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Each Tuesday, the State Journal-Register business editor, Tim Landis, joins WUIS' Bill Wheelhouse to discuss the latest business news in central Illinois.Airs Tuesdays at 4:45 PM and Wednesdays at 7:45 AM on 91.9 and the stream at WUIS.org.

Business Report: Springfield Gamblers; More MacArthur Retail; Future Of Downtown Church

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Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register, joins us.

We talk about gambling hotspots: Convenience stores and storefront gaming parlors are the busiest gambling spots and mostly along interstates.  Only one restaurant made the list last year, according to an analysis of state gaming board numbers.  Also, the number of Springfield terminals fell from August through December.  Is gambling in the capital city at a saturation point?

A Dollar General store is expected to open in May at the former Esquire Theater site. It's one of two the chain is opening this year in Springfield.

The Springfield Project is possibly taking over the old Methodist Church at Fifth and Capitol for housing.  We get an update.

And the Executive Mansion raised $1M last year for improvements, but estimates are it will take $8 million to $12M to restore the 161-year-old home. It is unclear when the next phase of work will begin.

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