Rend Lake Dam & Spillway Road Closed Starting 1/16/2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake is announcing that the Rend Lake Dam and Spillway Bridge will be closed to all through traffic beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. and is tentatively scheduled to reopen in early February. This closure is necessary for a routine scheduled maintenance project to improve the revetment protection along the upstream side of the Rend Lake dam. Access to the South Marcum Boat Ramp, Spillway Recreation Area, Dedication Lot, and Rend Lake Bike Trail will remain open during this time. Watch for closure signs at Sugar Creek parking lot and the west entrance to the Rend lake Dam, and take caution when near these areas as construction will be taking place.

Updated information along with the later determined reopen date will be posted on the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center Facebook page. For further information, contact the Rend Lake Project Office and Visitor Center at 618-724-2493.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

ELKS Legacy Awards Scholarship Program

Applications are available now and will be due online February 2, 2018 at 11:59 am Central Time.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

IAA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due Feb 1, 2018

IAA Foundation Scholarship

Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau® (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 76 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded in total of $144,800 for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Legence Bank Acquires Eight New Locations

Legence Bank ACQUIRES and Opens Eight (8) New Southern Illinois Branches: Benton, Carbondale, Johnston City, Marion-Hill, Marion-Boulevard, Metropolis, Mounds, and Mt. Vernon on August 21.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

IRS News for Business - April

Here is the latest IRS news. As always please share any or all this information. Let me know if you have questions. My contact information is at the bottom.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Camp Manitowa Acquires Camp Cedar Point

Camp Manitowa to take over management and operations of Camp Cedar Point

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Workers’ Compensation Commission Information

The Insurance Compliance Division of the Workers’ Compensation Commission is responsible for enforcing the mandatory insurance provisions of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Most of the nearly 400,000 Illinois employers carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. However, for those employers who do not comply, it is our responsibility to bring these uninsured employers into compliance.

In 2012, the Insurance Compliance Division launched an employer education initiative called “Educate, Before We Enforce”. The goal of the initiative is to reach as many employers as possible and inform them of their obligations to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.

Over the last four years, we have reached out to hundreds of Illinois business through business expos and through local chambers of commerce. We are pleased to share with you a copy of our informational brochure, Workers’ Compensation Insurance Compliance at a Glance for Employers.

This brochure answers the most frequently asked questions about an employer’s obligation under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Also, we are available by telephone or in person, schedule permitting, to answer questions. You can contact me at my direct line (312) 814-1302.


Gloria Jimenez
Outreach Coordinator

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Remembering Alice Carroll West

We would like to remember and honor Alice Carroll West, a former employee of the chamber and member of our civic community.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017