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home : ag & business July 3, 2020

Rolling Farms project has new manager
There is a new person heading up the development of the Trade Winds Energy Rolling Farms Wind Project in Christian County. Vince Green, 44, a native of Indianapolis, was recently named the Development Manager of the project. He has been with the company since November, 2019.

A Purdue University graduate in 1998, he hold a degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources. He has helped develop wind farm projects in Iowa and Texas in the past.

Friday, July 3, 2020


Many people look forward to a tax refund as a way to boost savings or pay down debt
As a 58-year-old woman on disability, Robin Short of Wallingford, Connecticut, relies on her tax refund to catch up on bills. She filed her return electronically in February, opting for direct deposit so she could get her $773 refund quickly.

She’s still waiting, as are millions of others. The IRS is slowly resuming operations after pandemic-related lockdowns, but delayed refunds are devastating some people’s finances.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Duane Stock elected to TCCU Board of Directors
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Credit Union recently announced the election of Duane Stock to the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors. Stock fills the seat made available with the retirement of long-time TCCU Board Director Mike Kennedy.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

Welcoming a new child? Consider these financial moves
TAYLORVILLE — If a new child has entered your life, you are no doubt full of joy today and hopes for the future. And you can help make that future a brighter one for your child and your family by taking some important steps in these areas:
Saturday, June 27, 2020

Illinois guidelines prohibit Kidzeum from reopening
SPRINGFIELD — Kidzeum of Health and Science, located at 412 E. Adams St. in downtown Springfield, is entering into a period of extended closure, which may last for several months.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

How So-Called 'Maximizers' Can Cut Their Decision-Making Angst And Time
(NERDWALLET via AP) — No one wants to waste money, but some of us go overboard trying to get the best possible deal.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday, June 27, 2020

CNB processes $78M in PPP funds
ILLINOIS — For months now, every facet of “normal” life has been upended by COVID-19. Where and how we work, learn, shop, socialize and even bank have all been affected. Yet, the bright spot amid this sea change has been America’s enduring spirit as friends and neighbors work together to stay safe, remain connected, and support one another.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

837 E 1175 N Rd. Taylorville
Friday, June 26, 2020

Impulse to help adult child who has been dealt a financial blow is strong, understandable
Financial fallout from the pandemic is hitting millennials hard — and many will soon turn to their parents for help, if they haven’t already.

Before parents ride to the rescue, financial planners urge them to map out a strategy that doesn’t just plug a short-term need but also makes sense in the long run.

“Often the heartstrings will get pulled — ‘I really have to help them!’— but it can be detrimental to the parent,” says certified financial planner Jeffrey L. Corliss of Westport, Connecticut.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

LLCU donates to food pantries, Pana included
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) applied for and received a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) to assist local non-profit organizations that may have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, LLCU donated $20,000 to area food pantries throughout central Illinois, including a $5,000 donation to the Northeast Community Fund in Decatur.
Saturday, June 20, 2020

913 Hawley Ave. Taylorville
This cute bungalow has a nice size living room, two bedrooms and one bathroom.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

573 N 1600 East Rd. Owaneco
Have you been looking for a home out in the country, little bit of ground, few neighbors close by but not on you? Taylorville School District with bus pickup!
Saturday, June 13, 2020

428 E. Heights Taylorville
Fabulous location! Located on corner lot on Cherokee and Heights that is 109’x135’. This is 1980 sq.ft all on one level with family room, kitchen and dining room situated in large open floor plan.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

805 E. Ash Street Taylorville
This well maintained two story home has four bedrooms and two full baths. The main floor features a large formal living room and an open stairway in the front foyer which leads to the bedrooms upstairs.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

529 Plans; Save now, pay off debts later
TAYLORVILLE — If you have children or grandchildren, you may already have invested in, or at least considered, a 529 plan, one of the most popular college-savings vehicles. But you might be interested to know that a 529 plan can now be used not only to save for college, but also to pay off college loans.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Farm Service committee nominations open June 15
SPRINGFIELD — USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Monday, June 15.  Elections will occur in certain local administrative areas for members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally.  All nomination forms for the 2020 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2020.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Can't Make Money Right Now? Free Up Cash In Your Budget If You Can
(NERDWALLET via AP) — You’re not the only one with a tight budget. Millions of Americans are currently struggling with unemployment, lost hours and lowered wages.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

714 E. Heights Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Nicely updated three bedroom, two full bath home with nicely finished two car attached garage. This home has been completely repainted and has newer carpeting throughout and a new sliding glass door going out to the deck.
Friday, June 12, 2020

Pana Community Hospital FastCare clinic opens June 29
Pana Community Hospital’s new FastCare, offering convenient walk-in clinic services, is opening Monday, June 29. The highly anticipated service was part of the building project and expansion of PCH but the opening was delayed due to COVID-19. This walk-in clinic offers Pana and the surrounding communities’ healthcare services for those who do not have a primary care provider and offers services when other primary care providers’ offices may be closed. Hours for the walk-in clinic are: 
Saturday, June 6, 2020

HSHS Medical Group welcomes Karen Koenig, APRN, Internal Medicine
HSHS Medical Group is pleased to welcome Karen Koenig, APRN, to their medical team. Karen offers primary care for patients ages 13 and older at HSHS Medical Group Multispecialty Care - Taylorville, located at 1304 W. Burnett Dr. in Taylorville, Illinois.
Saturday, June 6, 2020

Being a jerk to yourself because you made a money mistake is both unfair and unproductive
“I feel like such an idiot.” It’s something I’ve said more than once as I crumble in the face of a money mistake.

I recently called myself the i-word as I revealed to my husband that I hadn’t checked my cash flow in a few months or contributed to my Roth IRA for 2019, even though he assumed I had.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Pana Medical Group welcomes Heather Beyers, FNP
Pana Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Heather Beyers as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Heather has joined physicians Dr. Deo Quizon, Dr. Dennis Yap, and Dr. Marlon Muneses as well as Tabitha Litz, FNP and Coleen Rakers, ANP. Heather will begin her training at PMG on June 22.  

Heather has been working in the healthcare field for over 20 years and brings extensive experience to the position. Beyers graduated from St. John’s school of Nursing with a BSN in 2000. Following graduation, Beyers worked at St. John’s Hospital on the cardiac floor. She then transferred to Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital and worked in the ICU and ER for five years.  After working in the nursing field for several years, Beyers decided to go back to school and earned her MSN from SIUE in 2009. She specialized in family practice and became ANCC board certified. Upon graduation, Beyers worked for Memorial physician services in Springfield for the past 11 years. 

Friday, June 5, 2020

CNB supporting small business, local food banks
ALTON, Ill. —   CNB Bank & Trust, N.A. has been helping small and local businesses during this unprecedented time. As part of the C.A.R.E.S. Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) allowing small businesses to apply for a special loan that helps keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. To date, CNB has processed 836 loans totaling more than $75 million for small businesses within its communities.
Saturday, May 30, 2020

You May Have More Financial Questions Than Ever Now: Finding Advice
(NERDWALLET via AP) — If you have money questions — and who among us doesn’t right now? — there are plenty of people willing to offer advice: friends, relatives and random strangers on the internet.
Saturday, May 30, 2020

TCCU to resume lobby hours June 1
TAYLORVILLE, IL – As of Monday, June 1, Taylorville Community Credit Union has resumed regular lobby hours at its locations in Taylorville, Hillsboro, Litchfield and Pana. Lobby hours had been curtailed the past two months as a result of the ‘shelter in place’ order in response to COVID-19.
Saturday, May 30, 2020

How to become a long-term investor
TAYLORVILLE — It’s a fairly predictable pattern: When the stock market rises, more people invest, but after a large-scale drop, many of these same people head for the exits. But by staying out of the financial markets, and only putting their money in “safe” vehicles that offer few or no growth prospects, are they really helping themselves? Here’s the bottom line: If you’re going to make progress toward your long-term goals, you have to become a long-term investor. But how?
Saturday, May 30, 2020

904 E. Heights Taylorville
This home is READY for it’s new owner! It sits in the nicest subdivision, where traffic and life moves a little more slowly. The neighbors are friendly and take pride in their homes. You’ll find you are within walking distance to schools, shopping, medical centers and more, yet tucked away in a quiet corner of town.
Friday, May 29, 2020

Should seniors consider a reverse mortgage now?
Reverse mortgages allow older homeowners to turn part of their home equity into tax-free cash, using a loan that doesn’t have to be paid back until they die, sell or move out.

That sounds good to a lot of seniors navigating financial fallout during the coronavirus pandemic. Stay-at-home orders may have taken away jobs needed to make ends meet, while low interest rates and a volatile stock market have endangered income from retirement savings.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Land of Lincoln Credit Union will re-open lobbies on May 29
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) announced today that all LLCU offices throughout central Illinois will re-open lobbies beginning Friday, May 29th.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LLCU lobbies have been closed to members and facilities have been operating as drive-up only since March 19th. On FRIDAY, MAY 29th, 2020, all LLCU lobbies (with public lobbies) will be open to members for service once again with regular business hours. Each branch will adhere to social distancing guidelines and recommendations set forth by the CDC and the IDPH including, but not limited to, the following:

Saturday, May 23, 2020

How much will market volatility really affect you?
There's no way to sugarcoat it: If you're an investor, you haven't liked what you've seen in the financial markets recently. The effects of the coronavirus triggered a market "correction" – a decline of 10 percent or more – and more volatility is almost certainly on the way. But instead of fretting over your investment statements, you could consider some more positive approaches to this situation.
Saturday, May 23, 2020

Vehicle stickers can be renewed at drive-up offices
CHICAGO (AP) — Seven Driver Services’ locations run by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office will reopen Tuesday with drive-through service for drivers who need to renew vehicle registration stickers.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Central Illinois Foodbanks get a boost from AT&T
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — AT&T has contributed $10,000 that will immediately help the Central Illinois Foodbank buy much needed food and resources benefiting children, adults and seniors who are struggling to make ends meet during this challenging time.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Illinois town offers fixer-uppers to reduce blight
ROCK FALLS, Ill. (AP) — The city seems to have found a way repair some of its blighted neighborhoods.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

913 Hawley Ave. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — This cute bungalow has a nice size living room, two bedrooms and one bathroom.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Why family loyalty shouldn't apply to your credit cards
Loyalty to family is admirable, but limiting yourself to just one bank’s brood of credit cards may be a tie that binds you up.

Sure, having all your cards under a single bank roof can simplify bookkeeping, and it may even grant you access to bonus “relationship” rewards. It can make reward redemptions seamless and, sometimes, more valuable if you’re able to pool those rewards across multiple cards.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

10 takeaways from the worst jobs report in US history
Brutal. Horrific. Tragic.

Choose your description. The April jobs report showed, in harrowing detail, just how terribly the coronavirus outbreak has pummeled the U.S. economy. Most obviously, there’s the 14.7% unemployment rate, the highest since the Great Depression. And the shedding of more than 20 million jobs, by far the worst one-month loss ever.

But Friday’s jobs report from the government contains 42 pages about just how far the job market has tumbled, along with hints of what to watch for — eventually — in a possible recovery.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Illinois order revised to allow small, safe worship services
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will allow small, safe worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a modified extension of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order that took effect Friday.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Quad County Home Health using telemonitoring
PANA — The coronavirus has changed the way many departments at Pana Community Hospital are operating on a day-to-day basis and Quad County Home Health is no different. Since the pandemic began, Quad County nurses have been rethinking healthcare to provide care to the homebound patients in the community. Quad County is now using telemonitoring to check on our vulnerable patients in the home health and hospice program.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

CNB elects board of directors via teleconference
CARLINVILLE — The shareholders of CNB Bank Shares, Inc. held their annual meeting on Wednesday, April 22, in CNB’s corporate headquarters in Carlinville. Due to current social distancing protocols, shareholders had been invited to call into the meeting on a conference line. The only action taken was election of the slate of nominees to the Board of Directors as recommended by the Board.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Many Lenders Are Offering Programs For Those Affected By Pandemic
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Many banks, credit card issuers and other lenders have promised to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They’re offering to defer or reduce payments and waive interest charges and rebate fees for those who have lost jobs, had their hours reduced or otherwise lost income to the COVID-19 crisis.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Northern Illinois man finds new and creative uses for parts of old barns
ROCK FALLS, Ill. (AP) — When Dan Sutton was learning contractor skills at his father Chet’s side in Whiteside County, he took his advice to heart.
Friday, May 1, 2020

Local merchants hone in on creativity as pandemic keeps retail stores closed
TAYLORVILLE — A local Taylorville business is taking a unique approach to Mother’s Day gifts this year. Amid stay-at-home orders, businesses have been forced to adapt to the changing retail landscape, and Farmhouse Signs and Co. is now allowing customers to preview items on Facebook in a virtual shopping experience.
Friday, May 1, 2020

610 Kenton Blvd.
Friday, May 1, 2020

How to raid your retirement funds in the midst of a crisis
In an ideal world, your retirement accounts would be left alone for retirement. You’ve probably noticed that we’re not living in an ideal world.

Early withdrawals can have serious repercussions, including big tax bills today and potential shortfalls in the future. Please look for other solutions first. You might:

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Memorial Health System posts video interviews to provide information on Coronavirus
Memorial Health System has launched a new series of video interviews to inform the public about topics related to COVID-19, including updates on testing and ways for the public to protect themselves and others.

The video interviews are available online at bit.ly/COVID-19Conversations, according to Aimee Allbritton, system senior vice president and chief transformation officer.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

With Lives & Finances On The Line, It's Time To Focus On Money Management
(NERDWALLET via AP) — A few months ago you may not have thought much about strategies for managing credit balances or how much of an emergency fund you really need. But with finances strained by the coronavirus pandemic, making smart money decisions is crucial.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

New rules for retirement plan contributions, withdrawals
TAYLORVILLE — If you’ve had an IRA or 401(k) for a long time, you’re probably pretty familiar with the rules governing withdrawals and contributions – because, for the most part, they haven’t changed in years. And you may also know what’s going to happen to your IRA if you leave it to someone as part of your estate plans. But we are about to see some changes – and you should be aware of how they may affect your individual situation.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Growmark teams up with Illinois corn and soybean associations to distribute hand sanitizer
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.  — In an effort to keep essential agriculture employees and customers safe and healthy during this pandemic, Growmark/FS is teaming up with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Soybean Association Checkoff Program to help distribute free hand sanitizer to ag retailers.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Tests prioritized as virus deaths in Illinois have passed 1,000
ILLINOIS — Gov. JB Pritzker announced changes to the state’s guidance as to who can get tested for novel coronavirus disease Thursday and said state labs are ramping up testing efforts.
Friday, April 17, 2020

2704 Lincoln Trail Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Historic Lincoln Trail on almost 3 acres with beautiful mature trees!
Friday, April 17, 2020

Scholarship search engines one of the best ways to find free money for college
Scholarship search websites promise students access to millions of awards totaling billions in free money for college.

All you need is an email address to use sites like Fastweb, Cappex and Unigo. But once you provide it, scholarship listings aren’t the only things you’ll receive.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

NewWave Communications donates $300,000 to Support COVID-19 Relief
In an effort to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts across their 21-state footprint, NewWave Communications and the other Cable One family of brands have donated $150,000 to the Meals on Wheels America COVID-19 Response Fund and $150,000 to local food banks in the markets they serve.
Saturday, April 11, 2020








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