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City of Collinsville rejects CARD’s request to donate land

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  1 Comment

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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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Area news: false 911 call goes wrong for Granite City woman

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  News, Region  /  No Comments

Jennifer Richter

A Granite City woman was charged with a felony Tuesday after alleging making her third false 911 report since Sept. 2. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2200 block of Miracle Avenue in rural Granite City Oct. 12 after receiving a 911 call about underage drinking at the home.  After meeting with those […]

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Princeton Review tabs SIUE School of Business among nation’s best

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  News, Region, SIUE  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

Submitted Content The Princeton Review named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Business one of the best in the country for the ninth-consecutive year. The education services company features the school in the 2015 edition of its book, “The Best 296 Business Schools.” “It is an honor to be a part of this prestigious list […]

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IDPH seeks to reassure Illinois residents about threat of Ebola in the state

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Health-Caduceus

On the same day the man with the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States died, and a dog in Madrid was euthanized out of fear it would spread the disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a statement to reassure Illinoisans. IDPH Director LaMar Hasbrouck said there are no suspected or […]

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Suarez responds to accusations she was a Chemetco insider

By   /  October 3, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Marleen Suarez at an Oct. 1, 2014 press conference / Photo by Roger Starkey

A day after a press conference at which candidate for Madison County Treasurer Marleen Suarez called for the current treasurer, Kurt Prenzler, to resign, Prenzler held a press conference of his own to call for Suarez to drop out of the race. At a Wednesday press conference, Madison County Board Member Kelly Tracy and Suarez […]

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Collinsville Unit 10 School Board candidate packets now available

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Illinois, News, Region  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

Submitted Content Nominating petition forms for the April 7, 2015 school board election in the Collinsville Unit #10 School District are now available. Forms may be picked up in the office of the board secretary, at 201 W. Clay, Collinsville, Illinois, or the Madison County Clerk’s Office, 157 North Main St., Ste. 109, Edwardsville, on […]

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Caseyville officer, DEA Task Force Officer named chief of police in Marine

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Caseyville, News, Region  /  1 Comment

New Marine Police Chief Chris Singleton and is partner, Paco / Submitted photo

Chris Singleton, an eight-year veteran of the Caseyville Police Department, has been chosen as the next chief of police of Marine, Ill. Singleton and his canine partner Paco were often praised in Caseyville for their frequent drug seizures as part of their assignment to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Singleton brought in hundreds of thousands of […]

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Madison County Treasurer may have broken law with 2013 tax sale

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  22 Comments

Kurt Prenzler at a news conference he arranged on May 30 at the St. Clair County Administration Building / Photo by Roger Starkey

Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler stood before tax buyers on Feb. 19, 2013 and announced that no bids would be accepted before or after the auction. He neglected to mention that the delinquent taxes of four properties were sold earlier that day. By allowing three purchases to individual buyers prior to the start of the […]

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Escaped prisoner captured walking alongside the road

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Breaking News, Caseyville, Collinsville, Illinois, News, Region  /  No Comments

Prison escapee Marcus Battice was captured Sept. 24 at 7:30 a.m.

After an intense search that included aircraft, boats, utility terrain vehicles and four canine units, an escaped prisoner was captured walking alongside the road this morning about 17.5 hours after he escaped. Marcus Battice, 21, escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center at about 2 p.m. Tuesday and was picked up alongside a gravel frontage road […]

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Prisoner escapes from Southern Illinois correctional center

By   /  September 23, 2014  /  Breaking News, Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Marcus Battice

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, a 21 year-old minimum-security inmate escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center in Vandalia, Ill., approximately 60 miles from Collinsville. Marcus Battice, an African-American male described as 5-feet-9, 167 pounds, was inside the fence at the prison and had been considered a low risk for escape. He escaped while returning from […]

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Work that will temporarily close portions of MLK Bridge begins Monday

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Image by Roger Starkey

Inspections will close portions of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge beginning today. Work is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 26, the Illinois Department of transportation announced. The bridge will be closed to westbound traffic Monday, Sept. 15 and Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The westbound lane will be re-opened […]

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In an about face, Collinsville City Council supports slot machines at Fairmount Park

By   /  September 14, 2014  /  Collinsville, News, Region  /  No Comments

The entrance to Fairmount Park / Photo by Roger Starkey

Just more than three years ago, Collinsville City Councilwoman Nancy Moss implored her fellow Council members to vote against a resolution allowing slot machines at Fairmount Park and other racetracks in Illinois. “I’m begging you tonight to not pass this,” Moss said on June 27, 2011. By a 3-2, the Council voted down the resolution. […]

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Collinsville’s Link tabbed to be new Glen Carbon police chief

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Collinsville, News, Region  /  2 Comments

Todd Link - CPD uniform

Collinsville Assistant Police Chief Todd Link was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Glen Carbon Board of Trustees to be the new chief of police for the village. The news came on Link’s 48th birthday and the 17th anniversary of the day he learned he was hired by the Collinsville Police Department. Link said he is […]

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(Updated with name of victim) Fatal motorcycle crash on interstate near Collinsville

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, News, Region  /  No Comments

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A Springfield man riding a motorcycle died today when he failed to negotiate a curve on the Interstate 255 southbound ramp from southbound Interstate 55/70 near Collinsville. The accident happened at 10:56 a.m., Illinois State Police said. The driver went off the roadway to the right after failing to make the curve, laid the motorcycle […]

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SIUE garners national rankings from two magazines

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  News, Region, SIUE  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

Submitted Content Washington Monthly ranks SIUE tops among master’s universities in Illinois For the first time, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has climbed into Washington Monthly’s Top 40 for master’s universities in the nation. SIUE is first among all master’s institutions in Illinois on the national magazine’s list. Unlike conventional college rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates an […]

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Illinois Department of Public Health monitoring enterovirus

By   /  September 8, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Health-Caduceus

*Updated to with reports from Anderson Hospital in Maryville and Children’s Hospital in St. Louis* The Illinois Department of Public Health announced today that it is monitoring the reported clusters of severe respiratory illness in community members, especially children. The Center for Disease Control reported that hospitals in Illinois and Missouri are seeing more children […]

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Grand jury finds two Granite officer involved shootings justified

By   /  September 6, 2014  /  News, Region  /  No Comments

Light at a police station / Photo by Roger Starkey

Two officer involved shootings in the past two months by the Granite City Police Department were justified, the Madison County grand jury ruled on Aug. 28. The first incident occurred on July 9 at the Easy Stop service station on Edwardsville Road, Granite City. Officers Timothy Bedard and Ryan Jones responded to the station at […]

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SBA unveils microloan access expansion in central, southern Illinois

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

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Submitted Content The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that St. Louis-based micro-lender Justine PETERSEN will expand its service territory to include 73 counties across central and southern Illinois. The expansion is targeted at assisting an increasing number of entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking greater access to affordable capital in the continued wake of […]

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Medical cannabis patient and caregiver application process begins Tuesday

By   /  September 2, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

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Patient and caregiver registration for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program starts Tuesday. The Illinois Department of Public Health is now accepting applications for the medical cannabis registration identification card electronically and through the mail for qualifying patients and caregivers. Applicants whose last names begin with letters A through L can submit an application from […]

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Man charged with stealing copper wire from cell phone towers

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  News, Region  /  No Comments

Lee A. Franks

Six felony charges were filed Thursday against a man accused of stealing copper wire from cellular phone towers in rural Madison County over a three-month span. Lee Franks, 32, of Litchfield, is accused of targeting towers in Hamel, New Douglas and Worden in June, July and August. He faces charges in Macoupin County for similar […]

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