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home : ag & business : business February 21, 2018

4 alternatives for when your 401(k) doesn't cut it
There’s a finite list of things you can change at work — and your employer’s less-than-stellar retirement plan probably isn’t among them.
Saturday, February 17, 2018


Wynn gets no money in termination deal with casino company
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A termination agreement between embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company bearing with his name released Friday leaves him without any severance or compensation and prohibits him involvement in any competing gambling business for two years.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Commerce Dept. backs tariffs on imported aluminum and steel
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department is urging President Donald Trump to impose tariffs or quotas on imported aluminum and steel, which it calls a national security threat.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stocks stretch winning streak to 6 days despite turbulence
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed out their strongest week in five years Friday and have now recovered more than half of the losses they suffered in a plunge at the beginning of the month.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Volatile market a good time to brush up on financial terms

(AP) — With global stock markets suddenly volatile again, investors might need a refresher on some of the terms being thrown around.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Investors beware: The economy is in constant flux

DEAR BRUCE: Do you feel the current state of the economy will continue through 2018? -- B.C.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Some Important Do's And Don'ts When Using Popular Shopping Apps

(NerdWallet via AP) — Retailers such as Target and Amazon are embracing mobile applications to help consumers save money and time with features like digital wallets and augmented reality. 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hospitals warn Medicaid change could mean cuts

CHICAGO (AP) — Three of every five patients entering South Shore Hospital are poor or disabled and get their health care coverage through government-subsidized Medicaid.  


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Keagan's Castle now open downtown

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — Keagan’s Castle, the new indoor play and party center at 108 E. Market Street, Suite C in Taylorville is a literal birthday bonanza for children.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Newer Ranch On Cul-De-Sac

TAYLORVILLE — You’ll love the detail to design as you drive up to this 11 year old ranch home w/partial newly finished lower level.


Friday, February 9, 2018

The IMT Group Names Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC 2018 Gem Agency
TAYLORVILLE — The IMT Group, a Midwest-based provider of personal and commercial insurance products recently announced its list of 2018 Gem Agencies, distinguishing Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC as one of the qualifying recipients. The Dimond Bros. Taylorville location is located at 1011 N. Webster Street.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Gibbons, Edward Jones welcome Kerri Austwick
TAYLORVILLE — Edward Jones Advisor John Gibbons and his office at 601 N. Webster Street in Taylorville have welcomed a new member to their team, Kerri Austwick.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

The right way to give your teen an allowance: one big lump sum
(NerdWallet via AP) — Here's an idea: Hand your teenagers hundreds of dollars in one lump sum and leave it up to them to manage the money for the next, say, six to 12 months.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

LLCC hosting cybersecurity workshops

SPRINGFIELD — This spring, Lincoln Land Community College’s computer networking faculty will be hosting two workshops on cybersecurity. These events will take place on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, and are free and open to the public. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Buying a home as an unmarried couple? Do these 3 things

Love and marriage don’t always go together, no matter what Sinatra says. If you’re in a committed relationship but nuptials are on the back burner, just know your dream of buying a home doesn’t have to be.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

December home sales fluctuate, but 2017 Illinois housing market outpaces previous year

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois ended the year in positive territory for both sales and median prices, but the data showed the housing market continued to be affected by a lack of available inventory, according to data released by Illinois Realtors.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Child support is heavy burden for dad fallen on hard times

DEAR BRUCE: I divorced almost 12 years ago. At the time, I made six figures per year, but then had several bouts of physical and mental health issues. For a long while, I was unable to work at all. I had to reluctantly file bankruptcy, use Medicaid, food stamps, etc. Looking back, I don't know how I survived.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Should we pay people to save?

Long ago, people were rewarded for saving. Banks contributed something known as "interest" to the amounts deposited in savings accounts.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hearing At Home to open new office in Taylorville

TAYLORVILLE — Back in June, Ashley May brought her hearing healthcare business, Hearing At Home, to Taylorville. 


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Businessman may get 6-month delay in deportation
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio businessman who faces deportation to his native Jordan may be able to stay in the United States about six months while his case is reviewed.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Smart Money: Credit score will bounce back after debt is cleared up
DEAR BRUCE: My question is regarding the companies that help lower the interest rates and payments on your credit cards. When you sign up for the program, the one negative is that they close your credit cards so you can't use them while you pay them off. I understand that, but will my credit score drop when they close my credit cards, and how much would my score drop? -- George
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Jacksonville Bank to merge with Carlinville National Bank
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — Carlinville National Bank (CNB) and Jacksonville Bank jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Jacksonville Bank will merge with and into CNB.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Business Highlights
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Plan to exclude Florida from drilling isn't final
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s promise to exempt Florida from an offshore drilling plan is not a formal action, an Interior Department official said Friday in a statement that Democrats said contradicted a high-profile announcement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Decatur Memorial Hospital receives national 5 Star rating
DECATUR — Decatur Memorial Hospital was recently awarded a Five-Star Rating – the highest possible score – by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as announced by  HYPERLINK "http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare." Medicare.gov on Hospital Compare. 
Saturday, January 20, 2018

How to leverage great credit without borrowing a dime
(NerdWallet via AP) — As average credit scores for Americans continue to rise, the question for many becomes how to use their excellent credit rating to optimize their lives without borrowing money or adding risk.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Some Really Good Reasons Why You Should Save For Something Fun. . .

(NerdWallet via AP) — Financial planners tend to have firm ideas about the most important goals: You should save for retirement, pay off debt and build an emergency fund. Buying a pair of $200 sneakers or an ultra-high definition TV is probably not on that list.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

1356 N. 2100 E. Rd. Assumption

ASSUMPTION — Looking for room to spread out? In search of a wonderful, smaller school district? Or maybe you've always hoped for a mini farm? I've got a place for you!!!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Q&A: Plan to expand offshore drilling draws cheers, jeers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The energy industry is cheering the Trump administration’s proposal to open nearly all U.S. coastlines to offshore oil and gas drilling, saying it will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign supplies and create jobs.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Modest US hiring and slow wage gains keep Wall Street happy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring by U.S. employers slowed a bit as 2017 ended and pay growth was sluggish. Yet that’s actually how investors, at least, like it.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Is online college for you? Answer 5 questions to find out
(NerdWallet via AP) — Amelia Roberts, a nurse in Washington, D.C., knew she needed to return to college for a bachelor’s degree if she wanted to win a care coordinator position at her hospital. But attending college on a campus wasn’t a practical option for her.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

What to buy every month of the year in 2018

In 2018, you may resolve to save more , spend less or budget better . Whatever your money goal, the one common key to your success is shopping smart. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Is online college for you?

Amelia Roberts, a nurse in Washington, D.C., knew she needed to return to college for a bachelor’s degree if she wanted to win a care coordinator position at her hospital. But attending college on a campus wasn’t a practical option for her. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Two accidents will cost driver dearly

DEAR BRUCE: I was recently in a car accident and damaged my car pretty good. The insurance company didn't total it, but the damages are over $17,000 and it's going to take a month for the dealership to repair it. I received the ticket from the officer who came to the scene, so it was my fault. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Your Green Acres!

Just four years old, this ranch sits on 1.59 acres close to Lake Taylorville. It offers a split floor plan with three bedrooms and two full baths. Master suite has a walk-in closet and opens to a heated and cooled sunroom.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Illinois home prices increase in November; sales hold steady
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois home sales remained largely flat while the statewide median price shifted slightly higher in November as the market moved into the traditionally slower holiday season, according to Illinois Realtors.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Slaybaugh to retire from U.S. Bank after 44 years
TAYLORVILLE — “You just look back on it, and there is a difference between work and a job. If you enjoy what you’re e doing, you’re going to work; if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you’re going to a job. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve done, my clientele, my coworkers; I’ve never really thought of this a job,” said Bob Slaybaugh who will retire from U.S. Bank on December 31 after 44 years.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

That new store card could torpedo your credit score
(NerdWallet via AP) — Getting a deal during the holidays is a great American tradition. So when a sales clerk cheerfully asks, “Would you like to save 20 percent on your purchases today by opening a card with us?” it fits right in.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center seeks businesses for wood heating study

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois invites businesses throughout the state to apply for a free engineering study to learn about the potential cost savings of using low-value wood residues as heat.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Peoples Bank & Trust donates to Sertoma Club
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Getting engaged? Tell an insurance agent about the ring

(NerdWallet via AP) — If you recently got engaged, the first person you might want to tell about your beautiful ring is an insurance agent.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Safe deposit box keys are a mystery to executor

DEAR BRUCE: My sister lived many years in western Pennsylvania and then moved to Fort Myers, Florida, for about 1 1/2 years before she passed. As the executor going through her things, I found two safety box keys with no reference to which bank. I phoned a number of banks in the Fort Myers area and also in a radius of where she lived in western Pennsylvania to no avail. Do you know where I can turn to find out where she may have had her safety box? -- Arthur


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Move-In Ready And Affordably Priced

TAYLORVILLE — Contact Meagan Phillips to view this lovely maintained ranch home. As soon as you walk in, you’ll see that this home has been cared for.


Friday, December 15, 2017

S&P 500 returns to record following strong US jobs report
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Friday following a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report, and the strong finish pushed the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its third straight weekly gain despite some weakness earlier in the week.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

How to know when you paying too much for financial advice?
(NerdWallet via AP) — Investment management can cost as little as 0.25 percent of a portfolio’s value each year. Yet many people still pay 1 percent, or even more, for financial advice.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wellness Care welcomes new employee

TAYLORVILLE — Wellness Care Center would like to welcome their newest employee, Dr. Chris Dreas. He is originally from Nashville, Illinois, a small farming community in the southern part of the state. He currently lives in Effingham with his wife, three children and Skippy, their four-legged child. 



Saturday, December 2, 2017

TMH receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Quality

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been recognized for overall excellence in quality, placing its performance in the top 25 percent of the nation's rural hospitals.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Couple gets a late start on saving money
DEAR BRUCE: My husband is 68 and I am 59 years old. We are both retired. My husband collects veteran's disability and Social Security income. This is our only income. 
Saturday, December 2, 2017

When good money advice is bad for you

Discussing economic class is tricky in America, but the working and middle classes face vastly different financial challenges than upper-income families, and the gaps are growing wider. Good money advice for high earners could be lousy for low earners, and vice versa. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

FNB of Pana pledges $50,000 to PCH building project
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Deteriorating childhood home of acclaimed Belleville architect being restored

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An acclaimed architect who designed distinctive buildings across Belleville grew up in a massive downtown home that fell into disrepair in recent years.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Well maintained and in excellent condition
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Who wouldn't love this home for the holidays!!!! 
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Custom designed home
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Good corner location in town!
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Hunters and Nature Lover's Delight
Friday, December 1, 2017

Business Highlights
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Remodel to bring new look and feel to Taylorville Wendy's
TAYLORVILLE — Motorists driving by Wendy’s restaurant in Taylorville may have noticed a tremendous amount of work being performed at the popular eatery.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Dimond Bros. Insurance celebrates 150th Anniversary
PARIS, Ill. — Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC announced the celebration of their 150th Anniversary in 2017.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

When good money advice is bad for you
Discussing economic class is tricky in America, but the working and middle classes face vastly different financial challenges than upper-income families, and the gaps are growing wider. Good money advice for high earners could be lousy for low earners, and vice versa.
Saturday, November 25, 2017










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