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home : ag & business May 25, 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


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

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

Business owners: You need your own retirement plan
TAYLORVILLE — As a business owner, you can’t afford to ignore your competition. You can’t afford to miss out on the trends affecting your industry. You can’t afford to alienate customers. And here’s one more item to add to the list: You can’t afford not to create a retirement plan for yourself.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Master The Money Check: Regularly Checking In On Your Money Is Vital
NERDWALLET via AP) — Like cars, relationships and health, personal finance needs maintenance. Routine care now helps you in the future and alerts you to problems.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Judy Prasun retiring after 46 years of banking service
Judy Prasun, AVP, Consumer Banking is retiring from Peoples Bank & Trust on March 31, 2020. Judy works at  the Taylorville Branch on Springfield Road.

Judy began her banking career in 1973 with the First Federal Savings & Loan in Taylorville. She worked as a teller and typed loan documentation on a typewriter. She said they were a small group of people working together as a team and it was that experience that inspired her to a career in banking. Judy continued on in banking, working at Champion Federal Savings & Loan and First Trust Bank while attending Lincoln Land College. Judy joined Peoples Bank & Trust in December of 2002 and is proud to say, “I came with the building”, which is the current Taylorville branch location.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Sale of Taylorville Rosati's location pending
The story of the embattled Taylorville Rosati’s Pizza establishment may be taking another turn. A Curvey Real Estate sign in the window now has a banner proclaiming “sale pending” as of Friday morning.

Local real estate agent Chuck Colonius of Curvey Real Estate couldn’t comment about the sale, only to say his firm is working on it.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

How to handle, and head off, an unexpected tax bill
Tax season can be a windfall or a wipeout for your budget. Which camp you fall into likely depends on whether you get a refund — or a tax bill — from the IRS.

If you find that you owe taxes, you’re not alone. Over 23 million Americans owed the IRS a balance in 2019, a nearly 6% increase from the year before, according to a 2019 report from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, a government organization that represents taxpayers.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

417 S. Clay Street Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — This darling historic home sits nestled in a beautiful historic, well maintained neighborhood. As you walk through the original solid wood door, you are greeted with a warm foyer with gorgeous, refinished original solid hardwood floors and a spiral staircase, boasting huge stained glass windows.
Friday, March 20, 2020

Weathering the stock markets: one investor's strategy
Buy and hold — and don’t sell when the stock market plunges.

That’s the strategy many market pros use, and it has served me well through more than three decades as an investor — and as a financial journalist who needed to know daily what was happening in the markets. I’ve stuck with that strategy through gyrations as bad or even worse than what we’ve seen the past two weeks.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Stop stressing: You don't need a 20% down to buy a home
Many Americans may be unnecessarily talking themselves out of homeownership. Thirty-seven percent of nonhomeowners say not having enough saved for a down payment is holding them back from homeownership, but 62% of Americans incorrectly believe you have to have at least 20% of a home’s purchase price to buy, according to NerdWallet’s 2020 Home Buyer Report.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

New ag director: Flooding, broadband top priorities
SPRINGFIELD – Jerry Costello II has some decorating to do in his office.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Women may need extra steps to reach financial security
TAYLORVILLE — International Women’s Day 2020 is observed on March 8. This special day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Yet, women still face gender barriers as they seek to achieve their financial goals. How can you address these challenges?
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Taylorville Credit Union annual meeting Mar. 18
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Community Credit Union has announced it will hold its 64th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 18th. All current TCCU members are encouraged to attend the event, which will be held at the KC Hall in Taylorville. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required; participation is free.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

What The Coronavirus Outbreak Means For Home Loans And Mortgage Rates
(NERDWALLET via AP) — The Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates by half a percentage point on Tuesday in an effort to protect the economy from more damage from the virus outbreak. The move may present options for mortgage shoppers.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

3825 Lake Drive Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Built in 2002, this building trades home is a brick and vinyl ranch with three large bedroom and two full baths.
Friday, March 6, 2020

How to make a student loan complaint that gets results

Trying to make a complaint against your student loan lender or servicer may feel like screaming into the void.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Edmunds: How to shop for a low-tech car
New vehicles are more technologically advanced than ever. A car today can mirror your smartphone on its center display screen, warn you of objects in your blind spot, brake on its own in an emergency, adjust the climate control via voice, and much more.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Joe Coulombe, founder of popular Trader Joe's markets, dies
Joe Coulombe, who created Trader Joe’s with a vision that college-educated but poorly paid young people would flock to a store that stocked healthy foods at bargain prices, died late Friday. He was 89.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Taylorville Community Credit Union promotes Kayla Howell
Taylorville Community Credit Union recently promoted Kayla Howell, a four year veteran with the credit union, to Loan Officer.  In making the announcement, TCCU President, Will Perkins, remarked on Howell’s experience and dedication to serving the credit union’s members.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Stock market jitters? Try some patience and perspective
To state the obvious, the stock market is a little scary these days.

A viral outbreak has spread to nearly 60 countries and shows little sign of abating. That in turn has stirred worries about the economy on a global scale.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Too much life insurance can be too much of a good thing
My daughter and son-in-law gave me my first (adorable) grandchild last year. My son-in-law has tons of life insurance, but my daughter has none. He's in the military, so life insurance seems to make particular sense, and they are thinking of getting even more. Apparently, the insurance also offers an investment plan, so they are getting two things for the price of one.
Saturday, February 29, 2020







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