Madigan, like Rauner, lists ‘non-budget’ demands for deal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The speaker of the Illinois House says he has his own agenda unrelated to the state budget for which he wants Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agreement. Speaker Michael Madigan is a Chicago Democrat. He has resisted for two years Rauner’s demands for pro-business changes in exchange for a budget deal. The […]

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Researchers studying invasive fruit fly threatening crops

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin researchers are trying to learn more about an invasive fruit fly that has been threatening berry crops in the state since 2010. University of Wisconsin fruit crop entomologist Christelle Guédot tells Wisconsin Public Radio that researchers started trying to pinpoint when and where the spotted wing drosophila is most active […]

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Kleefisch says she talked with Foxconn 2 years ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says she first talked with officials from a Taiwanese company that builds iPhones and other electronics about considering expanding in Wisconsin two years ago. Kleefisch told The Associated Press on Monday that she met with company officials during a trade mission two years ago to Japan and […]

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3 home brewing buddies make their dream a reality

SPARTA, Ill. (AP) — According to recent data from The Brewers Association — the trade organization for the American craft beer industry — there are now over 5,000 craft breweries in operation in the U.S. and more than 150 in Illinois alone. The appeal is obvious and the taste for a good brew is causing […]

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General Electric plant holds open house before closure

MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — A General Electric plant scheduled to close this summer in Illinois has held an open house for about 3,000 past and current employees. Plant Manager Jeff Doyle told the Journal Gazette and Times-Courier that the event was originally scheduled to happen last year, for the plant’s 70th anniversary. But officials delayed […]

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Crime prompts Enterprise CarShare to leave Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Enterprise CarShare has announced it will stop doing business in Chicago indefinitely due to the theft or vandalism of its vehicles. Greg Philips is brand publicity manager for St. Louis-based Enterprise. He told Crain’s Chicago Business about 40 percent of the company’s CarShare fleet was hit by criminality. Philips says the company […]

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Yearlong Caterpillar exhibit features 1st tractor off line

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — An exhibit of antique machinery on display at the Caterpillar Visitors Center includes the very first Cat to roll off the line. The fully functional tractor carries the serial number “EXP 0000-L.” The Peoria Journal Star reports that the marking indicates the first vehicle off the California production line in 1925. […]

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Court fight over local restrictions on large-scale farms

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A northwestern Wisconsin county plans a court fight to defend a local ordinance that places more restrictions on large-scale farms to protect water quality. Bayfield County passed an ordinance last year requiring concentrated animal-feeding operations near the South Fish Creek watershed to provide a minimum of 540 days of manure storage. […]

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Trump making case for apprenticeships to fill jobs gap

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making the case for more apprenticeships to match workers with millions of open jobs, invoking the namesake of his long-running reality television show. Trump, whose resume includes TV’s “The Apprentice,” joined daughter Ivanka Trump and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta at a Wisconsin event on Tuesday focused on […]

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Wisconsin Senate to vote on ending home baking sales ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are expected to take a step toward allowing home bakers to sell their pies, cakes and muffins. The state Senate was scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would do away with a requirement that bakers obtain a license, which means renting or building a commercial kitchen, in […]

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