Walker signs $3 billion Foxconn bill into law

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker signed a $3 billion incentive package Monday for Foxconn Technology Group to build a flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin, a deal he says will provide thousands of jobs for generations. The Republican governor signed the bill during a ceremony at Gateway Technical College in Racine County, where the […]

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Bankers seek new crop of agricultural lenders

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Michelle Paulus made up her mind on a career in agricultural lending well before college. The Lincoln resident and University of Illinois senior in agriculture and consumer economics was among U of I and Illinois State University students at the Ag Banking Conference of the Illinois Bankers Association, held Aug. […]

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Mechanics at auto dealerships approve contract, end strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Mechanics at Chicago-area auto dealerships have approved a four-year contract, ending a strike that lasted for seven weeks. Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701 says the offer voted on Sunday was the fourth since the strike began Aug. 1. The walkout involved nearly 2,000 mechanics at almost 140 new-car dealerships. Some dealerships had to […]

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Wisconsin camp immerses kids in the environment

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin camp has been immersing its campers in the environment in some unconventional ways. Towering Pines Camp For Boys created an environmental immersion program in the 1970s called acclimatization, Milwaukee Public Radio reports. Campers interact with the natural world in some unusual ways that allow them to have […]

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Wisconsin camp immerses kids in the environment

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin camp has been immersing its campers in the environment in some unconventional ways. Towering Pines Camp For Boys created an environmental immersion program in the 1970s called acclimatization, Milwaukee Public Radio reports . Campers interact with the natural world in some unusual ways that allow them to […]

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Aging population challenges Wisconsin amid worker shortage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s health care industry is facing challenges from a growing worker shortage. As baby boomers retire, there will be more health care consumers, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. However, the number of workers to provide those services is projected to remain the same. Analysts predict there’ll be almost 52,000 more job […]

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Commuter rail agency proposing fare hikes, service cuts

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s commuter rail agency is considering hiking fares by up to 20 percent and cutting weekend service. Metra officials say higher costs for staffing and material and cuts in subsidies by the state of Illinois are behind the possible fare increases. A proposal endorsed by the majority of Metra’s directors on Wednesday […]

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JPMorgan investing $40 million in Chicago neighborhoods

CHICAGO (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. says it plans to invest $40 million over three years in neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West Sides to create economic opportunity. In a Thursday statement, bank officials say a lack of opportunity, poverty and racial and economic inequities are factors behind the gun violence in Chicago. CEO […]

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Wisconsin businesses struggle with worker shortage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Economists, employers and government officials say a growing worker shortage in Wisconsin is expected to increase over the next decade. The worker shortage is due to many factors, including a low unemployment rate, an aging population and Wisconsin’s poor record of attracting college graduates, the Wisconsin State Journal reported . Employers […]

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Wisconsin set to approve $3 billion for Foxconn

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate was poised to approve nearly $3 billion in cash payments for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group on Tuesday, an unprecedented incentive package for the electronics company to locate a flat-screen factory in the state. The proposed subsidy would be the largest ever from a U.S. state to a foreign […]

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