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From 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville will be host to the 31st annual Jobs Plus Regional Job Fair. The job fair is free and open to the public and will be hiring prospective employees from all education backgrounds. This year will return to a more famil…

The Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau is gearing up for what it hopes to be a busy fall. The Spirit of Peoria and the Hakuna Matata excursion boat are offering river cruises, and the haunted tour business should be picking up steam soon as well.

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A longtime Democrat Madison County Board member will not seek reelection next year.  Bruce Malone has represented District 10 for the last 13 years and will not seek another term when his current one expires at the end of 2022.

The Better Business Bureau is advising caution when making purchases online and paying in installments. Many of these "buy now, pay later" installment services target high school and college students, and are quickly gaining in popularity, allowing shoppers to purchase just about anything by…

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Officials at Northern Illinois University say policy changes have led to the largest year-over-year percentage increase in the freshmen class in more than 20 years.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is continuing to work through a busy 2021 in the Metro East. Six projects totaling nearly $90 million to improve safety while creating jobs are underway, and still others will start soon, according to state officials.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker made a stop in Alton on Friday as part of a swing through the Metro East.  The governor visited the Kreative Kids Learning Center on Elm Street to talk about the state’s childcare investments as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, through the Restore Illinois Childcare program.

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Boeing is announcing plans to build a $200 million facility at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah. The aerospace company will make the Navy’s first aircraft-refueling drones — named the MQ-25 — at the airport. It will be a job creator for the region, bringing 150 positions from the St. Louis re…

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The American Battlefield Trust is the nation’s leading battlefield preservation organization, and its Youth Leadership Team this year includes an Alton High School senior. Abbie Hasty will spend the next year engaged in an advocacy campaign to bring historic preservation, education, and heri…

The number of people enrolled in the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace more than doubled during the special COVID-19 enrollment period in Illinois. More than 54,000 people found a health insurance plan during the special period from Feb. 14-Aug. 15.

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The statewide festival to promote education, recreation, and conservation of Illinois' waterways is coming to Alton's riverfront tomorrow. The Mississippi Earthtones Festival, originally known as the It's Our River Day festival, will be held on a portion of Broadway from noon to 10 p.m.

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Two people have now been charged in connection with a shooting in Alton last week, but the charges are related to the investigation and not the actual crime.  31-year-old Kevin Armstead and 32-year-old Darylynn Hardimon, both of Alton, are charged with felony obstruction of justice after pol…

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Saturday is “National Cleanup Day” and the Madison County Building and Zoning Department is hoping you will participate. Earlier this year, the department launched its Clean Communities program, and it continues to provide resource tool kits to individuals and groups, free of charge.