Closing of 2 Illinois harness racing tracks opposed

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago lawmaker hopes to reverse an Illinois Racing Board move that's led to the likely closing of two bankrupt harness racing tracks.

Super Bowl of shopping starts

The Super Bowl of shopping had an early start again this year, but the game isn't over yet.

Area unemployment improves

CHICAGO — Unemployment rates in Illinois fell in 12 metro areas from where they were a year ago — including in both Champaign and Danville — according to preliminary data released this week.

The numbers come from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Deere's profit tops forecasts even as its sales fall sharply

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Even though sales of its green tractors, bulldozers and other equipment fell sharply, Deere & Co. reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings as it cut costs.

On the money, Nov. 25, 2015

A local look at the cost of doing business


$160 billion deal to combine Pfizer and Allergan raises outcry

LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writers
TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writers

That empty feeling

CHAMPAIGN — Mike Thomas may be gone, but one of his least-popular decisions as University of Illinois athletic director will play out this weekend — in downtown Chicago and its far-west suburbs.

Nestle confirms labor abuse among its Thai seafood suppliers

MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer

Pfizer, Allergan $160 billion deal forms world's largest drugmaker

Pfizer and Allergan are joining in the biggest buyout of the year, a $160 billion stock deal that will create the world's largest drugmaker.

Countries approve economic agreement

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Thirteen years after mooting the idea, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than both the European Union and North America, and one that hopes to compete with China and India.