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Business Report: Sangamon-Menard Transit; Crop Update; Pillsbury Plant Concerns

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Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Business Editor Tim Landis.

This week's topics:

* Crop update: Crops look good, maybe another record year for corn. But that will likely mean low prices.  The USDA predicted a third straight year of declining farm income.

* Sangamon-Menard transit: More than 200 people rode the Sangamon-Menard Area Regional Transit System in the first two months (May-June) of a test run; A decision on whether to extend to Sangamon County come next month and, like so much else, could depend on state funding.

* Pillsbury Mills plant: State EPA inspectors found 25 safety violations during May inspection of the abandoned Springfield plant.  Apparently,  most of the problems are now fixed. But owners face possible civil contempt if problems persist, including fines and jail time.

*Starcrest Cleaners: The latest new business to come to MacArthur Boulevard, building a cleaners and laundromat just north of Hy-Vee. It's expected to open by early next year.

Read the latest stories Tim is working on each day in the SJ-R.

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