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The new Kevin Greene Field at Granite City High School – Photo Credit Sam Wielgus

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Jon Roderick owner of Jerry’s Cafeteria Holds a Second Cooking Class

By the smiles you can clearly see what began as just an idea if there would be interest in a cooking class instructed by Jon Roderick, has since grown in popularity with class openings in high demand.

Waiting lists are in place with no shortage of tweens, teens and adults alike wanting to sign up to participate.

Holy Family’s 6th grade Girl Scout troop were the students of the day. Also, in attendance with extra helping hands were Mayor Mike Parkinson of Granite City and the Granite City clerk Jenna Deyong, and Addie Roderick helping with the girls and Jazzy Jeff helping to close out the evening. The menu of the day was Asian cuisine with Chicken Lo Mein, Sweet & Sour chicken, Hand rolled egg rolls and Hand folded Crab Rangoon. Future classes of Cooking with Chef Jon are in the works.

Regenerative Health and Chiropractic, LTD Office Expansion is a Sign of More Progress in Granite City

Dr. Christina Darin with hammer in hand prepares for the expansion of the Regenerative Health and Chiropractic office. The facility is doubling its original size to 3500 square feet.

The new additional space will accommodate more patients as well as the staff, and better facilitate any future programs or activities the office may want to offer.

Construction is well underway.

The Village of Pontoon Beach is Welcoming New Development

There are 16 acres across from Amazon in the village that have been marked for retail and it appears as if development is well under way. Developers are now pouring the footings to begin construction on Rosati’s Chicago Pizza Restaurant. Rosati’s serves Chicago Style Pizza along with appetizers and pasta dishes, ribs, chicken and salads.

The village will also have five strip stores in the development with a drive-through. Also, possibly a donut and coffee shop. There will be a gas station, possibly a Circle K. While still in the works, there are talks for a Sonic Drive Thru on the far side of the development. “The Sonic is still up in the air, but we’re hopeful.” said Mayor Pagano. The village has no plan so far for a grocery store, but Lindy, owner of the Oakmont Center is looking to move an IGA into his newly remodeled shopping center, but that has not yet been finalized.

The Sonshine Unlimited property has been purchased and will be renovated to include a drive-thru by the owners of Steel City Cheesecakes. Mayor Pagano and his administration have worked tirelessly to bring businesses into the village and Pontoon Beach is once again beginning to grow.

Welcome Dr. Mark Havera

and Havera Eye Care Specialists

Dr. Havera has been a licensed Optometrist since 2011 who formerly worked for Clarkson Eye Care where he met and established a great working relationship with several of his current team members.

Dr. Havera acquired the practice of Dr. Herbert in 2018 and is proud to have retained a vast majority of Dr. Herbert’s patients and look forward to meeting many more new patients.

Dr. David Junge is the full time Optometrist in their new Granite City location which is the former practice of Dr. Kleindorfer. They have Dr. Kleindorfer’s patients records on file and are honored to continue to serve those loyal patients. They are currently accepting new patients and are excited to be serving this wonderful community with the best vision care there is to offer.

Their growing team is well trained and excited to serve all their patients eye care needs. They also have an exciting and updated selection of eyeglass frames as well as sunglass frames to choose from.  Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions.   Please click on their banner for additional information and to visit their website.

Additional Demolitions Improving the Look of the City

Greg Koberna and his team at Public Works, City Inspector, Rick Daily and his staff and Mayor Parkinson have been working tirelessly with a long list of abandoned uninhabitable properties, getting them torn down and the lots cleared off. Now the residents on Elm no longer have to worry about this derelict property being in the neighborhood.

This is What Happens When Twigs Discovers a Sale on Backpacks for Students

This shopping trip turned into a 3-hour adventure resulting in 10 carts that equals 419 backpacks. This is a great start for the Twigs back to School BBQ in 2023. Our city is truly blessed to have such a great organization and its group of volunteers!

Emily Gavilsky for Madison County Board District 21

Given the current day trend by most people to shy away from political office and become involved in government, one might ask what has compelled Emily Gavilsky to throw her hat in the ring to represent the 21st County Board District of Madison County which includes part of Granite City, Mitchell, Chouteau and Hartford. For the young entrepreneur, the answer was simple. “I want to serve my community and the citizens of Madison County in any and every way, with the belief that our communities need representation from a diverse group of citizens.”

The need to work alongside leaders and local business in having younger voices heard at the County Board level is critical and much overdue, according to Gavilsky. As a local business owner and more recently as the owner of Tinseltown, the pop-up venue in downtown Granite City, Emily Gavilsky has learned firsthand what is needed for collaboration with small business in terms of support from county and other governmental agencies. Establishing relationships with county officials and listening to the needs of the community are key components of her campaign. “I will engage elected county officials in helping to address areas of growth and concern in my district.”, Gavilsky stated. Read on

Historical Downtown Granite City, “The District” at Night

Once the sun goes down and the stars come out, the traffic all but comes to a stop in the downtown streets and the silence of the night settles over the city. Time slows down and it’s a great time to take in the surroundings with more attention than just a passing glance.

The grand architecture of some original buildings reflects a period in time when our ancestors were born and raised. Now, we can only imagine a young Granite City when the busy downtown sidewalks were the entry way to store fronts and businesses of all kinds.


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Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson Recaps the September 20, 2022 Council Meeting

The mayor opened the meeting recognizing two citizens for their support of the city and our residents.

Mr. Larry Zotti has for decades, been the curator of the firehouse museum located in downtown Granite City. Larry often came out of pocket to meet needed upkeep and improvements of this original Granite City Fire Department, City Hall and Jail. Most recently, the city has worked with Larry to obtain grants to make improvement to the building. Larry has also helped with many events in our city and has even helped residents in need with things like grass cutting at their home. Larry is deserving of our appreciation and recognition. If you ever see the antique fire truck in a parade, that’s Larry behind the wheel.

The second gentlemen recognized was Mr. Steve Kromraj. Steve was recognized for lending a helping hand to residents in need. Most recently, he and several young gentlemen donated their time and expertise to repair the vandalized fence around the Reuben Mendoza statue. His efforts are greatly appreciated.

Downtown Committee: Mary Davis, Chairman i. An Ordinance to Authorize the Purchase of Real Estate at 1412 – 1416 20th Street, Granite City, Illinois
The city council authorized purchase of the former Petri’s Café and connecting building. The city has a potential tenant for a business in the restaurant.
Planning & Zoning, Annexations, Engineering and Inspections Committee: Dan McDowell, Chairman.

The council approved eleven more structures for demolition. These included houses, garages, and a former mobile home.

Public Works Committee: Bob Pickerell, Chairman (Street & Alley, Sanitation & Inspection, Traffic & Lights) An Ordinance to Amend Ordinance 9963 to Purchase Equipment for the Public Works Department to Maintain Surface Water Drainage and Drainage Ditches. An Ordinance Establishing a No Parking Zone on Cleveland Boulevard Near its Intersection with 16th Street within the City of Granite City, Illinois iv. An Ordinance Establishing One Handicapped Parking Space for 2 Years at 2948 Grand Avenue, within the City of Granite City, Illinois. An Ordinance to Establish a Pedestrian Crosswalk at 1627 Delmar Avenue. All items were approved by the council.

Risk Management Committee: Joe Schuler, Chairman. An Ordinance Amending Granite City Municipal Code 9.03.030 Requiring Insurance Coverage for Persons Conducting Events on City Facilities or City Property. The city approved this ordinance which will basically require anyone holding events on city property, such as block parties and parades to provide insurance for the event.

Economic Development and Negotiation Committee: Brad Eavenson, Chairman: Resolution Providing for a Feasibility Study for the extension of the Route 3 TIF district. A Memorandum of Understanding for the WWTP Contract. Both Items were approved by the council.

Finance Committee: Jim Hawkins, Chairman: An Ordinance to Approve the Purchase of Properties at the December 2022 Madison County Tax Sale. Approval of the Appointment of a Deputy Clerk iv. Treasurer’s Report (August 2022) The city will try to purchase vacant lots at the county tax sale that we are currently maintaining. We hope to buy dual lots that will make potential home sites.

Due to a retirement in the Clerk’s office, the city appointed a new Deputy Clerk, Michelle Hillman.



Due to the short turn around on signing up for our next trip, we have started taking names and money for our next and last trip of the year the St. Louis Aquarium.

We will go on Oct 20, but we need you to sign up and pay prior to Oct 7 since we have to purchase tickets ahead of time.

The cost to go is $15 which will get you into the aquarium (Normally costs $25 a person). There are a few places to purchase lunch and also other activities there that will cost extra!

Please call Beth with any questions! 877-0513

Who Could Possibly Be Okay With This?

I don’t care which political party you are for, or against, don’t tell me you are okay with releasing heinous criminals back into our society??
This is not a political issue it’s a human safety issue.
Our governor is allowing dangerous people out of incarceration and allowing criminals on the streets to commit crimes without repercussions!
What in the tarnation is going on???

The deterrence for committing crimes…. is just GONE!
What about the victims, what about justice for families of victims, what about justice for the deceased? When their offender is released… are they supposed to live the rest of their lives in fear?

What happened to our criminal justice system protecting the innocent?
What the hell is going on? What planet are we living on, people??
We all want the drugs and crimes to stop in our city, right? But we’re okay with allowing illegal, un-vetted, people into our communities, releasing criminals out of jail, and allowing ALL to commit crimes with no repercussions for their actions???
It will be a free-for-all in ALL of our homes…a criminal’s dream!
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Saturday, October 8, 2022

It’s a Fall Festival Vendor Fair at the Moose Lodge

9:00 AM to 4:00PM

2521 Maryville Road Granite City, Illinois

Contact Hailey 618-791-1639

It’s A Halloween Festival!

Saturday, October 29, 2022

There will be activities throughout Wilson Park, in between candy stations.

Watch for updates to this fun event.

We hope to see everyone there!


The Six Mile Regional Library District is one of jewels of Granite City. Tina Hubert, Executive Director, and her knowledgeable and committed staff make a visit to either location a memorable and enjoyable experience. Our city is very fortunate to have such a wonderful library!

Two Locations – 2001 Delmar Avenue and 2145 Johnson Road

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Wthank you for visiting, celebrating over sixteen years of service to our community, August 2006 – September 2022

We will update as we receive new information just as we always have, so remember to send your announcements, fund raisers, birthday wishes to so we can include them on our page. Here is to another fifteen years Granite City!

Website last updated September 30, 2022