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Amy Trimble heard it more than a few times during the years when Illinois didn’t have a budget: Maybe we should close Starved Rock Lodge to save money.

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Bob Vickrey is too old to write letters to Santa, but he knew exactly what he wanted for Christmas: It was for Peru to break its retail sales tax record and rack up $600 million in sales for the first time ever.

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When talking to bankers about the Federal Reserve and moving interest rates, you hear a lot about a crystal ball. And how nobody has one. No one knows for sure what the Fed will do until it does it, although that doesn’t mean you can’t make an educated guess.

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On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump portrayed himself as a friend of ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standards, vowing to protect both.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — MC Sports, which operates a retail sporting goods store in Peru, announced Tuesday it is seeking to restructure its debts under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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While enjoying bacon, eggs and coffee early Wednesday, local business and community leaders learned about the state of business in the Illinois Valley when Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce held its Year in Review Breakfast Seminar in Peru.

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PEORIA, Ill. — Caterpillar Inc. announced today it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions in the Chicago area later this year and reaffirmed the ongoing importance of its presence in Peoria and Central Illinois.

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HENNEPIN — The newly reformed Bureau-Putnam County Enterprise Zone has new life, and officials from towns, schools and the counties were asked to grandfather in projects that did not receive a full 10 years of tax benefits from the expired zone.

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Amazon is not a small company. It employs 270,000 workers and grosses more than $100 billion annually. Yet the electronic commerce company doesn’t need much real estate. Even in Chicago, its office needs are modest.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover, but you can learn something about Star Union Spirits from a glance at their prospective labels.

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Lorna Ksiazkiewicz has been promoted to senior vice president at Hometown National Bank in La Salle, according to an announcement by Jim Riley, bank chairman.

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The Limited’s location  in Peru Mall closed Wednesday along with about 100 other Limited locations across the country.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal regulators gave conditional approval to movie-theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.’s $1.2 billion buyout of smaller rival Carmike Cinemas Inc., making AMC the biggest U.S. movie theater operator.

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Saws buzz and the pop of a nail guns echoes through the empty skeleton of a building that will become Grandma Rosie’s Sweet Treats in Spring Valley.

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The old J&L Steel property in Hennepin soon may be under new ownership, the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development learned Thursday evening at IVAC’s 105th annual dinner.

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Nina’s Mexican Market in La Salle sells staples such ascitrus, bananas and bread, but it also has food for less common tastes, like cactus.

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The owners of Grand Bear Lodge are out. They’ve exhausted their funds and are relinquishing control of the Utica resort and conference center.

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