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NRF predicts retail sales will grow in 2017

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nrf logoA top retail trade association projects retail industry sales will increase between 3.7 percent and 4.2 percent in 2017; online sales could go up as much as 8 percent and 12 percent.

The National Retail Federation made the projections in its economic forecast for 2017. Its forecast excludes...

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The Heat Is On: Work Stress on the Rise

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workstressHaving trouble "keeping calm and carrying on" at work? You're in the majority.

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Allstate's Best Drivers Report tackles winter hazards

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Civic leaders tout what Peoria region already has to offer

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skylinePeoria-area civic leaders are ready to dust off the disappointment of the Caterpillar Inc. announcement about its headquarters and move forward because, they said Thursday, there is enough going on in the community that it will continue to thrive.

In fact, the head of the Greater Peoria...

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More layoffs at Cat, but dividend remains the same

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600px Caterpillar logoCaterpillar Inc. said Wednesday that a new round of layoffs has started at its facilities around the world just before the holidays, the same day it also announced it is maintaining its cash dividend of 77 cents a share for its stockholders. 

The company said...

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Cat to move HQ to Chicagoland, but keep Peoria its 'hometown'

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600px Caterpillar logoNews that Peorians and much of central Illinois have feared for years came to be Tuesday morning when Caterpillar Inc. announced it will relocate its headquarters and its top executives to the Chicago area, likely by the end of this year.

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IMEC receives $4 million federal grant

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imec logoThe Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center at Bradley University has been awarded $4 million in federal funding, announced Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, D-17.

The funding is from the U.S. Department of Labor’s “America’s Promise” program and it will be used to establish...

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By the Numbers: African-American History Month

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census logoTo commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent,...

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Percentage of people moving falls to an all-time low

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moving vanThe percentage of Americans moving over a one-year period fell to an all-time low in the United States, to...

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Cat posts loss for 2016; signs of recovery starting to emerge

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600px Caterpillar logoAfter reporting that 2016 ended with its first loss in several years and that 2017 would add to the string of challenging years, Caterpillar Inc. said it does see signs of recovery in many of its businesses and in areas of the world where it trades.

It will, however,...

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Ameren joins other utilities to protect customers from scams

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amerenlogoThe nation's leading energy companies, including Ameren Corp., are joining forces to raise awareness about a long-running...

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Ongoing Illinois projects could lead to jobs

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fablab logoFrom Illinois News Network

Innovators and entrepreneurs in Illinois have projects in the works that could help President Trump make good on his promise to bring back the manufacturing industries of the Rust Belt.

University...

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Most workers will enjoy a four-day Thanksgiving weekend

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turkeyMost American workers will be lucky enough to be paid and have the opportunity to sleep in four days in a...

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Home sales strong in 2016, PAAR reports

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soldHistorically low interest rates continued attracting buyers to the local real estate market in 2016 and year-end sales nearly matched those of 2015, according to the Peoria Area Association of Realtors.

There were 5,454 homes sold in 2016, just 0.8 percent below the 5,499 units sold the previous...

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Survey: Hiring Veterans Remains Strong , but Veteran Job Satisfaction Dips

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careerbuilderlogoHaving one of the largest forces in the world, caring for U.S. veterans when they leave the military...

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Where's the bar? Can't that wait?

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Interviews are vulnerable times. There aren't many things more nerve-wracking than walking into a room of people you desperately want to impress.

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Employment Trends Index increases again

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conference board logoThe Conference Board Employment Trends Index™ (ETI) increased again in October, after...

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Cat may move Aurora production to other facilities

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600px Caterpillar logoCaterpillar Inc. said Wednesday it is contemplating moving machine production from its Aurora plant to other facilities, including in Decatur, as it continues to restructure operations.

Such a move would...

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Cat earnings show continued struggle in third quarter

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600px Caterpillar logoIt was one of those types of quarters for Caterpillar Inc. in the third quarter of 2016, in that little seemed changed from almost every quarter the past few years. Sales and profits were lower as markets continued to struggle worldwide.

It appears it will be more...

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More plan to change jobs in 2017

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A new year means new beginnings, new opportunities,...

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Oberhelman to analysts: 'no drama' behind decision to retire

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oberhelmanSeeking to debunk the notion he is being forced out at Caterpillar Inc., Doug Oberhelman on Tuesday told stock analysts there was “no drama” surrounding his decision to retire at the end of March 2017.

In a conference call with...

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