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Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register, for our weekly Business Report.

This week...

* Population: Reflecting statewide trends, Springfield-area population down slightly from 2010 to 2015; focus on keeping millennials here.

* Food-truck festivals: New one coming to Illinois fairgrounds in July; existing festival on MacArthur Boulevard adding a third date; it's apparently the hot new trend in Springfield.

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register:

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-Register.

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis.

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Business Editor Tim Landis:

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Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Tim Landis:

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Each year over 500 people in central Illinois who are victims of sexual violence are given counseling, legal and medical advice and support, and even clothing if needed, all at no charge to them. That’s through Springfield's Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault – in the state there are 28 other similar groups, all part of a state coalition.

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Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Tim Landis:

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

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With the move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and President Obama's visit to the country, we remember a trip an Illinois governor took there nearly 17 years ago.

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

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NPR Illinois' Sean Crawford talks with Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register.

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Tim Landis, Business Editor for the State Journal-register, joins Sean Crawford.

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Tim Landis is the Business Editor for the State Journal-Register.

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Tim Landis, Business Editor of the State Journal-Register, joins Sean Crawford.

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

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State Journal-Register Business Editor Tim Landis tells us about traditional Springfield taxis going more high tech, with a ride-hailing app for smartphones.  Is it brought on by competition from Uber?

After more than 3 decades away, the Illinois Pork Expo is returning to Springfield and the Prairie Capital Convention Center next month.  It will combine with the annual legislative lobby day at the statehouse.

And Jeff Parsons finds more legal trouble, this time in Texas.  

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Tim and Bill chat about the recent spate of business closings downtown & elsewhere.

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The monthly Flash Index provides a snapshot of the Illinois economy. In December, that picture showed the slowest economic growth the state has seen since March of 2013.

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Springfield would like to get its coal for CWLP at a lower price.  Bill and Tim talk about how that could affect an area coal mine.

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Tim Landis talks about the re-location plans for Barney's Furniture and the possibility of free wi-fi in downtown Springfield.

Wednesday is the first day on the job for the new Director of Downtown Springfield Incorporated.  Stott sat down with Bill Wheelhouse and talked about her plans and challenges ahead.

In the past, DSI funded itself through a couple of major downtown festivals each summer.  Stott says that may have to change:

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Bill and Tim discuss the spring opening of Sky Zone in Springfield.    Also ridership down on Amtrak and update on a couple of construction projects on this week's business report.

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On this week's business report, Tim Landis talks with Bill Wheelhouse about some renovated apartments coming on the market in downtown Springfield.

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Tim and Bill chat about an old concept coming to Springfield... Starting a small business in an incubator.
 

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Today on the Business Report Bill Wheelhouse talks with Tim Landis of the SJ-R about home sales in Springfield,  the number of people in Illinois with land lines  & a regulatory victory for a company wanting to bring power lines through the region.

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Has Springfield reached the saturation point when it comes to the number of pizza restaurants? 

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A few months can make a lot of difference.  In the spring, the Sangamon County Economic Outlook Survey ound a lot of optimism.   But that was before a budget impasse left the State of Illinois without a spending plan for 4 months and counting.

As they grow their reach in the state, ride-sharing companies are bringing transportation and jobs to underserved neighborhoods in some Illinois cities. 

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