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Consumer confidence improves third consecutive month

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consumers9The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index improved for the third consecutive month in July and reached its highest...

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A Bridge to the Future: New trail bridge open to the public

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New Marriott Courtyard open; downtown hotel complex complete

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IMG 0903The last piece of the complex that developers now call Civic Center Square opened on Friday and convention planners say the potential payoff is limitless.

The Marriott Courtyard Downtown opened at noon Friday with little fanfare but not without much excitement from the staff. Connected to the Marriott Hotel Pere Marquette and the Peoria Civic Center that...

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Consumer spending increased in June, report shows

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consumers7The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index reversed course in June, showing an increase for the month, according to the...

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Home sales stronger in second quarter

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soldThe winter that lingered well into spring had the potential to wreak havoc on second quarter real estate sales; April sales were off from the previous year.

But recovery came in May and June and sales were up 3.2 percent in the second quarter over the same period in 2013, the Peoria Area Association of Realtors reported Tuesday. It marked the fourth...

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Cat reports improved Q2 profit despite lower sales

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600px-Caterpillar logoCiting its ability to execute more efficient operations after reducing costs in several areas, Caterpillar Inc. on Thursday reported it made a higher profit in the second quarter despite slightly lower sales when compared with a year ago.

The company took its feeling of confidence further by improving its profit outlook for the remainder...

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Support for minimum wage hike growing among small business owners

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consumers21 1Small business owners strongly favor raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10and adjusting it to keep up...

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Downtown venues look for more residential help

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rhythm3The purpose in bringing the USS LST to Peoria was to increase downtown traffic and tourism. With the city failing to get the ship to move from Evansville, Ind., how will the downtown area fare?

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Farmer's markets merge, open at Junction City

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The farmer’s market at Junction City is now open Wednesdays and Saturdays at the corner of Knoxville and Avenue and Prospect Road. It will be open through September.

The Junction City Farmer’s Market is a joint venture between Junction City and the Peoria Heights Farmer’s Market, which formerly was open Wednesday evenings at Heritage Square in the Heights. The merger enables the two markets to offer more options to the local community,...

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