The Big News Page

Showing news for today | Change to Yesterday

12 pm news

Revamped Luther Ely Smith Square now open

2015-12-01 12:00:00
CityArchRiver project partners announced recently that Luther Ely Smith Square, which includes the Park Over the Highway, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, has opened to the public. Read Full Story ...

11 am news

Bandleder/singer Carlos 'Buddy' Moreno dies at 103
2015-12-01 11:45:00
Florissant resident Moreno sang with Harry James, led Chase Club band Read Full Story ...

Jennings school district gets accreditation upgrade
2015-12-01 11:45:00
State Board votes after improvement from provisional to full accreditation. Read Full Story ...

Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

2015-12-01 11:28:00
The mayor said it was time for "fresh eyes and leadership" in the police department.  Read Full Story ...

Lawyer: Boy taken by dad in 2002 has visited mom in Alabama

2015-12-01 11:22:00
The boy disappeared from Alabama when he was 5.  Read Full Story ...

BenFred: Pena signing smart, if Cards let him play
2015-12-01 11:00:00
The Cards bulked up in the backup catcher department. Now the club should follow through on finding more rest for All-Star starter Yadier Molina. Read Full Story ...

Ex-Paric construction CEO sentenced to prison for mail fraud
2015-12-01 11:00:00
Brian Paluch, 59, of Kirkwood, used a company credit card for personal travel, spa visits, meals, electronic gear and gifts for relatives, authorities say. Read Full Story ...

Ex-Paric construction CFO sentenced to prison for mail fraud
2015-12-01 11:00:00
Brian Paluch, 59, of Kirkwood, used a company credit card for personal travel, spa visits, meals, electronic gear and gifts for relatives, authorities say. Read Full Story ...

10 am news

2015-12-01 10:28:40 CagleCartoons

Read Full Story ...

SIUE Business Student Palkovic on Winning Team at Startup Weekend St. Louis

2015-12-01 10:25:00

palkovic-danImagine bringing a business startup idea into a roomful of strangers, spending 54 hours in one weekend solely focused on developing the idea, and emerging with nine new colleagues as the first-place winners of a region-wide pitch competition.

That’s exactly the experience Southern Illinois University Edwardsville senior Dan Palkovic had Nov. 13-15 at Startup Weekend St. Louis. The business idea pitching event was attended by 80 entrepreneurial thinkers from across the Midwest, including a 15-year-old who was part of the winning team. This year’s event kicked off Friday, Nov. 13 at T-REX, a co-working space and technology incubator in downtown St. Louis. 

 “We all gathered at T-REX and they told us how the pitches were going to happen,” said Palkovic, a May 2016 business administration graduate. “Anyone willing to pitch their idea could do so in front of the other participants. Once all the pitches were done, everyone in the audience had an opportunity to vote. Giant sticky notes were used to post ideas to the wall and little sticky notes to vote. The Startup Weekend judges narrowed it down to the top 10 ideas.”

Dinner Kits, the business idea pitched by Brian Nichols, took top honors along with the People’s Choice award for most popular startup. Dinner Kits is a vacuum-sealed, healthy, ready-to-prepare dinner for two that the group plans to market in grocery stores’ refrigerated aisle. Palkovic was so impressed by the pitch and concept, he quickly joined the team.

 “Brian’s original concept – one that our team immediately embraced – was an all-inclusive box with pre-proportioned, healthy ingredients and seasonings,” Palkovic said. “It enables the customer to quickly purchase a complete dinner for two, go home and make an entire meal in minutes.

“Our competitors, who deliver direct-to-the-home meal options, furnish short shelf life ingredients forcing meal preparers to plan in advance. The grocery stores contacted about Dinner Kits really liked our concept because - in their words - it helps ‘disrupt the disruptors’ who have drawn consumers away from the grocery store. Our idea supports the neighborhood grocery store and busy consumers, who want to serve healthy dinners but don’t have time to shop for all the ingredients.”

During the 54-hour stretch, Palkovic and his teammates used their time and resources wisely, creating a shoebox prototype, surveying more than 300 people to gauge their interest in the product and developing their wining pitch.

“Our concept of preparation-ready, no-excess ingredients really resonated with potential customers,” Palkovic said. The initial price point for the two-person Dinner Kit is $15, according to Palkovic, who plans to develop a four-person family meal soon.

As 2015 Startup Weekend winners, the Dinner Kits team receives three months’ free co-working space at Downtown T-REX, e-commerce platform access from MasterCard’s Simplify Commerce, pro-bono professional services and more.

The 22-year-old Palkovic signed up for Startup Weekend with encouragement from SIUE Associate Professor Timothy Schoenecker and Patrick McKeehan, director of the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center.

SIUE’s School of Business paid Palkovic’s entry fee along with that of another business student, Annette Anger. Anger is an international student from Germany attending SIUE this semester as part of an exchange program with Hochschule Mainz – University of Applied Sciences.

 “I greatly appreciate the awesome opportunity that SIUE and Startup Weekend St. Louis afforded me,” exclaimed Palkovic. “Our next step is to reconvene the team and continue refining our business strategy. But first I need to get through finals.”

This is the second consecutive year that an SIUE student has contributed to a Startup Weekend St. Louis success. Alexandra Dovgin (BS, business administration, ‘15) was a team member of DiversifyUs, a corporate collaboration app, that took home Startup Weekend’s top prize in 2014.

Photo: SIUE senior Dan Palkovic (fifth from left, middle back) with his winning Dinner Kits team at the Startup Weekend St. Louis.

Read Full Story ...

9 am news

Police weighing Facebook connection in slaying of Ferguson woman
2015-12-01 09:30:00
Sharae Bradford, 25, was found dead Saturday in her apartment. Read Full Story ...

SIUE Music Student ?On Cloud Nine? Playing for The Temptations

2015-12-01 09:04:00
Tim Chandler

More than 30 years ago, Tim Chandler remembers hearing the melodious hit tunes of “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” that came from his parent’s vinyl records. But the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville piano jazz performance student never thought he’d have the chance to play for that legendary Motown group – The Temptations. 

Chandler has been playing keyboards since July 2014 for Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue. Edwards is a Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer and six-time Grammy Award winning lead singer for The Temptations, having joined the group in 1968 as replacement for David Ruffin. 

“My parents had a stack of albums primarily comprised of southern gospel groups and a few Motown records, which included The Temptations,” Chandler said. “I’d listen to them, and they always seemed to call to me. It feels surreal now that I’m on stage playing with them.” 

Chandler, who has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a master’s of business administration in finance, both from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has always had a love for music.

“I was a math nerd, and my high school counselor encouraged me to go into engineering,” Chandler said. “At the time, I didn’t know if I could make steady money as a musician.” 

But there was no doubt that Chandler had a natural inclination and talent for music. 

“When I was two years old, I used forks and spoons as percussive tools on the kitchen floor,” Chandler continued. “I went through a set of drums every year until I attended George Rogers Clark Junior High School in East St. Louis.”

The East St. Louis native said he wanted to get into his junior high school concert and marching bands, but the instructor, Henry Burns, asked him if he could read music.

 “I said no. So, during the summer between the seventh and eighth grade I bought music books and taught myself.”

 It was in the eighth grade that Chandler got into the school band as a drummer and became inadvertently exposed to a different kind of piano playing.

“Burns was a piano player and a saxophonist,” he added. “He liked playing jazz, and the way he played the piano was different from what I was used to hearing growing up in church.

“I was attracted to it so much so that at the age of 14 I made the switch from the drums to the piano,” Chandler recalls. “My parents then bought me a keyboard for Christmas.

“I will also never forget Mother’s Day when I was 15 years old, and I was on the drums at church,” he said. “My dad, Pastor Eddie R. Chandler Sr. of Parkside House of Prayer, told the congregation that I would play a solo on the piano.

“I reluctantly played Oh It Is Jesus, while my mother Helen, from whom I received most of my musical inclination, sang. The entire congregation applauded as if I had played Bach,” he smiled. “It was a novice performance on my part, but I was encouraged and it became a nexus for me.”

Chandler worked for several years in his career field of mechanical engineering and finance, but was not fulfilled.

“The piano was always the elephant in the room. It was always gnawing at me,” Chandler said.

The musician then began a series of piano jobs from 2004-2013 that included performances across the country and a seven-year stint in Las Vegas. During that time, the keyboardist made many musical connections, including Gladys Knight and The Village People, and built a solid reputation in the business.

“I came back to St. Louis in 2013 to take my music to the next level,” Chandler said. “I had played professionally since 2004 but had no formal training. I knew there was much more to the piano than what I was playing.

“I had the opportunity to play a smooth jazz and R&B gig in July 2013 in St. Louis and met a saxophonist by the name of Jason Swagler,” he continued. “We engaged in conversation at the end of the night, and he told me that he was an assistant professor of Jazz Studies at SIUE.”

Soon after, Chandler auditioned and was selected for SIUE’s Jazz Performance Piano program.

“At the end of my first semester at SIUE, my phone rang and it was James McKay, Dennis Edwards’ musical director,” Chandler continued. “He said that a drummer I used to play with in Vegas, Gerald Warren, told him that I was a ‘bad boy’ on the keys.

“So, I went to Dennis Edwards’ house and auditioned for him, and he decided to hire me. I’m traveling almost every week. It’s been wonderful.

“I do want to one day play for a big band, like the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra or Jazz at Lincoln Center,” Chandler said. “But I am enjoying what I’m doing now. I get to see different parts of the world every week and then come back home to family!”  

The 4.0 student is also committed to finishing his bachelor’s at SIUE. He expects to graduate in May 2017.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 14,000.

Photo: Tim Chandler

Read Full Story ...

Rauner, Dem leaders plan Tuesday budget summit

2015-12-01 09:00:00
They have not met in the same room since May; the state has been without a budget for months.  Read Full Story ...

8 am news

Register Now for SIUE?s STEM Teacher Academy Engineering Workshop

2015-12-01 08:44:00

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research, Education and Outreach is hosting an engineering workshop from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 for future and current K-12 teachers in the Morris University Center.

Registration is available at

“Engineering design is featured prominently in the news Illinois science standards and Next Generation Science Standards,” said Sharon Locke, director of the SIUE STEM Center. “This workshop will give educators ideas for integrating engineering into their teaching.”

The customized workshop is part of the SIUE STEM Center’s Teacher Academy series. Design It! Engineering includes three different projects with hands-on opportunities that highlight engineering design and the creativity inherent in engineering projects.

“This workshop encourages approaching engineering from a learner-driven perspective that is both engaging and effective,” explained Colin Wilson, manager of the SIUE STEM Resource Center. “Lessons will cover different engineering topics from trebuchets to siphons. Educators are encouraged to explore and design their own projects.”

The workshop costs $20 and lasts six hours, including a lunch hour. It will focus on middle and high school education, both formal and informal situations. Participating educators can receive continuing professional development units (CPDUs) as part of the experience.

For more information, contact the STEM Center at 618-650-3065 or email

Read Full Story ...

Tipsheet: Expect crazy spending in baseball marketplace
2015-12-01 08:39:00
The Cardinals are willing to spend more money this winter, but other franchises are willing to spend stupid money ? and that's a big difference. Read Full Story ...

Network veteran, Nick News chief Linda Ellerbee retiring

2015-12-01 08:30:00
Ellerbee was a model for the sitcom character Murphy Brown, an outspoken network news reporter.  Read Full Story ...

7 am news

Police: Florida man learns he's sole heir in dad's will, so he tries to kill him

2015-12-01 07:52:00
The father and son had argued after the son, 44, was told to get a job.  Read Full Story ...

the kiss (Joep Bertrams)
2015-12-01 07:52:00 CagleCartoons

Read Full Story ...

Climate change and his problems (Petar Pismestrovic)
2015-12-01 07:34:42 CagleCartoons

Read Full Story ...

2015-12-01 07:33:19 CagleCartoons

Read Full Story ...

Special Request: Maple sugar is secret to Niche's Shortbread

2015-12-01 07:30:00
Sarah Osborn?s shortbread calls for only five ingredients. Read Full Story ...

St. Louis' latest homicide victim found shot near Fairground Park

2015-12-01 07:21:00
At 11:57 p.m. Monday, the victim was found outside in the 4000 block of Peck Street.  Read Full Story ...

Xi Jinping in Paris (Rainer Hachfeld)
2015-12-01 07:19:07 CagleCartoons

Read Full Story ...

6 am news

Police investigate death of Alaska's capital city mayor

2015-12-01 06:55:00
Stephen Fisk was elected mayor of Juneau in October.  Read Full Story ...

Climate change conference (Christo Komarnitski)
2015-12-01 06:02:02 CagleCartoons

Read Full Story ...

5 am news

Graffiti complaints rise in St. Louis; is artistic competition to blame?
2015-12-01 05:45:00
Requests for removal through October this year have surpassed 2014; reasons for uptick are unclear. Read Full Story ...

3 am news

ISIS changing climate (Emad Hajjaj)
2015-12-01 03:21:00 CagleCartoons

Read Full Story ...

Sea Level Rise (Arend Van Dam)
2015-12-01 03:05:17 CagleCartoons

Read Full Story ...

2 am news

Trump and Black Pastor Endorsements (Wolverton)
2015-12-01 02:07:03 CagleCartoons

Read Full Story ...

12 am news

Fisher not concerned about job security
2015-12-01 00:15:00
Topic now out in open with team facing fourth-consecutive losing season under coach. Read Full Story ...

Cards sign Pena as Molina's backup
2015-12-01 00:05:00
Former Reds catcher gets two-year deal Read Full Story ...

Gordo: Mizzou job appealing yet challenging
2015-12-01 00:05:00
Coaching in the SEC can be a tough job Read Full Story ...

George's Featured Listings

119 Wilson Court   Granite City, IL
$158,9004 Bed, 3 Bath
2,050 Sq Ft | MLS #4411970
At The End Of This Quiet Cul-de-sac, You Will Find A Welcoming 2 Story Home With Shaded Front Yard, Quaint Front Porch And Private Fenced-in Back Yard. Upon Entering, You Are Greet ..more

Only one way to sell your home here!
Looking to sell you home and need maximum Internet presense? Find out how the only way to end up on this page and every page on this site as well as 21 other local city pages, is to list with George Sykes. Give me a call at 618-531-4000 or use the chat below.

George Sykes
Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker Brown
Office: 618-452-2400 x101
Mobile: 618-531-4000

Homes for Sale Street Search

Search Help »