Improving access to healthy foods

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently paid for a grant through the National WIC Association to improve access to healthy foods and increase opportunities for disease prevention in the East St. Louis area. East Side Health District is one of 17 agencies nationwide participating in the development and implementation of community-driven plans to reduce and prevent chronic disease in high-risk areas.


Illinois needs change now

When Gov. Bruce Rauner took office, it only took him a few weeks to realize that Illinois’ financial problems were worse than he realized. Now after a few months of working with legislature, he understands the state’s political obstaclesto progress are even more formidable than he imagined.


No more theft from task forces

One of the more loathsome practices of government is when leaders collect money for one purpose then use it for another. That’s what happened to Illinois’ auto theft task forces.


Infrastructure builds job growth

This is a critical time for transportation infrastructure in our state, and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is encouraged that the message seems to be resonating with our leadership in Springfield.


Parenting skills need polishing

Most parents want to do everything in their power to help their children learn and be happy and successful. Grandparents, too. But when being helpful ends up with criminal charges, the adults obviously have crossed the line.

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