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home : ag & business September 22, 2020

State proclaims September 21-27 rail safety week
CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker has declared September 21-27, 2020 as Illinois Rail Safety Week. This is the 7th year Illinois has set aside a week in September for a statewide awareness initiative to educate drivers and pedestrians about safety around railroad tracks and trains. In observation, and in place of in-person activities, the Illinois Commerce Commission is pleased to share rail safety facts, tips and virtual lesson plans, and resources from Operation Lifesaver. Highlighted on the ICC website and social media platforms are recent publications and materials for teachers, students, the trucking industry, and the agricultural community.
Saturday, September 19, 2020


Open enrollment choices can have big financial impact
TAYLORVILLE — It’s that time of year again, where, if you work for a medium-to-large employer, you’ve got some decisions to make because it’s open enrollment time. Of course, depending on your situation, you may have been working remotely for a while, but, even so, you will likely have the opportunity to review your benefits package and make changes. And you’ll want to make the right moves, because your choices can have a big financial impact on your life.
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saving Money Is Always A Good Idea, But Perhaps Now More Than Ever
(Via AP) — I know, I know. You’ve probably heard all about how you should renegotiate your bills to save money. But that’s easier said than done, right?
Saturday, September 19, 2020

903 E. Park Taylorville
Friday, September 18, 2020

NY Fashion Week 2020: Pared down, and virtually all virtual
No celebs packing the front rows. No paparazzi chasing models down the streets. No stiletto-heeled crowds. No crowds at all, actually. Is there even a point to doing New York Fashion Week in 2020?

Well, yes, say organizers: It’s about economic survival.

“Ultimately fashion is a business, and Fashion Week is a platform for designers to do business,” says Steven Kolb, chief executive of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which organizes the semi-annual event. “So this is about jobs ... it’s about people’s livelihoods. It”s about moving forward, but cautiously, with safety in mind.“

Friday, September 11, 2020

Some remote workers may be in for tax surprise
If the pandemic caused you to relocate across state lines, even temporarily, the next surprise could be having to file an extra tax return and potentially pay more taxes.

The issue gained national attention in May, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said out-of-state health care workers who came to help with the pandemic would face New York income taxes.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Panel will decide next week if Madigan should be disciplines or expelled
SPRINGFIELD – A special investigative committee of the General Assembly will begin meeting at the Capitol next week to decide the fate of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

Make investments work as hard as you do
TAYLORVILLE — Labor Day is almost here. Of course, this year, the holiday may have a different impact, given the employment-related stress and disruptions stemming from the coronavirus. Yet, it’s good to recognize the value of work and its importance in achieving your life’s goals. But if you’re going to retire comfortably and reach your other financial objectives, you also need to invest – and your investments need to work as hard as you do.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

More Harm Than Good: Why Debt Settlement Isn't All It's Marketed to Be
(NERDWALLET via AP) — In a crisis, long-term planning may lose out to quick and dirty solutions — regardless of the consequences.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

830 Roosevelt Rd. Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Fantastic family home! This is your chance to own a relatively newer ranch style home with a very livable fioor plan!
Friday, September 4, 2020

Consolidated Communications wins Silver Stevie® Award for COVID-19 response
Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) a leading broadband and business communications provider, has been named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award for its COVID-19 response in the fifth annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers recognize the world's best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The pandemic has many of us feeling fearful and out of control - these money moves can help
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely and his colleagues at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight have a pact. Every week, the group of 50 people picks one small business in Durham, North Carolina, and each person spends $100 there.

A one-time $5,000 infusion wouldn’t make a difference to Amazon, Costco or any other large retailer, but it could be enough to keep a local business afloat, Ariely says. Taking this action helps the group feel that they’re making a difference when so much of the world seems out of control.

Saturday, August 29, 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, August 22, 2020

What To Do With Your Stuff That Your Kids Simply Don't Want. . .
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Parents who are downsizing or simply decluttering may have to get creative at finding homes for all their unwanted possessions - particularly these days.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

Memorial recognized in best hospitals rankings
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center has been recognized in the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital rankings as one of the top hospitals in Illinois.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

New doctor joins Springfield Clinic Pediatrics
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Clinic’s Pediatrics team is welcoming a new physician this month.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

523 E. Elm St. Taylorville
Friday, August 21, 2020

NewWave Communications donates to Taylorville schools for back to school supplies
As K-12 schools face unique challenges heading into the 2020-2021 school year in the midst of a pandemic,NewWave Communicationsand the other Cable One family of brands have donated more than $50,000 to schools in the communities they serve in an effort to help fulfill the need for traditional school supplies as well as increased needs for technology and protective equipment.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Student Loan Borrowers With Federal Debt Won't See A Bill Until January 2021
You don’t have to make another federal student loan payment in 2020. Now is the time, though, to decide what to do before your bill arrives in January 2021.

Federal student loan borrowers were already in an automatic interest-free pause on payments as part of the original coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act. This pause was expected to expire Sept. 30, but an extension of the forbearance through Dec. 31 was directed in a memorandum signed by President Donald Trump on Aug. 8.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Credit Collections Partners judged best work place in collections
Credit Collections Partners was judged to be on of the best places to work in collections in 2020. insideARM’s program recognizes the most positive workplace environment in the debt collection industry. Honorees are chosen by an independent judge (the Best Companies Group) based on company feedback, and most importantly, the input of employees.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Interventional cardiologist joins Springfield Clinic
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Clinic Cardiology is welcoming a new specialist this month with expertise in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

220 E. Market Street Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Presenting 220 East Market Street: this 1892 Queen Anne Victorian home is a George Barber Kit 143 -- one of only two such designs in the U.S. Taylorville's gem is located just two blocks from the National Registry Town Square and across the street from the popular venue called the Pillars.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Peat Earns DAISY Award at Taylorville Memorial Hospital
Cassandra Peat, RN, BSN was recently recognized as the latest recipient of the DAISY Award at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

At a presentation on July 30, Peat was recognized in front of her colleagues. She received a certificate commending her for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” She was also given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Probate workarounds can save heirs a lot of time and money
A reader recently reached out after his elderly mother died, asking how soon he could distribute the $10,000 she had earmarked in her will for each of her two grandchildren.

Because she lived in California, I had to break the bad news: He won’t be able to hand over the money any time soon.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Porter brings 30 years of experience to improving senior health care
Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab has named Penny Porter as its new Dietary Director. The 96-bed skilled nursing facility provides specialized therapy services and rehabilitative care in a compassionate, home-like environment.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Troncoso joins Capitol News thru nat'l program
SPRINGFIELD – Raymon Troncoso has joined Capitol News Illinois as a reporter through the Report For America 2020-21 program.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Create strategies to help achieve your financial goals
TAYLORVILLE — Like most people, you probably have many financial goals: a comfortable retirement, long vacations, college for your children or grandchildren, the ability to leave something behind for the next generation, and so on. To achieve these various goals, you may have to follow different investment strategies – and you might have to make some tradeoffs along the way.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

It's Evident: Black Friday Shopping Could Look Very Different This Year
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Doors bursting open at stores. Crowds spilling into the aisles. Elbows brushing up against others. Products flying off shelves. These are the hallmark images of Black Friday.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

17 Crescent Taylorville
Friday, July 24, 2020

Stress rises for unemployed as extra $600 benefit nears end
A major source of income for roughly 30 million unemployed people is set to end, threatening their ability to meet rent and pay bills and potentially undercutting the fragile economic recovery.

In March, Congress approved an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits as part of its $2 trillion relief package aimed at offsetting the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. That additional payment expires next week unless it gets renewed.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Millennial Money: 4 expert tips to get hired from home
Job hunting has always been a little stressful. OK, a lot stressful. A global pandemic certainly hasn’t remedied that.

Rather, it’s changing the landscape.

For one, it’s heating up competition. Millions of newly out-of-work Americans are chasing employment simultaneously. Applicant pools are also expanding geographically as remote work becomes widespread.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Protect yourself against financial scammers
It’s unfortunate but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, one of the busiest “industries” has been financial scamming. But it goes on even during normal times, so you’ll want to know what to look for and how to defend yourself.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Challenge seeks entrepreneurs changing rural America
ILLINOIS — Farm Credit and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) are sponsoring the 2021 Ag Innovation Challenge – a national competition for food and agriculture entrepreneurs.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

CNB Bank awarded ICBA's top agricultural lender
ALTON, Ill. — CNB is pleased to announce its top spot on Illinois Communty Banker’s Association  Agricultural lenders list for a bank size of $1 billion or more, awarded by ICBA for an exceptional performance last year. CNB is the top ranked Ag Bank in the State of Illinois and the number 6 ranked bank in the nation. A core focus of CNB is a dedication to agricultural lending.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

It's Been Months Since We First Learned What Shelter-In-Place Even Meant
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Shelter in place. Lockdown. Quarantine.

Whatever you call it, it’s been a few months since the COVID-19 pandemic  taught us what staying home for an extended period of time actually looks and feels like.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

1814 N. Sharpsburg Rd. Sharpsburg
SHARPSBURG — This home is a great fit for its small town/country setting.
Friday, July 10, 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









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