Harrison's Gifts in downtown Grafton
Ian Kern
Ian Kern

Ian Kern is a senior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville majoring in Applied Communications with a focus on Public Relations. He is a resident of Belleville, IL and is working at the Spring 2021 Intern for the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. A volunteer in the Belleville area, Ian has served as an event coordinator raising over $35,000 for charities in Belleville.

Celebrating Local Women Business Owners

In 1920 the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote. Women have shattered glass ceilings in the 101 years since then and that’s especially true in the Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois. Women have taken the reins and become successful small business owners and they have…

Best Places to Find Great Seafood

There's something about biting in to a fresh fish sandwich. Or enjoying a plate of scallops, salmon or other seafood delights at a local restaurant. It's that time of year again when we all want to enjoy a healthy fish meal and, at the same time, honor the Lenten season. The tradition of Lent…