Granite City http://news.stlpublicradio.org en IDOT Mulls Options For St. Louis Area High-Speed Rail Line http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/idot-mulls-options-st-louis-area-high-speed-rail-line <p>The Illinois Department of Transportation is considering two options for a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Granite City.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s part of a broader high-speed rail corridor between St. Louis and Chicago that’s aimed at shortening commute times between the two cities.</p><p>Construction is already underway on rail improvements between Alton and Joliet. But Congress hasn’t issued federal funding yet to build a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Illinois.&nbsp;IDOT is taking the preliminary steps to apply for the federal money.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:58:17 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 33998 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org IDOT Mulls Options For St. Louis Area High-Speed Rail Line Biden To Promote Transportation Spending During Granite City Visit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/biden-promote-transportation-spending-during-granite-city-visit <p><em><strong>(Updated at 5:25 p.m., February 18)</strong></em></p><p>Vice President Joe Biden will be joined by past and present top federal transportation officials on Wednesday when he stops by Granite City to promote the five-year anniversary of the passage of the federal stimulus measure.</p><p>In Granite City, Biden is expected to highlight the spending on port improvements along the Mississippi River that were made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was aimed at stemming the economic downturn underway in early 2009.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:35:03 +0000 Jo Mannies & Jason Rosenbaum 33802 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Biden To Promote Transportation Spending During Granite City Visit Hospital: At Least 9 Hurt In Granite City Steel Plant Blast http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hospital-least-9-hurt-granite-city-steel-plant-blast <p><em>Updated at 4:35 p.m. with response from Barnes-Jewish Hospital.</em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated at 3:30 p.m. with additional information and clarifications.</em></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A reported explosion at a southwestern Illinois steel plant has injured at least nine people, including two who remain hospitalized.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fire</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> officials say the blast happened shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday at American Steel Foundries in Granite City, just northeast of St. Louis.</span></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:57:06 +0000 The Associated Press & Rachel Lippmann 9977 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hospital: At Least 9 Hurt In Granite City Steel Plant Blast A Steel Town Looks At Its Future, And Sees Rebirth http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/granite-city-ill-steel-town-looks-its-future-and-sees-rebirth <em>Part of a</em> <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/141796961/hard-times-a-journey-across-america">monthlong series</a><p>The Great Recession has hit the industrial Midwest especially hard in recent years, from big cities to small factory towns. But now, in at least one small Illinois city, local leaders believe the worst is finally behind them.<p>Sitting across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis, Granite City, Ill., has certainly seen better days. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:27:33 +0000 David Schaper 2571 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Steel Town Looks At Its Future, And Sees Rebirth Coroner: Granite City man killed trying to steal power lines http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/coroner-granite-city-man-killed-trying-steal-power-lines <p>Authorities near Alton in southwestern Illinois are investigating the electrocution of a man whose body was found near snipped electrical power lines investigators believe he was trying to steal.</p><p>Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says 34-year-old Mark Becker of Granite City was found dead early Friday. Investigators believe he died Thursday night.</p><p>Nonn says evidence at the scene suggests that Becker made contact with charged overhead power lines after they had been cut from the utility pole.</p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:54:40 +0000 The Associated Press 2248 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Coroner: Granite City man killed trying to steal power lines