IBM denies 'ridiculous' report of mass layoffs

BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer

Rauner signs order aimed at helping veterans, minorities

SARA BURNETT, Associated Press

Illinois community college to offer degree in fracking

ROBINSON, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois community college plans to offer a petroleum drilling technology degree program this fall that is aimed at preparing graduates for careers in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Senate Democrats look to tweak bill on Keystone XL pipeline

DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press

Foundry will close Jan. 29

DANVILLE — Chem-Cast Ltd., a longtime manufacturing business, will close its doors soon.

President Jeff Craig said employees were told this week that the business's last day of operation is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 29.

Flash index dips in December, but still shows growth

URBANA — The University of Illinois flash index declined slightly in December, but remains in a range that indicates continued economic growth in Illinois.

Biz Quiz 2014: A look at the year in business

Test your memory with a look back at the year in business

Ah, 2014. It was the year of wood-fired pizza, video game cafes and memory care centers.

Speaking of memory, it's time to test yours. How well do you remember the past year's business developments in East Central Illinois?

Business calendar, Jan. 4, 2015

Thursday, Jan. 8

Oakwood leader satisfied with Sunrise Coal's answers on water

OAKWOOD — The more than 1,500 people who live in Oakwood draw their water from the Salt Fork River.

Oakwood schools union, district reach agreement

OAKWOOD — One day after a 10-hour bargaining session ended with no deal, Oakwood teachers and staff approved a new contract with the school board Thursday.