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home : ag & business : business December 14, 2018

MAI-RP Gives Back
MAI-RP Voice recently collected donations at their Taylorville office to assist Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault. 
Saturday, December 8, 2018


Company drags its feet reimbursing travel expenses
My husband's job requires he attend a number of conferences and workshops in his field. It's usually two to four times a year. Not going to these meetings is not an option, as it would certainly affect his merit reviews and, potentially, his employment.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Home Affordability Watch: Good Price Tags In Illinois Midsize Metros
Big coastal cities have some of the highest house prices in the country. In comparison, medium-size cities are often relative bargains. But not always.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Untuckit's future: more stores and roomy shirts for the beefy, big guys
When Untuckit launched six years ago, it was hard to find a men’s shirt that could be worn untucked and didn’t look sloppy. Now the company is facing competition from J. Crew, the Gap and other stores that have started to sell shortened shirts.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Small Biz: Keeping staffers motivated, productive during holiday
The holiday season can be a motivation and productivity killer at some small businesses. Staffers may spend time chatting or shopping online, ask to leave early for children’s holiday events or just not be in the mood to work.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

35 THS students hoping for your votes in credit union scholarship program
Local residents have until February 28, 2019, to “Stop. Shop. Vote!’ in TCCU’s 5th Annual Scholarship Program.  Voting is already open. Shoppers can ‘shop and vote’ in any of the 35 Taylorville businesses participating this year. TCCU President, Will Perkins, points out that a combined record number of 67 businesses in Taylorville, Hillsboro and Litchfield are participating. “We encourage everyone to patronize these local businesses and help determine the winners of the $1000 awards.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Life and Money
I am currently saving 10 percent of my income into the company-sponsored 401(k), with a 4 percent company match. We have received news that due to a pending merger, our new corporate overlords will no longer offer us any match at all. I was going to increase my own contributions by another 5 percent, but I am reluctant to rely on this company-sponsored 401(k) as an investment vehicle. Any advice on options I should explore outside of this 401(k)?
Saturday, December 1, 2018

PCH building project fund reaches over $700k
November 20, 2018, members of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee gathered to add an additional $100,000 mark to the PCH Building Project fundraising sign.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

How To Thank Those Who Make Your Life Easier: Holiday Tipping Guidelines
Holiday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much?
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Miles of Smiles, Ltd. honored as Impact Champions
CHICAGO, Ill. — Miles of Smiles, Ltd. (MOS), a school-based dental program with offices in Taylorville and Pekin, Illinois, was recently honored by Chicago's Oral Health Forum (OHF). The award ceremony was held at the American Dental Association headquarters in Chicago.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

MONEY-MAKING IDEA DESERVES A CLOSER LOOK
Dear Helaine: Personal finance has been very straightforward for my husband and me so far. We simply cut our expenditures (such as eating out) whenever possible and have that money available for therapies for our twin children, who have both been diagnosed with autism. So when an acquaintance talked about a financial services company and the amount of money I could earn if I signed up, I was intrigued.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Kugel's 'Rediscovering Travel' a funny collection of travel essays
"Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious" (Liveright), by Seth Kugel
Love travel? Love books? Love books about travel?

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Small business tax planning looms. Tips to make it easier
NEW YORK (AP) — Year-end tax planning, something that should be part of a small business owner’s annual routine, is particularly important now because of the tax law enacted nearly a year ago. The IRS has cleared up some of the mystery around sections of the law that affected small businesses, but owners need to crunch numbers to see how much of a break they’re likely to get.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Snag these hotel loyalty perks, even if you're not always a loyal customer
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Hotel loyalty benefits — such as access to room upgrades, late checkout and other amenities — aren’t reserved only for the most faithful, highest-spending customers anymore. With the right credit card, you can get them, too.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Taylorville native receives Torch Bearers Award
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Kendra Betler Vanzo of Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of Ken and Kay Betler of Taylorville, was one of twelve women in the state of Indiana chosen for The Torch Bearers Award.” They were selected by the Indiana Commission for Women.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

2410 White Oaks Dr. Taylorville
Friday, November 23, 2018

State's medical marijuana companies work to expand
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois medical marijuana companies are working to expand as they expect opportunities to grow after years of stagnation, given recent legislation to expand access to medical marijuana and the election of a weed-friendly governor.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Life and Money
Dear Helaine: What sort of financial papers and documents do I need to save? I grew up with a parent who saves everything. I mean that literally. She has calendars and old Macy's bills going back 20-plus years saved in boxes. So I never learned what kind of paperwork I actually need to hold on to and what I can shred.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Emery releases new books on Lincoln, Civil War
ILLINOIS — A frequent contributor to the Breeze-Courier is releasing a fresh look at the life of Abraham Lincoln as well as an updated edition of a work on Illinois in the Civil War.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Regional education program earns national award
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Regional Office of Education #3 Learning Express Early Childhood Program earned a prestigious endorsement by Parents as Teachers National Center as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers network. The official designation was made on October 1, 2018.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Some Really Smart Ways To Rein In Your Holiday Spending This Year
(NERDWALLET via AP) — The holidays are a huge deal in the Weston household — and every year, the expenses threatened to gallop out of control.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Owners ponder limits on alcohol at holiday parties
NEW YORK (AP) — The alcohol will flow less freely, and sometimes not at all, at some small business parties this holiday season.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Central Illinois Smiles moves dentistry to high tech
TAYLORVILLE — The newly expanded offices of Central Illinois Smiles at 400 West Main Cross has re-opened following an extensive three-month remodeling of its facilities. In addition to more space, Drs. Greg Haarman, DMD and Amanda Lewis, DMD, have brought high tech dentistry into the focus of their practice.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

318 S. Houston St. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — If you are just starting out or looking to down size this three bedroom ranch might be just what you looking for!
Friday, November 16, 2018

Near record rate of closures this year: What to do when a fund in your portfolio closes
The past decade has seen an explosion in new exchange-traded funds. Investors have flocked to ETFs because they trade like individual stocks, but offer the diversification benefits of mutual funds — all at a low cost.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

TMH hosts Bi-Annual Networking Luncheon
Taylorville Memorial Hospital hosted the bi-annual networking luncheon for staff of area hospitals whose work is dedicated to the elderly population on October 5. The group gathered to discuss ideas on community education efforts and how to effectively reach out to community referral sources. Hosted in the TMH Annex conference room, they were able to discuss sensitive information in a private environment.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

What to do with extra money after the b ills are paid
I am married with two young kids. Our only debts are our mortgage and $45,000 in student loans at 5.5 percent interest.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Six $1,000 awards available in TCCU's 5th Annual Scholarship Program
For the fifth consecutive year, tri-county residents have the opportunity to help determine which six graduating seniors – two each from Taylorville, Hillsboro and Litchfield High Schools – will receive $1,000 awards from Taylorville Community Credit Union.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Thinking of partnering? Some tips for business owners
When small business owners want to take on partners, the selection process needs to be carried out thoughtfully and deliberately. The wrong choice can doom not only the partnership, but the company.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

TCCU celebrates credit union day at 3 locations
TAYLORVILLE — TCCU’s three branch locations were the scene of day-long celebrations Thursday, Oct. 18, as the credit union observed International Credit Union Day with open houses and, in the case of the Taylorville branch, a mid-day Italian beef lunch for members.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Rural electric co-op awards $2,500 grants to schools
KINCAID — Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) awarded grants to South Fork Elementary and Franklin East Grade School. Nicole Perkins of South Fork was awarded 2018’s first $2,500 grant.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

With Mobile Pay, You Can Go Without A Wallet At The Chekout Line
(NERDWALLET via AP) — When you're at the checkout line this holiday season, you could juggle your bags and dig into your purse or billfold for your credit or debit card. Or you could use that phone you're already clutching, or that new smartwatch strapped to your wrist. Many stores now accept mobile wallets, a technology that lets customers make payments via smartphone or watch.
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Rare Find - This Home Was Custom Built In 2001
TAYLORVILLE — This stylish four bedroom, 2.5 bath home has plenty of room for your entire family with over 2800 square feet of living area . Super curb appeal with brick accented front and peaked dormers make this home a show stopper.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Investigators: area mortgage lender engaged in fraud
Illinois regulators have disciplined a Lake Forest-based mortgage lending operation over negligent supervision of a branch office.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Paycheck doesn't stretch as far as recent grad had hoped
I'll be 30 before I know it, and I feel like I should have more to show for myself. How do people handle these kinds of major expenses? I know the easy answer is to invest, but as I said, I'm not good at that.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

TCCU-Taylorville announces new staff
Taylorville Community Credit Union recently announced the hiring of new staff in its Taylorville office. With the hires of Krista Johnson and Georginia Mollet, both of whom are full-time Tellers, that facility welcomed new staff with considerable experience.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Americans Spend More On Health Care Than On Groceries: How To Save
Americans on average spend more on health care than they do on groceries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest Consumer Expenditure Survey. Saving money on medical care is a lot tougher than saving money on food, however. Two big culprits: opaque pricing and ever-changing insurance company rules about what's covered and what's not.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Illinois slaughterhouse nation's biggest nitrogen polluter
A central Illinois pork-processing plant released more nitrogen from animal waste into waterways than any other slaughterhouse in the U.S., according to a report from a nonprofit environmental organization.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

China broadens propaganda drive to heartland America
China’s propaganda machine has taken aim at American soybean farmers as part of its high-stakes trade war with the Trump administration.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

New loan officer joins CNB Bank
CNB Bank & Trust, N.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Matt Koonce as Loan Officer in the CNB Taylorville, Ill. branch. Matt began his new role as Commercial/Ag Officer in Taylorville on September 17, 2018, and will administer loan accounts for the Taylorville area, as well as support loan development and management efforts. Mr. Koonce is a seasoned professional who brings years of experience in establishing new client relationships, along with consumer and agriculture loan experience to CNB.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dream on: Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion, thanks to worsening odds
If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it’s because they are getting larger and larger.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Warring staffers? Strategies for restoring the peace
When staffers at a small business can’t get along, many owners find that telling them “cut it out” doesn’t necessarily work.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Four Tax Breaks For Teachers: Expense, Charitable, Lifetime Learning, vita
The flood of education-related tax advice that seems to crest during back-to-school season often centers on students or their parents. But teachers can score a few tax breaks, too — if they do their homework. Three tax pros share their own lesson plans for cutting teachers’ tax bills.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Best For Less partners with Pease's candy
Pease’s pleases! The famous Springfield candy company has boasted the slogan for years. Now, thanks to a collaboration with downtown Taylorville’s The Best For Less, Pease’s can now more easily please Taylorville shoppers looking to indulge their sweet tooth.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Auction company to sell rare donated tractor to benefit Taylorville church
Aumann Auctions hosts an annual event called the Antique Tractor Fall Harvest Auction each year at their location in Nokomis, Il.  Known locally for their presence in the auction industry, they are recognized worldwide for being the leader in vintage tractor and engine auctions, which brings us to this amazing story involving the Taylorville Christian Church (TCC) located in Taylorville,
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Single mom masterminds $700K swing from debt to savings
When Takiia Anderson graduated from Boston College Law School in 1999, she was a single mom with a 2-year-old child, nearly $100,000 in student loans and a new job as a government attorney that paid $34,102 a year. She didn’t like that math.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Contemporary Cuts Salon Cont...
All things old become new again. — Harley King

Kate Kurlakowsky is taking that quote to heart. She recently opened up her new business in September called Contemporary Cuts Salon Cont...

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Newlyweds need to juggle extra income and retirement savings
My husband and I are recently married and have realized we are going to owe a significant chunk of money to the IRS this year, thanks to the fact that I make significantly more than he does. I know we could still contribute to an IRA for this year, and still get the tax deduction, but we both have workplace retirement plans and therefore I don't think we qualify. We have not maxed out our 401(k) contributions, however, and I was thinking that transferring some of our savings into our 401(k)s could be a good way to lower the taxes we owe. Is this a feasible option? If not, do you have another suggestion?
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Beltone Continues To Expand In Illinois
Midwest Beltone will open yet another office in the central Illinois region this month. Beltone will now operate in Taylorville, Ill. This latest expansion comes on the heels of an even greater expansion where Beltone opened offices in Springfield, Quincy and neighboring Hannibal, Mo.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Final Day Of Pana Walmart
Not long after Pana’s Walmart closed for the final time at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, a crew removes the outside signage from the store.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Reluctance to ask financial adviser questions is red flag
Dear Helaine: A few years ago, I began working with a financial adviser I initially liked, but whose judgment I am now questioning due to communication issues. When I email him to ask a question, I receive emails back from his assistants and colleagues, whom I don't know and haven't met with directly. I am not sure he is a fiduciary, and I'm not eager to ask outright because of these communication blunders.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to minimize the risk of being a cybercrime victim
SPRINGFIELD, IL – October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois .gov is providing links to information and tips to help people minimize the risk of being a cybercrime victim. Some of those tips include the following:
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Home Affordability Watch: The 10 Fastest-Growing Metro Areas In The US
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Raise your hand if you know someone who recently moved to Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth or Houston. A lot of hands went up, because those are the three fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. — and they have relatively affordable home prices.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Here today, ghosting tomorrow - when workers simply just disappear
NEW YORK (AP) — All seemed to be going well with Randolph Rice’s new receptionist. She asked for more responsibilities and got them, and said she was happy.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

Celebrating 30 years at FNB
Saturday, October 6, 2018

2208 White Oaks Drive
TAYLORVILLE — If you are looking for a single level, low maintenance home in a highly desirable location, then 2208 White Oaks is for you . 8uilt in 2003, this modern, open concept, three bedroom and two full bath ranch has been immaculately kept and maintained with much love. Our tour begins at the end of the quiet cul-de -sac of White Oaks Drive, just off East Lakeshore Drive close to Taylorville Lake and the bike trail.
Friday, October 5, 2018

How to write a will that won't trigger a family feud
Creating an estate plan is a gift to the people you leave behind. By expressing your wishes, you're trying to guide your loved ones at a difficult, emotional time.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

"Trade, Tariffs & Tidlewave"
The Jacksonville World Affairs Council and Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation are co-sponsoring a program on October 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln Land Community College, 32 N Central Park Plaza, Room 1115, Jacksonville, Illinois.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Good reasons to have a will
I'm a single woman in my 50s with no children, significant other or close relatives. I've never had life insurance, but I do own a condo and car.

I don't want a funeral, just a cremation and to have my ashes scattered. I've never bothered with a will because, frankly, I don't care what happens to my stuff after I die. What happens to my estate if I don't make a will? If I got hit by a bus today, there would be money left over after paying bills

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Google CEO goes to Washington, will return to meet President Trump
Google CEO Sundar Pichai went to Washington Friday to discuss concerns about the company’s business practices with members of Congress and emerged with an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump during an upcoming roundtable.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Old Joyce's Cafe site is home to new eatery
There’s currently no kitchen, plaster hangs half scraped from the walls, paint is peeling, and there are no finishings to speak of. It’s a work in progress to say the least, but the space that formerly housed the old Joyce’s Cafe is in the middle of a renaissance.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

2208 White Oaks Drive Taylorville
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Pana Pride announces September business of month
PANA — The Pana Pride Business of the Month for September is Peoples Bank and Trust.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

2 Drudale Taylorville
Saturday, September 22, 2018

219 E. Church Mt. Auburn
Saturday, September 22, 2018

219 E. Church Mt. Auburn
This spacious brick ranch sits on large manicured lot giving you the feel of a park like setting. This home offers 2350 square feet of living and is located in the Taylorville school district.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

500 W. Poplar Taylorville
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Shh! Introverts share travel survival secrets
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Travel can be busy, noisy and crowded — a potentially daunting environment for anyone. But if you’re an introvert, it can drain your internal battery.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Good reasons to have a will
Dear Helaine: I'm a single woman in my 50s with no children, significant other or close relatives. I've never had life insurance, but I do own a condo and car.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Midland Community Bank celebrates 50 years
Saturday, September 22, 2018

3619 Cynthia Ct. Taylorville
Friday, September 21, 2018

Soybeans hit 10-year low on tariff announcement
Seasonal selling interest is strong as harvest is now fully underway in most areas. Corn has  dipped below important technical support levels on the chart as it has moved below the $3.45 mark. Soybean futures look worse as they have hit a 10-year low in response to record production levels that are now coming out of the field.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018












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