July 14, 2016

A growing region, right here in Southwestern Illinois

A growing region, right here in Southwestern Illinois By Ronda Sauget A recent article published in the Inbound Logistics trade publication, titled “Meet me in St. […]
March 18, 2016

Leaders say legislation enforcement would protect steel jobs

By MIKE RILEY SR. Riley    The steel industry has been hit hard in recent years.  Domestic steel mills idled their total production capacity due to exports […]
January 7, 2016

Leadership Council Elects New Officers for 2016

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is beginning the New Year with new board leadership. Members in December unanimously approved five new officers to serve one-year terms, […]
November 23, 2015

The Art of Compromise is Needed Now in Illinois

By Ellen Krohne Illinois is proud of our connection to Abraham Lincoln. His leadership brought our country through its darkest days of the Civil War and […]
November 10, 2015

Making the case for NGA West to come to Scott AFB Site in St. Clair County

By Mike Riley As the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) continues its analysis to determine where to locate the new NGA West facility, there are compelling reasons […]
September 25, 2015

Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank would benefit local manufacturers

Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank would benefit local manufacturers By Mike Riley This past June, Congress abruptly chose not to reauthorize funding for the (U.S.) Export-Import Bank, […]
September 25, 2015


Report shows Southwestern Illinois remains a development hotspot; highlights regional initiatives to foster continued growth The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has announced the release of the […]
June 4, 2015

Labor-management cooperation works – very well

Metro East area projects prove it By CARL GREEN, Illinois CorrespondentLabor News From Our Region Collinsville – A new research report says the Metro East area […]
June 3, 2015

Kern proposes St. Clair County as ideal NGA site

by Mary Shapiro St. Louis Business Journal Free land with easy access and many amenities are among reasons St. Clair County could be a perfect site for […]
May 21, 2015

Infrastructure Investment Essential for Long-Range Job Growth

By Mark Harms This is a critical time for transportation infrastructure in our state, and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is encouraged that the message seems […]
May 21, 2015

We Must Keep Building the Workforce of the Future

By Mike Riley As another school year comes to a close and we consider the many factors that will influence our region’s ability to compete in […]
April 16, 2015

Why Southwestern Illinois?

By Dennis Wilmsmeyer In the familiar children’s tale The Little Engine That Could, we learn the power of the mantra, “I think I can, I think […]
April 16, 2015

Collaboration remains key to tackling region’s toughest issues

By Ellen Krohne and Joe Reagan Without question, the latter part of 2014 proved to be a challenging time for the St. Louis region as events […]
April 16, 2015

Reasons for Scott Air Force Base Number-One Ranking Are All Around Us

By Jack Griffith, Major General, USAF (Retired) Air Force Times, a widely read weekly newspaper published by Gannett, recently rated every U.S. Air Force base on […]