SPRINGFIELD — School funding inequities, long a struggle between have and have-not districts, will return full bore to the Illinois legislature early in 2015.
    A new version of Senate Bill 16, which advanced with much input before being sent to the House where it was left to die in the final session of the year, will be filed again soon in both the House and Senate, Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, told the Illinois Business Journal. He’s hopeful of getting a measure passed that would address funding formulas before the start of the next fiscal year in July 2015. An estimated $6.7 billion in state aid is at stake.
    “We had a year’s worth of work in the Senate before we took a vote on May 27, right before the spring session adjourned. We had hearings and meetings and issued a report. We put the Senate bill through the amendments process. The House didn’t have time to take it up, which we expected anyway.”

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p01 pharmacyStudents work in a lab setting at the SIUE School of Pharmacy. – SIUE photoAs SIUE program enters second decade,
wide-ranging specializations in works

     EDWARDSVILLE — In the 10 years that it has been producing pharmacists, the SIUE School of Pharmacy has held closely to one ideal — that filling health needs is a mission.
     In 2015, the school hopes to continue its prescription for success by pursuing a diversity of programs tailored to specialties that go well beyond the neighborhood drugstore.
     “There are at least 25 areas you can specialize in,” said Gireesh V. Gupchup, professor and dean of the school.

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    EDWARDSVILLE — A lawyer is moving forward on plans to build a fivestory building that could become one of the tallest in the city.
    The terrain on the southwest corner of East Park and South Buchanan streets will appear vastly different in coming months with planned demolition of the former McClean Auto Repair as well as two neighboring houses.
    The redevelopment project, called the Park Street Plaza LLC, has been proposed by Chris Byron, managing partner at the Edwardsville firm of Byron, Carlson, Petri and Kalb.

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    ALTON — Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC is investigating the rights of farmers, grain exporters and other industry partners in connection with China's rejection of U.S. corn and distiller's dried grains with solubles shipments due to the presence of the genetically modified corn Agrisure Viptera, manufactured by Syngenta Seeds Inc.
     Farmers and other businesses already have filed lawsuits against Syngenta, the world's largest crop chemicals company, which introduced Viptera and Duracade into the U.S. corn supply. Although approved in the United States, neither Viptera nor its second-generation corn seed Duracade are approved by China for import.

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