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Cat maintains dividend

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Caterpillar Inc.'s board of directors voted Wednesday to maintain the company's quarterly cash dividend at 46 cents per share of common stock.

catlogoThe dividend is payable May 19 to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 23, the company said in a news release.

"I am pleased to announce we are...

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Huntsman elected to Cat board

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Jon M. Huntsman Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to China who had a brief run for the presidency this year, was elected to the board of directors at Caterpillar Inc.

The election by the rest of the board is effective immediately, Caterpillar said in a news release.

Huntsman, 51, was ambassador to China from 2009 until last year and before that was governor of Utah for one term, 2005 to 2009. He was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Singapore...

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Kizer: Party of Four at Kelleher's

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KPOF--KellehersIn our third Kizer: Party of Four video, Kevin and his guests visit Kelleher’s for St. Practice Day where they sample some classic (and modern) Irish fare. Kevin’s guests are Dr. Tim Cundiff (Vision Care Center), Pat Sullivan (Kelleher’s) and Jeff Tucker (Mid Illinois Insurance).

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Literarea Review: "James Madison and the Making of America"

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The TV show doesn't give me enough airtime and I can't wait for the next magazine to come out so I decided to post a new literary review anyway. You're welcome!

Madison making americaJames Madison and the Making of America
By Kevin R.C. Gutzman

As...

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Magnolia's on Prospect: Fine Dining with a Southern Twist

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In the south, the magnolia is considered not just a flower, but a symbol of elegance and style.

In Peoria it's the new name and style of the former Butcher Block Steak House at Junction City, a restaurant that has undergone a transformation in recent months to become what its owners always envisioned it to be.

Magnolia's On Prospect serves a tighter, more focused menu while billing itself "Fine dining with a southern twist." It...

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CEFCU gift to aid Cancer Research Center

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The Cancer Research Center at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria is ready to expand its programs and outfit new lab space thanks to a $250,000 gift from CEFCU.

CEFCU made the pledge Thursday during a public open house at the $13 million Research Center, which opened in December and provides reseachers at the center with far more lab space.

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NEXT up? Organization seeking consultants

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Peoria NEXT is turning to the public for help in developing its future. Well, as long as it is interested public with knowledge or even expertise in one of the four disciplines that the organization will focus on in its next five years.

Peoria NEXT has completed a realignment process — which we first told you about in the November/December issue of The Peorian magazine — and identified the four disciplines on which it will concentrate....

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Cat to expand excavator plant in China

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Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday it will expand its manufacturing plant in Xuzhou, China to increase hydraulic excavator production in that country by 80 percent by 2016.

The company also announced it will begin production of wheeled excavators at that plant, Caterpillar Xuzhou Limited (CXL), in early 2014 in order to expand the range of productions it offers in China and other growth markets.

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Artist in Residence: David McDonald

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David McDonald is all about music - his way.

David McDonald knows who his worst enemy is: himself. But acknowledging that and trying to change it are too different things.

"I do sometimes make my life tougher for myself, tougher than maybe it needs to be, because I can't suck up. Some think it's arrogance. I don't know," said the candid owner of the Academy of Fretted Instruments. "I definitely do things my...

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