5:06 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Washington business owners impacted by roadwork project

Area business owners in Washington want residents to use traffic detours as part of Business Route 24 remains closed.  They say the repair of pavement damage at a railroad viaduct has turned people away from eating and shopping in the area.  Jim Linsley owns Lindy’s downtown Market near the city square. He says his customer count was down 320 people last week:

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4:40 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Main/University intersection open for business in Peoria

Peoria’s Main and University intersection officially opened Monday after months of construction and improvements. The $2.6 million project includes pedestrian-friendly bumpouts, raised pavement to slow traffic, and three lanes on Main and University for several blocks.  Peoria City Engineer Scott Reeise says the short construction timeline was an aggressive pace:

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5:21 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

FedEx moving airport operations out of Peoria

FedEx is terminating its operations from the Peoria International Airport. The company is reportedly moving its operations to the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington. FedEx business is just under half of total air cargo flights out of the Peoria airport.  Airport Director Gene Olson says FedEx is moving to make their operations more efficient. The Peoria Airport Authority is working to find a replacement service to occupy the FedEx space at the airport. It’s unclear when FedEx will move its cargo plane services to Bloomington.

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4:32 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Galesburg lands Calif. manufacturing company

A California company has re-located to Galesburg. Pegasus Manufacturing plans to hire 17 people initially, and eventually have up to 30 employees. Director of Operations, Ray Whitehead, says Pegasus makes precision parts for a range of industries and companies, including the BNSF Railroad, Apple Computer, and Harley Davidson.

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5:45 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Quinn, Rauner make their case with business leaders

The two men dueling to be Illinois' next governor tried Wednesday to win over business leaders with their plans for the state's finances. They both made appearances before a joint meeting of Illinois' retailers and manufacturers, in Springfield.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:26 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Woodruff students launch t-shirt business

Woodruff Senior, Keith Wright, helped print the design on the most recent order for t-shirts at the school.
Denise Molina-Weiger

Some students at Woodruff Career and Technical Center are learning what it takes to run their own business thanks to community donations. The school was able to purchase a new t-shirt press along with a printer and ink with 15-hundred dollars in private donations. 10 students within Woodruff’s Contemporary Classroom used the press to make two different t-shirt orders for other District 150 Schools. Woodruff teachers involved students from the art, business and science departments for the project.

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7:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Labor, environmental groups talk clean energy in Peoria

Area labor and environmental groups both see the need to grow sustainable energy markets in Illinois.  The question seems to be the best way to make the transition.  Both groups met in Peoria Wednesday during a meeting hosted by State Senator Dave Koehler and Representative Jehan Gordon.  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:

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1:38 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Caterpillar reportedly under investigation by Senate panel

Bloomberg is reporting a U.S. Senate investigative panel is examining Caterpillar.  The investigative panel is reportedly examining whether the company avoided U.S. taxes by moving profits outside the country. 

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9:21 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Healthy lead for Rauner in governor’s race

The Illinois primary is a week away--and businessman Bruce Rauner has a healthy lead in the Republican race for governor.  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.

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4:45 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Peoria Women’s Leader Luncheon to continue this year

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: 

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