Governor announces funding for road construction in St. Clair County

road work

The Belleville News Democrat recently reported that the Governor has announced funding for road construction in St. Clair County.  One project is within my County Board district and will impact residents on Rieder Road. Improvements will be made to Wherry Road, Shiloh Valley Township Road, Wherry Road Connector and Old Rieder Road Connector. According to …

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August Meeting Recap: County Board raises fees, Approves permit for Lindenwood University

The St. Clair County Board met for its August meeting last evening. One item we voted on was whether or not to increase fees in the Circuit Clerk’s office.  County Administrator Dan Maher said he believes the fee increases will generate between $75,000 and $100,000, but that it all depends on how often the services …

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July Meeting Recap: County Board approves medical marijuana facility

At the July meeting of the St. Clair County Board, the medical marijuana facility in Marissa was approved 21-4. Board Member Ed Cockrell, who represents Marissa, asked the other board members prior to the vote to vote against the proposal.  He said he had spoken to residents that would be impacted and that they were against …

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Judge’s daughter hits pedestrian with car, receives a misdemeanor

Former Judge 
Michael O'Malley

Katherine O’Malley, the daughter of former judge Michael O’Malley, was involved in a car accident on July 5.  She was driving on Country Club Place when she struck a pedestrian.  The impact was significant enough to cause damage to her windshield on the passenger side. St. Clair County Deputy Sheriff Adam Quirin responded to the …

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July Meeting Preview: County Board to vote on medical marijuana facility


The July meeting of the St. Clair County Board will take place Monday night at 7:30pm on the fifth floor of the courthouse. The item on the agenda that is sure to create the most amount of buzz is the vote on the medical marijuana facility to be located in Marissa. As many of you …

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Townhall Meeting Recap

Frank and Nick

County Board Member Frank Heiligenstein (D-Freeburg) and I held a joint townhall meeting tonight, the first I’ve been a part of since my election to the board in November 2012. A crowd of about 30 attended, despite the nice evening.  I appreciate their coming out. We were unexpectedly joined by St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark …

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Nick Miller and Frank Heiligenstein to hold Townhall Meeting in Lebanon TONIGHT

I will be holding a joint townhall meeting with County Board Member Frank Heiligenstein (D -Freeburg) TONIGHT at Lebanon High School in the gym.  Frank and I will be giving an update on county government, some of the hot button issues that have come up over the past few months, and items we’d like to pursue over the next …

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GUEST ARTICLE: Eliminating Election Precincts Derailed

Frank Heiligenstein
County Board - District 21

By Frank X. Heiligenstein, County Board Member District 21 A two-year effort to eliminate nearly 65 St. Clair County precincts has probably been derailed.  When I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee I brought up the idea of reducing the precincts and saving the county up to $300,000 in a two year election cycle. Honestly …

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Nick Miller proudly endorses Bob Grogan for State Treasurer

Bob Grogan (Left) with Nick Miller

This year, Republicans have a few primary races taking place.  I have only endorsed in one race and that is for Illinois Treasurer.  Rarely is such a clear cut choice given to us, where one candidate is so vastly qualified that choosing who to endorse is not only easy, but obvious. For Treasurer, I have …

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Voters to decide on Sales Tax Increase in tomorrow’s election

Voters in St. Clair County will have the opportunity to decide tomorrow whether or not the county will raise the sales tax by a quarter of a percent for “public safety purposes.” We’ve been told the increase will be used to pay for the proposed $37 million expansion of the St. Clair County Jail.  However, …

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