Seed company wants to expand, add 30 jobs in Effingham

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — Representatives from a seed company say they’re looking at adding an Effingham facility. Jim Zimmer is with Beck’s Hybrids Distribution and Research. The Effingham Daily News reports he told city council members Tuesday that the company is interested in Effingham. The business would be located on 90 acres that the city […]

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Walgreens closes Alliance Boots deal, ticker changes to ‘WBA’

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Walgreen completed its purchase of European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots and on the final day of 2014, the combined company’s stock will begin trading under the ticker symbol “WBA.” The nation’s largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that shares long traded under the symbol “WAG,” have been converted to the […]

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Wisconsin cherry growers might slice board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The board that oversees marketing of Wisconsin’s tart cherries could be squeezed. Tart cherry growers have until Jan. 24 to decide whether to slice two members from the seven-member Wisconsin Cherry Board. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Friday it will begin mailing ballots next week to […]

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Walgreen shareholders give blessing to Alliance Boots deal 


Walgreen shareholders have voted in favor of the nation’s largest drugstore chain spending nearly $16 billion to complete the final step in its purchase of European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots. Walgreen says about 97 percent of the votes cast at a special shareholder meeting Monday went for the deal. That represents about 73 […]

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Icahn takes large stake in Manitowoc, pushes for a split

NEW YORK (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken a 7.77 percent stake in the crane maker Manitowoc and is pushing for the company to split into two, according to a regulatory filing Monday. Shares of Manitowoc jumped more than 11 percent in premarket trading. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, […]

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Community Banking Thrives at 5-Star First National Bank and Trust

Beloit, WI, December 29, 2014 – First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is proud to announce it has earned BauerFinancial’s 5-Star Superior rating for strength and security, proof positive that you don’t have to be the biggest to be the best. BauerFinancial Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s bank rating firm, has been evaluating […]

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Walgreen fiscal 1Q profit jumps 16 percent, tops forecasts

Stronger sales from established stores helped Walgreen trump analyst expectations for its fiscal first quarter, and the nation’s largest drugstore chain said its acquisition of European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots remains on track to close later this month. Shares of the Deerfield, Illinois, company started climbing early Tuesday morning, shortly after it released […]

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Plant to bring 140 new jobs

By Shaun Zinck szinck@beloitdailynews.com | Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:00 am A large national manufacturer is planning to open a facility in Beloit that could create up to 140 new jobs for the city. Georgia-based Pratt Industries will construct a 350,000 square-foot plant on 56 acres of land in Beloit’s Gateway Business District. The […]

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Illinois farm groups foresee market growth in Cuba

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Illinois farm groups are looking to Cuba as a growing market for corn, soybeans, pork and other products the state produces, and they see the state’s access to rail and river transportation as an advantage to trade with the Caribbean island nation of 11 million consumers. The thaw in relations between […]

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District sells Gateway Business Park land

By Hillary Gavan hgavan@beloitdailynews.com | 8 comments The School District of Beloit has sold its land in the Gateway Business Park. The Board of Education voted to approve the sale of the property at 1401 Town Hall Road at its Tuesday evening special meeting. Two plots at 26.85 acres each were sold to two buyers, […]

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