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Changes at State Farm are impacting many parts of the local economy—from real estate to jobs to downtown Bloomington’s future.

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How badly did the Community Health Care Clinic need a new website?

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The total compensation for State Farm’s top executive is lower than his predecessor’s and several of his peers in the insurance industry.

As more retail chains shut down, cities across Illinois figure out what to do with millions of square feet of empty space.

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The Bloomington-Normal real estate market picked up a little in March, as the pace of sales quickened and prices continued their upward climb.

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State Farm faces stiff competition on two fronts—from longstanding challengers like Geico and Progressive, and now from insurtech startups like Lemonade.

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If you’re looking for clues about what State Farm is doing, don’t just look to the big black building overlooking Veterans Parkway. Look at Rhode Island.

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The Bergner’s store at Eastland Mall appears headed for closure.

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The nation's largest newspapers are seeing digital subscriptions soar during President Donald Trump's administration. The newly named editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times said during a Sound Ideas interview that readers are willing "to pay for good content" about the current administration.

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State Farm told City of Bloomington leaders Monday it plans to sell its newly vacated downtown building.

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The Bloomington-Normal housing market continued its sluggish start to 2018, with total sales off nearly 20 percent through February.

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Illinois farmers have cheered President Donald Trump for his moves on regulatory relief, the federal tax overhaul, and his appointment of Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary.

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An executive who leads State Farm's external public relations efforts is leaving the company for a new job at another insurer.

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A decline in business travel and increased low-fare competition from Chicago’s O’Hare airport were among the factors that drove down passenger traffic at Bloomington’s Central Illinois Regional Airport in 2017.

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World War I was one of the deadliest and most destructive episodes in human history.

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State Farm announced Tuesday it will cut around 890 jobs in Bloomington as part of an IT restructuring project that will add similar positions in Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix.

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When you visit the new Keg Grove Brewing Co. in Bloomington, the first thing you notice is the location.

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State Farm on Thursday reported its second-straight year of operating losses for its property-casualty insurance businesses, as the company pledged to get leaner and make significant internal changes.

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Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles in its stores and won't sell guns to anyone under 21 years old following the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

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The CEO of one of State Farm’s top competitors says she welcomes the challenge that her company will face as self-driving vehicles cut into the number of accidents in the decades ahead.

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The Bloomington-Normal housing market got off to a slow start in 2018, with sales in January—typically one of the slowest months of the year—falling by more than 25 percent from a year ago.

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State Farm announced this week it’s giving $1,000 one-time bonuses to some of its employees, even as the company continues a cost-cutting realignment of its IT workforce.

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The Bloomington-Normal economy has added 1,100 jobs in the past year, as the local jobless rate fell to just 3.8 percent in December, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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When a big local retailer like JCPenney or Gordmans closes its doors, it becomes another chapter in the “retail apocalypse” storyline that predicts the end of brick-and-mortar shopping.

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A local brewery’s new taproom in south Bloomington is the latest addition to Central Illinois' growing craft-beer scene.

Richard Drew / AP

Chicago has made the list of the top 20 cities Amazon is considering for its massive second headquarters.

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An architect and developer who made a surprise pitch last week for a downtown Bloomington hotel connected to Grossinger Motors Arena says the project may not require much city investment.

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For the first time in nearly a century, State Farm employees will soon be without a home in downtown Bloomington.

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When Rivian Automotive bought the shuttered Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal, the company’s mystique was part of the excitement. Who was this MIT grad who wants to build electric vehicles here? What will the cars look like? Will it be like Tesla?

City of Bloomington

Plans are now on hold for a new Kroger Marketplace store on Bloomington’s east side.

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