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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

Officials say homes need smoke alarms by 2023
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois residents must get approved smoke alarms in their homes ahead of a 2023 deadline, according to the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

LLCU donates to several area police departments
DECATUR — Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) has donated $7,000 in LLCU Visa Gift Cards to several Central Illinois Local Law Enforcement Agencies. The gift cards will be used, at the discretion of the patrolling officers, to spread good will throughout the community, offering them to citizens when they see a need.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

CWA to award two $1,000 memorial scholarships
TAYLORVILLE — The Community Women’s Association (CWA) will be awarding two $1,000 CWA Memorial Scholarships this year.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Peoples Bank seats Christopher Swing to bank board
PANA — Christopher Swing is president & COO of Vantage Outsourcing headquartered in Effingham, Ill. Vantage Outsourcing is a surgery service company providing products, equipment and surgical staffing to hospitals and surgery centers out of eighteen regional locations throughout their twenty-eight state service area.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Protect yourself against long-term care costs
TAYLORVILLE — If you’re fortunate, you’ll live independently and in good health throughout your retirement years. However, if you ever needed some type of long-term care, such as a stay in a nursing home, would you be financially prepared?
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Millikin University offers new major in cybersecurity
DECATUR — Millikin University's Tabor School of Business has announced it will begin offering a major in Cybersecurity starting fall 2020.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Can't Find An Affordable FHA-Approved Home? You Have Some Options
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Americans took out nearly $150 billion in loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration to buy homes in 2018. Nearly 83% of those FHA borrowers were first-time home buyers, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Cutting corners is not an option for this senior
TAYLORVILLE — Most FFA students do not start their SAE projects until their freshman year of highschool, however this is not the case for Taylorville High School senior Hayden Chamberlain.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

4500 Larry St. Wilson Acres Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — This three bedroom family home just might be what you’re looking for! Situated on a 100’’ x 130’ corner lot this 2,000+ sq. ft.  home has been well maintained and is move in ready!
Friday, February 21, 2020

Trump's $1.5B uranium bailout triggers rush of mining plans
President Donald Trump’s $1.5 billion proposal to prop up the country’s nuclear fuel industry has emboldened at least one company to take steps toward boosting operations at dormant uranium mines around the West, including outside Grand Canyon National Park.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Groups challenge Louisiana permits for plastics plant
Environmental and community groups that want to keep a Taiwanese company’s plastics complex out of south Louisiana went to court Friday to challenge state air quality permits.

The groups include those that sued in federal court last month to challenge the Army Corps of Engineers’ permits for the Formosa Plastics complex, which would build 10 chemical plants and four other “major facilities” on 2,500 acres (1,000 hectares) in St. James Parish.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Dominion announces new greenhouse gas reduction goals
Dominion Energy announced this week that it will aim to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, an acceleration of the goals the company had previously pledged to meet.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

401(k)s hit records as workers sock away more, stocks jump
President Donald Trump likes to ask that question around the country, sometimes throwing out big gains like 90% or 95%. The average 401(k) did indeed hit a record last year, although its growth was considerably less than that.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Presidents Day weekend rife with mattress sales, making it a smart time to shop
Here comes Presidents Day, a time to celebrate Lincoln and Roosevelt — and blowout mattress sales. These holiday-weekend bargains can be a smart opportunity to shop for a mattress if you need a new one. But choosing the right bed in your budget can be tricky if you go into the decision cold.

Do this homework before buying a mattress.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Behind the Wheel: Are diesel engines on light duty trucks really worth it?
(EDMUNDS via AP) — Once exclusive to heavy-duty pickup trucks, diesel-powered engines have recently come to full-size light-duty trucks as well. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 are among the most popular vehicles sold in America, and each one now offers a diesel engine. But is it worth getting a diesel in a truck that isn’t meant for heavy-duty use?
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Credit union donates $1,000 to Pana Police Department
PANA — Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) announced they have donated $1,000 in LLCU Visa Gift Cards to the Pana Police Department. The gift cards can be used, at the discretion of the police force, to spread good will throughout the Greater Pana community, offering them to citizens when they see a need.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Financial protection can be a great Valentine's Day gift
TAYLORVILLE — On Valentine’s Day, you can give your spouse or life partner a traditional gift such as candy or flowers. But once you’ve done that, why not think about something that can provide longer-lasting benefits for your loved one? Specifically, think about ways to provide a lifetime of financial protection.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Millikin University sets new record for new students
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University saw an increase in enrollment of five percent for traditional undergraduate students in the spring 2020 semester. Millikin also welcomed its largest number of new traditional students for a spring semester in University history. Traditional undergraduate enrollment stands at 1,762 students compared to 1,673 undergraduate students for the spring 2019 semester, representing a 5.3 percent increase.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Decisions You Make Now Can Help Should An Economic Downturn Arrive
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Even just talk of a possible recession can trigger anxiety for anyone who associates it with the major economic downturn of a dozen years ago. But history doesn’t always repeat itself.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

3508 Fairlane Blvd. Taylorville
Gorgeous Newer home in a desirable neighborhood just off of Lincoln Trail. This ranch style home has had many updates within the last year and has an abundance of fantastic features.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Agribusiness seminar for area farmers February 19
TAYLORVILLE — With 2020 here, the Illinois crop planting season won’t be far behind, and there are plenty of tools and updates to help farmers plan and prepare for a successful season. Upcoming Agribusiness Seminars are scheduled across the state to assist farmers on a variety of topics, including Federal Crop Insurance offerings, navigating the crop insurance claims process should devastation hit your farm, and a market outlook on grain prices for 2020.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Business Highlights
Americans weary of a seemingly endless barrage of political news may be looking for a respite during ad breaks during the Super Bowl. But this year, national politics will invade the game, as Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and President Donald Trump will both run ads. In good news for the weary, however, those ads will likely be the exception. Most brands are taking extra care to steer clear of politics and align themselves with celebrities, hit songs, and nostalgia to avoid any potentially divisive territory. Nearly 100 million viewers are expected to tune into Fox for Sunday’s game.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Planning for the future should be part of refinancing decision
Hi, Helaine: The hubs and I are preparing to refinance our home. In 2005, he was in a near-fatal crash that decimated our finances down to foreclosure and bankruptcy. By 2014, I had our credit score back to the low 700s, and we qualified for an FHA loan as first-time homebuyers since we hadn't owned a home in over seven years.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

EU-UK trade talks to be complicated
If you thought the drawn-out battle over the U.K.’s departure from the European Union was painful, wait until you see what comes next.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Why credit card rewards are targeting 'convenience' spending
If you’re spending a lot on convenience — whether in the form of grocery delivery, ride-hailing or meal delivery — your credit card wants to reward you for it, while encouraging you to spend more.

Consider these recent offerings:

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Pana Chamber of Commerce accepting nominations bor Business of the Year Award
PANA — The Pana Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations from their members as well as community members for the 2019’s Business of the Year.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Jameson joins Decatur Memorial Hospital Medical Group
SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Travis Jameson has begun his practice at Decatur Memorial Hospital Medical Group as a nephrologist.
Saturday, January 25, 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, January 25, 2020

Edmunds tell you how to buy a high-demand car in this seller's market
(EDMUNDS via AP) — early every time a hotly anticipated new or redesigned vehicle first hits dealer lots, a number of enterprising dealerships will take the opportunity to make some additional profit. The good news for consumers is that there are ways around these markups.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Beginning Of A Fresh Year Ideal Time To Get Serious About Financial Change
(NERDWALLET Via AP) — Overspending can be a serious downer for your budget.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Who uses paper planners these day? Millennnials do
I(AP) — n a digital and increasingly paperless age, fans of paper planners remain enthusiastic and steadfast.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

How to make sure your donations are really useful
TAYLORVILLE — Donations come in many forms. Charitable organizations can always benefit from financial donations. But cold hard cash isn’t the only way to help a favorite charity.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Before considering donating a car, do your research
TAYLORVILLE — There are many ways for well-intentioned men and women to donate to charity. Cash donations can be extremely valuable, as they allow charities to allocate funds immediately and in ways that serves their most glaring needs. Noncash donations can be valuable as well, though certain noncash donations may not go as far as donors think they might.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Deductions and donations: What donors should know
TAYLORVILLE — Giving to charity is a selfless act that’s worthy of recognition. That recognition can come in many forms, and donors should know that even the “tax man” likes to reward men and women who donate to charity.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

What's right for you: There are many types of IRAs
TAYLORVILLE — Discussions about retirement planning typically include mention of  individual retirement accounts, or IRAs. IRAs are retirement investment vehicles that can be used in place of or in conjunction with 401(k) plans.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Some smart steps to take before donating to charity
TAYLORVILLE — Donations from private citizens are the lifeblood of many nonprofit organizations. Without donations from millions of well-intentioned individuals, many charities would not be able to fulfill their missions.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

IDOR reminds businesses of minimum wage tax credit
ILLINOIS — In a January 3, 2020 article published by the website, small businesses can utilize the Minimum Wage Credit starting January 1, 2020. The new tax credit is designed to help small businesses offset the state’s minimum wage rate that will gradually increase to $15 an hour over the next six years. Businesses can claim now the credit on their quarterly Illinois Withholding Income Tax Returns.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Who should consider a Roth conversion now?
(NERDWALLET via AP) — If you’ve saved a lot for retirement, or your parents have, you could be affected by recent changes in the rules about retirement distributions.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Senior Center to offer free tax help for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Senior Center will once again offer free tax assistance for seniors this year.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation warns of scam
CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is warning of a survey scam impersonating involvement from a Department official.
Friday, January 24, 2020

3828 Lake Drive Taylorville
TAYLORVILLE — Parents can cook dinner and still keep an eye on kids playing in the yard. The 1,806 sq.ft. home is ideal for a family about to purchase their first home or for a couple close to retirement and wishing to downsize to a more manageable floor design.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Illinois farmers helped by latest U.S. trade deals, but many questions remain
Illinois farmers will get a much-needed lift from two international trade agreements approved by the federal government this week, but experts are uncertain if their situations will improve in the long term.

After exchanging hundreds of billions of dollars of tariffs for more than a year, the U.S. and Chinese governments agreed to the first part of trade deal on Wednesday.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Trouble looms for siblings expecting to inherit $1
My dad is in his late 80s and plans to leave an estate worth about $1 million. There are four adult children, including me. We all have different mothers.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

LLCU hires two new branch managers in Decatur
Land of Lincoln Credit Union (LLCU) is pleased to announce the addition of two new Branch Managers in Decatur. Curtis Sain has joined the team as Branch Manager at Prosperity Place (Decatur) and Andrea Dodd has joined LLCU as the Branch Manager at Oakland Avenue (Decatur).
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Brushing up on the basics of your credit score can give you a fresh start this year
By now, you’ve encountered the world of credit, whether it was renting your first apartment or figuring out how to pay for a kitchen remodel.

Whatever your financial goals this year, your credit is likely to play a role in achieving them. Take a fresh approach to your credit by brushing up on the basics: What really matters for your credit score? What’s the difference between a credit score and credit report? Once you’ve revisited the basics, sit back and enjoy the perks of good credit: a shot at rewards credit cards, lower mortgage or car loan rates and more.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Peoples Bank & Trust is proud to announce seven organizational changes to improve bank operations in 2020
Ashley Basso has accepted a position as Vice President, Business Banking and Senior Deposit Officer. Ashley will directly manage business and municipal deposit relationships across all branch locations while generating new deposit and lending opportunities in the Pana area. In this role, Ashley will lead the development, delivery and operational administration of deposit products and all electronic banking services for businesses. Ashley joined the Bank in 2007 and most recently served as Vice President, Consumer Banking. She is a member of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and has previously served as President of the United Way of Christian County Board of Directors.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Are women better investors than men?
TAYLORVILLE — Most of us would probably agree that men and women frequently behave differently, and these differences often show up in professional, family and social situations. Of course, this certainly doesn’t mean either gender has an advantage in these areas. However, here’s an interesting question: Do women possess attributes that may make them better investors?
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Larry Beaty recognized for 50 years in banking
PANA — Peoples Bank & Trust recently recognized Larry Beaty’s retirement and 50 years of service in the banking industry. Larry Beaty is extremely knowledgeable of the banking industry and has a great ability and willingness to communicate that knowledge to others. He always sought new ideas, challenged old ideas, and set the highest standards for himself and those around him.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

How To Leave Room For For More Than Just Bills In Your Budget This Year
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Reporting for jury duty. Standing in line at the DMV. Going to the dentist. Making a budget.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

1225 N. Lincoln Avenue Taylorville
Entrance is to a full depth living room in which you will find space for your living room furnishings along with plenty of room for these family gatherings as they are comfortable warmed by the fireplace. The kitchen is designed for convenience in meal preparation while providing excellent cabinet and counter top space.
Friday, January 10, 2020

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