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Alton's leaf vacuum will be in operation in the city's aldermanic wards beginning Monday, Nov. 29, with Ward 7. You are asked to rake your leaves to the edge of your property, not into the street or gutter.  

State Representative Katie Stuart says she’s working in Springfield on behalf of military veterans. Her priorities to help them include: more employment opportunities, increased education benefits, and expanding access to mental health services.

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The Illinois Office of Tourism has released the annual Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide featuring 20 small businesses around the state and their one-of-a-kind products, and there are two on the list from the Metro East.