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Chamber hosts talk on business domination

BLOOMINGTON - The McLean County Chamber of Commerce will host "A Fresh Approach to Sales: 10 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out and Dominate" from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Chamber office, 2203 E. Empire St., Bloomington.

Cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. To register, call 309-829-1184.

Monical's Pizza opens store in Clinton

CLINTON - The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau snipped a ribbon to officially open a new Monical’s Pizza, 121 Sunrise Court.

The restaurant is now open for business. Groundbreaking for the store was held last fall.

Cover crop seminar set at Heartland

NORMAL - The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold a seminar March 13 at Heartland Community College to provide farmers the latest information about soil conservation practices.

Sessions include discussions about cover crops, which are seeded into farm fields either within or outside of the regular growing season. and are used to control soil erosion and nutrient run-off.

The seminar will be from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $20. To register, visit and click the CCS logo.

Duke Energy leaving Midwest market

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it's starting to get out of the power-generation business in the Midwest.

The company said Monday that its Midwest power plants have produced volatile financial results in a competitive market, and that's not a good fit. The business includes ownership interests in 11 power plants in Ohio and one each in Illinois -- Dixon -- and Pennsylvania.

The company says it will take 12 to 18 months to finish exiting the power plant businesses. The company says it will take a noncash accounting charge of between $1 billion and $2 billion in the first quarter of 2014 tied to the move.

Duke says it will keep its regulated utility operations in Ohio and Kentucky, which serve 1.3 million customers.

American TV & Appliance closing stores

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based furniture, appliance and electronic retail chain with stores in two other states is going out of business.

American TV & Appliance of Madison, Inc. says that after 60 years in business, the company will close it's 11 locations, terminating the jobs of nearly 1,000 people. The locations include two stores each in Illinois -- Peoria and Rockford -- and Iowa and five stores, corporate offices and distribution center in Wisconsin.

American says it will close its door after it completes a liquidation sale beginning Thursday. American CEO Doug Reuhl says although it's a "sad moment," it's also time to recognize dedicated employees and loyal customers.

Reuhl says American's 989 employees have been notified and will remain employed through the closing process. American is filing Chapter 128 receivership to protect its creditors.


They said it


"Come on, this is Chattanooga, Tennessee. It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to us."

Worker Mike Jarvis,

among a group in a Volkswagen plant that organized to fight the UAW.


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