On the Move: Summer Quarter 2016

Mat Cooper and Duane Murwin have both received Wreckmaster level 2/3 towing certifications. This is a key certification that enables i90 Enterprises to provide prompt and reliable service on an on-call basis and also as requested by area law and safety enforcement staff. The Wreckmaster certification course trains tow drivers in all aspects of towing […]

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Health systems rebrand after merger

JANESVILLE — Mercy Health System based in Janesville, Wis., and Rockford Health System based in Rockford, Ill., has announced a new name and logo for its merged facilities. The new name for the merged health system will be Mercyhealth, according to a news release from the company. The two health systems officially merged in January […]

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Hormel nominated for environmental award

BELOIT — The Hormel Foods plant in Beloit has been nominated for the Business Friend of the Environment Award. The award, presented by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, recognizes companies that have worked hard keeping the environment clean and have created innovations for clean manufacturing. Hormel Foods was one of 32 companies nominated for the award, […]

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Roscoe’s Main Street welcomes new boutique

ROSCOE — A new women’s jewelry and clothing boutique has arrived on Roscoe’s Main Street. The K. Paige Shop, 10684 Main St., had a grand opening Saturday, but it already had been open for a day in late February and for another few days in early March, according to owner Brooke Anderson. Roscoe resident Ellie […]

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Unemployment rates increase across all Illinois counties

ROCKFORD — Unemployment rates increased between December and January in all 102 counties in Illinois, as more people entered the workforce, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. “Though more people in Illinois entered the labor force, they were not able to find jobs,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “With Illinois trailing the rest […]

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GE announces plans for 160 tech jobs in Chicago area

CHICAGO (AP) — GE has announced plans to create 160 Chicago-area jobs focused on digital advancements in transportation and health care. General Electric Co. announced Tuesday the selection of Chicago for the lead office of GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions business, which will employ 100. GE also will create 60 jobs in its digital health care […]

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Tractor Supply may occupy Staples site

BELOIT — A Tractor Supply Company retail store may come to Beloit, but it will need rezoning at the Morgan Square center to allow outdoor storage of goods. The farm-focused retail outlet would replace the office supply store Staples near the intersection of Cranston and Milwaukee roads, which closed earlier this month. “They’ve applied to […]

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Illinois unemployment rises in January to 6.3 percent

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Department of Employment Security says Illinois’ unemployment rate rose again in January, reaching 6.3 percent. The department’s monthly report on Thursday also noted that U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revised December’s figure upward to 6.1 percent rather than the originally reported 5.9 percent. The department said January unemployment was up […]

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Noodles & Co. welcomes crowds at new location

BELOIT — Noodles & Company, Beloit’s newest chain restaurant, offers a broad, globally-inspired menu of pastas, salads, soups and sandwiches. It also has a small selection of beer and wine. “We offer a variety of flavors that you can’t get everywhere,” said Dave Babcock, the location’s general manager. The restaurant opened on Feb. 1 and […]

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Chamber’s new digs intended to promote business success

BELOIT — The Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce was showing off its new home at Irontek, 601 Third St., on Monday. The meet and greet event featured U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and refreshments in celebration of the upscale new offices. The Chamber is moving from its previous location at Vision Beloit, 500 Public Ave., to […]

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