Family Checkbook: Financial education is not the whole story

By Kathy Sweedler

I believe in the importance of financial education; I am a financial educator.

I believe with good information people can avoid many costly errors and use their money to reach their dreams and goals. However, before people can make educated decisions and use their money wisely, they need to have enough available income to be out of survival mode.

Future Cronus plant site sees planting of last crop

TUSCOLA — Crops are being planted for one last time on the 240 acres of rural Tuscola farmland slated to be site of the new Cronus fertilizer plant.

Come spring 2016, all of that corn and soybeans will be replaced by a beehive of activity, with construction workers transforming the farmland into a $1.4 billion plant.

Google lavishes chairman with $109 million pay package

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google paid its billionaire Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt nearly $109 million last year while the company's stock slumped.

March unemployment numbers for C-U, Danville lowest since '08

The Champaign-Urbana and Danville metropolitan areas recorded their lowest March unemployment rates in seven years, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

House committee advances economic development bill

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would put much of the state's economic development functions into a private, nonprofit corporation and make the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum an independent agency got approval from the House Executive Committee on Wednesday.

Jim Schultz, the new director of the state DCEO, said the changes would help the agency in its core mission: job creation.

Group seeks rehiring of Wal-Mart workers

NEW YORK (AP) — A group made up of Wal-Mart workers is asking labor regulators to go to court to force the discounter to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago.

U.S. businesses expect sales rebound, more hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday

UI professor pay near top in Big Ten


CHAMPAIGN — Faculty at the University of Illinois continue to be among the highest compensated in the Big Ten, according to an annual ranking of faculty compensation released this week.

Wage rally part of national event

CHAMPAIGN — Low-wage workers and other area residents are planning a rally at 5 p.m. today outside the McDonald's restaurant at Neil St. and Kirby Ave.

Ricky Baldwin, co-chair of Central Illinois Jobs with Justice, said the event is part of a National Day of Action, a movement intended to improve the lives of low-wage workers across the country.

Winning recipe?

A Chicago-based analyst who follows Kraft Foods Group said the proposed acquisition by H.J. Heinz Co. could help open up new markets for Kraft products.

"Our initial take is that the deal stands to enhance Kraft's narrow economic moat," said Erin Lash, an analyst for Morningstar Inc.