Springfield 60-13. Results Collinsville 71             Mascoutah 12 Trenton Finch (MAS) wbf Jevon Pargo (CHS) 4:24 Patrick Grzywacz (CHS) wbf Mason Johnson […]

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    Lady Kahoks done in by big fourth quarter, look to rebound at Pink Out game Saturday

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    By   1 week ago

    The Collinsville Lady Kahoks took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter Thursday against O’Fallon, but left Fletcher Gym on the wrong end of 55-51 score. The Lady Panthers (4-3, 2-2 Southwestern Conference) outscored CHS 20-11 in the final quarter. The Lady Kahoks (4-3, 0-3 SWC) held the lead following each of the first three […]

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    Kahok wrestlers edged by O’Fallon

    By   1 week ago

    O’Fallon, Ill. – Collinsville and O’Fallon split 14 matches Thursday, but O’Fallon escaped with a 36-31 win over the Kahoks. Winners for the Kahoks were Aaron Engle, Adam Gillespie, Zach Stephenson, Jevon Pargo, Patrick Grzywacz, Jacob Blaha and Cole Zabala. The Kahoks host Springfield, Mascoutah and Cahokia at 5 p.m. Friday. Thursday results: 138. Engle […]

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    Brady’s 30 not enough to carry Lady Kahoks to victory

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    By   2 weeks ago

    Collinsville, Ill. – Collinsville’s Aubreeny Brady connected on school-record  22 free throw attempts Tuesday on her way to a 30-point night, but BreLaNair Cox nearly matched her point-for-point, carrying East St. Louis to 61-53 road victory. The teams combined to attempt 72 free throws. The Lady Kahoks (4-2, 0-2 Southwestern Conference) made 32-42 attempts. Brady […]

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      Sun watchers to gather at Woodhenge Sunday for solstice sunrise

      Dawn breaks over Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds / submitted photo

      By   5 days ago

      Sun watchers will gather at 7 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the winter solstice and watch dawn break over Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds. Collinsville’s Woodhenge sits about 1/2 mile west of Monks Mound. Reconstructed in 1985, there were originally five iterations of wood pole formations at the site, probably constructed by the Mississippians between 1100 and […]

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      Collinsville Charity for Children helps more than 265 needy children

      Collinsville Charity for Children's volunteer gives shoes and socks to a needy child on Dec. 10, 2014 at Jack Schmitt Ford / Submitted photo

      By   5 days ago

      Submitted content Collinsville Charities for Children gave shoes and socks to more than 265 Collinsville School District children on Dec. 10. Organizer Grant Koentz, along with 12 volunteers from the organization and Jack Schmitt employees, provided shoes and socks to the students at Jack Schmitt Ford Lincoln in Collinsville. Submitted content

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      Free action movies at Collinsville Library in January

      The Collinsville Library, Jan. 7, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   1 week ago

      The Collinsville Library invites the community to beat the winter doldrums with free action-packed movies in January. Two movies will be shown at 2 p.m. each Saturday in January. The Children’s Floor will feature rated PG movies. The Community Room titles are rated PG-13. The schedule of January movies is: January 3 – Teenage Mutant […]

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      Christmas in Collinsville this weekend

      Christmas in Collinsville / Submitted photo

      By   3 weeks ago

      Christmas in Collinsville, sponsored by the Collinsville Main Street Community Association, is happening this weekend. The two-day event starts with the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 5 at the township office, located at 307 East Main St. Carolers will  join Santa Claus at the ceremony. Donations for Toys for Tots will be […]

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      The adoption journey; why not?

      The Gaffords. Front row, Savannah and Boomer. Back row, Mike and Sarah / Submitted photo

      By   4 weeks ago

      By Sarah Gafford, in recognition of November as National Adoption Month “What made you decide to adopt?” I have been asked this question hundreds of times. My answer is almost always the same, “why not?” The seed of adoption was planted in my heart since…well, since forever. The funny thing is that it was growing […]

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      Free holiday movies coming to the Collinsville Library

      The Collinsville Library, Jan. 7, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   4 weeks ago

      Submitted content Families are invited to watch free movies at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center this December. On Fridays in December, starting at 3 p.m., get cozy with some hot chocolate, compliments of the library, and enjoy these classics: Dec. 5 – White Christmas (Community Room) and Arthur Christmas (Children’s Floor) Dec. 12 –  Miracle on 34th Street (Community Room) […]

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      Collinsville’s premier social and fundraising event to benefit Unit 10 literacy program

      A table of trees and decorations at the 2013 Festival of Trees / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   1 month ago

      The premier social event each year in Collinsville is also the premier fundraising event. For 20 years, people have put on their finest clothes and mingled with friends and community leaders at the annual Festival of Trees, while raising more than $500,000 for local charities. More than $30,000 was raised in 2013 for Collinsville Charities […]

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      The Nutcracker returns to the Wildey Theatre

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      By   1 month ago

      The Turning Pointe Academy of Dance will bring the Christmas classic ballet, the Nutcracker, back to the Wildey Theatre this December. The family classic, first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on Dec. 18, 1892, is the story of a Christmastime dream world with a nutcracker come to life. The ballet features the music of famed […]

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      Local author meet and greet at Collinsville Library

      The President's Mortician by Tim Fleming. Published by Neverland Publishing

      By   1 month ago

      Nov. 22 marks the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.  Local author Timothy Fleming tackles this topic in his historical fiction book “The President’s Mortician.” A young man witnesses his neighbor’s gruesome murder and the woman’s husband is wrongly convicted of the crime.  As he grows older, Conrad “Con” Reese, Jr. tries […]

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        Notice of municipal letting, Collinsville, three Ford Utility Police Interceptor Vehicles

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        By   3 days ago

         The City of Collinsville, Illinois, will receive sealed bids for furnishing and delivering three (3) 2015 Ford Utility Police Interceptor Vehicles, Project #EQP-578-15, until 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at City Hall, 125 South Center Street, Collinsville, IL, 62234.  Bids will be publicly opened and read at that time. Proposal forms and bid specifications […]

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        Craft group at Collinsville Library

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        By   5 days ago

        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, woodwork, quilt, or bead, you are invited to be a part of this supportive group of DIYers.  Share your […]

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        Job assistance workshops at Collinsville Library

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        By   5 days ago

        The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is hosting a series of monthly job assistance workshops in 2015. A representative from the Madison County Employment & Training Department will be at the library on the second Monday of each month (first Monday in October) at 2 p.m. to help you with the various aspects of finding the right […]

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        State seeks nominations for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

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        By   1 week ago

        Submitted content The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the sixth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For-profit businesses that support service will also be recognized. “Illinois is fortunate to have […]

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        Senior art competition looking for entries

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        By   1 week ago

        Submitted content Don’t miss the chance to enter your piece of art in Life Experienced – A Senior Art Competition. Southwestern Illinois College and the St. Clair County Office on Aging are once again partnering with the Gateway East Artists’ Guild and Art on the Square for this unique art competition and exhibit. Artists 60 […]

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        Caseyville’s 50th annual mouse house to be held this weekend

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Caseyville will hold its 50th annual Mouse House this Friday and Saturday. The two-day event runs from 5-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It will be held at the Caseyville Community Building, 909 S. Main Street, Caseyville. Mouse House gifts will be on sale in a kid area and an adult area. Pictures […]

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        Halo 4 Tournament at Collinsville Library

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Submitted content Gamers are invited to play in an Xbox 360 Halo 4 tournament at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center. The Master Chief returns to battle an ancient evil bent on vengeance and annihilation.  Shipwrecked on a mysterious world, faced with new enemies and deadly technology, the universe will never be the same. On Thursday, […]

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        December Teen Tech at Collinsville Library

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Submitted content The Collinsville Memorial Library Center invites teens to learn more about up-and-coming technologies through a series of hands-on workshops. Continuing monthly through May 2015, teens can learn about building a computer from scratch, using professional-grade graphic design tools and more. The programs in this teen tech series are on the last Wednesday of […]

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        SWIC Music Department presents “A Holiday Celebration”

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Submitted content Southwestern Illinois College’s collective of singers and musicians will host the school’s annual holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and will take place in the Mascoutah High School auditorium. The concert band will be directed by Ed Jacobs, the guitar ensemble by Travis Mattison […]

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          Keene on Your Finances: Giving thanks as an investor

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          By   4 weeks ago

          Still hoping for a few warm days this fall, we were rudely greeted by a blast of cold air from a polar vortex last week that quickly reminded us that winter is not far ahead. Combine the cold air with shorter days and predictions of a frigid winter by the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and it […]

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          A hidden gem, 529 College Savings Plans offer big benefits

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          By   3 months 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   5 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   7 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   9 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   11 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

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   5 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

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   6 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”

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   7 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

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   7 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

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   7 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

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   8 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?

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   9 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”

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   10 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

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   10 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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