Economists say growth will continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s business economists are sketching a bright picture for the coming months, with a survey finding that more of their companies foresee rising sales and expect to continue hiring and raising pay. At the same time, nearly two-thirds of respondents in the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics say […]

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Local Bon-Ton stores to close

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Bon-Ton Stores, which operates 260 department stores in the U.S., is expected to go out of business after two liquidation firms became the highest bidders at an auction for the bankrupt company’s assets Tuesday. In the Stateline Area, three Bon-Ton owned stores will be closing. In February it was announced the […]

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Wisconsin companies see benefits of wellness programs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Companies across Wisconsin are turning to wellness programs as a way to save money and improve the health and productivity of their employees. A Cornell University found that 12 percent of all health care dollars in Wisconsin are spent on obesity-related conditions, above the national average of 8 percent, Wisconsin Public […]

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Bank pulls out of Illinois medical marijuana industry

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois medical marijuana companies may have to deal in cash after the main bank serving operators has decided to pull out of the industry. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bank of Springfield informed cannabis clients last month it would close their accounts May 21. The decision to withdraw is tied […]

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USDA: Illinois farmers to plant more corn than soybeans

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois farmers are expected to continue planting more corn than soybeans despite the trend changing nationally. The USDA’s prospective plantings estimate said there will likely be 11 million corn acres planted in Illinois this year, about 200,000 fewer acres than last […]

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American Airlines opposed to Chicago airport expansion plan

CHICAGO (AP) — American Airlines says it’s opposed to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.5 billion deal to expand O’Hare International Airport. The airline said Wednesday that it can’t sign a lease in its current form “because of a secret provision, inserted at the last minute” that awards additional gates to United Airlines. Emanuel introduced the […]

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Western New York sauerkraut operation moving to Wisconsin

SHORTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A century-old sauerkraut and pickle plant in a western New York village is shutting down as its parent company consolidates operations in rural Wisconsin. GLK Foods has announced it’s expanding its Bear Creek, Wisconsin plant and closing one that employs 48 people in Shortsville, New York, near Rochester. Production in Shortsville […]

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Wisconsin village to make offers to Foxconn property owners

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — The southeastern Wisconsin village that will be the location of Foxconn Technology Group’s massive manufacturing complex is offering local homeowners 140 percent of fair market value for their property and landowners $50,000 per acre. The Village of Mount Pleasant, located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Milwaukee and 60 miles […]

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Bemis reports 4Q loss

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) – Bemis Co. (BMS) on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $40.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Neenah, Wisconsin-based company said it had a loss of 44 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 63 cents per share. The results […]

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DNR board approves manure limitations for eastern Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board overwhelmingly approved contentious new restrictions Wednesday on manure spreading in eastern Wisconsin, saying it’s time to protect the region’s drinking water. The board’s unanimous vote marked a victory for environmentalists in their tug-of-war with factory farms over groundwater contamination in eastern Wisconsin, particularly in […]

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