Struggling southern Illinois airport gambles on Vegas route

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) — A little-used southern Illinois air strip once touted as a competitor to the St. Louis area’s primary airport is rolling the dice that new Las Vegas service will help stem nearly two decades of financial losses. Mid America Airport has seen a succession of carriers […]

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Jobless rates fall in all Illinois metro areas in August

CHICAGO (AP) — Unemployment rates in every Illinois’ metropolitan areas declined in August for an 18th straight month but six metro areas lost jobs. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday the job that four of the metro areas losing jobs were in the western half of the state. The Davenport-Moline-Rock Island area of […]

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Caterpillar to cut at least 10,000 jobs

CHICAGO — Construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar revealed Thursday plans to lay off 10,000 workers — or more — in a bid to save $1.5 billion a year in operating costs. Nearly half of those job losses — 4,000 to 5,000 salaried and management employees — will come before the end of 2016, with […]

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Beloit job numbers improve

By Daily News staff BELOIT — Beloit’s unemployment rate dropped a full percentage point in August, but it remained the third highest rate among Wisconsin’s 32 largest communities. Beloit’s jobless rate was 5.8 percent in August, down from 6.8 percent in July, and down from 7.1 percent in August of 2014. Racine had the highest […]

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Local unemployment drops in Wisconsin cities, counties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Unemployment rates have dropped between July and August in every Wisconsin county and large city. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figures Wednesday. They show that unemployment rates dropped in each of the 32 largest cities and in all 72 counties between July and August. Racine has the […]

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Employees will lose jobs

FORT ATKINSON — About 33 employees of a print operation in Fort Atkinson will lose their jobs by the end of the year. W.D. Hoard ande Sons will close its print division located at 521 Edwards St. and at 28 Milwaukee Ave. in Fort Atkinson, according to a notice from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce […]

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Fierce response to Walker plan to bar federal public unions

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is hoping to pull his campaign off the mat by taking on unions — a familiar foe for the Wisconsin governor — in a sweeping plan to upend pillars of organized labor nationwide. Walker’s plan calls for eliminating unions for employees […]

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EEOC: Superior, Wisconsin, company will pay $140K settlement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors of Superior has agreed to pay $140,000 to settle an age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. Stack Bros. is a major hearing and plumbing contractor in northwestern Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota. The EEOC said in a statement Friday that the company discriminated […]

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Frac sand mining slows — for now

Glen Olson Lee Newspapers Frac sand mining may no longer be booming, but it hasn’t become a bust. Oil prices have dropped more than 50 percent since last year at this time, and have an unstable short-term future. That’s slowed fracturing, or fracking, a process that injects sand, water and chemicals into shale to free […]

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Wisconsin unemployment rate drops to 4.5 percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate for August is 4.5 percent, a slight drop from July. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Friday that the state added 7,200 private-sector jobs between July and August. The unemployment rate was down from 4.6 percent in July. Wisconsin’s 4.5 percent unemployment remains below the national unemployment […]

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