Deere and Company hopes Congress will ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership. The company announced its support Wednesday after the US and 11 other countries signed the trade agreement.

East Peoria considers array of budget options

May 19, 2015

The City of East Peoria is looking at possible options to help balance its books in the long-term.  The move comes amid looming state budget cuts:

When lawmakers in Springfield begin crafting a state budget for next year they'll have $2 billion less to work with than they had last year.  That decrease stems from a drop in state's income tax rate, but a new survey says Illinoisans would be up for new revenue, if it meant fewer cuts.

The Peoria County Board will consider approving a Voluntary Retirement plan to help tackle a $3.5 million deficit next year. Officials say the goal is to get 40 employees to voluntarily retire, saving about $2 million. Peoria County Board member Andrew Rand says that both Board members and elected officials agreed to use an outside consultant to find more ways to save money:

Bloomington Pantagraph Owner Revenue Continues Slide

Aug 7, 2014

The parent company of Bloomington's Pantagraph Newspaper lost $9.7 million in the most recent quarter. Lee Enterprises reports that compares to a $1.8 million profit in the quarter ending in June of last year. And even though revenue of $163 million fell 2.3%, CEO Mary Junck said during a conference call that revenue trends are favorable:

2014 is only halfway over, but Illinois' new fiscal year just began last week.  The state closed out its year with a billion-dollar growth in tax revenue.

Can sin help Illinois’ budget?

Mar 17, 2014

When Illinois lawmakers are in need of more revenue, they often turn to sin.