February 2024

American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois honors top engineering achievements at Annual Engineering Excellence Awards

CHICAGO – The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC Illinois) has recognized the state’s top engineering achievements of 2023 during their annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects from across the state were recognized for their innovation, complexity, overall design and economic impact. The top construction projects honored this year were those completed for the Illinois

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Celebrating FFA

By Jason Smith, member of Congress Like so many in southeast and south-central Missouri, agriculture has always been an important part of my life. I’ll never forget the memories I have as a young kid spending time at, and working on, my grandparents’ farm – the very same one I own, operate, and live on

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Chester High School deals with perceived threat

CHESTER — Officials at Chester High School notified parents last week that there had been a social media threat directed toward the school.   According to the notification, the high school immediately contacted the Chester Police Department which sent officers to the school.   The notification stated “All students are safe, and no one was

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Department of Natural Resources releases Census of Missouri Public Water Systems

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has released the 2024 Annual Census of Missouri Public Water Systems. The annual census provides detailed information regarding the volume, source water type, population, chemical characteristics and other information about Missouri’s 2,785 public water systems.   The census includes test results for selected chemicals along with

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Farmington man charged with promoting child pornography

FARMINGTON, Mo. – The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of 26-year-old Isaac A. Faulkner of Farmington. Faulkner was arrested Friday, for promoting child pornography, following an investigation by the Special Victims Unit of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. On Friday, February

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Gov. Pritzker announces 10 state-designated cultural districts

CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Monday joined the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and local leaders in Humboldt Park to celebrate ‘Puerto Rico Town’ as an official State-Designated Cultural District. Through the State-Designated Cultural Districts Program, ten recipients were designated for 2023 and 2024, with additional recipients

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Gov. Pritzker announces New Maternal Health and Birth Equity Initiatives at South Side Birth Center

CHICAGO — On Tuesday, Governor JB Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton visited the Chicago South Side Birth Center (CSSBC) to highlight new proposals to enhance birth equity across Illinois alongside CSSBC founder and midwife Jeanine Valrie Logan, State agency leadership, and key advocates from the General Assembly.   Building on efforts to protect and

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HUD, EPA, and CDC announce interagency commitments to more robust collaboration on addressing risks of exposures to lead 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced two complementary agreements to further their “whole of government” approach to strengthen these agencies’ shared work in ensuring that children, especially those at high risk, are not exposed to human

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