Proposed rail project would pass through Rock County

A proposed railroad that may some day pass through Rock County has a new route. The plan calls for a bypass that, if built, would allow trains to go around Chicago to the south, and it then shoots north past Rockford to hook up with another rail line in Rock County. Along the way, it […]

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Construction work to begin on I-39/90

MADISON — Though most of the construction along I-39/90 won’t be hitting Beloit for several years, northern Rock County could be seeing projects begin as early as next week. There are more than 15 projects on the schedule, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s latest plan. Beginning this month, work will begin on the […]

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Firehouse Subs now open in Janesville

JANESVILLE — Joe Fallin probably wouldn’t have predicted he’d become a sub shop owner, but he’s pleased that life has taken that turn. Fallin recently opened his own franchise of Firehouse Subs, a Florida-based fast food chain known for its hot subs and firefighting theme, in Janesville. “Things have been going really well so far,” […]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS

BauerFinancial Inc., Coral Gables, Florida announced recently that First National Bank and Trust, Beloit, Wisconsin has once again earned its coveted 5-Star Superior rating for the 18th consecutive quarter. “A 5-Star rating indicates that First National Bank and Trust is one of the strongest banks in the nation, excelling in such areas as capital, loan […]

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ON THE MOVE

ON THE MOVE Jeannie Hill is celebrating 20 years of service with Rockford Mutual Insurance Company. Hill began her employment as Recovery Specialist at Rockford Mutual Insurance Company. From there she was promoted to Claim Representative, followed by Senior Claim Representative then to her current position of Auto Coordinator in our Claims Department. Rockford Mutual […]

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Roscoe’s Main Street welcomes new boutique

ROSCOE — A new women’s jewelry and clothing boutique has arrived on Roscoe’s Main Street. The K. Paige Shop, 10684 Main St., had a grand opening Saturday, but it already had been open for a day in late February and for another few days in early March, according to owner Brooke Anderson. Roscoe resident Ellie […]

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Unemployment rates increase across all Illinois counties

ROCKFORD — Unemployment rates increased between December and January in all 102 counties in Illinois, as more people entered the workforce, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. “Though more people in Illinois entered the labor force, they were not able to find jobs,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “With Illinois trailing the rest […]

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Whole Foods plans distribution hub on Chicago’s South Side

CHICAGO (AP) — Whole Foods plans to build a new distribution center in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood to replace one now located in Munster, Indiana. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the upscale grocery chain announced the plans Thursday, citing the Pullman neighborhood’s skilled workforce and proximity to interstate highway routes. Two of the chain’s suppliers — […]

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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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