Granite City

Transportation
7:58 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

IDOT Mulls Options For St. Louis Area High-Speed Rail Line

Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Illinois Department of Transportation is considering two options for a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Granite City. 

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.

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. IDOT is taking the preliminary steps to apply for the federal money.

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Federal stimulus
12:35 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Biden To Promote Transportation Spending During Granite City Visit

Vice President Joe Biden during an earlier visit to the St. Louis area.
Credit KWMU photo

(Updated at 5:25 p.m., February 18)

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.

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.

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Steel Plant Explosion
11:57 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Hospital: At Least 9 Hurt In Granite City Steel Plant Blast

(National Institutes of Health)

Updated at 4:35 p.m. with response from Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Updated at 3:30 p.m. with additional information and clarifications.

A reported explosion at a southwestern Illinois steel plant has injured at least nine people, including two who remain hospitalized.

Fire officials say the blast happened shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday at American Steel Foundries in Granite City, just northeast of St. Louis.

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Hard Times: A Journey Across America
9:27 am
Wed November 30, 2011

A Steel Town Looks At Its Future, And Sees Rebirth

The old Granite City Steel Mill is now owned and operated by US Steel.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 11:07 am

Part of a monthlong series

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.

Sitting across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis, Granite City, Ill., has certainly seen better days. In its downtown, there are more boarded-up and empty storefronts and vacant lots than there are businesses.

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Power Line Death
11:54 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Coroner: Granite City man killed trying to steal power lines

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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.

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.

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.

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