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Employment has recovered to pre-pandemic levels almost everywhere

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The Wall Street Journal, like all of us, is puzzled by the economy. Why is it that even though economic growth is flat, companies are still trying to hire more workers? A persistent economic puzzle is why labor is still so tight amid slowing growth....Monthly payrolls have grown an average of 438,000 from January through ...continue reading "Employment has recovered to pre-pandemic levels almost everywhere"
Kevin Drum

Illinois' governor race echoes U.S. abortion, crime debates

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned that his Republican opponent is a far-right politician who would take the state backward while state Sen. Darren Bailey asked voters to consider whether the Democratic incumbent’s first term has improved their lives as the two candidates met for an online forum
Associated Press

Guerrilla Street Food Will Open With New Owners, Location This Fall

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Five months after closing, Guerilla Street Food will open again later this fall — this time with new owners. Joel Crespo and Brian Hardesty, who owned the business for 11 years and oversaw its journey from one of the city’s most beloved food trucks to a St. Louis staple for Filipino food, announced on Friday that they have sold the Guerilla Street Food brand. Their business will belong to new owners, Rachel and Arnold Alcantara.
Benjamin Simon

Sarah Hyten, McGivney Catholic Girls Shine Bright At 1A Golf Regional

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WOOD RIVER - All year long, Sarah Hyten has captured wins against top-notch girls' high school golfers. Once again Thursday, Hyten was spectacular and she won the individual crown of the IHSA Class 1A Regional at Belk Park in Wood River. The McGivney girls' team was equally impressive with a third-place finish in the regional. Along with Hyten's winning score, the Griffins had a 96 from Paige Yasitis, Kendall Riechmann shot a 100, Amelia Hylla fired a 103 and Ava Jackson shot a 115. The Explorers won with a team score of 355, with Highland second at 364 and McGivney third, claiming the last team spot to advance to Monday's sectional. Hyten and her team are Byron, Carlson, Petri, and Kalb Female Athletes of the Month for McGivney. The advancing teams and individuals will play in the Salem sectional Monday afternoon at the Salem Country Club, with the IHSA state tournament going off next weekend, Oct. 7-8, at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur. McGivney Catholic Athletic Director

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"Dearly Departed" Exhibit Will Feature New Additions at Jersey County Historical Society 

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JERSEYVILLE - The Jersey County Historical Society, located at the Cheney Mansion at 601 N. State St. in Jerseyville, is hosting their fourth annual “Dearly Departed” exhibit each Saturday in October beginning on the 8th with some new additions for 2022, according to Exhibit Director Connor Ashlock. Ashlock said the exhibit tells stories of the mortuary process using local authentic historical artifacts. “The Dearly Departed exhibit explores the funerary, mourning, and embalming practices as they would’ve been observed in our area in the late 1800s to early 1900s,” he said. “We do that by setting up spaces with authentic funeral artifacts that originate from this area - so visitors not only get to learn about customs and practices of the past, they actually get to see the artifacts in real-time.” These artifacts come from the basement of the Alexander Funeral Home, built in 1864. Ashlock said that while he and funeral home proprietor Kar

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