Bye, bye burgers; Culver’s to close for remodel

BELOIT — Renovations are coming to the Beloit Culver’s, but that means the fast food restaurant’s fans will have to do without their butterburgers and frozen custard for four days starting Jan. 11. While the restaurant, at 2676 Cranston Road, will keep regular business hours during exterior renovations scheduled for Jan. 4 – 10, it […]

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DraftKings, FanDuel sue Illinois attorney general

CHICAGO (AP) — New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings filed separate lawsuits against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Thursday, a day after she declared daily fantasy sports betting illegal in the state. The companies argue that their contests are games of skill allowed by state law. They’re seeking to stop Madigan from enforcing her […]

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Company plans move to Roscoe

ROSCOE — American Aluminum Extrusions has been slowly transitioning its operation from the space it leases at the Ironworks complex in downtown Beloit to a building in Roscoe that the company purchased five years ago. While the company’s plan in January 2011 was to continue operations in both the Beloit site and the larger site […]

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Data Dimensions awarded contract from SMS

JANESVILLE — Data Dimensions has been awarded a five-year subcontract from its prime contractor, Systems Made Simple (SMS), a Lockheed Martin Company. SMS has subcontracted to Data Dimensions the Intake Conversion Mail Handling Services (ICMHS) contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which will allow the Janesville-based company to continue to provide document-conversion services […]

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Union members ratify deal ending monthlong Kohler strike

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — Union workers at the Kohler Co. overwhelmingly approved a new contract Wednesday, ending a monthlong strike and the first walkout at the Wisconsin manufacturer in more than 30 years. Union officials said the tentative agreement announced Tuesday was supported by 91 percent of the 1,846 employees who voted. Workers will return […]

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ConAgra Foods leases part of Alcoa building

BELOIT — A third tenant has moved into the former Alcoa site. ConAgra Foods is leasing 140,000 square feet of space at the former Alcoa building at 1 Reynolds Drive, according to Beloit Economic Development Director Andrew Janke. “The present owners completely renovated the entire building internally and externally. Their ability to attract these two […]

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Beloit is still second: unemployment rate declines to 7.6 percent

Beloit’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in March, but it remained the second highest rate among Wisconsin’s largest municipalities. Beloit had an unemployment rate of 7.6 percent in March, down from 7.8 in February. The rate also was down from 9.2 percent reported in March of 2014. Racine again had the highest unemployment rate among the […]

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Unemployment rates decline across Illinois

Unemployment rates declined in counties and communities in northern Illinois in March, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Winnebago County had an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in March, down from 7 percent in February and down from 9.6 percent in March of 2014. Boone County had an unemployment rate of 7 percent […]

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State officials report drop in Illinois’ metro unemployment

CHICAGO (AP) — State officials say unemployment dropped in March in each of Illinois’ metropolitan areas for the 13th consecutive month. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday that jobs were added in eight of the 14 regions with the largest increases in Kankakee, Rockford and Danville. Areas that saw a drop in the […]

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Caterpillar trumps Street 1Q expectations, raises forecast 


Caterpillar’s earnings soared more than 20 percent in the first quarter, even though revenue slipped, and the construction and mining equipment maker hiked its 2015 earnings forecast well above most expectations. The company’s profit for the quarter that ended March 31 included a pre-tax gain of $120 million from the sale of its remaining interest […]

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