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home : ag & business : business September 18, 2018

In 'golden age' of branded credit cards, shoppers cash in
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Credit cards that are affiliated with brands  such as American Airlines, Uber, L.L. Bean and Ikea  are suddenly amping up rewards for everyday purchases at restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores.
Saturday, September 15, 2018


OTC Markets Group welcomes CNB Bank shares to OTCQX
NEW YORK — OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM), operator of financial markets for 10,000 U.S. and global securities, has announced CNB Bank Shares, Inc. (OTCQX: CNBN), a full-service bank with customers throughout south-central Illinois, suburban southwestern Chicago and the St. Louis metropolitan area has qualified to trade on the OTCQX Best Market. CNB Bank Shares was previously privately-held.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

$5,000 Co-op Community Grant awarded to Prairieland Ambulance
Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) has selected Prairieland Ambulance as the recipient of this year’s Co-op Community Grant. The gift was made possible with matching funds obtained through CoBank’s Sharing Success program. The $5,000 grant was the largest RECC has donated to a single organization.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Taking over parents' mortgage is risky proposition
Dear Helaine: My husband's parents recently asked my husband if he and I would be able to take over their mortgage payments when my mother-in-law retires in just over a year. My father-in-law no longer works due to a disability.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook and other companies routinely track your online surfing habits to better target ads at you. Two web browsers now want to help you fight back in what’s becoming an escalating privacy arms race.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

1004 N. Heights Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — This ranch home is a great fit for it’s located minutes away from grocery store, hospital, doctors office and schools.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Midland Community Bank celebrating 50 years
KINCAID — “It’s fantastic. With the makeup of banking today, we’re very proud to be celebrating this milestone with a continued commitment to community banking,” President of Midland Community Bank Bill Ruyle said. He was referencing the bank’s 50-year anniversary.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Peoples Bank And Trust Donates To Food Pantry
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Don't be afraid to test-drive your car salesperson
If you work with a good car salesperson, the shopping process can actually be fun and you'll be more confident you're getting a good deal.
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Intent on getting a big raise? You may have to quit your job
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite one of the best job markets in decades, workers across the U.S. economy are struggling with a common frustration: What does it take to finally get a decent raise?
Saturday, September 8, 2018

2 MANOR COURT SOUTH SIDE BERTINETTI
Come home to this prestigious Lake Bertinetti home. 2 Manor Court located on the South side of Bertinetti Lake addition has everything you are looking for. It all starts with curb appeal. Mature shade trees, manicured lawn and professionally designed landscaping put you at ease.
Friday, September 7, 2018

4 ways to get a sale price when there isn't a sale
If you don't see a sale sign, it doesn't mean you can't get a deal. Here are four ways you could save money the next time you shop online or in person.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

New Ophthalmologist to Perform Surgeries at PCH
Pana Community Hospital is pleased to announce Ophthalmologist Dr. Patrick Butler will begin performing cataract and other eye surgeries at Pana Community Hospital beginning September 12. Dr. Butler will be at PCH the second Wednesday of every month.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Menards ranks highest in customer satisfaction with home improvement retailers
Menards ranks highest in customer satisfaction among home improvement retailers for the first time, according to the J.D. Power 2018 Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study,SM released today. Consumer spending on home improvement is on the rise, with an expected increase of 5.3% in 2018, to approximately $387 billion.[1]
Saturday, September 1, 2018

US rejects request for information on Idaho wolf attacks
Investigations into livestock deaths in Idaho blamed on wolves don’t have to be made public, the U.S. government says.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

How to handle a salary bump
I'm 33 years old. After years of earning a modest salary, I moved to a new company two years ago and got a substantial pay bump. I spent the first year saving for a down payment on a house, and bought a small condo six months ago. I now have a four-month emergency fund, but only put 4 percent of my income in a retirement account. I've recently gotten another raise in the form of increased commission payments, and after adding some small luxuries, I now have an average of another $300 a month.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

CTI named one of nation's fastest growing companies
TAYLORVILLE — Ever heard of PopSockets? Even if the name isn’t immediately recognizable, their product probably is. The company makes the knob-like handles that are attached to the back of seemingly every smart phone these days. As it turns out, It’s been a wildly successful business venture.
Saturday, August 25, 2018

McClure Funeral Home changing to meet family needs
TAYLORVILLE — Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. — Lao Tzu

Certainly everyone knows that death is a part of living. McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville recently completed some remodeling in their facility that will help make that experience a little better for the families they serve.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Lovely Home With Lots of Storage
Friday, August 24, 2018

Remind your college students of what really matters with their first credit card
Getting your first credit card is like moving into your first apartment: It’s exciting, empowering — and, once you get used to it, pretty underwhelming.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

TMH introduces new inpatient dining
Taylorville Memorial Hospital recently implemented a new inpatient dining experience for acute care and swing bed patients.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Blake Davis Receives Certified Financial Planner Certification
Blake Davis of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Taylorville has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification mark CFP®.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Glen Haven Memorial Gardens adds columbarium
Glen Haven Memorial Gardens has recently announced the addition of their new columbarium.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

The good stepmother
Hi, Helaine: My husband has a daughter and two sons, all in their 30s, from his former marriage. At various times, they've all asked him for money for things like a car or medical bills. He's given it. While the sums each child receives are not identical, they are more or less in line with each other.

Now his daughter wants to buy an apartment. He's thinking of offering her a significant sum. I'm not against the gift -- our finances are separate -- but I am concerned this rather large present will mean the sons will expect the same on principle. That's a lot of money! But if they don't get it, I'm afraid they will make her life hell. These three don't get along so well as it is.

I'm not sure how to advise my husband. Strict equality? To each according to his needs? Favorite child?

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Spa and beauty industry campaign hopes to fill 30,000 jobs
NEW YORK (AP) — The spa and beauty industry is growing so fast that 30,000 jobs are going unfilled. A “Get Your Dream Job” campaign is aiming to change that.
Sunday, August 12, 2018

TCCU's 4th Annual "Freedom Tree" food drive benefits local food pantries
Saturday, August 11, 2018

What's the best way to loan money to friends?
Hi, Helaine: A decade ago, a close friend needed money fast. She was a single mom with two kids, her husband had left her and she needed $4,000 for her housing costs. I gave her $2,000 thinking I'd consider it a gift.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Greg Curl named new V.P. at Peoples Bank & Trust
PANA — Greg Curl recently joined Peoples Bank & Trust as Vice-President, Business Banker. In his role with the bank, Greg will develop and build business and agricultural credit relationships. Greg will be based out of the Chatham branch located at Piper Glen, but will service customers throughout Central Illinois. He is eager to begin his position and looks forward to meeting and serving many new clients.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

What's the best way to loan money to friends?
Hi, Helaine: A decade ago, a close friend needed money fast. She was a single mom with two kids, her husband had left her and she needed $4,000 for her housing costs. I gave her $2,000 thinking I'd consider it a gift.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Nine Expenses You May As Well Plan On Incurring If You're Going To Move
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Moving comes with a long, expensive to-do list.
The average cost for a local move from a two-bedroom apartment or three-bedroom house ranges from $400 to $1,000, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide . While you’re choosing a place to live and deciding what to pack, having a plan for expenses can ensure your budget doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Monthly fees charged by investment firm are troubling
The main question I have is, should I look around and check other companies to see what they charge or keep what I have?
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Tonya Patton joins TCCU staff
Taylorville Community Credit Union recently announced the addition of personnel in its Taylorville office.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

What do colleges want? It's hiding in plain sight
The college application process can seem pretty mysterious to the uninitiated.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sara Wojcicki Jimenez to Serve as Director of Marketing and Communications for the HSHS Central Illinois Division Hospitals
Sara Wojcicki Jimenez has accepted an invitation to serve as director of marketing and communications for the HSHS Central Illinois Division (CID) hospitals which includes HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Memorial Medical Center's Environmental Services Department earns national award
Memorial Medical Center was one of three hospitals in the nation to receive the Environmental Services Department of the Year Award from the American Hospital Association.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

In waiting for answers, automakers stick to Obama-era rules
For all the drama surrounding the Trump administration’s attempt to undo Obama-era fuel economy requirements, automakers are likely to stick to them until they get some answers.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

A guide to travel insurance and when not to buy it
(AP) — When you book flights online, you're typically prompted to buy travel insurance. Same with cruises and tours.
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Insurers Turn To Technology To Woo Drivers With Digital Experiences
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Americans love technology, and we expect companies to deliver delightful digital experiences.
Insurers aren’t doing that — yet. So far, updates have been skin-deep.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

1724 N. 2100 E. Rd. Stonington
STONINGTON — Three bedroom, two bath home with 15 acres of land. This paradise has Flat Branch Creek as part of the property.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Why traditional credit scores still matter. . .a lot
Researchers and startups say all kinds of weird data can predict your creditworthiness. What kind of smartphone you have, who your friends are and how you answer survey questions may foretell how likely you are to pay back a loan.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

PCH Building Project receives donation
Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, based in Decatur, recently sponsored it’s 29th Cancer Survivors event, held on Saturday, June 9 at Pana Community Hospital.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

AHA honors HSHS St. John's Hospital, Memorial Medical Center with national award
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is recognizing Springfield’s two nonprofit hospitals for their collaborative effort to improve community health in Enos Park, a low-income neighborhood located between the hospitals.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Savings account emeregency fund is a thing of the past
We're often told to save an emergency fund of six months employment just in case the need arises. My question is, where should these funds be kept for availability with withdrawals without penalty? It seems like a lofty amount to be kept in a regular savings account with minimal interest.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Hear Well welcomes Janet Orr
Hear Well Hearing Care Center in Taylorville is excited to announce their newest team member, Janet Orr.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Savings account emeregency fund is a thing of the past
DEAR BRUCE: We're often told to save an emergency fund of six months employment just in case the need arises. My question is, where should these funds be kept for availability with withdrawals without penalty? It seems like a lofty amount to be kept in a regular savings account with minimal interest. -- C.M.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Gastroenterologists to see patients in Pana
PANA — Pana Community Hospital is pleased to announce two Gastroenterologists will begin seeing patients in the Pana Community Hospital’s physician clinic in the hospital’s Medical Mall beginning in June. Jeffrey Hallett, MD and Patricia Henry, DO will see patients monthly at PCH.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Foundation says Davis bill would produce growth
Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Friday released this statement after a new study by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation estimated making the individual tax rates permanent would lead to more job creation, greater economic growth, and bigger paychecks.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

TSA-Approved Ways To Shorten The Airport Screening Line This Summer
(NERDWALLET via AP) — The summer air travel season is shaping up to be the busiest ever, which could mean lengthy lines at U.S. airport security checkpoints. But you can use the faster lanes if you belong to an expedited screening program, which could essentially be free to join with the right credit card.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

How much house you can afford depends on where you live
Your ability to own a home is affected by where you live. Even people with modest incomes can afford homes in Decatur, Illinois, the metropolitan area with the nation’s most affordable houses. At the other end of the affordability spectrum is the San Jose, California, metro area, where high incomes are outmatched by stratospheric home prices.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

US Bank check presentation
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Credit card holder gets little help recovering from fraud
My recent credit report shows Discover charged off the $1,700. My credit score dropped nearly 300 points, from over 900 to around 600.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

PCH Leaders attend IHA Small & Rural Hospitals annual meeting
Administrative leaders from Pana Community Hospital joined over 100 small and rural hospital leaders at the Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting, June 20-21 in Springfield. The meeting offered insight into effective and sustainable reform, the 340B Drug Pricing Program, Board leadership, and how hospitals can respond to the “disruptors” in healthcare -Amazon, Google and Apple.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Life insurance policy may have outlived its usefulness
DEAR BRUCE: I have a universal life insurance policy, which I've carried since 1982. I'm now 63 years old and considering canceling it.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Edinburg's Melodic Java: Pizza, coffee and the arts
EDINBURG — Take one part pizza cafe, one part coffee bar, add in a burning passion for art and music, and mix with a ton of creativity, the end result is MelodicJava in Edinburg.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Refresh Your Home Affordably With Planning And A Little Sweat Equity
(NerdWallet via AP) — Home improvements can rejuvenate a stale dwelling. But remodeling and renovations could set you back thousands of dollars for each room.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Many factors determine value of GAP insurance
Is it smart to have GAP insurance on my new vehicle, or do you think it's a waste of money? Also, if I am in an accident, does the credit union pay the whole balance of my loan or a certain portion? I heard they only pay up to $20,000.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Business owners find communication helps with young staffers
Rory Carlton is getting used to hearing younger staffers ask, “Why are we doing this?”
Saturday, June 23, 2018

South Korean president in Russia to boost economic ties
South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Moscow Friday on a trip intended to boost bilateral economic ties.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Nerd Wallet
Planning an overseas destination wedding is no day at the beach — even if that’s exactly your vision for your big day.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Assalley joins board of DowntownTaylorville.org
Michael Assalley — owner of Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville and Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Homes in Morrisonville, Sorento and Panama, Illinois  — has joined the board of Downtown Taylorville.org.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Rebecca's Antiques to offer art work by local artists
Saturday, June 23, 2018























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