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Tim Landis is the Business Editor for the State Journal-Register.

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Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register, joins Sean Crawford.

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Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis tells us about traditional Springfield taxis going more high tech, with a ride-hailing app for smartphones.  Is it brought on by competition from Uber?

After more than 3 decades away, the Illinois Pork Expo is returning to Springfield and the Prairie Capital Convention Center next month.  It will combine with the annual legislative lobby day at the statehouse.

And Jeff Parsons finds more legal trouble, this time in Texas.  

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Tim and Bill chat about the recent spate of business closings downtown & elsewhere.

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The monthly Flash Index provides a snapshot of the Illinois economy. In December, that picture showed the slowest economic growth the state has seen since March of 2013.

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Springfield would like to get its coal for CWLP at a lower price.  Bill and Tim talk about how that could affect an area coal mine.

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Tim Landis talks about the re-location plans for Barney's Furniture and the possibility of free wi-fi in downtown Springfield.

Wednesday is the first day on the job for the new Director of Downtown Springfield Incorporated.  Stott sat down with Bill Wheelhouse and talked about her plans and challenges ahead.

In the past, DSI funded itself through a couple of major downtown festivals each summer.  Stott says that may have to change:

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Bill and Tim discuss the spring opening of Sky Zone in Springfield.    Also ridership down on Amtrak and update on a couple of construction projects on this week's business report.

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On this week's business report, Tim Landis talks with Bill Wheelhouse about some renovated apartments coming on the market in downtown Springfield.

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Tim and Bill chat about an old concept coming to Springfield... Starting a small business in an incubator.
 

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Today on the Business Report Bill Wheelhouse talks with Tim Landis of the SJ-R about home sales in Springfield,  the number of people in Illinois with land lines  & a regulatory victory for a company wanting to bring power lines through the region.

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Has Springfield reached the saturation point when it comes to the number of pizza restaurants? 

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A few months can make a lot of difference.  In the spring, the Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey ound a lot of optimism.   But that was before a budget impasse left the State of Illinois without a spending plan for 4 months and counting.

As they grow their reach in the state, ride-sharing companies are bringing transportation and jobs to underserved neighborhoods in some Illinois cities. 

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City tries to figure out what's next after Fed's deny money for 10th street work.

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Bill and Tim show they are good journalists by talking about Doughnuts, microbrew and meat.

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Tim and Bill talk about the latest on railroad improvements in Springfield and also doughnuts.

On the WUIS/SJR Business Report,  A look at some of the area business news affecting you including a two weeks shutdown of rail service and the city of Springfield trying to sell the idea of a second lake as a regional water source.

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Springfield area home sales are up slightly compared to last year.

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Tim and Bill chat about a big Route 66 memorabilia auction this weekend & a car dealership next to White Oaks Mall.

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It's perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the Illinois State Fair.  And due to the state budget gridlock, no payment has been made to the sculptor.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says he expects the city and region to absorb a sizable hit as manufacturer Caterpillar plans to reduce its workforce by as many as 10,000 people.  

Ardis told The Associated Press Thursday that the company has not shared specifics about the local impact of what could amount to an 8 percent reduction to its global workforce of 126,800 by 2018. Half of those cuts are expected by the end of next year.  

Law firms pushing farmers to sue Syngenta on this week's WUIS/SJR Business Report:

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Illinois appears to have a lot of potential for growth in wind energy.     One area that some say is ripe for development is wind farms off the shores of Lake Michigan.   However one expert is not so bullish on the idea.

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The four lane highway between Springfield and Taylorville should be complete by next year.  Bill Wheelhouse and Tim Landis chat about that on this weeks SJR/WUIS Business Report:

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State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis talks with us about the planned closures of a longtime tavern and a comedy club.   And we hear about changes coming to the MacArthur Park Apartments:

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