IDOT Studies Environmental Impact
4:26 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

East St. Louis Officials Rally For High-Speed Rail Station

East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks speaks Thursday at a high-speed rail rally outside East St. Louis City Hall. Parks wants IDOT to build a high-speed rail station in his city.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Governmental and religious officials rallied Thursday for the Illinois Department of Transportation to build a high-speed rail stop in East St. Louis. 

IDOT working on a high-speed rail line connecting St. Louis to Chicago. Construction is already underway on rail improvements between Joliet and Alton, where a station is under construction. 

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5:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Efforts Underway To Erect Statue Of Miles Davis In Alton

Rendering of Miles Davis Memorial Project by Barry Moyer and Mick Monahan
Brickstreet Design in Alton, IL

Plans are in motion to erect a bronze statue of jazz musician Miles Davis at his birthplace in Alton, Ill.  The city council of Alton gave its approval in July, and sculptor Preston Jackson has been commissioned to build the statue.

Jackson's design was selected out of a pool of ten. A professor emeritus from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jackson is also a musician and lover of jazz music.

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Memorial Day
6:27 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Alton continues longest-running Memorial Day Parade

The parade was begun by Civil War veterans in 1868.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

The small town of Alton, Ill. boasts of having the longest consecutive Memorial Day Parade in the country. The community has honored the sacrifices of its sons and daughters in uniform for 145 years. 

Korean War veteran Harry Kortcamp says he was a boy the first time he marched in Alton’s Memorial Day Parade.

“When they had victory in Germany, I marched in that parade," he said. "When they had victory in Japan, I marched in that parade as a member of the Alton Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.”

Illinois Transportation
1:25 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

LaHood to announce $44M for Illinois road, rail

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

More than $44 million in federal transportation money is headed to Illinois for two projects in the Chicago area and one in Alton in southern Illinois.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is to announce the funding Thursday at a Chicago "L" station with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It's part of more than a half-billion dollars in federal transportation funding for 46 projects in 33 states.

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Silver Star Awarded
11:28 am
Thu January 6, 2011

East Alton soldier receives Army's Silver Star for valor

Silver Stars displayed for nineteen soldiers receiving the medal at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 12, 2008. The Silver Star is the 3rd highest military decoration that can be awarded to U.S. Armed Forces members (via Flickr / The U.S. Army)

An Alton, Ill. soldier was awarded the Army's Silver Star, the third-highest military award for valor while on his fourth tour of duty.

Army Sgt. 1st Class John P. Fleming, 32, received the honor after tending to wounded soldiers and directing aircraft fending off enemy gunfire so the injured could be evacuated, the News Democrat reports. The incident is described in more detail: 

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