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.
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.
LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writers
TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writers
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.
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.
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.
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen will cut its spending by 1 billion euros ($1.07 billion) next year and "strictly prioritize" investments as it shores up its finances to deal with its emissions-rigging scandal, CEO Matthias Mueller said Friday after a board meeting.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House approved a bill Thursday that supporters said would make the Federal Reserve more transparent and accountable, defying a veto threat.