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The new head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council promised regular updates on development efforts during a joint Bloomington City Council, Normal Town Council, and McLean County Board meeting Monday night.

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The retail giant Amazon announced Thursday it plans to buy 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian as part of a larger effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

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The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council’s new CEO says his first plan of action is to work on business retention and expansion.

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The parent company of The Pantagraph reported Thursday increased digital subscriptions and advertisers in its third quarter.

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If all goes as planned, in a few years Rivian will be one of McLean County’s largest employers. Around 1,000 employees at its Normal manufacturing plant will be cranking out Rivian electric vehicles and skateboard platforms for other automakers.

But for now, local unions say Rivian isn’t being a good neighbor.

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Town of Normal

The Normal Planning Commission will take up a proposal for a new hotel in the Constitution Trail Center on the north side of town.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said he's in favor of better communication with student landlords.

Dietz said he will meet next month with apartment owners concerned the university is building up to 1,200 new student beds in a pod format.

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The City of Bloomington has suspended its business registration program.

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Women make up less than 5 percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. That leaves most women to be mentored by the men who hold positions of power.

But in the era of #MeToo, some men are growing nervous about taking on a female mentee for fear of a sexual harassment or assault claim being filed against them should the mentorship go awry.

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Town of Normal

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday that increased town incentives for the Trail East project in Uptown are worth the money.

State Farm HQ building
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In spite of community worries over the number and average pay of State Farm employees in Bloomington-Normal, the company said the number of jobs is closing the year steady.

Normal City Hall
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The mayor of Normal acknowledges the development of new State Farm hubs across the south and west has changed the distribution of talent in the community.

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A bond rating agency said its outlook on Illinois Wesleyan University is negative and no longer stable. Enrollment grew this year at the liberal arts school in Bloomington. But, Moody's Investors Service says a legacy of falling enrollment and net tuition revenue at IWU will contribute to imbalanced operations as existing smaller class sizes cycle through the school.

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Illinois State University’s College of Business hosted its 8th annual Startup Showcase this month, with 15 student entrepreneurs competing for cash prizes to advance their business plan.

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Unemployment in Bloomington-Normal held steady at 3.6 percent last month compared to September 2017.

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The Normal Town Council will take up the $29 million Trail East project proposal Monday.

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State Farm Insurance is settling a class action conspiracy suit for $250 million. At stake if the matter Hale vs. State Farm had proceeded to trial was $10 billion.

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

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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.
Eye Surgical Associates

Thirteen eye doctors and a spectacle boutique are coming together to create a new $10 million eye center.

Michael Tipsord
State Farm

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

Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council

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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