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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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The Bloomington-Normal economy has added 1,100 jobs in the past year, as the local jobless rate fell to just 3.8 percent in December, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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Five nights of testimony over a proposed wind farm in northeastern McLean County were not enough.

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When a big local retailer like JCPenney or Gordmans closes its doors, it becomes another chapter in the “retail apocalypse” storyline that predicts the end of brick-and-mortar shopping.

A Houston-based energy company has filed an application for what could be McLean County's fourth wind farm.

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A solar power developer has filed applications for what would be the first three solar farms in McLean County.

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Mayor Tari Renner of Bloomington said there are a lot of potential re-uses for the State Farm Fire building in the downtown area, including a new City Hall.

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Emotional testimony swept through nights three and four of the McLean County Zoning Board hearings on a proposed wind farm project.

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The McLean County Board Land Use Committee on Friday afternoon stripped significant language out of a proposed 20-year solid waste management plan.

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The Normal Town Council at its next meeting may review a proposal for what's being called a "major economic development initiative" in Uptown Normal. 

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The Hobby Lobby store in Normal is moving to a smaller location within the same shopping center.

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Most of the roughly 100 towers for a proposed wind farm in the Chenoa, Gridley, and Lexington area will be 450 feet tall. That’s bigger than the average of even just a few years ago.

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Swingers Grille in Normal has closed, the restaurant announced Monday on its Facebook page.

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The Sweden-based retailer Hennes & Mauritz is adding a fast fashion outlet of its H&M brand stores at Eastland Mall, GLT has learned.

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A wind farm company has filed an application for a new field of wind towers from south of Chenoa to Lexington and southeast nearly to Colfax.

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The Heartland Community College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to move ahead with a debt swap that administrators hope will increase financial flexibility.

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Electric-vehicle maker Rivian said Tuesday it has brought on a new major investor as it nears the one-year anniversary of moving into the former Mitsubishi manufacturing plant.

Green Top Grocery owners look at their new store
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It took five years of community meetings, fundraising, and planning to open Bloomington’s first grocery store cooperative. Seven months since opening day, the work still isn’t over.

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There are 9,000 fewer workers in Bloomington-Normal than there were seven years ago, according to Economist Mike Doherty of the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Jeff Roberson / AP

The parent company of the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington reported an increase in quarterly earnings Wednesday.

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Illinois is now in year four of fairly low farm income and no turnaround is in sight, according to Farm Bureau Chief Economist Mike Doherty.

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The owner of several Bloomington-Normal radio stations filed for bankruptcy Wednesday as part of a restructuring plan to reduce the company’s debt.

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It’s not just new businesses like Brandt Industries that are looking to cut their property tax bill.

Bradley University

The latest quarterly look at the Peoria area economy shows modest growth and projected stability.

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Negotiations over tax incentives to bring a Canada-based Brandt Industries manufacturing plant to McLean County were unusual in that they included the Unit 5 school superintendent and the county board chair at the table, as well as economic development officials.

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The McLean County Board voted 16-1 on Tuesday for a proposed deal to bring a Canadian manufacturer to central Illinois in exchange for at least 300 jobs and a plant investment of more than $21 million.

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The new restaurant in the works for Eastland Mall is not new to the community at all.

City of Bloomington

A city official says a new Kroger Marketplace store is still planned for Bloomington’s east side, though the project has been delayed significantly from its original timetable.

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The entry of Portillo's restaurant into Bloomington-Normal appears to have had an unexpected effect on the marketplace.

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To most Americans the "fiduciary rule" on financial planning might not mean a whole lot. But for financial planners, stock brokers, and investment advisors, it's a really big deal.

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