Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job-training, education and more. 

An Illinois lawmaker says a casino proposed for southern Wisconsin would deal an economic blow to an adjacent Illinois town.

Budding entrepreneurs will compete for financial investment and in-kind services in the Startup Showcase on Friday in Bloomington.

Caterpillar Shares Strong, Following Upbeat Q3 Report

Oct 24, 2017
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Caterpillar’s third quarter figures are out -- The company’s revenues continue to climb, and its stock followed suit Tues.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The Caterpillar Visitors Center has a new moniker coinciding with its five-year anniversary. It’s now the Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center. 

IDCEO Identifies New Statewide Enterprise Zones

Oct 19, 2017
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State officials have designated six sites around Illinois as enterprise zones to encourage business development. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced the sites Wednesday. Officials said the Enterprise Zone Board evaluated applications and awarded designations to sites in Chicago; Douglas County; Effingham and Effingham County; an intermodal operation shared by Jersey and Greene counties; Massac County; and Whiteside County.

The city of Chicago has officially submitted its bid to be home to Amazon's second headquarters.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that re-establishes an economic-development tax incentive with greater transparency.

Caterpillar is reporting a 46 percent jump in profits, during its second quarter of 2017.

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Local businesses based in Peoria are making their presence known on a new social campaign, called Peoria is My Headquarters.

Local business and civic leaders attended the launch at the Civic Center. The My Headquarters initiative comes in the wake of news that Caterpillar is relocating its HQ to Chicago. That announcement last month left some Peoria residents feeling baffled and uncertain about the city’s future.

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Peoria’s about to get a bouncy new option for recreation and fitness.



Dwayne Andreas, whose company Archer Daniels Midland helped transform agriculture into big business but was rocked by a price-fixing scandal in the 1990s, has died. He was 98. Archer Daniels Midland spokeswoman Jackie Anderson on Wednesday confirmed Andreas' death. Andreas became CEO of the Illinois-based grain processor in 1970. He built it into a powerhouse that billed itself as the "supermarket to the world.

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Junction City Ventures along with several other business sponsors are working with Peoria Public Schools to launch a student-run company. It’s called AppsCo.

Caterpillar Inc.'s third-quarter earnings are lower than this time last year, but earnings surpassed Wall Street expectations.

Cat reported its numbers before the opening bell today that show the company generated a net income of $651 million in the third quarter. That’s down $2 million from third quarter last year of $559 million. The company posted Q-3 earnings of 85 cents per share, which beat analyst estimates of 77 cents per share.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's creating a council that will review state agency rules and regulations with the goal of reducing bureaucracy.  Rauner says each regulatory agency will have a representative on the newly created Illinois Competiveness Council. 

Ted Radio Hour's Guy Raz Launches New Podcast

Oct 6, 2016
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Many Peoria Public Radio listeners know Guy Raz from the TED Radio Hour.  He’s also served as weekend host of All Things Considered, NPR defense correspondent, and bureau chief in both London and Berlin.  Now, he’s hosting a new NPR podcast called How I Built This, featuring conversations with the founders of some of the world’s best known companies.

The privately run and funded economic development corporation that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner created to attract new businesses to Illinois has a new name.

The Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation announced Monday that it will now be known as Intersect Illinois. Rauner used his executive powers in February to establish the nonprofit. Democrats raised questions about transparency and a few weeks later formed a bipartisan committee to review the corporation.

BU’s Convergence center sees major donation

Jun 21, 2016

Retired Caterpillar CEO Glen Barton and his wife Polly are making an undisclosed seven figure gift to Bradley University for the school’s proposed Business and Engineering Convergence Center.

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Bradley University's business programs are in the national spotlight. Bloomberg Businessweek listed BU’s Foster College 42nd in the nation in its annual rankings.

The university says the ranking reflects the hard work of the college’s faculty and staff as well as the career center staff.

The scores are based on metrics derived from students, employers, salaries and internships.

Profits fell for Deere and Company in the first quarter, but still beat expectations on Wall Street. This morning, the company reports it earned 254-million-dollars, or 80-cents per share, compared to a-dollar-twelve last year. Before this morning's report, the consensus among analysts was 71-cents per share. 

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A new retailer is setting up shop in Peoria’s warehouse district, and it’s bringing a new business model along with it. 

Banu and Mike Hatfield, who are married, own Zion Coffee. Last month, they announced plans to bring their coffee business to the historic Union Depot Hotel building on SW Adams St. 

Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman presented the mayors of Peoria and East Peoria with two trucks Monday.  Both cities purchased the trucks to help combat the winter weather.  Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the trucks highlight a connection between the city and the region’s largest-employer:

Oberhelman To Chair Business Policy Group

Dec 2, 2015

Caterpillar’s CEO will chair a group of leaders from major corporations that focuses on public policy. Doug Oberhelman is will chair the Washington, D.C. based Business Roundtable group starting next month. He will serve a two year term, replacing AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.  Oberhelman first joined the Business Roundtable in 2010. Stephenson says Oberhelman’s leadership with the group helped secure Congressional approval of trade agreements and infrastructure investments.

Caterpillar cutting 475 management, support jobs

Aug 25, 2015

SBA Grant Aims to Boost Local Startups

Aug 5, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Association awarded the City of Peoria a $50,000 grant.  The funds aim to make it easier to start a business by reducing the amount of time to register and apply for local permits and licenses.  Peoria City, County and the Economic Development Council say they will use the grant to help small businesses launch faster and support minority-owned projects.


The Peoria International Airport has a new gift shop. The shop called Moonlighting is open 7 days a week from 5 a-m to generally 8:30 in the evening. Hedy Elliott-Gardner is with the Moonlight Coalition for Adult Learning through the Peoria Park District Foundation. She says the shop has been open since April and is out performing the business plan:

So far, no food truck applications for Peoria

Jul 29, 2015

A month has passed since food truck owners could apply to operate in Peoria’s public right-of-way. But no mobile food vendor has yet filled out the paperwork.  Assistant City Manager Chris Setti says there are possible reasons why food truck operators haven’t applied: / Flickr/Creative Commons

Peoria-based Caterpillar is reporting 2nd quarter adjusted profit per share of $1.27. It’s a 42 cent decrease from the second quarter of 2014. But it still topped analysts’ expectations by a penny.    

Sales and Revenues posted at 12.3 billion dollars. That’s down 13 percent, in the second quarter of 2014 and is last down when compared with expectations.

The company is still expecting a challenging second half of the year. But CEO Doug Oberhelman says Caterpillar continues its “track-record of solid operational performance in the face of difficult conditions.”

Peoria-based Caterpillar is calling the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba a great start. But with that, company CEO Doug Oberhelman is also calling on the President and Congress to work together to lift the 54 year-old trade barrier. Fully normalizing trade relations and  integrating Cuba into the global economy, Oberhelman says, will improve the everyday lives of Cuban people.     Caterpillar leaders visited Cuba in April. The goal of that trip was to better understand the potential market and to meet with Cuban business and government leaders.