Caterpillar Inc. world headquarters building in downtown Peoria.
24736216@N07 / Flickr
January 31, 2017

Caterpillar Moving World HQ From Peoria To Chicago Area

Caterpillar, which was founded in East Peoria in 1920, is moving its global headquarters out of Peoria to Chicago, but reaffirms its ongoing committment to central Illinois. The company announced Tuesday it will locate a limited group of senior executives and support functions to the Chicago area later this year. 


Logo for Illinois Realtors
Illinois Realtors
January 24, 2017

Illinois Home Sales Higher For 2016, Despite Dip In December

Sales of existing homes in Illinois were down in December, but up overall in 2016. The trade group Illinois Realtors reports that 162,380 houses and condos were sold in the state last year --- up 3.9% from 2015.  


Caterpillar
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January 24, 2017

The Trump Administration & Illinois Manufacturing; Drug Interactions; Mark Morris Dance Group

On the 21st: We continued our week-long series on the impact of a Trump presidency on Illinois' economy with a discussion about manufacturing and jobs. Plus, we talked about Governor Rauner's plan to protect pharmacy customers from risky drug combinations and discussed how is Illinois divided on the soda vs. pop question. We also spoke with the founder of Mark Morris Dance Group, which will be performing in Urbana this weekend.


Sears store
Flickr/jeepersmedia
January 09, 2017

Sears Closing 150 Stores; Hog Facility Controversy; Sexual Assault Awareness Training For Stylists

On the 21st: Sears is one of Illinois’ most iconic brands, but is the end near for one of our oldest companies? We also got the latest on the revolt against a proposed 20,000-hog facility in western Illinois, and learned about a new state law that requires salon professionals to receive training to recognize signs of sexual assault and domestic violence.


A yard sign.
Susan Stephens / WNIJ
December 21, 2016

Railroad Will Need Eminent Domain Powers To Acquire Land

In part three of this in-depth series, before a company like Great Lakes Basin can build a railroad, it needs land.  And since much of that land is privately owned, the firm needs a way to buy it. How can a company like Great Lakes Basin Transportation convince people to sell their land when it's needed for their project? 


A pump jack sits atop an oil well drilled by Campbell Energy this fall behind the Super 8 hotel in Grayville.
Richard Sitler / The Southern Illinoisan
December 21, 2016

Illinois Issues: Frackonomics

A few years ago, Illinois adopted regulations for high-volume horizontal fracking, but it was slow to get the permitting process up and running. Those in southern Illinois who were hoping for an economic boom have since seen the promise of fracking go bust. 


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