Clinton nuclear reactor running a year after closing threat

CLINTON, Ill. (AP) — A nuclear reactor in central Illinois has begun operating again just over a year after the plant owner warned it would shut down this month if financial losses continued. In between, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation providing $235 million in ratepayer subsidies annually to Exelon Corp. to keep running the Clinton […]

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Mill that exploded had been reprimanded on safety

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin corn mill that exploded late Wednesday night was reprimanded by federal safety inspectors six years ago for not taking precautions against dust explosions, which are a major hazard in handling grain, records show. The blast at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria, a rural village about 45 miles (72.42 […]

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Chicago’s O’Hare airport gets $60 million for runway work

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is getting $60 million in federal funds for runway construction and other improvements. The first grant of $40 million will help kick off the construction phase of Runway 9C/27C, including utilities and pavement work. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the $648.5 million runway is expected to open in 2020, […]

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What’s the buzz in the Capitol? A tax cut for beekeepers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers want to sweeten the deal for Wisconsin beekeepers. A proposal from Rep. Amy Loudenbeck and Sen. Steve Nass would eliminate state sales and use taxes on bees and equipment used by beekeepers. Loudenbeck said at an Assembly committee hearing Tuesday that the bill would extend exemptions given to farmers […]

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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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