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home : ag & business : business August 22, 2019

California's 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

Saturday, August 17, 2019


Dollar General now open in Assumption
Dollar General’s newest store at 402 S. Business 51 in Assumption is now open! In its new location, Dollar General will offer area residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Battle between daughters could alter their inheritance
I am a senior widow and have been working with my advisers to leave everything equally in my will. However, I was shocked to learn recently that my younger daughter and her husband told my older daughter's ex-husband that my older daughter was getting money from me. The ex -- who is a high-net-worth individual -- took my daughter back to court and is now trying to get his alimony payments reduced.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

For the second time, CTI appeared on the Inc. 5000, ranking No. 2132
Inc.magazine today revealed that CTI ranked No. 2132 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Whether a debt is good or bad for you depends on how it fits into your budget
Are student loans good debt that can open the door to a career or an insurmountable burden? Is all credit card debt a sign of reckless spending, or can it be a smart way to cover an expense? In general, no form of debt is inherently “good” or “bad.” What makes it good or bad is how it fits into your overall financial picture.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Use Your Personal Loan Rejection As Motivation To Get Approval Next Time
Getting rejected for a personal loan can feel like a punch to the gut. It’s easy to get discouraged, especially if it delays plans to consolidate debt or renovate your home.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Former farm takes shape as Illinois high tech hub
On land once envisioned for the gridiron of the Chicago Bears, likenesses of elk roam today instead.

Those 29 bronze figures represent the massive $1 billion Elk Grove Technology Park under development on what had been the largest remaining tract of land near O’Hare International Airport. Scores of developers have long pursued the 70-acre site, home to the Busse family farm since the 19th century. The land still yielded wheat, oats and alfalfa into the 21st century, even as suburbia grew around it.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mayors meet for broadband summit with Davis
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) hosted a Rural Broadband Summit earlier this week at Blackburn College in Carlinville to discuss available federal resources for rural broadband services and the need for expanded services to these areas. He was joined by Douglas Wilson, State Director, Rural Development, USDA.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Small biz: Lending money to staffers is problematic
Many small business owners lend money to staffers who are short of cash before payday or who have unexpected expenses or crises. The risk bosses face is not getting paid back.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Helping aging parents requires a soft touch
My brother and I are trying to figure out how to support my dad and my stepmom, who only have a small income from Social Security. Her daughter and grandchild live with them, but my stepsister doesn't have much money either. She's barely earning minimum wage.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Indiana casinos looking for jump on Midwest sports betting
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana casinos are racing ahead with preparations to launch legalized sports betting in early September, looking to seize an advantage over competitors in Chicago and other nearby large markets where such wagers aren’t yet allowed.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Life and Money
Dear Helaine: Help me decide what I should do. I'm a 53-year-old who had it all but lost everything in the recession beginning 10 years ago. I sold off real estate at a loss, closed my business and tried to pay everything I owed. In the end, I had to declare bankruptcy after running through my retirement funds.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Memorial Employees donate nearly $252,000 to annual fundraising campaign
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center Foundation's 31st annual employee giving campaign raised $251,951 to improve the lives of patients and co-workers throughout Memorial Health System.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Gordmans partners with No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger
TAYLORVILLE — Across America, 13 million kids live with hunger, and 22 million rely on free or reduced-priced school lunches. Gordmans, part of the Stage community of stores, is partnering with No Kid Hungry to ensure children have access to the nutrition they need through programs in their schools and communities such as school breakfast and summer meals.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Halfway through the year is an ideal time to check on your finances
(NERDWALLET via AP) — A typical July includes vacations, travel, shopping, weddings and beaches. Budgets? Not really.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Tasteful Home With All The Amenities
TAYLORVILLE — Attractive from the street, this 2000 sq. ft. ranch home has more to offer than meets the eye. Three large bedrooms, 2 full baths plus another room that can be used as a nursery or home office. Main floor laundry with lots of storage space inside as well as in the attached 2.5 car garage.
Friday, August 2, 2019

CCFS donates to local ag youth programs
Christian County Farmers Supply Company utilizing dollar for dollar matching donations from CoBank (Sharing Success), and GROWMARK Inc. (Enduring Commitments) donated $15,000 to Christian County based agriculture youth programs at the Christian County Fair Agricultural Luncheon on Thursday July 25. The matching donation programs are applied for by FS Member Companies and awarded to good causes throughout the FS System.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mom leaves more money to siblings with children
Dear Helaine: My brother and sister both have kids. I don't. My mother recently changed her will so that instead of each of us getting a one-third share of her estate when she dies, my siblings receive more than me because they have children, and, she believes, they will need more money.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

App lets Memorial patients schedule appointments
SPRINGFIELD — Patients at five Memorial Physician Services clinics can now use an app to self-schedule appointments with their physicians and nurse practitioners.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Jamison retires as chairman of the board at FNB
TAYLORVILLE — First Bancorp of Taylorville, Inc., parent holding company of First National Bank in Taylorville announces the retirement of George R. Jamison as Director and Chairman of the Board.  
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Credit Scores Are Up, But Americans' Understanding Of Credit Is Declining
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Well done, America. Credit scores across the nation are going up. On the other hand, knowledge of how credit works is declining.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

1610 W. Sangamon Rd. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Located on 9.5 acres this home has over 1,700 sq. ft. of living space on the main floor. There are three bedrooms and two full baths. There is a living room and a family room. The kitchen has lots of cabinets and is open to the dining room and family room.
Friday, July 26, 2019

How to support difficult parents
My father has always been the type of person who lived with the idea of "sticking it to the man" as an undertone to his life. As I was growing up, my parents saved enough money to buy a house, which is almost fully paid off, but that was about it. They saved little money, and my father's jobs rarely lasted long. He would find another job and then things seemed stable again. Money was always tight. But about 20 years ago, it seemed like things changed. My father set up as a contract computer programmer. He was successful for several years, and was finally able to set money aside. But then that ended, too.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Business Highlights
Saturday, July 20, 2019

TMH Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs certified by industry leader
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of TMH’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Assumption's 1905 Brewing eying summer 2020 comeback
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, 1905 Brewing in Assumption is hoping to come back better than ever from the February fire that claimed the brewery’s previous location.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

What to do when back to school bites you in the budget
It might seem like you've been saving for back to school since you packed your children's backpacks last fall. But after replacing worn-out erasers, outgrown clothes and an outdated laptop, you may still feel the financial pinch.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Wright's Furniture & Flooring expanding business to Taylorville
Wright’s Furniture & Flooring will be expanding its business to Taylorville. Wright’s Furniture Chairman Tom Wright and President John Wright are proud to announce that the family-owned business bought Jensen’s Home Furnishings, and the transition should be complete by August 1.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

LLCC to host construction and welding expo
SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College will showcase hands-on training programs available in Taylorville at the Construction and Welding Expo Monday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. Prospective students are invited to this free event at LLCC-Taylorville’s north building, 800 South Spresser. No registration is needed.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Learn These Shopping Tips And Figure Out A Good Time To Buy Almost Anything
(NERDWALLET via AP) — There’s a best time to buy just about anything , but knowing which product will go on sale at what time isn’t always easy.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Peoples Bank & Trust recipient of IBA Community Service Award
PANA — Peoples Bank & Trust has been chosen by the Illinois Bankers Association to receive a 2019 Community Service Award.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

837 E. 1175 North Rd. Taylorville
Friday, July 12, 2019

Hundreds enjoy TCCU member appreciation day
More than 400 people recently joined in TCCU Taylorville’s annual Member Appreciation Day event. Near-perfect weather combined with the appeal of a picnic-style lunch to swell the number of attendees. “We had staff and Board members cooking over the grill the whole time between 11:30 and 1:00,” says Wil Perkins, TCCU President. “It was great!
Saturday, July 6, 2019

How I ditched debt: 'It made our marriage so strong'
Ray Robertson’s debt-payoff journey involves two fateful conversations across the ocean from where he grew up.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Business Highlights
US adds solid 224,000 jobs, making Fed rate cut less certain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The strength of the jobs report the government issued Friday could complicate a decision for the Federal Reserve late this month on whether to cut interest rates to help support the economy. Most investors have anticipated a rate cut in July and perhaps one or two additional Fed cuts later in the year. That scenario may be less likely now.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Silicon Valley house offers family several options
I own a single-family home in the Silicon Valley. There's about $1 million equity in it and an annual property tax of $2,000 (thanks to Proposition 13, which limits annual tax increases).

I no longer live in the area. I advised my adult children that they could live in the house by building a second story and renting out the first floor, much as I am doing now. (I'm currently receiving about $6,000 from a tenant.) That way, they could build the second story with some of the equity that's in the house, and their mortgage payments would be covered by the rent.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Life and Money
Dear Helaine: I want to know what to do with my small but steadily increasing savings. I'm one year into a new career after staying home with a small child while grinding away at school. My husband supported us so we could (painfully) survive on just his income. He grew up middle class, so he graduated with no student loans and $200,000 from a trust he won't touch. He works a union job that pays OK and has a good pension plan.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

SEC's new rule on brokers: What it means for you
(AP) — The SEC recently passed new regulations it says will ensure that brokers act in their clients’ “best interest.” But what does that mean for you?
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Experts Explain How To Join In The Fastest Growing Industry In The US
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Marijuana is having a moment. Experts recently dubbed cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. Legal weed generated $10.4 billion in the United States in 2018, and the number of "plant-touching" jobs is expected to pass 500,000 by 2022 , according to New Frontier Data, a cannabis market research and data analysis firm.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Wollerman sworn in for 2nd full term as ROE supt.
ILLINOIS — Julie Wollerman, Regional Superintendent for Bond, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, and Montgomery Counties was sworn in on Friday, June 28, 2019 for her second full-term of office. She was sworn in by the Honorable Judge J. Marc Kelly of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in the courtroom of the historic Fayette County Courthouse.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Experts see potential in Facebook's currency for the developing world
NEW YORK (AP) — Europeans and Americans have their Visa and Mastercards. For everyone else, here comes ... Libra?
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Taylorville credit union once again receives five star rating
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Taylorville Community Credit Union, Taylorville, Illinois has achieved another Superior 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank and Credit Union Rating Firm.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

126 Hickory Kincaid
Friday, June 28, 2019

Diversion of customs agents slows Global Entry interviews
The Trump administration’s decision to shift some Customs and Border Protection agents to the southern border is leading the agency to cancel some interviews for the Global Entry traveler-screening program.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

US-China trade war, sea row in ASEAN summit spotlight
Southeast Asian leaders will commit to conclude a long-delayed regional trade pact this year despite lingering odds to fend off risks from a protracted U.S.-China trade war when they gather for a weekend summit in Thailand.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

What to do with money left over from the sale of a house
I recently sold my house and bought another one. I did a 20% down payment, received a decent interest rate on the mortgage, and still have funds left over from the sale. I don't want them to sit around doing nothing in my savings account, but I'm sort of undecided about what I should do.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

29 West Motel Gets New Name
29 West Motel would like to announce a name change to the motel, it will now be called Economy Inn.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

A few simple ways to save and manage money during a military deployment
While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Erik Goodge   was severely wounded during a deployment to Afghanistan. After returning home, the veteran became passionate about finances as he navigated his post-military life and benefits.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Jenner Ag selected as finalist for the Great Game of Business 2019 All-Star Awards
Jenner Ag has been selected as one of the finalists for the Great Game of Business All-Star Award for the sixth consecutive time.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

How to fund retirement with little savings
Dear Helaine: I need your advice on my financial situation. I am married, in my early 70s, and still at work. I earn $100,000 as a hairstylist. My husband is retired with no pension or any other means of income besides $1,500 monthly in Social Security. I am receiving $1,600 from Social Security monthly.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

RECC holds 82nd annual meeting of members
AUBURN — Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative Co. (RECC) treated members to a bill credit, dinner by Country Girl Catering and ice cream from Carl’s Ice Cream prior to the start of its annual meeting on June 6.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

801 Ill. Route 48 Palmer
PALMER — Fourteen-year-old home with 2800+ square feet above ground plus a full 2000+ sq ft finished walk out basement.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Land of Lincoln Credit Union hires Regional Business Development Managers
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) is expanding the services they provide to central Illinois businesses in the financial services arena with the hiring of two new Business Development Managers in May. Justin Roley and Jennifer Wheat have both been designated this title and will be responsible for reaching out to central Illinois business owners and managers to provide financial services, products, and benefits tailored to the specific needs of each business.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

CCP named Best Places to Work in collections in 2019
Credit Collection Partners (CCP) is proud to announce it has been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Collections in 2019.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

With the cost of new vehicles rising, it's important to consider what you'll pay for a car loan
With the cost to own a new vehicle rising, it’s more important than ever to consider what you’ll pay for a car loan and to shop for the best interest rate.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Trump says tariffs on Mexico suspended indefinitely
President Donald Trump announced late Friday that he had suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico, tweeting that the country “has agreed to take strong measures” to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. But the deal the two neighbors agreed to falls short of some of the dramatic overhauls the U.S. had pushed for.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Staying the course is smartest move in uncertain times
I felt very edgy in the first weeks of the Trump administration. I thought about altering my investments and even considered stocking up on gold coins. But my financial adviser talked me out of it and told me to stay the course. It worked for a time.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

LLCU names new VP and compliance officer
DECATUR — Land of Lincoln Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Smith as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. Before joining Land of Lincoln Credit Union, Smith was the Vice President of Internal Audit, Loan Review, and Compliance Officer at SCB Bancorp, Inc. in Decatur, IL. Smith has over 10 years of experience in the financial industry having served in various other capacities both at a local CPA firm and at Security Bank in Springfield, IL.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Old Pana Water Treatment Plant Being Demolished
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Some Steps That You Can Take To Insure That You Stay Employable Longer
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Many people plan to work past normal retirement age, by choice or necessity. But most aren’t taking the steps that could increase the odds they’ll be able to do so.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Trump's threat to slap tariff on imports from Mexico being panned by business
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite pushback from U.S. business, Mexico and Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump is doubling down on his threat to slap a 5% tariff on Mexican imports unless America’s southern neighbor cracks down on Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Need to learn more about business basics? There are many options today
NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners who never went to business school feel at a loss when they’re trying to assess their companies’ finances, managing their staffers or marketing their products or services. There are many resources available for those who want to get a grounding in business basics, including many courses that are free or low-cost:
Saturday, June 1, 2019

RARE FIND!
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Updated Home With Great Man Cave!
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Lots Of Natural Light Throughout This Centrally Located Home!
Saturday, June 1, 2019

A very Stately Home In A Small Town
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Country living at it's best!!
Looking for a house in the country? This 1750 square foot home is just minutes away from Taylorville.
Friday, May 31, 2019

Let's get real about health costs in retirement
You won't pay for health care in retirement with one lump sum. That's the way these expenses are often presented, though, and the amounts are terrifying.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Land of Lincoln CU names Senior Vice President - Chief Retail Officer
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Corey Conroy as Senior Vice President, Chief Retail Officer. Conroy most recently held the position of AVP of Retail Sales at LLCU.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Need to learn more about business? You have many options
Many small business owners who never went to business school feel at a loss when they’re trying to assess their companies’ finances, managing their staffers or marketing their products or services. There are many resources available for those who want to get a grounding in business basics, including many courses that are free or low-cost:
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Real estate title firm's lapse exposes data in 885M files
A security lapse at a major real estate title company exposed the bank account numbers and other sensitive information contained in 885 million files.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Best way to spend a graduation windfall
I'm about to graduate from a master's program and start a job with a $60,000 salary. Currently, I have a $10,000 student loan with my credit union at a 4.5% interest rate and two federal loans (undergraduate and graduate) at 5.4% and 6.8% interest rates. I am single.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Japan trade a problem for Trump, but not as bad as China
When President Donald Trump visits Japan, he’ll be able to point to Tokyo’s streets to drive home a sore point in trade relations between the allies: the absence of made-in-USA vehicles.
Saturday, May 25, 2019











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