Business and Economy

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Once a neighborhood or town becomes a food desert, it's difficult to restore a functional food system. Two central Illinois communities are trying to grow new food networks.

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The city of Peoria will likely temporarily allow restaurants and bars to set up outdoor seating on private property, sidewalks, or even the street.

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Restaurants and bars are busily preparing to open back up for business outside next Friday.

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The novel coronavirus may have lasting effects on consumer habits and employee job expectations even after social distancing guidelines have eased.

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Morton Mayor Jeff Kaufman said while he likes both the Restore Heart of Illinois and Tri-County regional reopening plans, there's a major stumbling block that makes him wary of adopting it without the governor's blessing - liability.

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When dine-in restaurants begin reopening as coronavirus restrictions ease, it appears table spacing is the top concern for customers and restauranteurs alike.

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While local politicians are arguing for varying reopening timelines, small businesses are still largely focused on short-term cash infusions to stay afloat in the near term.

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The 11-county "Heart of Illinois" subregion plans to implement its own, speedier reopening plan independently of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan, which lumps Peoria in with the Quad Cities and Rockford in reopening phases.

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A new Asian carp operation in East Peoria would allow the "limited" processing and freezing of the invasive fish in an effort to reduce the species' numbers.

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Mom doesn't usually have to make dinner on Mother's Day. But what about this year--when most restaurants aren't seating diners due to Covid-19?

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The former Midstate College campus is on track to become the new home of the Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute.

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The owner of RC Outfitters in Peoria is suing Gov. J.B. Pritzker over his extended stay at home order.

The Peoria Innovation Hub is now officially redubbed Distillery Labs.

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The city of Peoria will receive $500,000 to clean up a contaminated South Peoria plot.

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Hotels and hospitality are one of the hardest-hit industries by COVID-19.

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The businesses at Keller Station are finding new ways to survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The COVID-19 outbreak that's closed schools and kept children at home nationwide has brought new business to a Stark County company that's one of the country's biggest providers of homeschooling supplies.

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The city of East Peoria will allow nonessential businesses to begin reopening Friday.

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Caterpillar is laying off more employees to cut costs in the wake of COVID-19.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

It won't be health professionals or local politicians who ultimately set the pace of reopening the region. It's COVID-19 itself.

The CEO of the Par-a-dice Hotel and Casino's parent company said the East Peoria property may rebound fairly quickly once Illinois reopens for business.

Peoria Airport "Eerie" With So Few Customers

Apr 29, 2020
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There's not a lot going on at the Peoria airport these days.

One of western Illinois' largest employers is shutting down after a "small portion" of its 1,700-strong workforce tested positive for COVID-19.

The Monmouth Smithfield Foods plans produces about three percent of the country's fresh pork products. It also makes bacon.

At least two Rock Island County residents and one Warren County resident who worked at the plant tested positive for the virus on April 17. Further cases at the plant haven't been disclosed since then. Warren County has reported 45 positive cases since April 10.

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Many small businesses in Peoria were forced to close once the State of Illinois deemed them non-essential last month. Book Rack Used Books on North Knoxville Avenue was one of those businesses. But owner Stacy Hardin received approval from Governor Pritzker’s office to reopen this week for the first time since March 21.

An employee at the Dollar General store on Southwest Adams in South Peoria has tested positive for COVID-19.

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The UnityPoint Health system is rolling out furloughs, executive pay cuts, and temporary hour reductions for some employees to cushion the financial impact of COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 crisis is creating financial uncertainty and testing emergency savings plans for many low-and moderate-income earners.

WCBU’s Dana Vollmer talked to Brad Davis of Investment Strategists at Better Banks about some of the personal finance lessons learned from the pandemic.

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Despite the coronavirus lockdown, home sales in the Peoria area were up in 2020's first quarter. But it's definitely made some drastic changes to how houses are sold in the past few weeks.

Covering The Pandemic, Local TV Adjusts

Apr 16, 2020

How do television stations handle the coronavirus in central Illinois? The answer is carefully.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The city of Peoria has plans to create a Small Business Assistance Grant fund - but it's unclear when the money to kickstart it will arrive.