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Nobody should be surprised by Cat decision

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I find it difficult to believe anybody from here to Chicago to Springfield or Galesburg really expected Caterpillar Inc. to build its new factory anywhere in Illinois. That includes Gov. Pat Quinn. For him to say he was disappointed Caterpillar chose the Athens, Ga. area for the factory and its 1,400 is one thing; to act even remotely surprised was another.

Then to say that the only reason Caterpillar made that decision was because...

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Home sales down in 2011, but signs of stablizing emerge

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For a sixth consecutive year home sales in the Peoria region fell in 2011. But area Realtors say there were signs the market is stabilizing, including the fact there was a gain in fourth quarter sales.

The Peoria Area Association of Realtors on Tuesday reported 4,210 homes were sold in 2011, a decline of 2.5 percent from the 4,318 in 2010. But that was the lowest rate of decline since the slide began in 2006; it was 4.4 percent in 2010...

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McClure Branch set to reopen

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After 11 months of work second renovated branch reopens with ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday

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For nearly a year the McClure Branch of the Peoria Public Library has been closed, its interior and exterior both showing signs of wear after 75...

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Peorian New Year's Resolutions

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Issue 3Along with late-night rabble rousing, another New Year's tradition is the proverbial Makin' O' The Resolutions! This New Year's we set up our cameras at the Apollo Theater in downtown Peoria and had local Peorians tell us what their New Year's resolutions are for 2012.

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Peoria Symphony names new executive director

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The Peoria Symphony Orchestra has named a new executive director, with credentials stretching to Cleveland, Ohio, to replace Judy Furniss, who retired after 19 years.

Susan Hoffman, recently the director of patron relationship management for the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, will begin her new duties in Peoria on Jan. 9, according to an announcement Thursday from the Peoria Orchestra.

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Ameren: Central Illinois acted on energy

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Four central Illinois cities were honored Monday by Ameren Illinois for their work toward helping area business become more energy efficient.

Ameren officials presented the ActOnEnergy Most Progressive City Award to Peoria, East Peoria, Mapleton and Pekin during a ceremony in downtown Peoria. The awards were accepted by Mayors Jim Ardis of Peoria, Dave Mingus of East Peoria, Laurie Barra of Pekin and Village President Ken Oederwaldt of...

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Cat to expand research center in China

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Caterpillar Inc. plans to expand its research and development center in Wuxi, China, to develop more products tailored to the demands of Caterpillar customers in that country and other markets, the company said.

Announcement of the plans came just two years after the multifunctional research and development center at Wuxi first opened, a reflection of the growth in demand for Caterpillar products, the company said in a news release.

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Pekin manufacturer to expand, add 100 jobs

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Excel Foundry & Machine in Pekin has announced plans to expand its operations and create about 100 new jobs over the next two years.

In a news conference Tuesday that was attended by Gov. Pat Quinn and several state and federal legislators, the company said it will build a 3,373-square-foot addition to the foundry at 14463 Wagonseller Road in Pekin, an 8,600-square-foot addition to its offices and a 108,750-square-foot warehouse adjacent...

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Helping Others, One 2x4 at a Time

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Habitat for Humanity fund-raiser aims to help build more houses for those in need

The Peoria chapter of Habitat for Humanity isn't looking for anybody to build a better mousetrap.

Well, unless it's made with 2x4s and more.

The chapter's 2x4s & More campaign is ongoing and culminates Feb. 4 —that's 2/4, get it? —with an event at Barrack's Cater Inn on Pioneer...

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