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Bridgestone plant in Normal
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The Bridgestone Off-Road Tire plant in Normal is nearly finished with a $12 million renovation.

We Are Hiring paperwork
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The Bloomington-Normal unemployment rate fell in July as the economy added 200 jobs from this time a year ago.

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Internationally-known documentary maker and environmentalist Renee Scheltema said "Normal is Over."

Deanna and Adam
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What’s the average commute time in Bloomington-Normal? How many patents do our entrepreneurs win each year? What’s the median rent for those living in the Twin Cities?

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

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

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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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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.

State Farm agent speaks to customer
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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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Manufacturing has seen a surge of economic growth lately, but the industry is growing faster than it can find employees to fill the gap.

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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’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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UPDATED 12:30 p.m. | The CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council has resigned to take another position.

State Farm HQ building
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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.

State Farm HQ building
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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.

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The Bloomington-Normal housing market got off to a slow start in 2018, with sales in January—typically one of the slowest months of the year—falling by more than 25 percent from a year ago.

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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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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.

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Plans are now on hold for a new Kroger Marketplace store on Bloomington’s east side.

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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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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.

Mike Doherty
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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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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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