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Illinois considers entrepreneur ‘learner’s permit’

By Monica Stabile Legislation to provide financial incentives for first-time business owners was approved Wednesday by the Illinois Senate. Dubbed the “Entrepreneur Learner’s Permit,” the pilot program hopes to boost small business growth by reimbursing some licensing and permit costs to first-time business owners. Entrepreneurs who qualify for the program include new information services, biotechnology and [...]

By |April 26th, 2017|Categories: Business News, Government, News|0 Comments

Imax coming to Springfield

A popular format for films is coming to Springfield as AMC Showplace Springfield 12 gets an upgrade to Imax. The Springfield Department of Public Works has approved a building permit for a 4,000-square-foot remodel of Auditorium 8 at Showplace 12, located at 3141 Mercantile Dr. The remodel includes a new projection system, speakers, seating, wall [...]

Legalized recreational marijuana could boost state revenue

By Monica Stabile  State lawmakers are exploring the possibility of a budding industry to create an additional revenue source for Illinois by legalizing recreational marijuana.  Chicago Democrats Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy have proposed a measure that would allow adults aged 21 and older to possess, grow and purchase marijuana as long as [...]

By |April 26th, 2017|Categories: Business News, Government, News|0 Comments

Bill would claw back tax breaks for businesses leaving Illinois

By Monica Stabile  Illinois House Democrats passed legislation on Monday that would require businesses which move all or part of their operations out-of-state to repay money from tax breaks.  The Keep Illinois Business Act would preserve taxpayer’s money by preventing companies from "abusing" Illinois tax incentives and hurting economic development, said Rep. Michael Halpin, the [...]

By |April 26th, 2017|Categories: Business News, Government, News|0 Comments

Conklin named CFO, executive VP at Horace Mann

Bret A. Conklin. Photo courtesy of Horace Mann. Springfield-based Horace Mann Educators Corporation has named Bret Conklin executive vice president and chief financial officer. Conklin, who started working at Horace Mann 15 years ago, has served as acting CFO since January due to the hospitalization and passing of Horace Mann's former CFO, Dwayne [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: News, People on the Move|0 Comments

Coopers opening new restaurant at King Pin Lanes

The owners of Cooper's StrEATside Bistro, a popular food truck in Springfield, are opening a new permanent location. The new Cooper's Alleyside is opening at King Pin Lanes, 3115 E. Sangamon Ave., on April 20. Kendra Cooper, who runs the food truck with her husband Justin, says a brick-and-mortar restaurant has always been their goal. They [...]

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