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The Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce appreciate everyone who supported this year’s golf outing, according to a news release. The outing is a fundraiser for the Watseka Chamber of Commerce takes place every year. The chamber offers sponsorship opportunities for this event as a way to market o…
A week after the tournament began, winners of the Watseka Little League Invitational have been crowned.
The Buckley Dutchmasters baseball team defeated the Royal Giants on Sunday night with a final score of 7-3 in game one and 6-2 in game two.
Watseka’s Little League Invitational tournament has been underway this week and all teams involved hoping to advance to the championship game.
The Milford/Sheldon girls recreational softball team defeated St. Anne in the championship game. The final score was 3-1.
A Milford man was arreated on burglary and theft charges after an investigation that recovered multiple stolen items.
A Watseka man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for a shooting incident that happened in Watseka in August of 2015.
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Business name: Lester’s Laundry
Farm Credit Illinois recently hired Lynette Moyer, of Watseka, as a sales and service specialist in the Watseka regional office. The Watseka office serves farm families and rural landowners in Iroquois and northern Ford counties, according to a news release.
Business name: Wright’s Shoto-Jitsu and Martial Arts Center
As if you needed one more reason to be miserable during this week's heatwave.
An Illinois Congressman had a testy interchange with a former U.S. immigration official.
The Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission approved a variance request Tuesday evening that would pave the way for automobile sales in the former Bergner's space at White Oaks Mall.
A tree fell on four homes in the city.
I have the good luck to spend part of the winter in Arizona, specifically Cave Creek, a small town located ten miles north of Phoenix. There’s only one major thoroughfare, the four-lane Cave Creek Highway, which is essentially Main Street. It runs into Carefree, a city of similar size, but i…
Are your kids ready for the financial challenges of adulthood? The 10th annual Parents, Kids, and Money Survey from T. Rowe Price shows the benefits of early financial education, including both formal schooling and parental guidance.
The T. Rowe Price survey typically polls children aged eight to fourteen years old, along with their parents, to assess early financial understanding and habits. For the 10th annual survey in 2018, T. Rowe Price decided to switch their focus to young adults from eighteen to 24 years old to follow-up on the first survey, when those young adults would have been in the proper polling range.
T. Rowe Price's findings aren't surprising. Financial education in school is important, but what kids learn at home has an even greater impact.
Young adults who received...
Current Federal Reserve Chairperson Jerome Powell recently indicated that the Fed may soon cut interest rates for the first time since the start of the financial crisis in 2009. What would such a change in the federal funds rate mean for you?
In today’s world of 24/7 cable TV and Internet news, people are more likely to be knowledgeable about financial and economic matters than in past generations. For example, we would venture to guess that most people have at least heard of the Federal Reserve, or, as it is usually referred to, the Fed.
However, having heard of the Fed is quite different from understanding what the Fed actually does and how its actions influence our financial lives. Let’s explore the Fed’s role in the U.S. economy and how its actions affect the broad economy and interest rates in particular.
What is the Federal Reserve and what are its Main Tools?
Debt is no picnic at any age, but it's particularly rough on senior citizens. Most are nearing their retirement years or have already retired with little time (or money) to pay down debts.
Seniors tend to have better access to more credit if they need it. Their average credit score is 745, well above the national average of 701. That's both good and bad news. Better access to credit can tempt seniors into increasing debt or letting credit ride throughout their retirement years when they have less income to avoid a debt spiral.
The credit reporting agency Experian finds that Americans aged sixty and above do have less debt than the average American – $70,633 compared to the $93,446 national average – but that's still a troubling number given that most incomes will decrease during retirement years.
The amount of seni...
Does your family celebrate Amazon Prime Day? Over half of Amazon customers are estimated to be members of Amazon Prime, a staggering figure. Prime Day 2018 was the biggest shopping day of the year, exceeding even Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with 89 million visitors logging on and over 100 million products sold. Prime Day 2019 starts on Monday, July 15th at 12 a.m. PT and for the first time ever will run for 48 hours.
Amazon Prime members gain several membership advantages, but one of the greatest is free shipping year-round. For only $119 per year, you get free shipping and rapid delivery — and if you use Amazon even semi-regularly, you will save a bundle on shipping charges compared to the $119 membership. That begs the question: how can Amazon afford free shipping with Prime membership at only $119? The price was raised from $79 to $99 in 2014 and from $99 to $119 in 2018, but shipping costs are not the fundamental reason why.
It is not an issue of volume; ...
America's credit card debt is nearly $1 trillion, according to Federal Reserve data. How much of that debt belongs to your kids?
The 2019 Parents, Kids, and Money Survey from T. Rowe Price shows that credit card use has skyrocketed among 8-to-14-year-olds over the past seven years – from 4% in 2012 to 17% today. That's almost as high as the percentage of kids with checking accounts (19%).
Only 41% of kids with credit cards pay their bill. Parents pay 59% of the time – although this statistic could be misleading. Kids in the 8-year-old to 14-year-old age range are probably paying off their debts with allowance money or earnings from chores. Parents are responsible for charges in any case since children that young can't open credit cards under their own name.
If you've added your child...
It can sometimes be difficult to get kids outdoors for exercise when the weather is harsh, says Jennifer Jewell, a physical therapist in Jefferson Township. That’s one of the main reasons she enrolled her three children in the iXL Rehab, Exercise and Wellness Center’s Excel Sports Performance youth camp.
While eating meatless has an array of health benefits and even significantly reduces your carbon footprint, there is undoubtedly a price you pay cutting out meat. Vegetarians and vegans commonly struggle with making up these crucial nutrients and vitamins.
If you’ve ever been a pet parent you know animals love to explore and taste just about everything in their path. Unfortunately, there are things at home that our furry friends shouldn’t eat. In fact, according to the ASPCA in 2018, the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) received an average of 1,200 calls daily and assisted 266,554 animals.
Once again, millennials — anyone born between 1981 and 1996 — are in the news. This time, unbeknownst to them, it’s a plea for help.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a boundary is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area.” In more straightforward terms, it’s the line you clearly draw so that others know not to cross it. Boundaries are essential to healthy relationships, whether that’s among friends, within the workplace or in a romantic partnership.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he was unhappy with his supporters chanting "send her back" after he assailed a young Democratic congresswoman who he's suggested should leave the US. (July 18)
LOS ANGELES - Authorities executed a search warrant at the Hollywood Hills home of rapper YG on Thursday in connection with a police pursuit and shootout that left one man dead earlier this month. Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department served the warrant at the home in the 1600 block of Blue Jay Way on Thursday morning, said Deputy Grace Medrano, a spokeswoman for ...
U.S. House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act Thursday, which would incrementally increase the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2025.
CHICAGO - The number of store closures announced in the first half of 2019 has already outstripped the number retailers announced in all of 2018. More than two dozen chains, from Payless ShoeSource to Party City, have said they plan to shutter about 7,100 stores, up from about 5,400 throughout all of 2018, according to commercial real estate information firm CoStar Group. Many of the locations ...
WASHINGTON - The morning after chants of "Send her back" rang across one of his campaign rallies, President Donald Trump sought to disavow it, insisting that he "was not happy with it." Trump made no effort to stop the chants during his rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night. Instead, he paused during the shouting and looked on for several seconds, appearing to show approval. The crowd ...
The Kankakee and Iroquois County Back to School Fair, coordinated by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, will be from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. July 27 at Olivet Nazarene University’s Chalfant Hall.
All children ages 4 years to 12 years old are invited to attend Vacation Bible School offered jointly by Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran Church, July 22-25, according to a news release.