Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.
* Waste Management Inc. takeover of Illini Disposal of Springfield continues consolidating of waste-hauling industry; no immediate changes for customers, service routes rates etc; Waste Management is one of the largest waste-hauling and recycling corporations in country.
* Downtown pop ups: About a half dozen "pop up" businesses are part of the annual Holidays Walks with the idea of filling in that "vacant look," and maybe getting some long-term tenants. At least one, Vintage Springfield, has decided to stay in the old Bridge Jewelers building by signing a two-year lease.
* Robert's Seafood: 100-year-old family business on Jefferson Street plans to double space with a new building that should be completed by end of next year. It would double the workforce of six. There are plans to ask for city enterprise zone breaks.
Horace Mann: Executives opened the NYSE on Thursday, marking 25th anniversary of the local company on the exchange. That's a long time in the business without mergers and acquisitions.
Read the latest stories Tim is working on in the SJ-R.