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Business
10:59 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Local Company Expands In China on WUIS/SJR Business Report

Tim Landis talks about the efforts of Brandt in Beijing on this weeks WUIS/SJR Business Report.

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economy
10:08 am
Mon April 27, 2015

What is a privatized DCEO

As talk swirls at the State Capitol about privatizing the state's economic development agency, here are some interesting perspectives from Crain's on the topic.

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State Week
3:16 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Listen to State Week - April 24, 2015

Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS

This week, the Illinois legislature worked to restore some of Governor Rauner's social service cuts and convened a oversight committee to examine the reasoning behind them.  Meanwhile, Governor Rauner continued his efforts to eliminate public sector "fair share" union dues.  Also, a bill decriminalizing possession of certain amounts of marijuana moves from the House to the Senate.  Jamey Dunn of Illinois Issues magazine joins the panel discussion.

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Business
12:15 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Sangamon Employers Bullish

Local employers seem to be optimistic about the Sangamon County economy in the year ahead.

The twice yearly survey gives researchers a read on what local leaders think about the economy. 

Ashley Kirzinger with the U of I Springfield's Survey Research Office says the latest report shows a big jump in the expectations of local employers and a 36 point increase in  the overall economic outlook from four years ago.

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Business
11:38 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Danger On The North Side? WUIS/SJR Business Report

Tim Landis, Business Editor at the State Journal Register
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Business
11:26 am
Mon April 20, 2015

One Stop Shop For New Businesses

State Senator Julie Morrison D. Deerfield
Credit Illinois General Assembly

The Illinois Senate this week may vote on a plan to create a "one stop shop" for people wanting to set up businesses in Illinois

The measure would require the state to set up a web site that provides details on the costs and links to the forms and information for setting up a business in Illinois.  Deerfield Democrat Julie Morrison is the sponsor.               

"This will serve everybody from the person who's starting a cottage business in their home to a really large business coming forward with a lot of employees," said Morrison.

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economy
10:26 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Volcker Says US Bank Oversight Ineffective

While the headline sounds like its from the 1980's, AP Business Writer Marcy Gordon wrote about a new report from a group led by Paul Volcker.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is calling for a reshaping of the U.S. financial oversight regime, which he says is splintered and ineffective.

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State Week
2:21 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Listen to State Week - April 17, 2015

Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS

This week's discussion includes the fallout over Governor Bruce Rauner's cuts to social services and House Speaker Michael Madigan's new budget oversight panel.  Paris Schutz, political reporter for WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" joins us for the program.

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economy
9:34 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Verizon Slices Up Bundle

Verizon is giving its customers have more control over the channels they pay for as the cacophony of cord cutting reshapes cable TV.

Verizon's FiOS Custom TV, available Sunday, gives customers the option to buy a $55 base package with more than 35 channels plus two additional themed channel packs.

There's currently seven channel packs to choose from, including genres such as sports, children and lifestyle. Customers can add more channel packs _ which include about 10-17 channels on average _ for $10 each. They may also swap out channel packs after 30 days.

economy
10:14 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Aldi Looking To Online Sales

A grocery trade site Brickmeetsclick  has an interesting preview of Aldi's new venture.

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Health Desk
9:22 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Beech-Nut Baby Food Recalled

Credit beech-nut.com

Beech-Nut Nutrition is recalling approximately  baby food products that may be contaminated with small pieces of glass,

The following product is subject to recall

  • 4-oz. glass jars containing “Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken”

The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “P-68A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The affected product expires in “DEC 2016” and includes product numbers “12395750815” through “12395750821”. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.                        

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Business
10:47 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Menard County Hog Farm & Jeff Parsons' Court Appearance on WUIS SJR Business Report

The owner of THR appears in Bankruptcy court.

On this week's WUIS-SJR Business Report Tim Landis and Bill Wheelhouse chat about an impending decision regarding a hog farm in Menard County and an odd court appearance for a former area businessman:

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State Week
1:52 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Listen to State Week - April 10, 2015

Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

This week Rahm Emanuel was re-elected Mayor of Chicago, which (like the state itself) is facing a huge budget deficit.   Also, Governor Rauner declared the Illinois Supreme Court part of a "corrupt" political system.   WBEZ's Lauren Chooljian joins the panel for discussion of these and other topics on this edition of the program.

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Health Desk
7:26 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Recall Of 30,000 Cases Of Hummus Over Listeria Concerns

Several types of Sabra Classic Hummus Recalled

About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.
 
 Listeria is a food-borne illness that can cause high fevers and nausea in minor cases, but the infections can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems and young children, along with causing miscarriages in pregnant women.
 
     The Sabra Dipping Co. is a joint venture of PepsiCo and Strauss Group.
 
     The recalled products include:
 
     Sabra Classic Hummus in 10-ounce sizes with UPC/SKU 040822011143 / 300067
 

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Regional
6:28 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Langfelder Wins Springfield Mayoral Race

Credit Langfelder campaign

Springfield's next mayor will be Jim Langfelder.

Langfelder defeated Paul Palazzolo 55-45 percent. Langfelder, who has served as City Treasurer, will replace Mike Houston.  Only about one third of registered voters turned out in Springfield. 

Frank Lesko topped Rianne Hawkins for City Clerk.  

Misty Buscher, a banker, won for Springfield Treasurer.  She beat city alderman Frank Edwards. 

Springfield councilman Sam Cahnman lost his bid for re-election in Ward 5 to Andrew Proctor.  

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Business
12:13 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Are People Really Leaving Illinois In Droves?

The Hilliard family moved out of Illinois. They relocated from suburban Chicago to LeClaire, Iowa.
Credit Tonya Hilliard

Last year, Illinois was one of a handful of states that lost population. More than 90,000 people moved elsewhere.  It became a campaign issue for Governor when then candidate Bruce Rauner criticized the state's lack of friendliness to business. And it has others  throwing up caution flags.   The numbers don't mean mean there is a crisis, or even a real clamor, to leave the state.                     

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State Week
3:26 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Listen to State Week - April 3, 2015

Credit Tammy Duckworth

Much of the focus of this week's political news centered on Washington D.C.  U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth announced that she would seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Mark Kirk.   And with the upcoming retirement of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, there are questions whether Senator Dick Durbin will continue as Minority Whip after 2016.  Also, the latest on beleaguered former Congressman Aaron Schock.  John O'Connor of the Associated Press joins the panel to discuss those and other topics on this week's edition of State Week.

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Regional
12:12 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

National Conventions Coming To Springfield WUIS-SJR Business Report

Tim Landis

Tim Landis talks with Bill Wheelhouse about 10 national conventions coming to Springfield this year:

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economy
11:42 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Youngest Baby Boomers Have Held Nearly A Dozen Jobs

Those born at the tail end of the baby boom (1957-1964) have held an average of 11.7 jobs between the ages 18 to 48.    The Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that almost half of the jobs come before the person was 24.     I fall into the category and between the ages of 18 to 48  I held 10 jobs.   At least six of them came between the ages of 18-24.

Take a look at some of the stats.

Band-Aid Budget
5:26 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Listen to State Week - March 27, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner, standing at right, address members of his Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, which met for the first time this week.
Credit Brian Mackey / WUIS/Illinois Issues

The Illinois General Assembly this week approved a fix for Illinois short-term budget problems, but deeper issues remain. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock took his final vote in Congress and gave a farewell address. Daily Herald Political Editor Mike Riopell joins the panel to discuss that and other topics on this week's edition of State Week.

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Statehouse
9:57 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Unpacking The Short Term Budget Fix

Jamey Dunn & Bill Wheelhouse

Bill Wheelhouse talks with Illinois Issues's Jamey Dunn for an explanation of the short term budget fix advancing in the legislature.

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Harvest Desk
8:24 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Spinach Recalled From Target Stores

Credit FDA

Organic spinach sold exclusively at Target stores because of possible Listeria contamination. 

Simply Balanced Organic Chopped Spinach 10-oz steam in bag is  being recalled by California based  Superior foods.

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Business
10:58 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Local Employer Should Remain Locally Owned & Operated on the WUIS/SJR Business Report

H.D. Smith, a Springfield based company, has 400 employees and annual revenues of $4 Billion.

A series of executive moves for a local employer on this week's WUIS SJR Business Report with Bill Wheelhouse and Tim Landis.

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Regional
11:38 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Home Sales Up In Sangamon County

Credit Flickr/Images_of_money

The Springfield area is mirroring national statistics on home sales.     

The latest monthly report from the Illinois Association of Realtors shows February home sales in Sangamon county totaled 153. That is an increase of 4.1% over the same time last year.  Those numbers fall in line with national statistics showing an increase of 4.7% in existing homes.

Illinois's numbers overall weren't as good. Sales were by 1.7% statewide.

In Sangamon County, the median home price was nearly $2,000 lower then a year ago. The median price in Sangamon County was $116,900.

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Instagram Edition
5:59 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Listen to State Week - March 20, 2015

Soon-to-be-former Congressman Aaron Schock, surfing off the coast of Hawaii.
Credit Aaron Schock / Instagram

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock resigned this week amid questions about his spending of taxpayer money. When the news broke, political reporter Chris Kaergard of the Peoria Journal Star was in the Republican's Downton Abbey-inspired office, waiting for a previously scheduled interview.

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Harvest Desk
7:25 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Kraft recalls Mac & Cheese

The Kraft Foods Group is recalling nearly 250,000 boxes of its macaroni and cheese dinner.  The recall comes after metal was found in some packages.

The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code “C2” directly below the date on each individual box. The “C2” refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made.

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Regional
10:45 am
Wed March 18, 2015

What Are They Doing With That Record Plant In Jacksonville On WUIS/SJR Biz report

Credit beatlesbooks.com

On this week's Business Report Tim Landis tells us what's filling up some of the warehouse space at the old Capitol Records facility in Jacksonville.  Also a major church construction project is underway and a century old Springfield firm closes.

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Statehouse
7:28 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Senator Brady Won't Seek Schock Seat

Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

State Senator Bill Brady says he will not be among the Republicans seeking Schock's Congressional seat. In a statement Wednesday he said he has decided to remain in the State Senate because of his business interests and desire to help Governor Rauner make changes.

He mentioned the names of four potential candidates for the job including his brother Ed Brady, Representative Dan Brady (no relation) & Senators Darin LaHood and Jason Barickman.

The Governor will set a date for the special election.

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economy
8:12 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Mayors Asking Lawmakers To Keep Tax Credits

Mayors from five Illinois cities say renovation of historic structures could be at risk if a key tax break isn't preserved.  Rockford Register Star and the Peoria Journal Star says mayors of Aurora, East St. Louis, Elgin, Peoria and Rockford want to see the 25 percent River Edge Historic Tax Credit renewed for another five years.  

The credit involves projects totaling tens of millions of dollars.  The Mayors say jobs and income taxes are created because of the program.

Economy
10:39 am
Tue March 10, 2015

G.I. Joe Fans Coming To Springfield WUIS-SJR Business Report

These guys are coming to Springfield.
Credit neatorama.com

A G.I. Joe convention is coming to Springfield.   We discuss it on this week's WUIS/SJR Business Report with Tim Landis.

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