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Belleville parents pushed education 1:29

Belleville parents pushed education

Open House for new Belleville Police Station 1:48

Open House for new Belleville Police Station

100-year-old wheat binder in action 1:17

100-year-old wheat binder in action

Deteriorating health conditions force retired Metro-East K-9, Jac, to be put to rest 2:19

Deteriorating health conditions force retired Metro-East K-9, Jac, to be put to rest

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Getting ready for Wine, Dine and Jazz

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Road repairs blocking Frank Scott Parkway

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Water main break affects traffic on Frank Scott Parkway West at Illinois 159

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Get a sneak peek at Belleville's new police station

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New Baden garden is part of Pond-O-Rama tour

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Boxers fight their own Parkinson's disease with gloves up

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Car-motorcycle crash shuts down intersection in Fairview Heights

Fire destroys car in Belleville 1:37

Fire destroys car in Belleville

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Remember Skip when car’s stuck in snow

Money gone by January for St. Clair Township highway workers

Kernan using your taxes to fight to spend more of your taxes

Somebody’s wrong: It’s likely the guy spending unbudgeted funds

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Tallying the high costs of driving drunk

Drunken driving fatalities are down across Illinois, but three local drunken drivers were just convicted in crashes that killed four and seriously injured three. Human costs are much too high for drunks to do anything but take a taxi or phone a friend for a ride.

Editorials

Starting a conversation when they stare

When Muslims from Southwestern Illinois recently opened up about discrimination, their story was painfully familiar. Their responses to being painted with the same brush were wise and good reminders of American ideals.

Letters to the Editor

Misdirecting the audience

Like a magician misdirecting the audience, Democrats are telling Americans, “Look at the trigger, not the guy pulling the trigger.” These Democrats want to import more of the adherents to the “religion of peace” while using the Orlando tragedy to further their aim of making the American people as defenseless as the 300 poor souls in that night club.

Letters to the Editor

Collinsville Historical Museum

The article in the June 16 newspaper about the Collinsville Library indicates the Collinsville Historical Museum is a part of the Mississippi Library District. This needs clarification. Many people believe we are a part of the library, however, we are in no way connected to the library system.

Letters to the Editor

Massacre at Wounded Knee

Once again the media has gotten their facts wrong. The Orlando shootings were not the largest massacre in American history, it was the massacre at Wounded Knee, Dec. 29, 1890, when the U.S. Calvary killed more than 250 American Indians including women and children. But I suppose since it was Americans that killed Native Americans, I guess this just doesn’t count. How sad. Oh, and by the way, how did the Orlando shooter get into a bar carrying assault rifles? Did no one see this?

Letters to the Editor

TIF shell game

By design, the Tax Increment Financing creation process requires that affected taxing districts (i.e. schools) must vote to approve or deny a new TIF. The intent of this requirement is to create checks and balances. But that protection is circumvented when “sacrificed” funds are forwarded back into those districts (schools) via the back door.

Letters to the Editor

All guns can be called ‘assault weapons’

In response to Sharron Lindsey’s letter, “All guns are designed to kill.” While some may be less powerful, such as a .22 caliber target pistol, if used close-up it too can kill a human being. All guns are “assault weapons” as they can be used to assault a person using deadly force. Liberals like to pin this label on “look alike” military style weapons, but the reality is all guns can be assault weapons.

Letters to the Editor

Collinsville TIF proposal

The new Tax Increment Financing and business district proposal for St. Louis Road and Bluff Road is a blow to the taxpayers of Collinsville. It is appalling that the hearing held on June 13 at the Convention Center that Mitch Bair, city manager at a salary of $135,000 forgot to put in writing that there would be an additional one percent for all existing and future businesses in the proposal. This mistake is inexcusable and a new hearing should be held with all the right information.

Letters to the Editor

Honor those who made freedom possible

As we look forward to the Fourth of July, Independence Day, and 9/11, Patriots Day, Sept. 11, as we honor and celebrate those two great holidays in loving memory of all of our heroes that made it possible for us all to be free Americans. Some gave some, some gave all for the USA, we must salute them all. Let’s lower Old Glory, our great red, white and blue flag. The men and women and the K-9s rescue dogs, our best friends, with four legs and wagging tails.

Letters to the Editor

ISIL will continue to grow

Notwithstanding the real or imaginary wrongs the United States may have inflicted upon Middle Eastern peoples, Islam itself — the religiously driven mechanism designed to achieve world political governance, domination and control — is the root cause of the problems which presently blaze in the Middle East and around the world. Islam is the true evil we must overcome because it seeks to destroy every person or government which opposes its political expansion and dominance.

Letters to the Editor

She’ll finish the job

Our great country has never in its existence ever had the garbage in federal government that its endured since 2008. It is very heartbreaking to know that we are getting rid of country damaging garbage and at the same time the Democrats have more of the same standing in the wings wanting to carry on the same tripe.

Letters to the Editor

Time for voters to exercise their control

The Illinois House of Representatives approved Speaker Madigan’s $7 billion out of balance budget by a vote of 60 to 53. Every Democrat in the House voted in favor of Madigan’s budget even though they knew it would increase taxes for all middle class/working taxpayers and every loyal business that services the state government.

Letters to the Editor

How much is enough?

I know I have seen all kinds of news trying to justify why we pay almost the most in the country for our gasoline at the pumps, the thing is that it is nothing that the rest of the country faces all the time and there really isn’t a justification for the higher prices.

Letters to the Editor

Immigrants must adapt

This letter was taken from another one attributed to Australia’s Prime Minister: “Immigrants, not Americans, must adapt — take it or leave it. I am sick and tired of worrying whether or not we are offending some individual or their culture. Our culture has been developed over two centuries by millions of men and women who have fought and died for our freedom.

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New Baden garden is part of Pond-O-Rama tour

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Car-motorcycle crash shuts down intersection in Fairview Heights

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Belleville parents pushed education

Ken Travous and Kathy Travous Morganstern talk about why their parents, the late Ann and Odell Travous, wanted all five of their children to get good educations.
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Belleville parents pushed education 1:29

Belleville parents pushed education

Open House for new Belleville Police Station 1:48

Open House for new Belleville Police Station

100-year-old wheat binder in action 1:17

100-year-old wheat binder in action

Deteriorating health conditions force retired Metro-East K-9, Jac, to be put to rest 2:19

Deteriorating health conditions force retired Metro-East K-9, Jac, to be put to rest