Belleville

Belleville

City council approves another $2 million for renovation work

The Belleville IL city council approved another $2 million for renovation work on the City Hall building in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO while also approving the design plans for a new athletic sports complex at Belleville Althoff Catholic High School for the Crusaders to use.

Belleville

City Clerk Dallas Cook removed from Belleville electoral board

Belleville, IL Mayor Mark Eckert and Ward 6 Alderman Paul Seibert voted Thursday to remove City Clerk Dallas Cook from the city’s three-member electoral board that was meeting to decide whether treasurer candidate Ryan Moore should remain on the April 4 ballot to challenge Treasurer Dean Hardt in southern Illinois.

Metro-East News

Belleville City Clerk Dallas Cook removed from electoral board

Belleville City Clerk Dallas Cook was removed from the city's electoral board Thursday. He said in a video interview, "Today was a circus at best. At worst it's Mark Eckert's corruption, and I would go with the worst." In response, Eckert said, "Dallas wants to plant all kinds of seeds that everybody else is corrupt and wrong except him." Eckert was not immediately available for a video interview.

Belleville

Art on the Square is No. 1 in sales — again

For the sixth time in the last 10 years, Art on the Square in Belleville, IL has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by Art Fair SourceBook based on fine art sales reported by artists. The annual art show in southern Illinois also earned the first place ranking in fine craft sales for the first time. The rankings are based on sales reported during last May’s show.

Belleville

For now, Belleville Township’s levy is going down. Maybe taxes, too.

Despite requests to either keep the Belleville Township levy at about the current level or to increase it, the township board has decided to reduce the township’s levy by 23 percent. In one of the Belleville Township board’s last major moves before the city takes over the agency’s duties in May, the board voted 3-2 on Tuesday to lower the levy from $343,000 to $264,000. The levy is the amount of property taxes the township is seeking for the coming fiscal year.

Belleville

This is why Meredith Home developers are asking for a tax break

The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority and its partner, St. Louis, Missouri,-based Bywater Development Group, have requested a state sales tax exemption worth an estimated $486,000 for construction material used in the proposed $12 million redevelopment of the Meredith Home into senior apartments and commercial space on the Public Square in downtown Belleville, Illinois.

Belleville

Hofbräuhaus criticism protected by First Amendment, lawyer says

Belleville, Illinois, City Clerk Dallas Cook’s attorney Eric Rhein has sent Hofbräuhaus developer Chuck Keller’s lawyer Michael T. George a letter stating that any criticism of the project is protected by the First Amendment. Cook was responding to Keller’s attorney’s letter accusing Cook of making “false and defamatory” comments about the German restaurant and brewery under construction off Illinois 15. Cook said he wants the project to succeed, but he has the right to ask questions about it since the city has granted tax incentives for it and agreed to pay to extend sewers to the site.

Belleville

Belleville Crossing is getting a new restaurant

Jason Amarosa plans to open a new Burger King restaurant in Belleville, Illinois in the Belleville Crossing shopping center at the intersection of Frank Scott Parkway and Belleville Crossing Street. Construction is expected to begin in April and be finished by July.

Belleville

Restaurant moves from Swansea to Belleville

The Swansea Family Restaurant will reopen Wednesday at 4421 West Main Street in Belleville, Illinois in the former location of Tasty’s Chicago Grill and Arby’s. Tasty’s opened in March and closed in September. The restaurant had been at 1500 North Illinois Street in Swansea, Illinois for about three years. That spot is now a Cholula’s Mexican Restaurant.

Belleville

Belleville OKs Shopland tax incentives

The Belleville, Illinois, City Council approved a redevelopment agreement for the renovation of the Shopland Plaza on West Main Street. The agreement is with Dennis Lavery, owner of Ace Hardware at 6938 West Main Street.

Videos

Fischer's Restaurant general manager talks about decision to close

Corea Buck, general manager of Fischer's Restaurant, talks Thursday about what led to the decision to close the Belleville restaurant.
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Fischer's Restaurant general manager talks about decision to close 1:41

Fischer's Restaurant general manager talks about decision to close

Belleville City Clerk Dallas Cook removed from electoral board 1:44

Belleville City Clerk Dallas Cook removed from electoral board

Burger King plans July 2017 opening for new Belleville location 0:47

Burger King plans July 2017 opening for new Belleville location

Scenes from the Gingerbread 5k run/walk in Belleville 1:12

Scenes from the Gingerbread 5k run/walk in Belleville