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A retirement savings program rolling out from the state treasurer's office has an early Bloomington participant.

Green Top Grocery owners look at their new store
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Green Top Grocery has hired a new general manager as the co-op continues its turnaround effort.

“Incredibly amazing,” “brilliant” and “very gifted” are just a few ways an Illinois Wesleyan University professor described her three students who recently won a $5,000 grant to start up their business.

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Frontier Airlines is coming back to Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington.

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Sears is closing another 72 stores after reporting a first-quarter loss and plunging sales. The store at Eastland Mall in Bloomington is not on the latest closure list.

Retiring City Engineer Gene Brown (center left) receives the congratulations of the Normal Council for his decades of service.
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The Town of Normal will test a program to turn a parking place or two into cafe tables and chairs for businesses.

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Amid the many moves by State Farm Insurance comes a hiring fair.

An architectural rendering of the new eye care facility planned in Bloomington.
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Thirteen eye doctors and a spectacle boutique are coming together to create a new $10 million eye center.

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The total compensation for State Farm’s top executive is lower than his predecessor’s and several of his peers in the insurance industry.

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A new manufacturer is coming to town.

As more retail chains shut down, cities across Illinois figure out what to do with millions of square feet of empty space.

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If you’re looking for clues about what State Farm is doing, don’t just look to the big black building overlooking Veterans Parkway. Look at Rhode Island.

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The latest State Farm Insurance unit to undergo realignment is State Farm Bank. The company says it is making about an 18 percent cut to the number of workers at State Farm Bank.

But, there will be an increase of about 100 bank employees in Bloomington-Normal as the company says it looks for ways to build a leaner, stronger company.

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State Farm Insurance is adding armed guards to its major hubs including Bloomington, Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix.

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State Farm Insurance is announcing an auto rate decrease for Illinois. The Bloomington-based company says the average decline for Illinois rate payers will be 2.9 percent.

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The Bloomington-Normal housing market continued its sluggish start to 2018, with total sales off nearly 20 percent through February.

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Bloomington-Normal unemployment has dropped to 3.6 percent for February. That was down more than a point from the same month last year, according to the Department of Employment Security.

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Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate has fallen again, making it the lowest among all metro areas in Illinois.

Security checkpoint at airport with two travelers in line.
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A decline in business travel and increased low-fare competition from Chicago’s O’Hare airport were among the factors that drove down passenger traffic at Bloomington’s Central Illinois Regional Airport in 2017.

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State Farm announced Tuesday it will cut around 890 jobs in Bloomington as part of an IT restructuring project that will add similar positions in Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix.

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When you visit the new Keg Grove Brewing Co. in Bloomington, the first thing you notice is the location.

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State Farm on Thursday reported its second-straight year of operating losses for its property-casualty insurance businesses, as the company pledged to get leaner and make significant internal changes.

Two men sit at a table and address the Unit Five School Board. They are Economic Development Council Director Kyle Ham and Rivian Automotive CEO RJ Scaringe
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The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said he hopes to rebuild strained relationships with some elected officials in the Twin Cities.

Illinois State University

An Illinois State University professor who once sued the institution over gender pay equity has now given ISU its largest faculty cash gift ever.

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The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said Rivian Automotive has earned its property tax abatement for the year.

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Illinois Wesleyan University is hoping to boost the number of students it enrolls from McLean County by significantly raising financial awards for those students.

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GLT is reporting this week on why west Bloomington is a food desert and how different community organizations are working to fill the gap. This is part three in the series.

For many west Bloomington families, putting food on the table isn’t a necessity. Too often it’s a choice.

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The food service industry is a volatile one. Turnover in establishments can approach 100 percent in just a very few years. 2017 was an active year for restaurant openings and closures.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals has given its OK to a wind farm in northeastern McLean County.

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State Farm Insurance is giving Heartland Community College $383,000 to support three workplace preparedness programs involving short-term certificates and career coaching.

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