• IDES reports Illinois unemployment down

    by  • November 22, 2013

    Illinois’ unemployment rate is down. It comes in at 8.9 percent for October, down from 9.1 in September, as the state added 25,700 jobs over the last two months, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Friday. Spokesman Greg Rivara says the fact that the rate is still 8.9 percent is troubling. “It’s encouraging...

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    Maschoffs acquires Minn., chicken products company

    by  • November 22, 2013

    Maschhoffs LLC, based in Carlyle and the nation’s largest independent pork producer, announced Friday the acquisition of GNP Co. of St. Cloud, Minn. GNP provides chicken products to retail, food-service and deli outlets under the Gold’ n Plump, Just Bare and Sunny Roost labels. Both companies are family owned. A statement from Maschhoffs said...

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    Large, black furry animal reported in Ashley

    by  • November 22, 2013

    Here’s a fun story to start your weekend. A report was made Friday morning from the village of Ashley in Washington County saying a large, black, furry creature –- possibly a bear or a black panther — was seen dragging a deer across a field on State Route 15. Interestingly, similar reports were made...

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    Tornado damage creates challenge for construction companies

    by  • November 22, 2013

    With so many people homeless from Sunday’s tornadoes, Illinois builders will have a big challenge – particularly since this is not the building season. The president of ABC Illinois, a non-union builders’ and contractors’ trade group, Alicia Martin, says a big question would be, who’s available to build 1,000 houses at once, all over...

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