Business http://wuis.org en WUIS/SJ-R Business Report: Ameren Gas Upgrades; Carpenter St. Underpass; Pease's Design Change http://wuis.org/post/wuissj-r-business-report-ameren-gas-upgrades-carpenter-st-underpass-peases-design-change <p>Ameren has begun a huge upgrade of gas lines that could take a decade to complete.&nbsp;</p><p>The State Journal-Register's Tim Landis tell us while the company says it's needed, consumers will be paying for the work.&nbsp;</p><p>The start of construction on an underpass along Carpenter Street is part of Springfield's rail relocation.&nbsp; A groundbreaking was held for that project in the past week.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, Pease's Candy is known for the pink box it's had since the 1930's.&nbsp; But the packaging is getting a bit of a facelift. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:56:08 +0000 Sean Crawford 32065 at http://wuis.org WUIS/SJ-R Business Report: Ameren Gas Upgrades; Carpenter St. Underpass; Pease's Design Change WUIS/SJ-R Business Report: The Future Of The Esquire Theatre; Slowing Downtown Spfld. Traffic http://wuis.org/post/wuissj-r-business-report-future-esquire-theatre-slowing-downtown-spfld-traffic <p>On this week's WUIS/State Journal-Register Business Report, Sean Crawford talks with the SJ-R's Tim Landis about efforts to re-develop property along MacArthur Boulevard that was the home to the Esquire Theatre.&nbsp; One developer has pulled out and nearby residents have their ideas on what should happen there.</p><p>The discussion also centers on downtown Springfield traffic.&nbsp; It's on the minds of businesses and residents in that area.&nbsp; There's a plan to slow things down and make it more pedestrian friendly. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:27:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 31630 at http://wuis.org WUIS/SJ-R Business Report: The Future Of The Esquire Theatre; Slowing Downtown Spfld. Traffic More Power Lines Coming Through The Region WUIS-SJR Business Report http://wuis.org/post/more-power-lines-coming-through-region-wuis-sjr-business-report <p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:29:40 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 30797 at http://wuis.org More Power Lines Coming Through The Region WUIS-SJR Business Report Springfield Tourism: More Than Just Abe? http://wuis.org/post/springfield-tourism-more-just-abe <p>Historic sites. Abraham Lincoln. Food. Location.&nbsp;</p><p>Whatever drives people to Springfield, the capital city is rebounding when it comes to tourism.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 30543 at http://wuis.org Springfield Tourism: More Than Just Abe? Ameren Gets Eminent Domain WUIS SJR Business Report http://wuis.org/post/ameren-gets-eminent-domain-wuis-sjr-business-report <p>On this week's WUIS-SJR Business Report Tim Landis discusses Ameren's efforts to acquire land for the Illinois Rivers Transmission Line. Also the status of the Taylorville Energy Center land and a Chik Fil A coming back to Springfield.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:16:36 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Tim Landis 28829 at http://wuis.org Ameren Gets Eminent Domain WUIS SJR Business Report Unions Gain Members In Public Sector http://wuis.org/post/unions-gain-members-public-sector <p>Unions representing government workers are expanding while organized labor has been shedding private sector members over the past<br />half-century.<br />&nbsp;<br />A majority of union members today now have ties to a government entity _ at the federal, state or local levels.<br />&nbsp;<br />Roughly 1-in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1-in-15 for the private sector workforce last year. That's according to the<br />Bureau of Labor Statistics.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Associated Press 28612 at http://wuis.org Unions Gain Members In Public Sector Tim Landis: Video Gambling; Workforce Job Shifts; Parsons Ordered To Court http://wuis.org/post/tim-landis-video-gambling-workforce-job-shifts-parsons-ordered-court <p>On this week's WUIS/State Journal-Register Business Report, the SJ-R's Tim Landis talks about efforts to slow the growth of video gambling in Springfield.</p><p>We also hear how one company is adding jobs at the same location another firm has been making layoffs and THR and Associates founder Jeff Parsons is told to report to court:</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:56:11 +0000 Sean Crawford 27911 at http://wuis.org Tim Landis: Video Gambling; Workforce Job Shifts; Parsons Ordered To Court New Law Aimed At Used Tire Sites http://wuis.org/post/new-law-aimed-used-tire-sites <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has signed new legislation meant to improve oversight of used-tire storage and processing sites that can pose major environmental hazards. &nbsp;</p><p>Thursday's signing comes one year after a massive fire broke out at a tire-recycling facility in central Illinois. &nbsp;<br />The June fire at J&amp;R Used Tire Service in Hoopeston engulfed tens of thousands of tires and took weeks to extinguish. Many homes in neighboring communities had to be evacuated. The cleanup also took several weeks. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:57:08 +0000 Associated Press 27637 at http://wuis.org New Law Aimed At Used Tire Sites Ill. Coal Industry: EPA Emission Regulations "Unfair" http://wuis.org/post/ill-coal-industry-epa-emission-regulations-unfair <p>The head of an Illinois coal industry trade group is panning President Barack Obama's plans for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. &nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the proposed regulations on Monday in an effort to cut power-plant carbon dioxide emissions. The Illinois Coal Association's Phil Gonet calls them ``unfair.'' He says the rules could squeeze the supply of U.S. electricity, raising rates.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:25:19 +0000 Sean Crawford 26467 at http://wuis.org Ill. Coal Industry: EPA Emission Regulations "Unfair" Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur http://wuis.org/post/unemployment-falls-springfield-decatur <p>Unemployment in the Springfield metro area last month dropped to its lowest level in 6 years.&nbsp;&nbsp; The rate of 5.7 % is below both the state and national averages.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Springfield area added 2,000 jobs last month, mostly in construction, educational and health services and retail.<br /> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:11:52 +0000 Sean Crawford 25704 at http://wuis.org Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur Survey Finds Positive Economic Outlook In Sangamon County http://wuis.org/post/survey-finds-positive-economic-outlook-sangamon-county <p></p><p>Sangamon County employers have a positive outlook about the economy.&nbsp; The University of Illinois Springfield <a href="http://cspl.uis.edu/surveyresearchoffice/">Survey Research Office</a> polls businesspeople twice a year for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;</p><p>This spring's results mark the first time since 2012 that expectations were as high.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, just over half of&nbsp; those responding expected employment to stay the same in the county in the next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:25:42 +0000 Sean Crawford 25643 at http://wuis.org Survey Finds Positive Economic Outlook In Sangamon County Business Report: Esquire Theater Future, Ross Isaac Closes And Joe Rogers' Chili To Re-Open http://wuis.org/post/business-report-esquire-theater-future-ross-isaac-closes-and-joe-rogers-chili-re-open <p>Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register, joins WUIS' Sean Crawford for this week's business report.</p><p>They discuss how the clock is ticking for the former Esquire Theatre property at MacArthur Boulevard and South Grand Avenue, news involving a pair of restaurants and a court weighs in on Ameren's big project for a transmission line across central Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:54:24 +0000 Sean Crawford 25559 at http://wuis.org Business Report: Esquire Theater Future, Ross Isaac Closes And Joe Rogers' Chili To Re-Open New Chamber President Says He Will Keep A Local Focus http://wuis.org/post/new-chamber-president-says-he-will-keep-local-focus <p>Chris Hembrough said he wasn't looking for a new job.&nbsp; He's been the Executive Director of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past 7 years.</p><p>"I wasn't looking around, but sometimes opportunities come your way, especially when trusted folks give you a lead of advice. So I threw my hat in the ring," Hembrough said.</p><p>Hembrough was selected as the new President and CEO of the <a href="http://www.gscc.org/">Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce</a>, starting July 1.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24598 at http://wuis.org New Chamber President Says He Will Keep A Local Focus New Springfield Chamber CEO Announced http://wuis.org/post/new-springfield-chamber-ceo-announced <p>The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has announced the next President and CEO of the organization.&nbsp; Chris Hembrough will assume the duties in July.&nbsp;</p><p>Hembrough has served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2007.&nbsp; Before then, he managed Fink's Superior Cleaners for 5 years. &nbsp;</p><p>Hembrough is 1981 Griffin High graduate.&nbsp; He also starred on the football field, going to the University of Miami and playing on that school's 1983 national championship team.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:54:02 +0000 Sean Crawford 24083 at http://wuis.org New Springfield Chamber CEO Announced Former Illiopolis Plant Nearly Demolished http://wuis.org/post/former-illiopolis-plant-nearly-demolished <p>State environmental regulators say a former plastics plant in central Illinois where a 2004 explosion killed five people is now all but demolished and cleaned up.<br />&nbsp;<br />The explosion at the Formosa Plastics plant in Illiopolis happened on April 23,<br />2004. Federal safety officials ruled a worker mistakenly opened a valve on a<br />high-temperature reactor. The small town is 25 miles east of Springfield.<br />&nbsp;<br />Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Kim Biggs tells The State Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:01:21 +0000 Associated Press 22236 at http://wuis.org Former Illiopolis Plant Nearly Demolished Alert Lifted At Illinois Nuclear Plant http://wuis.org/post/alert-lifted-illinois-nuclear-plant <p>An alert imposed after smoke was spotted at the Quad Cities Generating Station in western Illinois was lifted after eight hours. &nbsp;</p><p>Exelon Generation officials say the smoke was spotted Wednesday after a pipe released water onto an electrical system. &nbsp;<br />Spokesman William Stoermer says Quad Cities Unit 2 had been removed from service Monday so workers could replace a valve. The unit was in being restarted when smoke was detected around 1:40 p.m. The alert was lifted around 9:30 p.m. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:21:53 +0000 Associated Press 22228 at http://wuis.org Alert Lifted At Illinois Nuclear Plant Business Report: Chamber Search, Grocery Aisles Go "Local" and Gold's Gym http://wuis.org/post/business-report-chamber-search-grocery-aisles-go-local-and-golds-gym <p>The State Journal-Register's Business Editor Tim Landis discusses the bankruptcy of Gold's Gym, which plans to remain open.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce's search for a new Director and Shop N Save's plans to "localize" its stores.&nbsp;</p><p>Read the latest stories from Tim in the <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/">SJ-R.</a></p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:18:21 +0000 Sean Crawford 22100 at http://wuis.org Business Report: Chamber Search, Grocery Aisles Go "Local" and Gold's Gym Business Report: Hy-Vee Hiring, High Speed Rail and Farmland Prices http://wuis.org/post/business-report-hy-vee-hiring-high-speed-rail-and-farmland-prices <p></p><p>On this week's WUIS / <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/">State Journal-Register Business</a> Report,&nbsp; hundreds have been hired to work at the new Hy-Vee store on Springfield's MacArthur Boulevard.&nbsp; But we still don't know an opening day for the store.&nbsp; And, a Girard grocery store that's been in place for a century changes hands.&nbsp;</p><p>WUIS' Sean Crawford also talks with the SJ-R's Business Editor Tim Landis about work getting closer on the Carpenter Street underpass and what, if anything, can we read into farmland prices flattening out in 2013.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:28:39 +0000 Sean Crawford 21631 at http://wuis.org Business Report: Hy-Vee Hiring, High Speed Rail and Farmland Prices Slow Economic Growth Due To Harsh Winter Weather http://wuis.org/post/slow-economic-growth-due-harsh-winter-weather <p></p><p>Illinois' economic growth slowed in February and a University of Illinois economist says you can probably blame it on the weather.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:56:28 +0000 Associated Press 20140 at http://wuis.org Slow Economic Growth Due To Harsh Winter Weather Illinois Products Expo This Weekend http://wuis.org/post/illinois-products-expo-weekend <p>Some of the best Illinois has to offer will be on display this weekend in Springfield.&nbsp; It's the annual <a href="https://www.agr.state.il.us/marketing/expo/">Illinois Products Expo</a> at the Orr Building on the state fairgrounds.&nbsp; More than 70 companies will be represented. &nbsp;<br /><br />Jennifer Tyree,&nbsp; Bureau Chief of Marketing and Promotions with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, says it's a variety of offerings.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 19706 at http://wuis.org Illinois Products Expo This Weekend Business Report: Car Insurance Claims Up; PCCC Reality Show? http://wuis.org/post/business-report-car-insurance-claims-pccc-reality-show <p></p><p>Auto insurance claims are up in what has been an especially cold and snowy winter across central Illinois.&nbsp; State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis talks with WUIS' Sean Crawford on that topic as well as the possibility of a reality show featuring the Prairie Capital Convention Center and how supermarkets are helping the Central Illinois Foodbank with donations.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:38:59 +0000 Sean Crawford 18788 at http://wuis.org Business Report: Car Insurance Claims Up; PCCC Reality Show? WUIS / SJ-R Business Report: New Downtown TIF, Bank Mergers http://wuis.org/post/wuis-sj-r-business-report-new-downtown-tif-bank-mergers <p>The <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/">State Journal-Register's</a> Business Editor Tim Landis talks with WUIS' Sean Crawford about an effort to create a new downtown tax increment financing district in Springfield, community banks getting bigger and more ID checks for certain purchases. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 17813 at http://wuis.org WUIS / SJ-R Business Report: New Downtown TIF, Bank Mergers One-Third Of Illinois Homes "Underwater" http://wuis.org/post/one-third-illinois-homes-underwater <p>A new report says almost one-third of Illinois homes are ``deeply underwater'' meaning that they're worth at least 25 percent less than what's owed on the loans.&nbsp;</p><p>The report released Thursday by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac says that represents almost 775,000 Illinois homes. The report is based on data from December. &nbsp;</p><p>Only Nevada and Florida fare worse, with 38 percent and 34 percent of homes deeply underwater, respectively.&nbsp;</p><p>But the report has some good news.</p><p>Nationally, the percentage of deeply underwater homes is falling. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:41:48 +0000 Associated Press 16578 at http://wuis.org One-Third Of Illinois Homes "Underwater" Auto Insurance On The Rise http://wuis.org/post/auto-insurance-rise <p>Illinois drivers should get ready to pay more for insurance. &nbsp;<br />Crain's Chicago Business reports (http://bit.ly/1ggCmGt ) major insurers in Illinois are raising rates. &nbsp;<br />Northbrook-based Allstate says in a regulatory filing that rates for customers will climb between 2.5 and 3.5 percent later this month. &nbsp;<br />Esurance rates are rising about 3.2 percent in late January, while Geico expects to boost prices by 2 to 3 percent in March. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:02:05 +0000 Associated Press 16552 at http://wuis.org Auto Insurance On The Rise Suit Filed In Chicago Over Target Security Breach http://wuis.org/post/suit-filed-chicago-over-target-security-breach <p>At least one Illinois resident has joined those suing Target after the retail giant disclosed hackers stole millions of customer accounts. &nbsp;</p><p>Chicago-area woman Chandra McPherson is the named plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Chicago. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:13:43 +0000 Associated Press 15798 at http://wuis.org Suit Filed In Chicago Over Target Security Breach Quad Cities Vying For Boeing Plant http://wuis.org/post/quad-cities-vying-boeing-plant <p>Northwestern Illinois officials want to team up with their Iowa counterparts to woo a Boeing plant that could bring more than 8,500 jobs to the Quad Cities. &nbsp;</p><p>The (Moline) Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1c7choJ ) the Bi-State Regional Commission sent a letter to the two states' governors asking them to promote a regional bid for the multibillion dollar assembly plant. &nbsp;<br />The letter was signed by community leaders in Moline, Rock Island, East Moline and Rock Island County in Illinois along with Iowa officials from Davenport, Bettendorf and Scott County. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:10:45 +0000 Sean Crawford 15744 at http://wuis.org Quad Cities Vying For Boeing Plant Lawmaker Wants Boeing Plant For Decatur http://wuis.org/post/lawmaker-wants-boeing-plant-decatur <p>An Illinois lawmaker says he wants Boeing Co. to build a new manufacturing plant in Decatur. &nbsp;<br />The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/18GfBqF ) Forsyth Republican Rep. Bill Mitchell is hoping the Chicago-based aerospace company will build its new factory in the central Illinois community. &nbsp;</p><p>Boeing is looking for a location to build its new 400-seat 777X jetliner. &nbsp;<br />Boeing is looking at a $7 billion to $10 billion plant that would start with 3,250 workers in 2018 and grow to 8,500 by 2024. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:43:25 +0000 Associated Press 14939 at http://wuis.org Lawmaker Wants Boeing Plant For Decatur Ameren Told To Lower Rates http://wuis.org/post/ameren-told-lower-rates <p>Utility regulators say Ameren Illinois needs to lower<br />its electricity delivery rate in 2014.<br />&nbsp;<br />The (Decatur) Herald &amp; Review reports (http://bit.ly/1bsYiJy ) the Illinois Commerce Commission says the utility needs to cut its delivery rate by $45<br />million.<br />The decision was announced Monday during an annual review and is set to take effect starting Jan. 1.<br />&nbsp;<br />Ameren officials say they're still reviewing the ruling.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; They had planned to lower the delivery rate by $37 million.&nbsp; Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:45:48 +0000 Associated Press 14667 at http://wuis.org Ameren Told To Lower Rates WUIS / SJ-R Business Report: Nov. 26, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/wuis-sj-r-business-report-nov-26-2013 <p>WUIS' Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Tim Landis about outlet malls planned for Springfield.&nbsp; Are there enough shoppers to support all the stores?</p><p>We also discuss an expansion for Springfield Clinic and the shutdown of the final unionized mine in the state of Illinois.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:55:37 +0000 Sean Crawford 13791 at http://wuis.org WUIS / SJ-R Business Report: Nov. 26, 2013 Sangamon County Businesses See Economic Growth Amid Concerns http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-businesses-see-economic-growth-amid-concerns <p>What do Sangamon County employers see in the year ahead?&nbsp; The <a href="http://cspl.uis.edu/surveyresearchoffice/">fall economic outlook survey</a> shows they have a positive outlook about their individual business and sector, but not about the overall economy.&nbsp; As for jobs, nearly half expect employment rates to stay stagnant. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:08:22 +0000 Sean Crawford 13430 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County Businesses See Economic Growth Amid Concerns