Chicago mayor vows to step up Amazon second headquarters bid

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials vowed Thursday to step up the competition to lure Amazon’s headquarters after the company named the city among the top 20 locations in the running for a facility that promises 50,000 jobs. Amazon narrowed the list of 238 proposals from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, to 20 finalists, also including […]

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Energizer spends $2 billion to add Rayovac brand

NEW YORK (AP) — Energizer will spend $2 billion in cash to acquire the battery and lighting assets of Spectrum, adding the Rayovac brand to its battery and lighting division. Spectrum Brands said earlier this month that it would seek a buyer for the assets so that it could better focus on other businesses including […]

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Mayor’s office says Chicago hits new record for tourists

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago mayor’s office says the number of tourists to the city in 2017 was more than 55 million — a new record. In a Sunday statement, it says that number was an increase by 1.4 million, or 2.5 percent, compared to the year before. The 55 million figure represents a 40 […]

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Chicago says architecture event drew 550K participants

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say more than 550,000 people took part in the second architecture extravaganza of its kind in the city that recently ended. A mayor’s office statement says the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial also featured some 140 architects and designers from 20 countries. It ran from Sept. 16 to Jan. 7. Mayor […]

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Wisconsin launches ads to lure Chicago millennials north

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s job-creation agency has launched a push to convince Chicago-area millennials to leave the big city and relocate to Wisconsin in hopes of boosting the state’s workforce. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation began its “Think-Make-Happen In Wisconsin” advertising campaign on Monday. The project is designed to attract more workers […]

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Caterpillar names Deerfield its headquarters in SEC filing

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. for the first time has officially listed its address with the Securities and Exchange Commission as being in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield instead of Peoria. The company last year announced it would move top executives and its headquarters out of Peoria. The (Peoria) Journal Star reported Tuesday that […]

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Wisconsin sees decline in number of dairy farms

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of dairy farms in Wisconsin is falling, despite an increase in milk production as commercial farms expand. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that numbers from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection show the state lost 500 dairy farms last year. Wisconsin had just over 8,800 dairy herds […]

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Loggers bring millions to western Wisconsin county

  EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Lavon Martin might be in the woods all day, and only his wife would know. It’s not uncommon for the 20-plus-year logging veteran to work in the forest by himself from about 9 a.m. until dusk, but he always makes sure to call his wife at noon to let […]

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ComEd launches electric-car pilot program in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A utility in Illinois has launched a ride-sharing pilot program on Chicago’s South Side that relies entirely on electric cars. The Chicago Tribune reports the service provided by ComEd in cooperation with several partners began in mid-December. For now, it’ll only serve residents of TRC Senior Village in the Washington Park neighborhood. […]

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Wisconsin dairy farmers consider how to turn market around

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dairy experts say Wisconsin farmers need to tip the scales of supply and demand back into their favor in order to get better prices but producers are unsure of what methods to take. Producers don’t agree which side of the equation they should focus on, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. “There’s just […]

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