Crime prompts Enterprise CarShare to leave Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Enterprise CarShare has announced it will stop doing business in Chicago indefinitely due to the theft or vandalism of its vehicles. Greg Philips is brand publicity manager for St. Louis-based Enterprise. He told Crain’s Chicago Business about 40 percent of the company’s CarShare fleet was hit by criminality. Philips says the company […]

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Yearlong Caterpillar exhibit features 1st tractor off line

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — An exhibit of antique machinery on display at the Caterpillar Visitors Center includes the very first Cat to roll off the line. The fully functional tractor carries the serial number “EXP 0000-L.” The Peoria Journal Star reports that the marking indicates the first vehicle off the California production line in 1925. […]

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Court fight over local restrictions on large-scale farms

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A northwestern Wisconsin county plans a court fight to defend a local ordinance that places more restrictions on large-scale farms to protect water quality. Bayfield County passed an ordinance last year requiring concentrated animal-feeding operations near the South Fish Creek watershed to provide a minimum of 540 days of manure storage. […]

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Trump making case for apprenticeships to fill jobs gap

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making the case for more apprenticeships to match workers with millions of open jobs, invoking the namesake of his long-running reality television show. Trump, whose resume includes TV’s “The Apprentice,” joined daughter Ivanka Trump and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta at a Wisconsin event on Tuesday focused on […]

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Wisconsin Senate to vote on ending home baking sales ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are expected to take a step toward allowing home bakers to sell their pies, cakes and muffins. The state Senate was scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would do away with a requirement that bakers obtain a license, which means renting or building a commercial kitchen, in […]

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Sales tax holiday possibly doomed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping appears to be doomed, with Republican lawmakers saying Friday that they instead want to reduce or end the personal property tax for businesses. Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee said they hadn’t seen support for the sales tax break, making […]

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Illinois seeks new operator for shuttered Rend Lake Resort

WHITTINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The state is seeking a new operator for a southern Illinois conference center and resort that was closed last year due to safety concerns. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal said Wednesday that finding a new operator for the Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center is a top priority. […]

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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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SwedishAmerican Foundation Awards Nearly $150,000

  The SwedishAmerican Foundation is excited to announce it has awarded nearly $150,000 in 12 grants to local not-for- profit organizations. The Foundation hosted a special news conference today at SwedishAmerican Hospital to announce the winners of its inaugural Caring for our Community Grant. SwedishAmerican is the only hospital in Rockford that awards community grants through donor giving. The […]

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Rockford to receive $700K grant redevelop industrial site

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials say the city of Rockford will receive $700,000 to redevelop a 22-acre industrial site. Rockford officials plan to use the revolving loan fund grant to turn the Colman Village Site into a $65 million multi-use complex to host a technical career center, a hospital clinic, an urban agriculture center […]

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