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Utility announces dividend

Ameren Corp. on Friday said its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share on its common stock.

The common share dividend is payable March 29 to shareholders of record as of March 13.


Manufacturing lab could boost UI, state

CHICAGO — A public-private manufacturing laboratory that harnesses the University of Illinois' supercomputing power promises to boost manufacturing in the state and it could also better position the university and the state to compete for big federal grants in advanced manufacturing.


Andersons reports revenues up for 4th quarter, 2012

MAUMEE, Ohio — The Andersons Inc. on Wednesday announced net income of $79.5 million, or $4.23 per diluted share, in 2012 on revenues of $5.3 billion.

Earnings in 2011 were $95.1 million, or $5.09 per diluted share, on revenues of $4.6 billion.


No staff, service cuts in Danville's new spending plan

DANVILLE — The first draft of Danville's new general-fund spending plan does not include any cuts in personnel or services, but city administrators will be putting together a voluntary separation package that will soon be offered to city employees.


Parkland College plans adult financial aid night Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — Busy adults wanting to complete a college degree can find out how to pay for tuition during a free information session at Parkland College on Thursday.

The adult financial aid night will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center, room W115, on the college campus at 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.


UI Research Park may get more Net provider options

CHAMPAIGN — Tenants in the University of Illinois Research Park may soon have more choices of Internet providers, and potentially service at lower rates.

The research park also is moving ahead with plans to eventually hook up to the Big Broadband fiber optic network being installed around Champaign-Urbana as part of the $31 million UC2B project.


Unionization plan stirs UI senate debate

A faculty union would restore balance to shared governance and advance the University of Illinois' interests — or spell the end of the UI as a top-tier institution, opposing sides argued Monday.


Trucking firm plans to close Paxton terminal

PAXTON — A trucking company has decided to close its shipping terminal in Paxton.

LeFebvre Companies Inc., based in Elk River, Minn., will close its terminal at 1065 W. Ottawa Road by the end of March, according to owner and President Paul LeFebvre.

LeFebvre said the closure is directly linked to the loss of the terminal's main customer, High Concrete Group LLC.


Paxton trucking company closing next month

PAXTON — A trucking company has decided to close its shipping terminal in Paxton.

LeFebvre Companies Inc., based in Elk River, Minn., will close its terminal at 1065 W. Ottawa Road in Paxton by the end of March, according to the company’s owner and president, Paul LeFebvre.


Business calendar Feb. 3, 2013

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