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Big Beautiful Farm House In Local School District
OWANECO — Price reduced to $157,500. Have you always wanted a big beautiful farm house but lack of inventory had you thinking it would never happen? Here’s your chance, right in Taylorville school district! One road from the house takes you to Rt 29 to Taylorville.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Credit suffers after relative defaults on car loan
My credit is very bad because I let a family member take over payment on my car in 2017. My family member didn't pay any money or give the car back to me. I had to call the police, but there is nothing they can do because I gave it to them. I could take them to court, but that might end up costing me more money. What can I do? -- V.G.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

VICC Asphalt of Jacksonville acquires Lowe's Paving and Sealcoating
Marshall Lowe, formerly of Lowe’s Paving and Sealcoating, has sold his company to VICC Asphalt in Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

When renting your first place, good credit can open doors
When first-time renter Angelica Fattu-Logan, 20, started applying for apartments, she braced for rejection. But those rejections never came  in part because she had good credit.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Central Counties Health Centers welcomes new pediatrician
Beginning Monday, the Central Counties Health Centers office in Taylorville will start offering pediatric services.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

When Your Parents Die Broke You're Probably Not Responsible For The Debt
(NerdWallet via AP) — Blogger John Schmoll's father left a financial mess when he died: a house that was worth far less than the mortgage, credit card bills in excess of $20,000_and debt collector s who insisted the son was legally obligated to pay what his father owed.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Persistence and patience help repair poor credit
DEAR BRUCE: I owe $1,533 on my Visa card. My credit is poor. What can I do to improve it? -- J.G.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Credit Union to hold 62nd annual meeting Mar. 20
TAYLORVILLE, IL – Taylorville Community Credit Union is inviting all current members to attend the upcoming Annual Meeting. Scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Taylorville, the event is a combination business meeting and social event.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

EIU credits marketing campaign for enrollment interest
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University’s president says the campus appears to be headed toward a significant increase in freshman enrollment next fall.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

McDonald's card sales benefit PCH project

PANA — McDonalds of Pana presented the Pana Community Hospital Foundation the proceeds from the sale of sandwich and drink punch cards during the holiday season. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words!

STONINGTON — This Spacious All Brick ranch home features three bedrooms, two and a half baths and has a lot to offer the entire family.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Best For Less Is The Easter Spot!
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Anderson Jewelers Online Now Open For Business
Owner David Cowell and manager Doug Cowell are pleased to announce their online store for Anderson Jewelers,, is now open for business.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Brown's Barber Shop, A Meeting Place Downtown
Kevin Brown was born and raised in Taylorville. In 2006 he opened Brown's Barber Shop which is now just off the square on East Market.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Bella Amore, A Full Service Bridal Boutique
Bella Amore is a full service Bridal Boutique on the historic Taylorville square.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Trump picks Dow Chemical lawyer for key role at EPA
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has picked a chemical industry insider to run the Environmental Protection Agency office that oversees emergency response to hazardous spills and cleanups of the nation’s most toxic sites.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Latonis joins Breeze-Courier staff
Tom Latonis, 62, of Pana has joined the staff of the Breeze-Courier effective March 1. He has a 34-year career in community journalism.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Don't write off paper bank statements just yet, they have their advantages
(NerdWallet via AP) — Electronic bank statements have virtues — saving trees, keeping your desk uncluttered — but they also have a vice: They can be easy to forget.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Why millennials should care about Medicare right now

Medicare provides basic health care to one out of six Americans, most of them 65 and older. Even people decades away from retirement, though, should be concerned about Congress meddling with the program.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

History of evictions is a red flag for employer

DEAR BRUCE: Would you hire an employee -- a college graduate -- who had a history of evictions from their apartments? Would you rent an apartment to a college graduate who had a history of evictions? It seems to me this college graduate would be a poor employee and credit risk. -- Reader

Saturday, February 24, 2018

If you're counseling someone who's considering college, here's how to navigate
(NerdWallet via AP) — Americans want to believe that we all have the chance to explore our individual brands of limitless potential. We tell young people, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” We say they should take the time to discover who they really are and pick a career that will match. 
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Rooms With Good Bones

(AP) — Edith Wharton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author famous for novels set in the late 19th century, also wrote an influential book on interior design, long considered a sort of bible of American decorating.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

How empty-nesters can transform their homes

TAYLORVILLE — After bringing home a bubbly baby boy or girl, it can be hard for parents to imagine that a day will come when their kids are off to college and then onto their own apartment or house.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning

TAYLORVILLE — Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. Because carbon monoxide is found in the fumes produced when fuel is burned, it is present in and around homes. As a result, homeowners should be aware of carbon monoxide and make every effort to detect its presence.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Lake Frontage, Open House Sunday

TAYLORVILLE — This very nice home was maintained and updated continuously over the years. This home features four bedrooms, two full baths, a living room and family room. Some of the updates, starting in 2008, include a new tile floor that was installed in lower level, and boat dock and lake deck were built.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Looking For Small-Town Living And A Perfect Home?

STONINGTON — This one and half story home is move-in ready and waiting for you. Home features 1,468  sq. ft and many updates in the last two years. The price was just reduced to $84,900!!!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Two-Story Duplex, Completely Renovated

TAYLORVILLE — This two story, duplex that has been completely renovated in the past couple of years is an excellent location.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Two-Story Duplex, Completely Renovated

TAYLORVILLE — This two story, duplex that has been completely renovated in the past couple of years is an excellent location.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Prepare HVAC systems for spring

TAYLORVILLE — Before the weather starts to warm up too much, homeowners may want to evaluate their home cooling needs and ensure that all equipment is in good working order.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Modern Decor, Lots Of Amenities
TAYLORVILLE — Come home to 2520 East Lakeshore Drive and relax. Enjoy quiet walks around Taylorville Lake and take in the abundant wildlife. This  quality built, 29-year-old ranch with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms has much to offer.
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Franklin Storage offers climate-controlled solutions

TAYLORVILLE — Neither rain, nor shine, nor sleet, nor hail; none of those elements are a problem at Taylorville’s newest self storage space. In fact, Franklin Storage also has the solution to humidity and pesky hot weather.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ag production, innovation focus for county leadership program this week

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Ag Production and Innovation, this week’s focus for the Christian County Leadership program, took participants to Stonington’s Monsanto Seed Research and Manufacturing plant and GSI’s Taylorville facility. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Looking For Country?
MORRISONVILLE ‚ This well-maintained two-story home has loads of space & old time charm but with modern conveniences. It is enhanced with a beautiful staircase, natural woodwork & wood floors.
Friday, February 23, 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

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

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 "" 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

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