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home : ag & business : business January 23, 2021

MyPillow guy among acolytes for Trump torch
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about sabotaged voting machines — off on staffers. But the Trump true believer says he has something from Trump that softens that blow: the promise of an endorsement.
Saturday, January 23, 2021


Local scholarhip available through Illinois Sheriff's Association
ILLINOIS — The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $58,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois, full-time online learning is acceptable.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

7 credit card perks to prioritize in 2021
As you lay the groundwork for 2021 financial resolutions, take inventory of your credit cards to see if they’re still in line with your goals and priorities.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Buying homeowners insurance? Ask these 4 questions first
Purchasing insurance may not be as fun as choosing new furniture and paint colors, but it’s a critical part of the homebuying process. Your homeowners insurance policy is a financial safety net in case of a disaster, so you’ll want to ask a few important questions to make sure you have the coverage you need at a price you can afford.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

How to make budgeting as painless as possible

Budgeting is a pain. But what’s more painful is a bill you can’t easily pay, debt that costs a fortune or not having enough money to retire.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

How to respond when risk tolerance is tested
TAYLORVILLE — When you begin investing, you’ll generally assess your comfort with risk, as your investment choices will be guided at least partially by your risk tolerance. But once you actually experience the ups and downs of the market, this tolerance could be tested.
Saturday, January 23, 2021

Illinois awards $31.5 million in grants funded by marijuana revenue
SPRINGFIELD — The state announced Thursday that it has awarded $31.5 million in grants to 81 community organizations around Illinois to help fund legal services for low-income residents, youth development, violence prevention and economic development in areas hardest hit by the war on drugs.
Friday, January 22, 2021

2325 White Oaks Dr. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — If you’ve been looking for that “one step” soft grey ranch home this may just be the one you’ll want.

Spacious living room that opens to dining room measures 19’10” x 14’4”. The kitchen has lots of cabinet space and the stove, refrigerator and dishwasher are included. A window over the sink allows you to look out the back yard.  The nice sized laundry room/mechanical room is huge…14’4” x 9’4 and gives plenty of spacious for the washer and dryer which are included PLUS the furnace and air with room for a sewing area or office area.

Friday, January 22, 2021

EU regulator: Hackers 'manipulated' stolen vaccine documents
The European Union’s drug regulator said Friday that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers in a cyberattack have been not only leaked to the web, but “manipulated“ by hackers.

The European Medicines Agency said that an ongoing investigation into the cyberattack showed that hackers obtained emails and documents from November related to the evaluation of experimental coronavirus vaccines. The agency, which regulates drugs and medicines across the 27-member EU, had troves of confidential COVID-19 data as part of its vaccine approval process.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Land of Lincoln Credit Union assisting small business owners with PPP loans
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) is offering small business owners assistance as they navigate through the qualifications and application process for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. LLCU is an SBA Express Lender and have dedication commercial loan officers ready to assist.

This round of PPP loans presented several changes to avoid fraudulent activity and larger corporations from consuming large portions of the allotted amount. This time, there will be two categories; FIRST DRAW loans (for those that have not received PPP loans previously) and SECOND DRAW loans (for those that have previously received a PPP loan). The qualifications vary for both types.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Liz Weston: Start 2021 off strong with these money moves
After the train wreck that was 2020, you may well question whether it’s worth trying to plan anything. But knocking off a few financial tasks early in the year can better prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store.
Saturday, January 16, 2021

Bank Donates To Food Pantry
Saturday, January 9, 2021

Consolidated noted for communications excellence
MATTOON —  Consolidated Communications announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named its ProConnect as a recipient of the 2020 Unified Communications Excellence Award presented by TMC's Internet Telephony magazine.
Saturday, January 9, 2021

1372 E. 800 N. Rd. Owaneco
OWANECO — Beautiful country home with four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms all on three acres located just South of Lake Taylorville! Property has been updated inside and out! You will love the easy to maintain hardwood and tile floors throughout.
Friday, January 8, 2021

Erlenbush Named Taylorville Memorial Hospital Colleague of the Year
Becky Erlenbush, a registered nurse, is the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Colleague of the Year.

Erlenbush has worked in healthcare for 19 years and personifies Memorial Health System values in her work as a clinical education coordinator, Erlenbush’s supervisor, Geri Kirkbride, said.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Pana Community Hospital Announces collaboration with Decatur Orthopedic Center
Pana Community Hospital is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Decatur Orthopedic Center, Dr. Jacob Sams and Dr. Donald Sullivan. This new collaboration will bring a joint replacement program to Pana Community Hospital. The Decatur Orthopedic Center, Dr. Sams, and Dr. Sullivan have been providing high quality orthopedic services to both the Decatur and Monticello communities for over 7 years and wanted to expand these services to Pana and the surrounding communities.
Saturday, January 2, 2021

Tesla's annual sales up 36% but comes short of delivery goal
Tesla’s annual sales rose 36%, but the electric car company came short of its annual goal to deliver 500,000 vehicles.

The company said Saturday that it delivered 499,500 for the year, including 180,570 SUVs and sedans for the October through December period.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

To raise financially savvy kids, give money lessons a reboot
Many elder millennials may have learned to manage money much like our parents did: waiting for statements to arrive in the mail, balancing checkbooks and paying in cash. But if you’re planning to impart the same lessons to your own children, ask yourself a few questions first.
Saturday, January 2, 2021

209 W. Poplar Taylorville
Thursday, December 31, 2020

New Year's resolutions the topic at weekly Optimist meeting
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2020, in the Community room of the People’s Bank. President Ron Spears called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the opening prayer given by Pastor Steve Robinson. Ron began the meeting with his usual bits of information concerning birthdays and events that occurred on this date in history.
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Accelerators teach program accepting applications
ILLINOIS — Golden Apple, an Illinois nonprofit committed to preparing, supporting, and mentoring aspiring teachers, is now accepting applicants for its Accelerator’s class of 2021. The one-year teacher residency and licensure program, expedites the preparation of highly-qualified teachers in areas throughout the state that are most in need - notably southern, central, and western Illinois.
Saturday, December 26, 2020

CNB employees take role in charitable giving
CARLINVILLE — CNB Bank & Trust continues to make the Holidays and New Year a little brighter for charitable organizations in communities they serve. In celebration of their appreciation to these organizations and all they do for their communities, CNB is empowering its employees again this year, to assist with the 2020 year-end giving campaign. Employees take an active role in selecting charities of their choice.
Saturday, December 26, 2020

Tough Conversation: How To Discuss Family Finances In Midst Of A Crisis
(NERDWALLET via AP) — With 10.7 million Americans out of work as of November 2020 (and 3.9 million of those workers unemployed for 27 weeks or more), many have been forced into having tough money conversations as a result of the pandemic.
Saturday, December 26, 2020

China's leaders say tech growth top priority amid US tension
China’s ruling Communist Party called Friday for faster technology development to increase the country’s economic independence amid tensions with Washington that have disrupted access to computer chips and other high-tech components.

China also needs to improve control over its industrial supply chains and increase consumer demand to support self-sustaining economic growth, party leaders said in a statement following a meeting to set economic priorities for the coming year.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital announces new president and CEO
HSHS St. Mary's Hospital announced today the appointment of Theresa Rutherford, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE, as the next president and chief executive officer (CEO). She will start her service January 3, 2021.

Rutherford comes to St. Mary's from HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham where she has served as president and CEO since 2013. Rutherford is no stranger to St. Mary's Hospital. Prior to her service at St. Anthony's, she was the chief operating officer (COO) at St. Mary's from 2006 to 2013. During her time as COO, she took on a dual role as chief nursing executive until a chief nursing officer was hired. Rutherford's history with St. Mary's goes even further. She began her career with St. Mary's in 1979 as an LPN.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Calibrate your emergency fund to a crisis-prone world
It took a pandemic to convince Americans to take saving money seriously.

For years, Americans set aside 7%-8% of their income. In a knee-jerk reaction to COVID-19, people stashed cash at a historic level. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in April 2020, the personal savings rate exploded to over 33%.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Calibrate your emergency fund to a crisis-prone world
It took a pandemic to convince Americans to take saving money seriously.

For years, Americans set aside 7%-8% of their income. In a knee-jerk reaction to COVID-19, people stashed cash at a historic level. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in April 2020, the personal savings rate exploded to over 33%.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Life and money lessons from the pandemic
By LIZ WESTON of NerdWallet

I’m a “be prepared” kind of person. I like having money in the bank and a good stock of emergency supplies.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Consider these year-end financial moves
TAYLORVILLE — We’re nearing the end of 2020 – and for many of us, it will be a relief to turn the calendar page on this challenging year. However, we’ve still got a few weeks left, which means you have time to make some year-end financial moves that may work in your favor.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Central Illinois Podcast gets national ranking
JACKSONVILLE — The podcast, “WKRP Cast,” produced by Allen and Donna Stare of Jacksonville, is now rated number 21 on the Podcast Magazine’s “Hot 50” list. Stare is formerly of Taylorville. The program debuted on Sept. 1, 2020 and made the top 50 list three months later on Dec. 1.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Dental group provides water stations to schools
TAYLORVIILLE — Eighty-five Illinois schools will receive new water bottle-filling stations to encourage students to drink more water as part of H2O On the Go, a new grant program by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.
Saturday, December 12, 2020

801 Illinois Rt. 48 Palmer
Friday, December 11, 2020

Swiss slopes buzz as those of neighbors sit idle in pandemic
Two weeks after beating COVID-19, Thierry Salamin huffs as his ski boots crunch through Swiss snow near the Matterhorn peak, readying for a downhill run with his mood as bright as his blue and fluorescent yellow ski getup and the sun overhead.

The 31-year-old real estate agent from the southwestern Swiss region of Wallis can’t believe he is skiing during a pandemic, let alone one that he personally endured — and which has driven a wedge between his country and its Alpine neighbors over where people can ski, and where they can’t.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

COVID-19 accelerates no-exam trend in life insurance
Big data is playing a prominent role in life insurance this year.

Interest in coverage has surged during the pandemic, but for many people, social distancing mandates took the life insurance medical exam off the table. As consumers look for quick, noninvasive ways to buy policies, insurers have turned to accelerated underwriting, a process that uses algorithms instead of exams to evaluate applicants.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Prairie Heart Foundation promotes local Giving Tuesday
SPRINGFIELD — With the approach of Thanksgiving, another celebrated day comes to mind – Giving Tuesday, held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. On this global day of altruism on December 1, Prairie Heart Foundation asks the community to consider donating to Prairie Heart on this day of giving.
Sunday, November 29, 2020

Financial moves for the recently divorced
TAYLORVILLE — Divorce is common in our society, but that doesn’t make it any easier to navigate. If you’ve recently finalized a divorce, you’ve likely been coping with uncertainty and tension, but you can still avoid turning an already difficult situation into one that’s even more challenging.
Sunday, November 29, 2020

Black-and-White Financial Advice Ignores Each Person's Individual Situation
(NERDWALLET via AP) — When I hear financial tips that are unrealistic or shame-inducing, I cringe. Any advice that makes complicated money moves seem like an easy path to profit is downright dangerous.
Friday, November 27, 2020

110 E. Washington Edinburg
Charm and character prevail throughout this two story home with lots of unique features!

Step inside and you’ll be greeted into the large foyer that has many possible uses; a sitting room or office come to mind. Off the foyer is a huge family room which the current owners are using as a main floor master bedroom.

Friday, November 27, 2020

TCCU's 7th annual scholarship program to award $8,000
For the 7th consecutive year, Taylorville Community Credit Union will again award several graduating students $1000 toward their continuing education. Winners will be determined by votes cast in TCCU’s annual “Stop. SHOP. VOTE!” scholarship program.

Eight high school seniors – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield and Pana High Schools – will receive $1000 awards from the credit union, based on total votes cast by area residents who shop and vote in participating local businesses.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Building the family business: Tim Perdue joins Fred Peters
The Fred Peters Financial Group in Taylorville has been offering expert financial planning and insurance services for more than 35 years. It has always been a family-owned business, but, earlier this year, the company added another key contributor that will help carry on that legacy.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

When life blows up your well-laid plans, be realistic about your response
Job loss, business failure, involuntary retirement, divorce, disability or the death of a breadwinner — these are just some of the ways our finances can force us to come up with a Plan B. That’s never as simple as downloading a list and ticking off completed assignments, however.

Checklists can be helpful, for instance when you’ve just been laid off. But the biggest task after financial loss may be dealing with your emotions after the future you had envisioned disappears.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Ideas for thanking your family
TAYLORVILLE — It’s almost Thanksgiving. And although 2020 may have been a difficult year for you, as it has been for many people, you can probably still find things for which you can be thankful – such as your family. How can you show your appreciation for your loved ones?
Saturday, November 14, 2020

CNB's Ashworth reelected to fed home loan bank
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC) has announced that incumbent directors, James Ashworth of CNB Bank & Trust, and Michelle Gross of State Bank of Bement, have been reelected to serve as member directors for additional four-year terms beginning 1/1/21 and ending 12/31/24.
Saturday, November 14, 2020

617 E. Park St. Taylorville
TAYLRVILLE — Pretty sure you've admired this beautifully landscaped yard and home sitting tall on the 132'x 150' lot. You’ll enjoy all the lovely flower gardens and seating areas to relax and take in all the colors of nature.
Friday, November 13, 2020

How two blind brothers became Two Blind Brothers for a cause
NEW YORK (AP) — Would you buy something you can’t see?
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Use a crisis to help build life-long sound money habits
(NERDWALLET via AP) — While the long-term economic effects of the pandemic are yet to be fully realized, you may have noticed one positive trend in the short term: For once, your debt may have dropped.
Saturday, November 7, 2020

833 Roosevelt Rd. Taylorville
Fantastic family home! This is your chance to own a newer ranch style home with a very livable floor plan! Over 2600 sq. ft. which has all of the features that you can enjoy and appreciate.
Friday, November 6, 2020

What should investors know about the election?
TAYLORVILLE — The upcoming election is, of course, big news. But there’s more than one way to look at it. As a citizen and voter, you have your own preferences about the issues and the candidates. But as an investor, should you be rooting for any particular outcome?
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Mansur joins Capitol News as statehouse reporter
SPRINGFIELD — Sarah Mansur on Monday joined Capitol News Illinois as a member of its full-time reporting staff.
Saturday, October 31, 2020

PCH doctor receives rare wound care certification
PANA — Pana Community Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. Andrew Ott has successfully passed the National Board Certification exam for the CWSP (certified wound specialist physician) credential and is now a Certified Wound Care Specialist.  Dr. Ott is the only physician with this honor, south of the immediate Chicago area, in the state of Illinois.  This is an important accomplishment achieved through hours of hard work in preparation for the CWSP® Examination.  The CWSP designation is the highest certification available in wound care.  Dr. Ott specializes in wound care of the lower extremities and is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon.  He operates and sees patients every Tuesday at PCH. 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

700 W. Poplar St. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — This brick and cedar ranch style home has lots of space and is located in the West end on a corner lot. Custom built w/solid hardwood floors. 
Friday, October 30, 2020






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