We are celebrating GraniteCityGossip.com's 10 year
anniversary this month!  It's hard to believe that ten years
have passed since the day we launched this website.  We
thank each and every visitor who comes to the site to find
out, you know...what's going on in Granite City!
This month we are dedicating our home page to one of our
sponsors who has been with us since day one,
Jerry's Cafeteria.
We hope you enjoy a little bit of Jerry's history and a few
pictures of what has made his restaurant a Granite City
favorite whether you want a homemade lunch or dinner, or
the best local catering for your special event.
Thank you Jerry, Jon and staff!  Thank you to all our
sponsors for a very successful ten years!
And please welcome our newest sponsor
Novel Idea Book Store & More, a great new business
opening August 13.
Granite City Illinois
Jerry's pies, getting ready for the oven!
Cionkos Meats Granite City Illinois
Jerry's famous fried chicken - the best in
Granite City.  Served daily and available
for your home parties or catered events
Steaming homemade Clam Chowder
Tortellini Tuesday!
Jerry's serving line, from the inside looking out.....we see meat loaf!!!
Jerry Roderick, owner of Jerry's Cafeteria, is
celebrating his 30th anniversary of serving up wonderful,
homemade food in Granite City. Jerry grew up in the
family restaurant business known as Roderick's on East
24th Street.  

His mother and father, Ollie and Theresa Roderick,
retired from the long established business in 1984.  In
1986 Jerry opened his own restaurant at it's current
location at 1920 Edison Avenue.  He purchased the
building that had previously been Bill Burn's Cafeteria
and the rest is history.

Jerry brought his own unique ideas to his new location,
one of them being a very successful catering business.
Jerry's son Jon joined Jerry the same year, but left for a
period of time, to apprentice with a certified chef and to
persue other personal goals.

When asked about "customer favorites", Jerry and Jon
said "Our fried chicken for sure, our twice baked
potatoes and our homemade pies." This writer's personal
favorites are their fabulous meat loaf and their
homemade soups!

Jerry still uses his grandmother's recipes for the
homemade pies and cakes that are served daily and that
are ordered by many during the holidays when they want
something special to serve at home.  Their Bread
Pudding is also at the top of the list of customer favorites
and is also made with the same recipe of Grandma Viola
Miller's, who was a well known cook in the Granite City
School District.

Jerry, his wife Colleen, and their family are highly
regarded members of the Granite City community.  Their
daughter Jenna has been a member of the Granite City
Police Department for over twenty years.  Daughter
Amanda is very active in the day to day operations of the
restaurant as well.  Their son Joel currently lives in

If you are looking for good, homemade food, served up
generously at a very reasonable price...look no further
than Jerry's Cafeteria.

Here's to another thirty years Jerry and staff!
Thank you for visiting GraniteCityGossip.com, celebrating over ten years of serving our community, August 2006 - August 2016
Please come back soon - Last updated August 25, 2016  
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Director of the Six
Mile Regional
Library District
located in
Granite City

Illinois Librarian
of the Year

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Jerry's Italian Salad is to
die for!
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Tina Hubert, Director of the Six Mile Regional Library District located in
Granite City, Illinois, is the 2016 recipient of the Illinois Library
Association Librarian of the Year Award. The award recognizes a
librarian’s distinguished service and leadership in Illinois libraries.
The award is sponsored by Sikich.

Tina has worked in libraries for more than 20 years. In 2010, she
became Director of the Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD).
During her short tenure she has managed a $4.1 million renovation,
spearheaded a succession referendum campaign, and positioned the
library as an integral part of the community’s revitalization plan.

Throughout her career, and regardless of her role, Tina has strived to
create services that strengthen the community. Currently she serves
on several county and city boards within her district, not only as a
library advocate but as a conduit for change and collaboration.  Tina is
no stranger to sharing with the Illinois library community. She has
served as an ILA Board member, ALA Councilor, ILEAD U Mentor,
Chair of the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee and on numerous
other professional committees.

“Tina lives her commitment to the businesses and members of the
communities served by SMRLD, as well as the greater library
community, with everything she does.” stated Juliette Douglas, Deputy
Director of Six Mile Regional Library District, “She is well respected and
continually demonstrates that libraries can and do transform people
and communities.”

The Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards
Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 18th, during the 2016 Illinois
Library Association Annual Conference in Rosemont.

Contributed by Gary Gaines

Mary Jo Akeman, Trustee of the Six Mile Regional Library District, is the recipient of the 2016 Illinois Library
Association Trustee of the Year Award. This citation is awarded to a public library trustee for achievement, leadership,
and service to libraries. The award is sponsored by Peregrine, Stime, Newman, Ritzman & Bruckner, Ltd.

Mary Jo Akeman has served as a trustee of the Six Mile Regional Library District for more than forty years. She has
served in all officer positions of the local library district more than once; currently she is the treasurer. Her calm and
considerate demeanor has influenced this library to become what it is today – a vital, vibrant, active community

Akeman is a consistent and ardent supporter of libraries and library systems. She was a director of the former Lewis
& Clark Library System board. She has participated in past state library legislative days, and has attended trustee
workshops and both state and national conferences to keep apprised of what’s going on in libraries in the larger

Akeman is an active board member, helping to plan staff appreciation parties, library open house events, and
anniversary celebrations. She served on the centennial celebration committee and participated in both the local
Fourth of July parade to memorialize the achievement and the celebration at the library – dressing in early 1900s
period costume during both events. She has actively worked on revising the library’s bylaws and helped to write
policies, procedures, guidelines, and grant applications
The Trustee of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 18, during the
2016 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Rosemont.