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Granite City welcomes in the New Year of 2022 with balmy temperatures in the sixties. Along with the new year comes the chance for colder temperatures and snow. As long as we are blessed with a warm place to lay our heads, we say “let is snow, let it snow, let it snow”. So, if you can, curl up by the fire with a good book or your laptop or tablet and scroll through the pages of the website and enjoy! We are wishing a healthy and happy new year to all our visitors and sponsors who make so successful. It is a pleasure to provide a landing place that brings our community together.

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After decades of public service and dedication, the Granite City community has to say its final goodbye to Judy Whitaker.

Judy passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Judy served as City Clerk from 1994 to her retirement in 2021. Ms. Whitaker has a long history of accomplishments in addition to serving as City Clerk.

Before being elected as the City Clerk, Judy was elected and served as an alderwoman in Granite City’s Sixth Ward. She also served on numerous council committees through the years. Judy also brought Santa’s Cabin back to the city and established the city’s own Santa’s Holiday Avenue Parade that ushered Santa Claus to his cabin year after year, a beloved Christmas holiday tradition. Judy Whitaker was one of a kind and her impact on Granite City will never be forgotten.  

Granite City Progressing Forward One House At A Time

Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson reports the progress of removing old and abandoned properties in the city. “Thank you Mr. Rick Daily and the city inspection department. Two more 4th Ward properties are now on the ground or will be by the end of the week. A long-abandoned house on Glen Place is gone and dumpsters are being delivered to one on Elm.

Taking down derelict buildings is one of the continuing goals of this administration. These properties become targets of vandalism, illegal entry and safety concerns for neighbors.”

It’s Senior Movie Day for Nameoki Township Seniors at the Granite City Cinema.

January 25th, 12:00 pm

Pick up your voucher for a (FREE) Movie and Popcorn at the Nameoki Township Building.

4250 Highway 162 Granite City, Il 62040 (618) 931-5688

Due to COVID, Local 253 Scholarship Fund is holding a gun raffle this year. One ticket gets you 3 chances to win. Only 250 tickets will be sold, so get them early. Please reach out to any member of the local to get your tickets!! Good luck and thank you for the support!

Mayor Parkinson welcomes Joe Schuler as the new Ward 3 Alderman. Congratulations!

Happy Winter Solstice!

The shortest day of the year results in the longest night of the year and brings the first official day of winter. Although daylight hours slowly increase, temperatures begin to fall. You can read more here about the Winter Solstice.

Bourbon Street is closer than you think!

Save the Date – Saturday, February 26th, 2022
Mardi Gras is happening in Granite City! Join us for the inaugural event. More event details to come.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Live Music is coming back to the Moose on the 3rd Friday of every month!

Friday 21st at 7:00 to 10:00 pm

2521 Maryville Rd, Granite City, Il.

Join us to see

Scott & Mechelle

Free Movie, Popcorn and Soda Day!

Come see the ORIGINAL Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory Jan 23rd at 1:15. This will be limited to 150 guests. Tickets will go “on sale” Tuesday, Jan 11th at 4:00PM online. They will be available at the theater that evening and online until “sold out”. Note: online tickets will be charged a $1.50 transaction fee (just transaction, not per ticket).

On the day of the movie, you will receive a GOLDEN TICKET to enter and as a keepsake. This is happening due to the graciousness of sponsors, and they will be announced in a couple days.

Join Us For an Evening of Glow Bingo.

Saturday January 15th at the Eagles. 2558 Madison Avenue, Granite City, Il.
Doors open at 6pm. Bingo starts at 7pm.
Beverages provided and food is permitted.
$20 pre-paid via Venmo GCBRAVESFOOTBALL
$20 tickets available until Jan 14th at the Eagles.
$25 at the door day off
Come join the fun for a good cause!

Granite City’s Ward 4 Alderman

Brad Eavenson Recaps the Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, Council Meeting.

Last night the city council approved a recommendation by the Public Works committee to purchase several pieces of industrial equipment that will allow our PWD (Public Works Department) employees to self-perform work and ultimately save the city thousands of dollars a year.

The purchase price is refunded through the use of the equipment toward qualifying projects. The purchase included a new excavator, complete with several attachments for various work and a flat-bed tractor trailer to haul the equipment around the city.

The potential projects include the demolition of derelict buildings that are currently contracted out, better maintaining of retention ponds and the grinding of large tree trunks.
The city has the employees who are qualified and talented enough to use and maintain this equipment.

Special thanks to Mr. Greg Koberna and Mr. Rick Daily for seeking out and obtaining pricing on the equipment as well as Mrs. Paula Hubbard who was able to find reimbursable funding sources to pay for the equipment. It is estimated that we will fully be paid back for the equipment in a year to a year and a half.

Just when you think nobody is listening, they are. Throughout the years our discussion board has sparked debate, opened discussions that would have never otherwise taken place. The best part of the GraniteCityGossip Discussion Board was when it bridged the gap between our citizens and our elected officials, and local parents to our school board and teachers.

October 28,2021 one of our website viewers emailed a letter to be entered into the “Viewer Submitted Articles” page of the website. The news spread quickly about the subject matter of the letter and in a very short time the letter had been read hundreds of times. The title of the letter is “The Forgotten Seniors of Nameoki Township”. Apparently, the letter got the attention of those in charge at the township and we are proud to say this story has a happy ending, that we are hoping is only the beginning of better days ahead for the seniors of Nameoki Township. Beginning in the new year On January 17-2022, Nameoki Township will begin hosting Coffee-Donuts-Cards and Games the first and third Mondays of each month!

So, if you have something to say, if you’re feeling unheard and have a point to make or an issue that needs addressed, you always have a couple options on You can join our Discussion Board and sign up with a user name of your choice, while remaining anonymous or you can email your own article to the Viewer Submitted Articles page. Trust us when we say, whether or not it’s admitted, most of the area’s elected officials, first responders, and school district staff frequent the website and are reading.

Edited Addition
Nameoki Township announced today what the residents of the Township can look forward to in 2022. These include new additional senior programs that will begin as early as Jan 17th. In addition to the Coffee-Doughnuts- Cards & Games for seniors they will also be offering new transportation services for seniors, and meal programs designed to help those in need. To read the announcement letter in full, click here.

Second Update On This Story
We are pleased to share that Nameoki Township has also announced a Senior Movie Day for Nameoki Township Seniors at the Granite City Cinema.
January 25th, 12:00 pm
Pick up your voucher for a (FREE) Movie and Popcorn at the Nameoki Township Building.
4250 Highway 162 Granite City, Il 62040 (618) 931-5688

Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement Mr. Stratton.

The kids and adults alike will miss your daily presence at school, and your positive impact will be everlasting.

Welcome My Beautiful Friends To “GOSSIP WITH DR. MILLER”


The definition of insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. 

Most of us are consciously aware that if we continue to do something that gives us undesirable responses, reactions, or effects, we typically stop that action, behavior, or substance intake.  If we don’t, we know the likelihood of it affecting us negatively again would be high. 

So, the question I have for all of you is… why are we consciously continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results?  I know we are not all insane.  But, for the past two years, we have enabled fear to dictate our sanity.       

Here are a few examples of the “insanity” I speak of: Continue reading.

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We thank you for visiting, celebrating fifteen years of service to our community, August 2006 – November 2021

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!

Last updated January 14, 2022