Business and Economy


Economic concerns related to the ongoing pandemic apparently have not scared off Peoria-area home buyers.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Caterpillar's earnings dropped in the third quarter, but still beat Wall Street's expectations.

Unemployment office

The Peoria area economy has only added back about half the jobs it lost over the spring when the pandemic hit, new state data show.

Michael Bruner / Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Proponents of the proposed Hanna City Trail may see a light at the end of a decades-long tunnel, following a vote at Farmington’s city council meeting Monday night.

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John Ackerman of Ackerman Family Farms in Morton admits he feared COVID-19 would threaten the commercial viability of the fall pumpkin season.

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The City of Peoria has been chosen to participate in a nationwide program examining ways to confront budget issues from COVID-19 and to assist economic recovery.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

More than five months after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down large segments of the economy, trends indicate a slow recovery has started. According to figures from the Greater Peoria Data Hub, consumer spending is on the rise and unemployment is declining.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is launching a new campaign to highlight Black-owned businesses in central Illinois.

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Craig Moore wasn’t sure how the public would respond after his record store was closed for 2 1/2 months this spring due to the state’s coronavirus lockdown.

Michael Bruner / Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

The Peoria County Board renewed its support for the Hanna City Trail project Thursday night with unanimous approval of an amended intergovernmental agreement with Hanna City and the City of Farmington.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said the continual back-and-forth on additional coronavirus stimulus aid is unfair to the American public.

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to work from home, the co-founders of a new Peoria-based start-up already had workers from non-traditional office spaces in mind when they came up with the idea for their new product line.

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The pandemic has drastically changed how we watch movies. That's having a big impact not only on movie studios, but also theaters and streaming platforms.

Rural America Is Feeling The Pandemic Pain

Oct 4, 2020

Problems that existed in Illinois small towns and across rural America have been made worse by the coronavirus outbreak, said the director of the Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.


As thousands of airlines employees across the nation face time away from work, the director of the Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport does not expect cutbacks to land there.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The former Biehls commercial dry cleaners on Industrial Road is now home to a whiskey distillery.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute will soon call home the former Midstate College campus.

East Peoria entrepreneur Roy Sorce is proposing a recreational cannabis start-up in the city's downtown.

Food And Wine Festival To Benefit Area Restaurants

Sep 11, 2020

This year, a festival involving area restaurants that’s raised more than $500,000 for cancer research over the past five years hopes to help the restaurants, themselves.

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Whether in Dubai, Pittsburgh, or Peoria, Sam Kherat believes in preparing people for the 21st century workplace.

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Parking needs in Peoria's Warehouse District are going up along with all the new apartments expected.

A new regional essential skills pilot program seeks to get prospective employees ready to enter the workplace.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino has launched an online sportsbook in conjunction with FanDuel.

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The Showplace 14 movie theater in Pekin closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it appears that closure may not be permanent.

Will The Pandemic Have An Impact On Fashion?

Aug 28, 2020
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The coronavirus outbreak’s huge impact on business, education and sports continues to be felt, but what about the effect the pandemic is having on the way we dress?

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Ten years after it closed, the crumbling old Harrison School still stands at 2702 W. Krause Ave. on Peoria's South Side. It wasn't supposed to be this way.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Remediation of a contaminated brownfield site will start soon in South Peoria.

Clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine are underway in Peoria.

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Bicycling can be listed as one of the beneficiaries of the pandemic.

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The East Peoria City Council gave final approval Tuesday for the construction of a 142-apartment mixed-use development along the Illinois River.