Metro East http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Edwardsville Center Showcases African-American Art Through St. Louis’ Portfolio Gallery http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/edwardsville-center-showcases-african-american-art-through-st-louis-portfolio-gallery <p><em>St. Louis-area art openings this Friday explore the beauty of nature, teapots and African-American works. “Ebony Creations” is a joint project of Portfolio Gallery and the Edwardsville Arts Center.</em><br /> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 03:55:10 +0000 Nancy Fowler 32833 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Edwardsville Center Showcases African-American Art Through St. Louis’ Portfolio Gallery Illinois Bill Takes Aim At 'Knockout' Game http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-bill-takes-aim-knockout-game <p class="p1">A state representative in the Metro East wants to stiffen the punishment for random assaults often referred to as the 'knockout' game.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The so-called 'game' involves punching an unsuspecting person in the head with the goal of rendering them unconscious.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 02:17:42 +0000 Joseph Leahy 32353 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Bill Takes Aim At 'Knockout' Game Toxic Site In Metro East Enters New Phase Of Cleanup http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/toxic-site-metro-east-enters-new-phase-cleanup <p>The US Environmental Protection Agency held a <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/chemetco/pdfs/chemetco-fs-201310.pdf">community meeting</a> in Hartford, Illinois, on Wednesday, to inform residents about the ongoing cleanup of the former<a href="http://www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/chemetco/"> Chemetco copper smelter</a>.</p><p>This is the second of three open houses being held this year. Another will be held in December.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:34:57 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 31048 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Toxic Site In Metro East Enters New Phase Of Cleanup U.S., State's Attorney Address Public Safety In Metro East http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-states-attorney-address-public-safety-metro-east <p>Over the past six decades, the Metro East has gained a nasty reputation for dangerous crime. The news headlines reflect a cycle of poverty and crime made worse by a lack of local resources for adequate governance.</p><p>Three government officials charged with tackling these problems joined us to discuss their vision for creating a more positive future for the Metro East: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton; State&#39;s Attorney for St. Clair County, Brendan Kelly; and the mayor of Washington Park, Ann Rodgers.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:01:04 +0000 Camille Phillips 30567 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S., State's Attorney Address Public Safety In Metro East Metro East Law Enforcement Targets Armed Robbers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-east-law-enforcement-targets-armed-robbers <p>Federal, state and local law enforcement in the Metro East are zeroing in on armed robberies with a coalition similar to the Major Case Squad.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen </span>Wigginton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is spearheading the effort to go after a spate of what he called "brazen and violent" armed robberies this summer.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wigginton said prosecutors will go after offenders with federal charges that often carry longer sentences.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:37:34 +0000 Maria Altman 29854 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro East Law Enforcement Targets Armed Robbers Business Leaders, Public Officials Talk Transportation Funding http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/business-leaders-public-officials-talk-transportation-funding <p><em>Updated: 4/1/13 at 4:12, after the meeting took place.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Transportation advocates say that by 2018, 1 out of every 3 miles of roads in Illinois will be of unacceptable condition, unless there are new sources of revenue. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition held a meeting with business leaders and state lawmakers in O’Fallon Monday to discuss what can be done.</span></p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:26:14 +0000 Tim Lloyd & Chris McDaniel 24991 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Business Leaders, Public Officials Talk Transportation Funding Election Could Affect Electricity Costs In Metro East http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/election-could-affect-electricity-costs-metro-east <p>Several Metro East communities want to negotiate electricity supply costs for their residents and businesses.</p><p>A 2009 law allows Illinois cities and counties to contract with suppliers in order to negotiate prices with electric utilities.</p><p>It’s called "municipal aggregation" and referendums are on the ballot in Belleville, Collinsville, and Edwardsville. <a href="http://www.pluginillinois.org/MunicipalAggregationList.aspx">Click here for a complete list.</a></p><p>Nearly 250 Illinois municipalities already have done so, including Alton and Glen Carbon.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:19:16 +0000 Maria Altman 5815 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Election Could Affect Electricity Costs In Metro East Corps Sued Over Access To Information About Metro East Levee Repair Project http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/corps-sued-over-access-information-about-metro-east-levee-repair-project <p>A Metro East environmental advocacy group is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over access to information about the Southwestern Illinois levees and plans to repair them.</p><p>In the suit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the American Bottom Conservancy (ABC) said the Corps had repeatedly failed to respond to federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.</p><p>The suit is seeking an injunction from the court to compel the Corps to comply with the Act.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 22:38:40 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 5051 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Corps Sued Over Access To Information About Metro East Levee Repair Project Corps gives green light for Metro East levee upgrades http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/corps-gives-green-light-metro-east-levee-upgrades <p>The US Army Corps of Engineers has given the green light to start levee upgrades in the Metro East.</p><p>The Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council will start the first phase of levee construction next month.</p><p>The project supervisor for the council, Les Sterman, says the goal is to get the levees to a 100-year flood protection level by the end of 2014.</p><p>That would meet <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2002-title44-vol1/pdf/CFR-2002-title44-vol1-sec65-10.pdf">the Federal Emergency Management Agency&rsquo;s accreditation standard</a>.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 21:27:05 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3611 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Corps gives green light for Metro East levee upgrades Council warns Corps over delays in Metro East levee project http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/council-warns-corps-over-delays-metro-east-levee-project <p>The Southwestern Flood Prevention District Council says too much is at stake for any more delays in fixing levees in Metro East.&nbsp;</p><p>Les Sterman, the project&#39;s supervisor for the Council says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has so far taken too long in approving plans to work on the levees.</p><p>He said their latest plan approval was six months late.</p><p>&ldquo;Essentially we&#39;re doing our part,&quot; Sterman said. &quot;All we&#39;re asking is for the federal agency to do its part in helping us get this project moving.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:47:05 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3138 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Council warns Corps over delays in Metro East levee project