Commonwealth Edison to spend $33 million on Rockford library

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Commonwealth Edison has agreed to spend $33 million on a new library in downtown Rockford after contamination was discovered under the city’s main library branch. The Rockford Register Star reports ComEd will also pitch in nearly $4 million to renovate a temporary location during construction. The money comes from a fee […]

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Lawsuit seeks to block company from selling grocery stores

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-area labor union has filed a federal lawsuit to block a company from selling two grocery store chains in Illinois and Indiana to an unknown buyer. Teamsters Union Local 703 represents about 300 warehouse workers of Central Grocers in Joliet. The union is asking for a judge to temporarily stop the […]

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Caterpillar announces headquarters move to suburban Chicago

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has announced it is moving its corporate headquarters from Peoria, Illinois to the Chicago suburb of Deerfield. In making the announcement Wednesday, Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby noted the Deerfield headquarters will be minutes from O’Hare International Airport and a convenient rail ride to Chicago. According to the announcement, the […]

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Tribe asks judge to halt Ho-Chunk casino expansion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Native American tribe in northern Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday asking a judge to block another band from expanding a competing casino, arguing the project violates both tribes’ gambling compacts with the state. The Ho-Chunk Nation wants to add hundreds of slot machines, table games, a restaurant and a […]

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Study says tax credit has spurred manufacturing job growth

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A study by a University of Wisconsin-Madison economics professor finds that a tax credit critics argue is too expensive has helped grow manufacturing jobs in the state. The study of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit released Wednesday was done by professor Noah Williams. He also served as an adviser to […]

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Man escapes Chicago bustle to be a hobby farmer

URSA, Ill. (AP) — T.K. Tushaus is living off the grid — sort of. Tushaus has embraced a growing trend in agriculture called hobby farming. Hobby farms are small agricultural operations not intended to be a primary source of income. Tushaus’ crops are grown solely for his own consumption. He estimates he grows at least […]

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Madison utility says power plant needs $25M for repairs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison utility company’s key power plant has been out of service since September and is in need of $25 million in repairs. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Alliant Energy Corp.’s Riverside plant outage came to light when the agenda for the state Public Service Commission meeting was released Wednesday. […]

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Plans for $130 million hospital project in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A $130 million hospital renovation and construction project in Rockford, Illinois is in the works. SwedishAmerican — a division of UW Health — announced plans for the project that will include a new four-story building and an upgrade of an intensive care unit so that it can provide the state-of-the-art care […]

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Another Irish butter battle is brewing in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There’s a new Irish butter battle in Wisconsin. Residents who want access to Kerrygold Irish butter sued the state last month over a law that prohibits the sale of ungraded butter. Now the company that markets Kerrygold is suing a Wisconsin creamery over its proposed solution. Sheboygan’s Old World Creamery announced […]

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Cubs, Blackhawks fans beware of counterfeit tickets

CHICAGO (AP) — The Better Business Bureau has a warning for sports fans who suspect the prices for tickets to the Chicago Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field or to see the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs are too good to be true: They might be right. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the bureau says […]

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