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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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Deloitte CFO survey shows optimism waning

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stockmarket9On the whole, optimism among North American chief financial officers (CFOs) regarding their own companies' prospects...

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Boomers hold more jobs, but millennials are hurting

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BabyBoomers10PsychosocialNeeds11The jobs recovery has put spotlights on two large sections of the labor...

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OSF's Steffen announces plan to retire

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One OSF Council Keith Steffen-4Keith Steffen, CEO of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for 17 years, will retire at the end of the year, OSF Healthcare announced Wednesday.

Steffen, 66, who has been with the hospital for 34 years, said it was time for a change. “After almost 34 years at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, 17 as the CEO,...

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Peoria area economy shows improvement

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economy upImprovements in the central Illinois labor market fostered growth in the economic index for the Peoria-Pekin Metropolitan Statistical Area for the second consecutive quarter, according to Bradley University’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

The first quarter 2014...

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Index shows consumer confidence improved again

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Mortgage insurance affects home buying decisions

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Leading Economic Index up fourth consecutive month

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Deere & Co. increases quarterly dividend

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deere logoThe Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) board of directors has approved an increase of Deere's quarterly dividend to 60...

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Lawmakers weigh in on Cat statement

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Local lawmakers wasted little time commenting on a Caterpillar Inc. statement that it still is concerned about the state’s fiscal health as it continues to ponder whether to build a new world headquarters in Peoria.

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Flextime policies: Do they work? Is there a schedule bias?

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flexingIn a new study of flexible work policies, researchers at theUniversity of Washington Foster School of Business have found that people who elect to work an early shift are perceived by their bosses to be better employees than...

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Oberhelman: Cat maintains commitment to sustainability

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oberhelmanCaterpillar Inc. has no plans to end its sustainability efforts borne by decades of initiatives, Chairman Doug Oberhelman told shareholders Thursday during the company’s annual meeting in Corinth, Mississippi.

That’s because, he said, the future needs of people around the world will rely on companies like Caterpillar...

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Leading Economic Index increases third consecutive month

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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the...

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Cat increases quarterly dividend 17 percent

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600px-Caterpillar logoCaterpillar Inc. increased its quarterly cash dividend by 17 percent to 70 cents a share after a vote Wednesday by its board of directors.

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Streight: Komatsu plans will open view to river, preserve history

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Some Komatsu buildings are coming down – and a beautiful view of the Illinois river is coming up.

Those old  brownish red  former Avery Tractor structures on Adams Street are being torn down to make way for a lovely scenic spot that will let people look out on the river. You'll be able to enjoy a snack at the Ice Cream Shack while enjoying a river view. This is the part of Averyville where the LeTourneau company built earth-moving...

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Manpower survey shows positive jobs outlook for Illinois

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3Q14 web-imgEmployers in Illinois expect to hire at a solid pace during the third quarter of 2014, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday.

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'The Texter' incites the most road rage, survey reveals

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distracteddrivingMost Americans rate texting while driving as the most aggravating driver behavior, according to the 2014 Road Rage Report released Friday by Expedia.com®.

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Freilinger to head Peoria Downtown Development Corp.

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FreilingerMIchael Freilinger has experience developing downtown areas in other cities, Des Moines chief among them. He believes that will serve him well in his new position as president of the newly formed Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria.

Freilinger was announced Monday as the head of the new agency that will be charged...

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Mistakes on your resume may doom job prospects

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crumpled resumeEven in an era of typo-ridden texts and tweets, making a goof on your resume can still prove costly, according to a recent survey by  Read more...

Cat will close three northern Illinois plants, move 170 jobs to Michigan

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600px-Caterpillar logoCaterpillar Inc. announced Friday it will close three northern Illinois factories that make couplings and move the 170 jobs to a facility in Menominee, Michigan.

The Anchor Coupling Inc. plants  ̶̶  two in...

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Biodiesel Producers Hit by Policy Uncertainty

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Policy setbacks in Washington are...

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