Heavy truck tax hits a roadblock

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer MADISON — With the deadline to pass a state budget in the rear-view mirror and no agreement in sight, lawmakers and state business groups are pushing back against a proposal aimed at raising funds to break a transportation budget stalemate. A plan to impose a heavy truck tax on freight […]

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Tiny houses, big dreams

By HILLARY GAVAN SOUTH BELOIT — As the tiny house movement continues to grow, Pearl Lake Manager Bob Severson is hard at work building them. For 27 years Pearl Lake has been buying 400-square-foot park homes and then adding room additions in its recreational neighborhood, open May 1 to Oct. 15. Making the tiny homes […]

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Blackhawk hosts camp for career exploration

By RYAN SILVOLA JANESVILLE — Young students can explore potential fields of employment with a summer camp being offered this summer at Blackhawk Technical College. The Skills Today Careers for Tomorrow summer camps will give incoming seventh-10th graders hands on learning experiences, community enrichment manager Kerry Osmond said. Though Blackhawk has done similar camps in […]

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Kristin Hamblock of Rosecrance named a Workforce Game Changer

ROCKFORD — Kristin Hamblock was recognized for the well-regarded honor of a 2017 Workforce Game Changers Award by Workforce magazine. Now in its seventh year, the international award program selects the top human resources practitioners and strategists under the age of 40 dedicated to pushing the profession forward with innovative people-management practices. As Benefits & Payroll […]

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SwedishAmerican Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning Tom Myers to Retire July 1 

After 31 years of service, Tom Myers, vice president of marketing and strategic planning, is retiring from SwedishAmerican on July 1. Tom began his journey with SwedishAmerican in March of 1986 as director of communications, and in October of 1989 was promoted to vice president of marketing and strategy. Tom’s tenure included working closely with […]

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SwedishAmerican Donates More Than 700 Pounds of Peanut Butter & Jelly to Local Food Pantries

During SwedishAmerican’s Founder’s Week, June 5 – 16, the hospital held an employee peanut butter and jelly drive at 21 SwedishAmerican locations throughout northern Illinois to provide meals to children in need during the summer months. SwedishAmerican donated more than 700 pounds of peanut butter and jelly, which is approximately 600 jars and roughly 9,000 […]

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 ABC Supply Co. Inc. celebrates 35 years of serving contractors

BELOIT— Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. celebrates 35 years of serving contractors, an era that has seen the company focus on achieving co-founders Ken and Diane Hendricks’ mission to provide the resources contractors need to help their businesses succeed while treating them with the respect they deserve. Starting with three stores in 1982, […]

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SwedishAmerican President & CEO Dr. Bill Gorski to Retire on July 1

Dr. Bill Gorski who for the past 16 years has been president and CEO of SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, will retire from his position effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Michael Born, currently SwedishAmerican’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer, will succeed Dr. Gorski as president and CEO. “Dr. Gorski has been an […]

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Local Lender Receives USDA Rural Development Award

BELOIT– USDA Rural Development State Director, Dave Schwobe, named First National Bank and Trust Company as a recipient of the 2016 Silver Million Dollar Lender Award. The Award is presented each year to lenders who have partnered with, and made a significant contribution to, supporting Wisconsin rural residents looking to become homeowners through the USDA […]

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Ryan Renz Joins First National Bank and Trust as Controller

BELOIT – First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Ryan Renz has joined the company as controller and officer. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Renz sits on the board of directors for the university’s […]

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