First of all, I would like to thank everyone who offered me their thoughts, prayers and well wishes this past month. After a lengthy illness, I am back in the saddle and slowly settling back into a routine, and I am excited to be back! The support of the community was wonderful and encouraging, and I greatly appreciate it.
I am also excited about this issue of AdVantage News. Diane Cox has written a comprehensive article on the controversial budget cut proposal by Governor Rauner, including Rauner’s outline as well as the responses from our local municipalities (page 1). Godfrey’s new animal control officer, Susie Stephan, is committed to working closely with the community, and Eric Stauffer caught some great photos of Susie visiting St. Ambrose along with Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick (page 6). Austin Sanderson fills us in on how the EAWR Fire Department will use grant money for new gear and equipment (page 8), and read about how Steve Pope with Pope Animal Hospital in Alton donated rescue kits to keep our K9 officers safe (page 1).
And, of course, join us in supporting our local athletes with this edition’s spring baseball and softball preview, along with even more local news on page 29.
That is just a sample of what is waiting for you in the pages of AdVantage News. Thank you so much for your feedback and encouragement; we are so grateful for ALL of our readers!