Business http://peoriapublicradio.org en Labor, environmental groups talk clean energy in Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/labor-environmental-groups-talk-clean-energy-peoria <div>Area labor and environmental groups both see the need to grow sustainable energy markets in Illinois. &nbsp;The question seems to be the best way to make the transition. &nbsp;Both groups met in Peoria Wednesday during a meeting hosted by State Senator Dave Koehler and Representative Jehan Gordon. &nbsp;Koehler says it’s positive to have both groups talk about ways to keep or grow new jobs during the transition to wind, solar and other forms of clean energy:</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:45:12 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21892 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Labor, environmental groups talk clean energy in Peoria Caterpillar reportedly under investigation by Senate panel http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/caterpillar-reportedly-under-investigation-senate-panel <p>Bloomberg is reporting a U.S. Senate investigative panel is examining Caterpillar. &nbsp;The investigative panel is reportedly examining whether the company avoided U.S. taxes by moving profits outside the country.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:38:42 +0000 Alex Rusciano 20604 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Caterpillar reportedly under investigation by Senate panel Healthy lead for Rauner in governor’s race http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/healthy-lead-rauner-governor-s-race <div>The Illinois primary is a week away--and businessman Bruce Rauner has a healthy lead in the Republican race for governor. &nbsp;The billionaire venture capitalist has made job creation a capstone of his campaign, and says he understands how hard it is for families to get ahead in Illinois.</div><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:21:43 +0000 Tony Arnold 20108 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Healthy lead for Rauner in governor’s race Peoria Women’s Leader Luncheon to continue this year http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-women-s-leader-luncheon-continue-year <div>A recently-suspended tradition in Peoria returns this Spring with help from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois and the Women's Fund. The groups are hosting the 35th annual Women To Women Leader Luncheon. The YWCA started the event in 1978. But the tradition didn't go on last year when the cash-strapped YWCA ceased operating. Christine Shay chairs the Women's Fund Board. She says former YWCA officials asked if the Women's Fund could continue the luncheon:&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:45:33 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19777 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria Women’s Leader Luncheon to continue this year State Farm praises 2013 financial results http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-farm-praises-2013-financial-results <div>State Farm Insurance is reporting gains in net income, net worth, and underwriting premiums last year. Bloomington Normal's largest employer benefited from a friendly stock market as the company's net worth increased more than $10 billion to a record total of nearly $76 billion.</div><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:59:51 +0000 Charlie Schlenker 19641 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State Farm praises 2013 financial results LaHood joins Proterra board of directors http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lahood-joins-proterra-board-directors <p>Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is joining the Board of Directors for Proterra. &nbsp;The company makes electric bus fleets. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:06:41 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19132 at http://peoriapublicradio.org LaHood joins Proterra board of directors Hick’ry Stick closing Elmwood location http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/hick-ry-stick-closing-elmwood-location <div>Elmwood is planning to close that location February 15th. &nbsp;The Peoria County Board approved loaning Hick’ry Stick $88,000 two years ago to help expand. &nbsp;That was after some board members expressed concern that there wasn’t enough financial information presented before lending the money. &nbsp;Mark Rothert is Assistant Peoria County Administrator for Economic Development. He says the County has made changes to how it loans money since that time:</div><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:01:24 +0000 Alex Rusciano 18336 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Hick’ry Stick closing Elmwood location Madigan wants to cut corporate income tax http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/madigan-wants-cut-corporate-income-tax <div>The Illinois House Speaker is calling for a cut in the state’s corporate income tax rate.</div><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:49:44 +0000 Tony Arnold 18281 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Madigan wants to cut corporate income tax Washington launches shop local campaign amid recovery http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-launches-shop-local-campaign-amid-recovery <p></p><div>Washington is focused on financial as well as physical recovery from last month's tornado. &nbsp;The city's Chamber of Commerce launched a new campaign called 'Visit, Shop, Eat Washington'. &nbsp;Mayor Gary Manier says the goal is to get residents from other communities to shop in the town:</div><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:48:40 +0000 Alex Rusciano 16573 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington launches shop local campaign amid recovery IL Gov. candidate weighs-in on ADM headquarters http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-gov-candidate-weighs-adm-headquarters <p></p><div>A newly merged Office Depot chose to locate its headquarters in Florida, instead of Illinois. &nbsp;A Republican candidate for governor says Illinois needs to hurry if it doesn't want a similar fate with ADM.</div><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:33:17 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 16145 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Gov. candidate weighs-in on ADM headquarters