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Rauner supports asking voters about minimum wage

ROANOKE, Ill. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) says he supports letting voters weigh in on whether Illinois' minimum wage should be increased.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Boeing 2Q profit climbs 52 percent 

Posted: July 23, 2014

Boeing Co. (BA) on Wednesday reported profit that increased by 52 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
McDonald's profit slips; US sales decline
Posted: July 22, 2014

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald's Corp. said its profit slipped in the second quarter as sales in the U.S. continued to flag.

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Harley-Davidson 2Q profit rises 30 percent
Posted: July 22, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. (HOG) on Tuesday reported net income that climbed by 30 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools
Posted: July 21, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests.

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Examining the economy of matrimony
Posted: July 21, 2014

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Ahead of their October wedding, Matt and Crystle Mariani cut back on date nights and going out with their friends.

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Friday 07/18/2014
AbbVie, Shire agree on $55B combination
Posted: July 18, 2014

CHICAGO — (AP) The drugmaker AbbVie has reached a deal worth roughly $55 billion to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from tax rates back home.

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Federal grant to help laid-off Oshkosh workers
Posted: July 18, 2014

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor is providing nearly half a million dollars in assistance for the workers who were laid off by the defense arm of Oshkosh Corp. in recent months.

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Residents speak up about Kohler's golf course plan
Posted: July 18, 2014

TOWN OF WILSON, Wis. (AP) — Some local residents are expressing their opposition to the Kohler Co.'s plans to build a golf course just north of the Kohler-Andrae (AHN'-dray) State Park along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Effingham welcomes new food products company
Posted: July 17, 2014

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — Effingham is welcoming a new company to town.

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United will take $169M in charges with 2Q results
Posted: July 17, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — The parent company of United Airlines says it will take charges of $169 million against second-quarter earnings to cover costs of grounding planes and other moves.

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Microsoft to buy Illinois wind power for 20 years
Posted: July 17, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Microsoft Corp. says it has agreed to buy electricity from a new wind farm in Illinois for the next 20 years in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
RGA Labs undeterred in effort to buy nuclear plant
Posted: July 16, 2014

KEWAUNEE, Wis. (AP) — A Chicago area company wants to buy the nuclear power plant that closed last year along the shores of Lake Michigan in eastern Wisconsin.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Air Force says 300 jobs to be cut at Scott
Posted: July 15, 2014

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 300 jobs will be cut at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois.

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Cold winter still costing electric customers
Posted: July 15, 2014

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin homeowners have been receiving higher electric bills that reflect the continued cost of an unusually cold winter.

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Monday 07/14/2014
New Cook County Health CEO searching for savings
Posted: July 14, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — A published report says the new CEO of Cook County's health system has a big job ahead: finding $67 million in savings to help erase a projected year-end budget deficit.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Some Illinois lawmakers voluntarily giving up pay
Posted: July 11, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Some Illinois lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands after the Legislature moved for the first time in years not to take furlough days to save taxpayer dollars.

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Coal company accuses Ill. rival of double-cross 

Posted: July 11, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of the biggest U.S. coal-mining companies is accusing an Illinois rival of a double-cross.

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Two companies plan SE Wisconsin expansion
Posted: July 11, 2014

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Plans by two companies to expand operations in southeastern Wisconsin could bring more than 800 jobs to the area.

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Swedish American opens Rockton clinic
Posted: July 11, 2014

ROCKTON — Just about every square foot at the SwedishAmerican Medical Group Stateline clinic in Rockton was thought through.

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How states fared on unemployment benefit claims 

Posted: July 11, 2014

The Associated Press

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Wisconsin business pushes for immigration reform
Posted: July 11, 2014

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) — Manufacturing and agriculture industry leaders in Wisconsin say immigration reform is essential to their business.

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Winter hard on some of Illilnois' wheat crop
Posted: July 11, 2014

TOLONO, Ill. (AP) — As Illinois farmers work their way through the harvest of winter wheat, many are finding the harsh winter was tough on their crops, with some in parts of central Illinois saying their production is down.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
AbbVie raises its bid for Shire by about 11 pct
Posted: July 08, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. drugmaker AbbVie has boosted its offer for Shire by 11 percent to about $51.3 billion, hoping it will be enough to pique the interest of its British counterpart.

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Wisconsin company plans paper plant in Mississippi 

Posted: July 08, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Wisconsin company will open a $48 million plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make paper towels, tissue and other projects, hiring 300 people over five years.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Wisconsin company plans paper plant in Mississippi
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 4:56 pm

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Green Bay Converting will open a plant in Mississippi to make paper towels and tissue, creating 300 new jobs.

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ADM to buy Swiss flavoring maker for about $3B
Posted: July 07, 2014

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.

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Thursday 07/03/2014
State wants people to buy Illinois-made products
Posted: July 03, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents are being urged to spend some of their grocery money on products that were made or grown in the state.

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Roundy's closing Stevens Point distribution center
Posted: July 03, 2014

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — Roundy's supermarkets says it will close its Stevens Point distribution center.

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Illinois unions object to Supreme Court ruling
Posted: July 03, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — A union representing Illinois home care workers is criticizing a Supreme Court ruling that found workers cannot be required to pay fees to help cover collective bargaining.

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Pharmacy sales boost major drugstores in June 

Posted: July 03, 2014

A jump in pharmacy revenue fueled June sales growth for two of the nation's largest drugstore chains, and they may start adding gains from the health care overhaul later this year.

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Despite profits, Green Bay symphony still to close
Posted: July 03, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Despite a couple of profitable recent years, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is still set to close after the upcoming season, the symphony's executive director said.

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Company to close Quincy factory, 150 to lose jobs
Posted: July 03, 2014

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A company that employs more than 150 people in western Illinois has decided to close its factory in Quincy.

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Company fined $2.75M for missing job creation goal
Posted: July 03, 2014

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A development company has agreed to pay $2.75 million in damages for falling short of a promise to create 2,000 jobs with a three-building complex in La Crosse.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
Rauner supports asking voters about minimum wage
Posted: June 26, 2014

ROANOKE, Ill. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) says he supports letting voters weigh in on whether Illinois' minimum wage should be increased.

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Home sales up in Rock County, down across Wisconsin
Posted: June 26, 2014

May home sales in Rock County performed better than the rest of the state, when compared to the same month in 2013.

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Wednesday 06/18/2014
Harvard company moving to Roscoe
Posted: June 18, 2014

ROSCOE — AllWorld Machinery Supply Inc. will be moving its global headquarters from Harvard, Ill., to Roscoe with plans to hire more than 50 employees.

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Monday 05/19/2014
Sears considering selling its Canadian operations
Posted: May 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is considering selling its Canadian operations as the retailer looks for ways to prop up its sagging business.

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Blain's Farm & Fleet president to retire
Posted: May 19, 2014

JANESVILLE — Blain Supply Inc. and Blain's Farm and Fleet President, CEO and co-owner Robert Blain, will be retiring from the companies as of June 25.

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Associated Bank to pay $500K penalty
Posted: May 19, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Associated Bank of Green Bay will have to pay a $500,000 fine for problems found two years with its procedures for watching for money laundering.

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Friday 05/09/2014
‘Great Workplace’ award goes to ABC
Posted: May 09, 2014

For the eighth time, building products distributor ABC Supply Co., Inc., has been named a recipient of the Gallup Great Workplace Award, which recognizes the best-performing workplaces worldwide.

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Beloit College program gives students taste of running a business
Posted: May 09, 2014

This week the Beloit Daily News will be running a series of stories on students who have taken their ideas and turned them into business ventures thanks to Beloit College’s Center for Entrepreneurship (CELEB).

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Wednesday 04/23/2014
Harley-Davidson 1Q earnings roar ahead
Posted: April 23, 2014

Harley-Davidson 1Q earnings roar ahead

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Monday 04/14/2014
Center nearing first opening
Posted: April 14, 2014

Plans continue to come together for Commercial Property Group's new business center located at 2850 Milwaukee Road in Beloit.

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Qdoba delayed until June
Posted: April 14, 2014

Beloiters will have to wait a little bit longer to enjoy the latest burritos and nachos on their way to town.

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Monday 04/07/2014
Beating the winter blues
Updated: April 07, 2014 - 5:07 pm

When the cold wind is blowing and snow continues to cover the ground in March, leisure travel is the answer for many residents ready to remember the warmer weather and sunny atmosphere.

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Stateline Area Business People On the Move
Updated: April 07, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Attorney John J. Hansen has been appointed as managing attorney of the American Law Firm, P.C., a general practice law firm in Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Hansen has been with the firm for a number of years as a practicing attorney in several areas of law, and he is now stepping up to helm the management of the law firm’s practice and operations.

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Friday 04/04/2014
Trio honored at annual dinner
Posted: April 04, 2014

JANESVILLE — Three men will be honored during the Ag Business Council of Rock County Annual Dinner and Hall of Fame Presentation, set for March 28.

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South Beloit Inn gets new name
Posted: April 04, 2014

The old South Beloit Inn has a new name.

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Video gaming takes off in Illinois
Posted: April 04, 2014

Video gaming has taken off in Illinois like a wildfire.

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Pets priceless for many
Posted: April 04, 2014

People love their pets.

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