Metro East

Art Openings
9:55 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Edwardsville Center Showcases African-American Art Through St. Louis’ Portfolio Gallery

Rickie Frager’s “It’s Offering Time”
EAC/Portfolio’s “Ebony Creations”

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.

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Politics & Issues
8:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Illinois Bill Takes Aim At 'Knockout' Game

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A state representative in the Metro East wants to stiffen the punishment for random assaults often referred to as the 'knockout' game. The so-called 'game' involves punching an unsuspecting person in the head with the goal of rendering them unconscious.

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Metro East - Pollution
5:34 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Toxic Site In Metro East Enters New Phase Of Cleanup

Aerial view of the former Chemetco secondary copper smelter in Hartford, Illinois.
(via US Environmental Protection Agency)

The US Environmental Protection Agency held a community meeting in Hartford, Illinois, on Wednesday, to inform residents about the ongoing cleanup of the former Chemetco copper smelter.

This is the second of three open houses being held this year. Another will be held in December.

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St. Louis on the Air
9:01 am
Fri October 11, 2013

U.S., State's Attorney Address Public Safety In Metro East

A view of the old Spivey building, once home of the East St. Louis newspaper The Journal.
Paul Sableman (Via Flickr/pasa47)

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.

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's Attorney for St. Clair County, Brendan Kelly; and the mayor of Washington Park, Ann Rodgers.

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Metro East
3:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Metro East Law Enforcement Targets Armed Robbers

U.S. Attorney for the District of Southern Illinois Stephen Wigginton is surrounded by local Metro East law enforcement officials as he announced a new initiative targeting armed robbery
Maria Altman St. Louis Public Radio

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.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton is spearheading the effort to go after a spate of what he called "brazen and violent" armed robberies this summer.

Wigginton said prosecutors will go after offenders with federal charges that often carry longer sentences.

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Politics
11:26 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Business Leaders, Public Officials Talk Transportation Funding

via Flickr/TeamSaintLouis (Army Corps of Engineers)

Updated: 4/1/13 at 4:12, after the meeting took place.

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.

Cars are becoming more fuel efficient – it’s good for drivers, who get to save more money, and it’s better for the environment. What it isn’t good for, however, is transportation funding.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Election Could Affect Electricity Costs In Metro East

A 2009 Illinois law allows counties and communities to negotiate the cost of electric power supply.
Credit Flickr

Several Metro East communities want to negotiate electricity supply costs for their residents and businesses.

A 2009 law allows Illinois cities and counties to contract with suppliers in order to negotiate prices with electric utilities.

It’s called "municipal aggregation" and referendums are on the ballot in Belleville, Collinsville, and Edwardsville. Click here for a complete list.

Nearly 250 Illinois municipalities already have done so, including Alton and Glen Carbon.

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Metro East Levees
5:38 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Corps Sued Over Access To Information About Metro East Levee Repair Project

A levee along the Chain of Rocks canal in America's Central Port in Granite City, Ill.
(VĂ©ronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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.

The suit is seeking an injunction from the court to compel the Corps to comply with the Act.

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Metro East Levees
4:27 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Corps gives green light for Metro East levee upgrades

A levee along the Chain of Rocks canal in America's Central Port in Granite City, Ill.
(VĂ©ronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

The US Army Corps of Engineers has given the green light to start levee upgrades in the Metro East.

The Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council will start the first phase of levee construction next month.

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.

That would meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s accreditation standard.

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Levees
5:47 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Council warns Corps over delays in Metro East levee project

A levee in Granite City, Ill.
St. Louis Public Radio

The Southwestern Flood Prevention District Council says too much is at stake for any more delays in fixing levees in Metro East. 

Les Sterman, the project'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.

He said their latest plan approval was six months late.

“Essentially we're doing our part," Sterman said. "All we're asking is for the federal agency to do its part in helping us get this project moving.”

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