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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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An author who chronicles the effects of globalization on food and clothing is urging the public to become more informed.

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The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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What was once a stopping place on the Mother Road has found new life, thanks to a partnership between a local Route 66 scholar and the Town of Normal.

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A local entrepreneur is shedding light on the hardships of starting a small business as a woman or minority.

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An anchor of Uptown Normal is closing. Owners say they are shutting down the Garlic Press Market Cafe.

Owner Sarah Bushnell McManus said the adjoining gift store will remain open. But McManus says about 15 people will lose their jobs in September when the cafe ends a 12-year run.

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A pair of Bloomington-Normal entrepreneurs with an eye to the future and a strong sense of humor have launched a Kickstarter campaign for an intriguing new product.

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Some members of Bloomington's Downtown Task Force expressed support Tuesday for installing new parking meters in the central business district, as the committee worked to prioritize suggestions for downtown improvements.

Ward 1 Alderman Jamie Mathy said Bloomington and Normal are the only major cities in Illinois he has seen that do not have parking meters.

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Online grocery deliveries are a booming industry in the U.S. and now in central Illinois.

Grocery stores have offered online shopping and delivery services for years now. But recently separate companies have begun offering the same service using the stores.

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After almost a decade of dormancy, there's new life on the north Normal hotel landscape.

Holiday Inn failed. So did Sheraton Inn. And Staywood Inn, as well. Now the new Radisson Hotel hopes to rise from their ashes on the north side of Normal to turn the location into a success story.

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The Bloomington Normal area edged under 4-percent unemployment last month. That's according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Economists suggest the lowest possible level of unemployment is about that 3.8-percent mark.

Compared to a year ago, the twin cities had 900 more jobs in May.

'BN Advantage' Works To Build BN Excitement

Jun 6, 2017
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Bloomington Normal has a lot going for it in the competition for a stable and perhaps growing economy. That's according to the head of the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives. Mick Fleming spoke during a B-N Advantage event at the Rivian Automotive Plant.

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