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Even before two high-paying, high-profile administrative jobs opened up in the Swanland Building, the local job outlook was trending up. A few numbers of note from the just-out July unemployment figures for Illinois:

Q&A about this week's market turmoil in China and beyond

JOE McDONALD, Associated Press
STEVE ROTHWELL, Associated Press

Union, Mitsubishi negotiate in hopes of plant being bought

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Union officials say they're pursuing contract negotiations with Mitsubishi even though the automaker plans to shut down its central Illinois plant.

Peoria airport aiming for more international flights

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Officials at Peoria's airport say they hope renovations in the works will help the facility compete for passengers wanting to fly international.

Farmer City action will allow wine tasting at market

FARMER CITY — The city council approved another class of liquor license — Class I — which will allow wine tasting at the Wednesday farmers market.

Per the new class, the market — which runs from 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday — will be allowed to host one business owner that can offer wine tasting and sales.

Rantoul residents voice preferences for retailers

RANTOUL — Cracker Barrel and Steak 'n Shake would be nice. So would Target and Aldi.

Those were some of the establishments that survey respondents said they would like to see open in Rantoul.

Bar in Paxton closes its doors

PAXTON — A downtown Paxton bar that has been the site of three violent incidents in the past two years, including two stabbings, has closed its doors as a result of "bad publicity" and a subsequent rise in insurance costs, its owner said Tuesday.

Shooky's Bar, 103 N. Market St., had been in operation since May 1, 2010, before it closed for the final time Saturday night.

Take a deep breath: Experts advise calm in this crazy market

ALEX VEIGA, Associated Press
KEN SWEET, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't do anything rash.

Six-county tour predicts robust, but not record-breaking, harvest

MONTICELLO — The central Illinois corn and soybean harvest will not rival the bin-busting, record-setting 2014 yields, but it should still be a solid one, according to results of a recent six-county crop tour put on by Topflight Grain Cooperative.

Teens are shopping more like their parents

ANNE D'NNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she's particular about what she wears.