Teri Maddox | Belleville News-Democrat
Owners of Metro East restaurants that are following state COVID-19 rules are starting to feel like they’re in the minority. Dozens of other restaurants are inviting customers to eat inside, despite a ban on indoor dining ordered by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Oct. 28 to combat the rising number of coronavirus cases in the region.
The namesake of Edwardsville owned enslaved people. The troubled history is creating a debate over the city's past and present.