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Peoples Bank & Trust makes national lending list
Peoples Bank & Trust is proud to have achieved a national ranking as one of the top 12 USDA Rural Development lenders in the United States. This ranking recognizes Peoples’ dedication for working with guaranteed loan programs designed to aid economic opportunities and quality of life for rural businesses, farmers, and families.

Peoples Bank & Trust focuses on being a contributing partner in each of the communities they serve. This focus has provided a proven record of working with and assisting small, independent and family-owned businesses. The USDA recently recognized their top financial partners who have been working diligently to provide much needed lending support and Peoples Bank & Trust was acknowledged for their exceptional work. “We are proud to be recognized alongside some of the largest lenders in the country,” John Gardner, President of Peoples Bank & Trust, said. “However, we are even more proud of doing so while working with small, local businesses. We pride ourselves on personal service and not the ‘one size fits all’ mentality of so many other lenders.”

Saturday, February 27, 2021

FAA seeks $27,500 from passenger it says hit air attendant
Federal officials are seeking a $27,500 civil penalty against an airline passenger who allegedly struck a flight attendant who asked the woman and her companion to leave the plane after a dispute over wearing a face mask.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

She stopped spending for a month, and you can too
In January, I took up a no-spend challenge. That’s right — I refrained from making nonessential purchases for one whole month.

With my travel and entertainment expenses basically nonexistent during the pandemic, the challenge really boiled down to two categories: shopping and food delivery.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Grin and wear it: TMH reveals smile behind mask
TAYLORVILLE — Face coverings may be a part of the new normal, but for patients in a hospital setting, not being able to see the person caring for them can cause anxiety. To help patients be more at ease, healthcare workers at Taylorville Memorial Hospital are participating in an initiative that puts photos of their smiling faces on large buttons. Healthcare workers wear the buttons so patients can see the smile behind the mask.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Get Tough Money Tasks Off Your To-Do List And You Won't Regret It
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Nothing sparks procrastination quite like a to-do list of financial tasks. Sometimes the only thing scarier than making a financial choice in the first place is making the WRONG choice, which can happen when you don’t totally understand what you’re doing. In that sense, the default — standing pat — is often easiest.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

How to keep your student loan payment at $0
President Biden announced on Jan. 20 that most federal student loan payments would be suspended interest-free through September 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic.

Once the suspension lifts, though, a $0 payment still may be a necessity for some borrowers.

According to an October 2020 survey from NerdWallet conducted by The Harris Poll, 45% of Americans with federal student loans of their own weren’t confident they’d be able to afford their loan payments when the payment freeze was scheduled to end last December.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Union says meatpacking workers should be vaccinated sooner
Hundreds of meatpacking workers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus but the union that represents many of them says several hundred thousand more have not, despite the risks they continue to face at work.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International union is lobbying for workers to be moved up vaccination priority lists, and major meat companies have launched campaigns to educate employees and dispel rumors about the vaccines. One has offered bonuses to workers who get vaccinated.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Edmunds: Whatever happened to car subscription services?
Just a few years ago, car subscriptions looked like the next sure thing. Picking up on consumers’ comfort with paying monthly for the likes of streaming services or phones, many automakers introduced programs that allowed people to get a new car and a variety of perks for a monthly fee. As an alternative to buying or leasing, these programs seemed intriguing. But as of 2021, BMW, Genesis, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and, most recently, Audi have all shuttered their nascent subscription offerings.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Financial gifts for your valentine
TAYLORVILLE — For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic may be putting a hold on dinner at the charming local bistro, but the spirit of Valentine’s Day cannot be extinguished. This year, perhaps more so than in the past, you may want to make your Valentine’s Day gifts even more meaningful. So, for example, what can you give your loved ones to help them along on the road to financial security?
Saturday, February 6, 2021

How To Prioritize Your Debt Payments In The Midst Of The Pandemic
(NERDWALLET via AP) — A singular crisis has led to extraordinary relief options for borrowers. Interest and payments have been paused on federal student loans. Homeowners can request nearly a year of mortgage forbearance. Credit card issuers and other lenders dramatically expanded hardship programs.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

4 Ladue Court Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Spacious ranch in prime Bertinetti Lake neighborhood. You will love this home inside and out. This stylish ranch offers a lake view from the living room bay window. And of course you won't be able to take your eyes off the see through fireplace that is viewable from both the living room and the family room.
Friday, February 5, 2021

Deductions and donations: What donors should know
Giving to charity is a selfless act that’s worthy of recognition. That recognition can come in many forms, and donors should know that even the “tax man” likes to reward men and women who donate to charity.

Both the United States and Canada reward donors with tax credits. The financial services firm H&R Block notes that, in the United States, taxpayers can deduct donations made to qualified charities. Such deductions must be itemized, but they can greatly reduce a person’s taxable income. According to TurboTax®, Canada also has a generous tax credit system, rewarding taxpayers who donate to charity by giving them a credit that’s up to 29 percent of the amount donated at the federal level. In addition, taxpayers also may be entitled to an additional amount up to 24 percent depending on which province they call home.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

How to prepare for tax season
April is synonymous with many things. Many people get their first glimpse of spring blooms in April, while families of faith look forward to gathering for Passover and Easter. Sports fans may welcome the return of professional baseball in April, while scholastic athletes may associate April with the return of spring sports. Though each of those things tends to be welcomed with open arms, one day in mid-April may not be greeted so warmly.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

IRS, States and Tax Industry warn employers to beware of form W-2 Scam
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged all employers to educate their payroll personnel about a Form W-2 phishing scam that made victims of hundreds of organizations and thousands of employees last year.

The Form W-2 scam has emerged as one of the most dangerous phishing emails in the tax community. During the last two tax seasons, cybercriminals tricked payroll personnel or people with access to payroll information into disclosing sensitive information for entire workforces. The scam affected all types of employers, from small and large businesses to public schools and universities, hospitals, tribal governments and charities.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Business Highlights
Stocks sank again as a speculative frenzy over GameStop and a handful of other stocks ramps up worries over how much damage an online revolt against Wall Street bigwigs can do to the broader market. The S&P 500 fell 1.9%, giving the index its biggest weekly loss since October. GameStop soared nearly 70% Friday, continuing a saga that’s captivated and confused many on Wall Street and beyond. Calls for regulators to step in, meanwhile, grew louder. GameStop and other downtrodden stocks have become battlegrounds where swarms of smaller investors see themselves making an epic stand against financial elites who bet the stocks would fall.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

How to make good on your resolution to pay off debt in 2021
If you have high-interest consumer debt, getting control of your money in the new year might sound overwhelming.

Most Americans say the COVID-19 outbreak has caused financial stress, according to a survey released in October by the National Endowment for Financial Education, with 30% listing debt as their top stressor.

Despite the pandemic, you can still pay down your debt with the right plan. Here’s how.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

The tax credit fix many can't afford to miss
Families battered by the pandemic recession soon may discover that the tax refunds they’re counting on are dramatically smaller — or that they actually owe income tax. Congress offered a partial solution, but the fix hasn’t been widely publicized, consumer advocates say.
Friday, January 29, 2021

Important reminders before filing 2020 tax returns
Following an unpredictable year with many changes and challenges, the Internal Revenue Service today shared important reminders for taxpayers who are about to file their 2020 federal tax returns.
Friday, January 29, 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

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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

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