Data show more US tourists visiting Illinois, staying longer

CHICAGO (AP) — New Illinois tourism figures show about 110 million tourists from around the country visited the state last year, a more than 1 million increase compared to 2015. Eighty-three percent of visitors came for leisure and 17 percent came for business, The Chicago Tribune reported. Governor Bruce Rauner released the numbers Monday, saying […]

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Wisconsin dairy farmers push for limit on ‘milk’ label

WATERLOO, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin dairy farmers are among a growing contingent of those pushing Congress to limit the use of the name “milk” to beverages that come from animals, not plants. Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin has introduced legislation to accommodate dairy farmers, WUWM-FM reported. Some Wisconsin dairy farmers say the […]

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Customers of shuttered wireless company entitled to refunds

CHICAGO (AP) — A wireless phone company must give refunds to customers who were still owed wireless services when it went out of business. In a news release, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office has reached a settlement with PlatunumTel Communications. It calls for the company to pay refunds to customers owed services […]

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Private fundraising to fix Illinois fairgrounds set to begin

CHICAGO (AP) — A private foundation backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner is preparing to kick off a major fundraising effort to revamp Illinois’ dilapidated fairgrounds. Rauner announced the creation of the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation during last year’s state fair, with the goal of raising enough money to repair crumbling buildings, deteriorating roadways, and aging sewer […]

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Wisconsin Senate committee passes prevailing wage ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican-backed measure eliminating minimum salary requirements for state construction projects is moving forward in the Legislature. The Senate’s labor committee on Tuesday passed the bill on a party-line 3-2 vote, with all Republicans in support and Democrats against. The bill could be taken up by the full Senate as soon […]

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Most Wisconsin farmers hit by trade dispute have new buyers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin agriculture officials say most Wisconsin farmers whose Canada market evaporated in a trade dispute have new buyers. Officials said Monday that 56 of the 58 affected Wisconsin farms had found new buyers. Grassland Dairy had told several farmers it would stop buying their milk beginning May 1. That’s because the […]

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Longtime Illinois restaurant turned into Route 66 museum

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A building that was once the longtime home to a Springfield restaurant is now a museum celebrating the city’s links to Route 66. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports Gov. Bruce Rauner and state and local officials attended Saturday’s dedication ceremony at the former home of The Mill restaurant, which opened in […]

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Farms’ thirst for water roils Wisconsin’s central sands

TOWN OF OASIS, Wis. (AP) — Cris Van Houten thought he was getting a little bit of paradise when he built his house on Huron Lake in Wisconsin’s central sands region. He could look out from his deck at the blue water and scuba dive in the shallows. Less than 10 years later, he and […]

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Aging farmers in Wisconsin fear nursing care may cost farm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Aging farmers are growing more concerned about what happens to the family farm once they’re gone. The Wisconsin Farm Center’s economic development consultant, Frank Friar, told Wisconsin Public Radio it has helped develop about 200 transition plans with farmers over the past couple of years. The majority are concerned about what […]

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Sand, golf and hopes for economic boom in central Wisconsin

ROME, Wis. (AP) — The Laurentide Ice Sheet did quite a number on Wisconsin. As it advanced from the north, it created Glacial Lake Wisconsin, at 550,000 acres about four times the size of modern-day Lake Winnebago, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. As the Green Bay lobe of the glacier melted, a massive crack formed […]

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