Editorials

Editorials

Senior apartments might prove value of MetroLink stations

For 23 years MetroLink trains have rolled through Illinois communities and sparked development ideas that have mostly been derailed. Fairview Heights for years fought for outlots at its station that remain empty, Belleville drew multiple housing and retail plans for the Scheel Street station that evaporated and the Memorial station has large, open, weed-covered lots that sit waiting.

Editorials

After atom bomb explodes, only 2917 West Blvd. will survive

St. Clair County inspectors should have been watching an apartment building near Belleville with a critical eye after tenants were forced to leave in 2014. Now that it has been evacuated a second time, the county’s building department should be more transparent about changes being prompted by the fiasco.

Editorials

Justice may salve old wound of Belleville salon murders

Belleville had a horrible year in 2005 with 12 homicides, including two mass murders: The shotgun slayings of four people, including a baby, and the stabbing deaths of two elderly sisters and their hairdresser. The person who stabbed Michael Cooney, Dorothy Bone and Doris Fischer for 11 years has eluded justice, but that may have changed on Monday.

Editorials

Mike Madigan speaks louder than you: that’s the law

A U.S. District judge in Chicago ruled that Illinois’ 2009 campaign finance law is constitutional, even though it gives political leaders more money clout than you are allowed in state races. Let’s hope the appeal changes that so you speak with equal volune to leaders like Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Editorials

NGA again passes cornfields of Illinois to spend big in Missouri

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency again slighted Illinois and its superior universities by choosing the University of Missouri for a $12 million staff training contract. Politics again wins, as it did in deciding to build the new NGA-West headquarters in North St. Louis rather than next to Scott Air Force Base.

Videos

Granite City North High School Steelers memorial statue unveiled

The school was open from 1973 to 1983. The $21,000 bronze statue is the result of a four-year fundraising effort and a new scholarship is being started for descendants of alumni of the school. The statue was placed next to the football field at Granite City Senior High School.
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Granite City North High School Steelers memorial statue unveiled 0:35

Granite City North High School Steelers memorial statue unveiled

 Charlotte police release body- and dash-cam video of Scott shooting 1:09

Charlotte police release body- and dash-cam video of Scott shooting

Edwardsville soccer senior talks Tigers win over Normal 1:21

Edwardsville soccer senior talks Tigers win over Normal

Central senior Ben Rakers talks Milk Bowl win over Mater Dei 1:00

Central senior Ben Rakers talks Milk Bowl win over Mater Dei