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Pantagraph owner Lee Enterprises Inc. reported Friday overall quarterly earnings of $4.8 million, down $1.5 million from this time last year.

Advocates of the so-called Illinois Human Rights Act "expansion bill" are urging Governor Bruce Rauner to sign that piece of legislation, which is currently on his desk. Otherwise, without his action, it would die by mid-August.

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Agricultural economist Todd Hubbs had just finished telling a room full of farmers about how all the uncertainty surrounding global trade is affecting U.S. corn growers.

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Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate rose in June, though state officials say that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Farmers across the nation have expressed concern about economic hardship created by Trump tariffs and retaliation by other nations against U.S. agricultural products.

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A first-time event in downtown Saturday celebrates 25 years since the city's first bar for the LGBTQ community opened.

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Morgan Anderson is a junior nursing major at Illinois State University. One of her dreams for senior year is to live at the Lodge—the massive apartment complex on Willow Street that, from the outside, looks like where multi-millionaires would spend the night after going skiing.

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.

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You know what’s not good for a real estate market? A ton of uncertainty at the market’s biggest employer.

Bridgestone plant in Normal
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The Bridgestone plant in Normal will add 30 new employees as part of a $12 million investment, the tiremaker announced Tuesday.

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A semipro baseball team. A band performing at the Castle Theatre. A mom visiting to watch her son play college football. A family reunion. An author writing a book about historic Route 66.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on online shopping left two things clear – consumers who buy online will have to pay sales tax on more items, and some states will see more money from those online purchases.

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The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council released its latest quarterly update showing record low unemployment rates and a slight increase in jobs over 2017.

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The electric vehicle startup Rivian continued to emerge from its “extreme stealth” mode Tuesday, revealing its “skateboard” chassis and a timeline for when its first truck will be available for pre-order. 

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Walgreens says it's opening a new office in Chicago and staffing it with 1,800 people.

When you think of Bloomington-Normal brands with national or even international reputations, it's State Farm and Beer Nuts. Now Destihl is on the list.

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The Bloomington-Normal area's jobless rate plunged to 3.1 percent in April, the lowest rate for that month since 2000, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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Looks like stealth mode is over.

The usually quiet Rivian Automotive made some noise in the past week, as the company revealed lots of new information in at least three media interviews and a press release.

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Rivian Automotive will unveil its first two vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, GLT has confirmed.

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Changes at State Farm are impacting many parts of the local economy—from real estate to jobs to downtown Bloomington’s future.

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How badly did the Community Health Care Clinic need a new website?

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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.

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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The Bloomington-Normal real estate market picked up a little in March, as the pace of sales quickened and prices continued their upward climb.

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State Farm faces stiff competition on two fronts—from longstanding challengers like Geico and Progressive, and now from insurtech startups like Lemonade.

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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 Bergner’s store at Eastland Mall appears headed for closure.

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The nation's largest newspapers are seeing digital subscriptions soar during President Donald Trump's administration. The newly named editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times said during a Sound Ideas interview that readers are willing "to pay for good content" about the current administration.

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State Farm told City of Bloomington leaders Monday it plans to sell its newly vacated downtown building.

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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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