Chicago firm will run $1 billion overhaul of Union Station

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s historic Union Station will get a roughly $1 billion makeover that will include millions of square feet of office, retail and hotel space, according to details unveiled Thursday by Amtrak and the city. The proposed commercial development will span about 3.1 million square feet, including a pair of 12-story residential towers, […]

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Officials: Starved Rock visitors should be patient, cautious

UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say Memorial Day visitors to Starved Rock State Park should monitor social media for reports on traffic delays and parking closures. Department of Natural Resources officials say large crowds are expected at the recreation area near Utica in LaSalle County. Illinois River flooding closed some parking this spring. But […]

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Lawmaker: Budget likely to increase little cigar tax

By CARA LOMBARDO Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Taxes on a type of cigar that looks like a cigarette may be going up in Wisconsin. Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga has long pushed for little cigars, which have filters and are smaller than cigarillos, to be taxed the same as cigarettes, and he thinks there’s […]

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Ho-Chunk Nation urges judge to reject casino lawsuit

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Ho-Chunk Nation is pushing back against a rival tribe’s lawsuit seeking to halt the Ho-Chunk’s plans to expand a northern Wisconsin casino, arguing in new filings that the lawsuit has little chance of success and a judge should reject it. The Ho-Chunk filed a brief […]

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Committee to consider eliminating labor review panel

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s 106-year-old labor commission would vanish and Gov. Scott Walker’s administration would decide workplace disputes in its place under a budget proposal up for consideration Thursday in the Legislature’s finance committee. Walker’s plan to eliminate the Labor and Industry Review Commission could create uncertainty in applying Wisconsin labor law, raising questions […]

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After 40 years, Connie’s ready to retire

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Even on her last day at Blue’s Cafe, Connie Suprenant was busy, a pitcher of water in one hand and iced tea in the other. She joked around with three customers at a booth, swapping stories about the governor or when the David Letterman show came to town. The four of […]

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Wine industry, tourism booms in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s wine industry has grown substantially since 2000 when it had just 13 wineries. Wisconsin has more than 140 wineries today, making it a destination for wine tourists, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. People made nearly 2 million visits to wineries in Wisconsin in 2015, and the state saw an estimated nearly […]

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Lemonade Day about business and fruity fun

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — We’ve all heard what to do when life gives us lemons. On May 6, close to 300 kids in and around Fond du Lac took the old adage to a whole new level, USA Today Network-Wisconsin  reported. Lemonade stands — about 80 in all — were open for business […]

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Wisconsin lawmakers reinstate economic development loans

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s jobs agency would be able to issue business loans again under provisions in the state budget the Legislature’s finance committee approved Tuesday in a sign that Republicans’ faith Walker’s troubled flagship economic engine is growing again. The 2015-17 state budget prohibited the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation from originating […]

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NIU to cut 150 positions as campus tries to reduce expenses

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University officials say there will be 150 staff position reductions as the school tries to cut expenses. The (Dekalb) Daily Chronicle on Tuesday reported that NIU president Doug Baker announced the cuts in an email. Baker says most cuts will be achieved through attrition however 30 of the affected […]

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