Catholic hospital system plans to lay off 250 workers

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-based Presence Health plans to lay off 250 employees during the next three months in a cost-saving move. The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/1nRzKrc) the Catholic hospital system also plans to leave vacant 450 jobs expected to open this year through attrition. The hospital network previously reported operating losses for last year of […]

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Caterpillar expects 1Q results to miss analysts’ estimates

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar expects its first-quarter results to come in well below Wall Street’s view as it continues to deal with weak product demand. But the mining and construction equipment maker maintained its full-year forecast, saying in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it remains “comfortable” with the figures. Shares […]

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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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Behr admits safety issues in man’s death

ROCKFORD — Behr Iron & Steel pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to willfully violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations resulting in the death of an employee at the company’s South Beloit facility, 201 Wheeler Ave., two years ago. Alfredo Arrendondo, 39, died after his arm was caught in a moving, unguarded conveyor belt […]

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Celebrating Beloit businesses

BELOIT — Awards were bestowed and wisdom was imparted at a celebration Tuesday night when nearly 400 of Beloit’s business elite gathered at the Eclipse Center at the 89th annual Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce dinner, which celebrated the area’s economic accomplishments over the last year. Keynote speaker Phil Kiser, the president and CEO of […]

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‘Dr. Leo’ named as 2016 BDN Headliner Award winner

BELOIT — Those who are familiar with Dr. Leo Egbujiobi know he is rarely at a lack for words. He eagerly engages in conversations on almost any topic and particularly on his favorite topic — heart health. However, the interventional cardiologist from Beloit Health System clearly was touched and searching for words to express himself […]

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Tribune Publishing names its editors as publishers, too

CHICAGO (AP) — Tribune Publishing’s new chairman pressed ahead Wednesday with his rapid reshuffling of leadership ranks at the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and its other major U.S. newspapers, combining the roles of editors and publishers and declaring an ambition to build “the largest global audience on all mediums.” The reorganization comes about a […]

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Records show lack of contact before Oscar Mayer announcement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A top executive at Wisconsin’s largest business lobby dissuaded the state’s job-creation agency from contacting food conglomerate Kraft Heinz about its future plans after the company’s merger was announced and before the announcement last year that Oscar Mayer’s 100-year-old plant in Madison would close, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The Wisconsin State […]

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Mother-son duo operates local salon

BELOIT — If little Johnny got in trouble, the adult who caught him in the act never bothered to call the house. After all, his mother, Linda Prescher, could nearly always be found working away at her beauty shop, Keep on Cut’n. Twenty-three years have passed by, and the shop, first located in the Shopko […]

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Supreme Court rules for Hormel workers

MADISON — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Hormel Foods Corp. must pay its Beloit employees for the time they spend putting on and taking off clothing and safety gear at the beginning and ending of each work shift. The 4-2 majority, with Justice Rebecca Bradley abstaining, found that state and federal wage law […]

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