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home : ag & business : business August 30, 2016

Withdrawals from 401(k) must begin at 70 1/2
DEAR BRUCE: I understood from a relative that as long as I am still working, I'm not obliged to take a percentage of my 401(k) every year. I am 74 years old and still work. I mentioned this to a colleague, and they informed me that nowhere in the IRS guidelines does it state that. Am I obliged to take the percentage deduction from my 401(k), or may I leave it intact? -- M.D.
Saturday, August 27, 2016


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Hidden risk to economy in corporate balance sheets
NEW YORK (AP) — America has a debt problem, but it’s not what you think.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

The astronomical cost increase of the EpiPen is a very real problem
Along with books, backpacks and sneakers, many parents are facing one more back-to-school expense: EpiPens.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Mormon church opposes plan for futuristic, green communities
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The utopic communities envisioned by a wealthy Mormon businessman near religious landmarks in Utah and Vermont would feature small homes clustered around community gardens and focus on walkability to reduce the need for cars.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Viacom CEO is out as the company settles Redstone lawsuits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The messy legal battle over Sumner Redstone’s media empire appears to have come to an end.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

The 3 seconds that save lives and the 5 biggest lies drivers tell themselves
More than a half-century of safety advances, public-relations campaigns, legislation and advertising pitches by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the world's automakers have persuaded 88.5 percent of Americans to fasten their seat belts when they get into their cars.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

BLM: Exploration can expand near Alaska eagle preserve
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Canadian company exploring for copper, zinc and gold upstream of a southeast Alaska bald eagle preserve has received permission from a federal agency to expand.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

US stocks take small losses as energy companies slide
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took small losses Friday to end a quiet week of trading. Energy companies fell as a rally in oil prices faded and investors continue to sell the safe assets they favored earlier this year. Technology and materials companies made small gains.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Charro Mexican Restaurant to relocate, expand

TAYLORVILLE — Charro Mexican Restaurant is moving, but they are certainly not leaving Taylorville. In fact, the move will only solidify their presence in town for many more years.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

TCCU's community food drive benefits pantries
TAYLORVILLE — Several area food pantries benefitted from TCCU’s 2nd annual ‘Freedom Tree’ community food drive, which concluded its 7-week campaign on July 15. Sponsored by Taylorville Community Credit Union, the community-wide campaign drew donations of boxed and canned food items from credit union members and residents in general.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Going Solar: Home Equity Loan Best Way To Finance Solar Panel Purchase
Buying solar panels requires an investment and more decision-making than leasing, but over the long term, the benefits of owning your system are hard to beat.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

FBI chief calls for national talk over encryption vs. safety
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI’s director said Friday the agency is collecting data to present next year in hopes of sparking a national conversation about law enforcement’s increasing inability to access encrypted electronic devices.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

'Student' credit cards aren't for all students, or even most
As parents prepare their rising freshmen for life at college, many are leaving out a crucial piece of information: how to build credit.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Burg: Edinburg's new watering hole
EDINBURG — After sitting vacant for almost two months, the old Holler and Swaller bar in Edinburg has reopened under new management and with a new name. It’s now known as The Burg, and it opened officially on Friday.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Coming Soon!
TAYLORVILLE — Work is progressing rapidly at Taylorville’s newest eatery.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

How to get a fair price for tickets to your favorite shows
Hoping to score affordable seats to a concert, play or sporting event? Good luck. Unscrupulous brokers are sending prices through the roof.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Rebecca's Antiques moves, expands and restores
TAYLORVILLE — Rebecca Steiner is moving into the new home for her business on the square in downtown Taylorville.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Insect Repellents In The Age Of Zika - Take Some Extra Precautions
Since emerging in Brazil in early 2015, the Zika virus has now spread to more than 40 countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Be Wary Of The Healthy-Sounding Words On Food Packages
When you're grocery shopping, here's a good rule of thumb: Be wary of the healthy-sounding words on food packages.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Prairie Rose Health Care Donates to 3D Mammography Campaign
PANA — Shannon Moore and Stephanie Dilley of Prairie Rose Health Care Center (left) presented Pana Community Hospital Foundation a check for over $700 to be used towards the Foundation’s 3D Mammography campaign.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Request for tax payment is likely to come soon
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Boom times for big US airlines: $3.9 billion in 2Q profits
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Compared with their checkered track record, major airlines are enjoying boom times.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Consensus principle stymieing unity at SE Asian meetings
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — For 49 years, the unity of Southeast Asia’s main grouping has hinged on its founding principle: decisions by consensus. But that cardinal principle is now proving to be the biggest headache for its members, who began important meetings Saturday deeply divided on how to deal with China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea. 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Former resident awarded Century 21 business certificate
CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Heather Mundhenke, formerly Heather Phares of Taylorville, Ill., was recently awarded the Century 21 University Hootsuite Social for Business Certificate.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Memorial earns top national quality, safety honor
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center is the first hospital in Illinois to receive the American Hospital Association’s top national honor for quality and safety.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

CNB Bank & Trust announces Dulakis promotion
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — The Board of Directors of CNB Bank & Trust, N.A. is pleased to announce the promotion of Kelly Dulakis to the position of Assistant Vice President/Retail Lender at CNB’s Taylorville facility.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Chicago's new smoking age could increase Indiana sales
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Chicago’s move to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes to 21 could increase smoke shop sales in northwestern Indiana, experts said.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Paying Off Student Debt Has Left Some Wondering If College Is Worth It
Because the data consistently show that getting a college education translates into a better future and higher lifetime earnings, it should be worth the money you spend on it.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Gigabit Goes Live
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville officially joined the ranks of some of the largest and most prestigious cities in the country on Saturday with the launch of CTI’s gigabit internet service.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Matrix Gym endures after loss of owner
TAYLORVILLE — Following the tragic passing of Taylorville’s Mark Szabo, former owner of the Matrix Gym, the business will carry on in his memory under the direction of new owner Colleen Litz.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Digital Age Democracy - Is Online Voting A Solution To Low Turnout?
Considering the importance of elections in the United States, the country sure does make voting a challenge. National elections are held on a Tuesday in November, a workday for most people.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

New Image Designs in Rochester makes a move
ROCHESTER — After operating for more than twenty years from his home, Gary McBride, owner of New Image Designs in Rochester, has finally secured a more visible location for his custom screenprinting and embroidery business.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Renovations underway at old F.E. Storm building
TAYLORVILLE — For years, the old F.E. Storm lumber yard that occupies most of the 400 block of West Market and West Main Cross Streets has been an eyesore. Pam Moses of Taylorville is hoping to change that with a multi-faceted renovation of the property that will transform it into multiple, more appealing retail and commercial spaces.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Smart Money: Lost temper makes a bad situation worse
Saturday, June 25, 2016

GSI receives LLC Business Partnership Award
MATTOON — The Lake Land College Board of Trustees awarded the 17th annual Business Partnership Award to Grain Systems Incorporated in recognition of its ongoing, exceptional partnership with the college.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mt. Auburn native thrives in hospitality industry
TAYLORVILLE — In two years, MC Hotel Construction in St. Louis has seen revenues increase from $1.4 million to $46 million, an increase of over 1,500 percent.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Illinois History: Twenties were 'roaring' in Illinois - or were they?
ILLINOIS — The 1920s are remembered for their prosperity, playfulness, and advances in lifestyle. Not all Illinoisans, however, shared in the bounty.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Jimmy John's to open in Taylorville early in the fall
TAYLORVILLE — “The response so far has been awesome, and that’s what excites me about bringing this franchise to Taylorville,” said Jimmy John’s franchise co-owner Patrick Wampler about his newest store that is set to open in mid August or early September in Taylorville. “I stopped for gas the other day and walked in with the uniform on and it was like I was a celebrity. It’s kind of fun to be the new guy and the guy that everybody is excited about because we share in that excitement about coming to Taylorville.”
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rural cooperative hosts 79th annual meeting
AUBURN – Members of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) gathered for their 79th annual meeting of members on Thursday, June 9 at Glenwood High School in Chatham. Before the meeting, about 550 members and guests enjoyed a pork chop dinner, vendor displays, bucket truck rides and a variety of activities for kids.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

FNB of Nokomis to acquire Stonington facility
NOKOMIS — First National Bank of Nokomis, headquartered in Nokomis, Illinois and Illini Bank, headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, jointly announce the signing of an agreement on June 16, 2016 that provides for First National Bank of Nokomis to acquire Illini Bank’s banking office located in Stonington, Illinois (“Stonington Office”).
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Key To Home Renovation Without Aggravation - Planning, Planning, Planning
Think 2016 might finally be the year to tackle that big renovation project you've been putting off? Proper planning is the best predictor of satisfaction and will also minimize the number of costly changes you make once the work is underway.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Talks set after nurses set strike at 5 Twin Cities hospitals
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Contract talks are set to resume in the hopes of avoiding a strike by nearly 5,000 nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis area.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Taylorville Aaron's acquires Rent-A-Center customers
TAYLORVILLE —Roy Dunning and his wife, Diane, owners of the Taylorville and Litchfield Aaron’s stores, announced on Wednesday that the Taylorville Aaron’s location has acquired Taylorville Rent-A-Center’s customers.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Your Guide To Using Online Home-Services Directories
Online home-services directories can provide hundreds -- or even thousands -- of user ratings for contractors, plumbers and other pros. Consumer Reports looks at four popular sites to guide you in your home improvement research.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wellness Care Center welcomes new massage therapist
TAYLORVILLE — Wellness Care Center in Taylorville is proud to welcome the newest member of their healthcare family. Narce Ramirez will be joining the team as the new massage therapist.
Saturday, June 4, 2016










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