Jamie Forsythe, News Democrat

Jamie Forsythe

News Democrat

Belleville, IL, United States

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Past articles by Jamie:

New restaurant opens at Saint Louis Galleria

The Brazilian-American steakhouse restaurant Texas de Brazil is now open at the Saint Louis Galleria shopping mall near me in St. Louis, MO near Southern Illinois. The Richmond Heights, MO all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant the first MO location. → Read More

Soon, you can stay at this Waterloo bed and breakfast run by adults with disabilities

Nonprofit organization Human Support Services buys bed and breakfast business in Waterloo IL that will be run by adults with developmental disabilities in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO. → Read More

Belleville IL Catholic bishop talks racism, police shootings

Diocese of Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton got personal during a lecture on the racial divide in the United States at St. Clare Catholic Church in O’Fallon. → Read More

Police, ambulance called to Mascoutah Middle School

Police and an ambulance were called Thursday morning to Mascoutah Middle School. → Read More

Southern Illinois residents asked to fill out health survey online

St. Clair County would like 15 minutes of your time as health officials assess the quality of life of residents in the county through an online survey. → Read More

Southwestern Illinois College lays off 47 staff, faculty

More staff members at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL, have been dismissed. The SWIC board approved a reduction in force of 47 positions. → Read More

SIUE graduates nearly 2,000 students in southern IL

Nearly 2,000 students graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville during its spring commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday in the Vadalabene Center on campus. All the ceremonies are available on siue.edu/tv. → Read More

SWIC cuts 19 administrator positions, raises tuition fees

In a cost-saving measure, the Southwestern Illinois College Board of Trustees in Belleville IL approved cutting 19 administrators at its meeting on Wednesday night. The reductions in force are effective July 1 and will result in a salary savings of nearly $1.2 million, according to a news release. SWIC officials cited “steep losses in state funding, corresponding enrollment declines, and the… → Read More

Monroe County is healthiest county in the state; St. Clair County ranks low

Monroe County IL is the healthiest county in Illinois, according to the 2017 national County Health Rankings released by University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The rankings put St. Clair County IL 95th out of 102 Illinois counties. Clinton County IL ranks 7th, Randolph County IL ranks 52nd, and Madison County IL ranks 61st. → Read More

SIUE administrator postpones retirement to serve as vice chancellor

A longtime leader at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will postpone his retirement for three years to serve as vice chancellor for administration, according to Chancellor Randy Pembrook. Pembrook recently recommended an extended term for Rich Walker, who began his new post as interim vice chancellor for administration last year when the former vice chancellor for administration Kenn… → Read More

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to open this fall in O’Fallon

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s new $253 million replacement hospital currently under construction in O’Fallon IL will open on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, hospital officials announced. Once the new hospital opens, the current facility in downtown Belleville is expected to close. St. Elizabeth’s, which is located in southern Illinois near St. Louis, Mo, is owned and operated by the Hospital Sisters Health… → Read More

How can you improve your community’s health? A national expert weighs in.

Around 250 people attended the annual St. Clair County IL health summit held at the Four Points Sheraton Conference Center in Fairview Heights, IL, located in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. The keynote speaker was Tyler Norris. → Read More

SIUE wants national honor society for military, veteran students

To recognize the academic success of its more than 600 military and veteran students, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville IL has launched SALUTE, a national honor society that honors military and veteran students for their service and academic performance. → Read More

Lindenwood professor publishes book about Virgin Mary’s mother

A Lindenwood University-Belleville professor has spent the last decade researching St. Anne, who is the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ. Jennifer Welsh, who lives in St. Louis, MO, recently had a book “The Cult of St. Anne in Medieval and Early Modern Europe” published. The book is available for purchase on Amazon. Welsh teaches at a four-year university in Belleville… → Read More

Forced to close 6 months ago, metro-east library reopens as learning center

The library at the East St. Louis IL Higher Education Campus was forced to close due to the state of Illinois’ budget impasse. However, now thanks to funding from the Illinois Community College Board the library has reopened as a Learning Resource Center in southern Illinois near St. Louis, Mo. → Read More

This McKendree student wants to share stories of immigrants like herself

Diana Nevárez Ramirez wants to share stories of immigrants like herself. The senior at McKendree University in Lebanon IL is a native of Ciudad Juárez, México. Ramirez, 21, recently was recognized with a 2017 Humanitarian Award from McKendree in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. → Read More

SWIC wants to teach you computer skills for free

Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois, East St. Louis, Illinois and Granite City, Illinois, is offering free computer classes to qualifying individuals through its Adult Education department. The classes are for individuals who have little to no computer experience and do not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate. SWIC is also offering free high school… → Read More

SIUE wants to teach your teenagers how to code

High school students can learn computer programming during a workshop this Saturday at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The university’s School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science is hosting the free workshop in the Technology and Management Center on campus. → Read More

City Clerk Phil Goodwin announces mayor candidacy

O’Fallon, Illinois, City Clerk Phil Goodwin announced he will run for mayor to replace Gary Graham in the April 2017 election. → Read More

O’Fallon mayor will not seek re-election, says the best is yet to come

After two decades as mayor of O’Fallon, Illinois, Gary Graham has announced his retirement. Graham touted the city’s accomplishments over the last 20 years, which include: construction of the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital currently underway and O’Fallon Family Sports Park, which draws tens of thousands of visitors to the city. → Read More