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GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) - Republican primary voters are talking about wanting a shake-up in Springfield and say they believe they have a real chance of putting one of their own back in the governor's office.
 
The big issues, they say, are reversing the state's indebtedness and keeping businesses from leaving Illinois. Some are after term limits that they say would do away with "career politicians" too cozy with special interests and unions.
 
Joan Youhn of the western Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn is an 81-year-old retired medical biller who voted Tuesday for venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. Weighing on her mind, she says, is the economy because her architect son was out of work until recently.
 
She says Illinois needs more statesman-like politicians "who care about what they're doing, not just getting re-elected."
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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in January than in December, a sign that hiring should remain steady in coming months.
 
The Labor Department says employers posted 3.9 million job openings, up 1.5 percent from December. That is still below November's nearly six-year high of 4.1 million, the first month that openings topped 4 million since March 2008.
 
The job market may be emerging from a winter slump. Employers added 175,000 jobs in February, the government said last week. That was much higher than in December and January, when cold weather lowered job growth.
 
Total hiring slipped 0.9 percent to 4.5 million in January. That hiring total might sound like a lot, but in a healthy job market, roughly 5 million people are hired each month.
 
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Friday, 07 March 2014 14:57

VA jobs leaving St. Louis city

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The U.S. government is consolidating Veterans Affairs operations in the St. Louis area, meaning more than 800 jobs will be moving out of downtown St. Louis and to St. Louis County.
 
   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 640 VA employees will leave a building on South 18th Street, and 180 more will move from the Robert A. Young Federal Building downtown. All will be relocated to Overland in St. Louis County.
 
   Jason Klumb of the General Services Administration's regional office in Kansas City says the relocation is occurring as part of the government's preference to put employees in GSA-owned buildings.
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Friday, 24 January 2014 03:48

Coca-cola closing Maryland Hts. plant

   Another business is closing up shop in the St. Louis Area.  KSDK-TV reports that the Coca-Cola production facility in Maryland Heights will close permanently March 28th.  

   Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller tells the station the closure will affect about 100 employees.  Most of them are production workers and maintenance mechanics.  

   Moeller says Coke is indicating the displaced workers will be offered jobs at other facilities, training for new positions, or a severance package. 

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Today was the first chance for job seekers to apply for jobs at the new Ballpark Village development.
 
Applicants were invited to the SLATE Missouri Career Center, which is located at 1520 Market Street, to hear about the upcoming opportunities. This was the first of four open-call sessions, with the other scheduled for February 4 and 18, and March 4. The sessions run from 10AM - 5PM at the SLATE Missouri Career Center, which is located at 1520 Market Street, 1st floor conference room. No one will be hired at the sessions, but managers will decide who to invite back for an interview.
 
Pre-registration is required prior to the event. For more information call the Ballpark Village hotline at 314-657-3513. There are more of these open house session planned--with two in February and two more in March. 
 
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   A second new mid-size pickup truck will begin rolling off the assembly line at General Motors' Wentzville plant later this year.  In November, GM had announced plans to build the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck at its Wentzville plant.  Sunday, GM unveiled the 2015 GMC Canyon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  It too will built in Wentzville.
   Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione says the city is already seeing some benefits from the new truck lines. "They started hiring some people and they brought back some people who were laid off or moved out of the state," he said.  
   Guccione says all the 1,400 to 1,800 new jobs at the GM plant is good for the entire community because those employees patronize other local businesses.  "They go out to eat in our local restaurants. They buy homes in here," he said. "They go to the local vendors to buy products and services. So it's helped us tremendously."
   Guccione says the city's tax incentives and it's educated workforce were key factors in GM investing in its Wentzville plant.  
   The current product, full-size vans, and the new mid-size trucks will be built concurrently on the same assembly line.
 
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Thursday, 09 January 2014 03:14

Macy's closing Jamestown Mall store

   It's another blow to a struggling North County mall.  The Macy's store at Jamestown is closing.  A clearance sale begins Monday.  
   The announcement came Wednesday.  Macy's officials say its part of a reorganization that will save the company $100 million per year.  The company will close five under-performing stores and cut 2,500 jobs across the country.    
   A spokesperson for the retailer says many of the 88 Jamestown employees will be offered positions at other Macy's locations in the St. Louis area.  The rest will be given severance packages.  
   Currently, Macy's employs 175,000 employees and operates 841 stores nationwide.
 
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CHICAGO (AP) - Unemployment dropped in Illinois in November to 8.7 percent. It was the third straight monthly decrease but Illinois' unemployment rate remains one of the highest nationally.
 
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the addition of a net 10,300 private-sector jobs helped push unemployment down by two-tenths of a percent in November. The federal government said earlier this month that national unemployment dropped to 7 percent in November from 7.3 percent a month earlier.
 
According the monthly Illinois report, the state added 6,100 construction jobs in November and 6,700 jobs among trade, transportation and utility companies.
 
But the state's manufacturers cut payrolls by a net 10,300 jobs. And government employers cut 4,400 jobs.
 
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   Boeing is expected to whittle down the list of contenders for their new 777X airplane plant.  Missouri is one of 22 states competing for the plant and the 8,000 jobs it could bring.  An email from company executive Ray Conner to Boeing employees indicates that the company plans to select a list of finalists this week.  The email was posted to the Washington Aerospace Partnership's Facebook. 
   Missouri's bid includes $3.5 billion in tax incentives and a promise from local unions that the plant could be built using three shifts of workers with no overtime charges.  
   Jeff Aboussie of the Building and Construction Trades Council of St. Louis told Fox 2 News its worth it to put people back to work.  "I don't believe that there's one union in this town that isn't welcoming the fact that Boeing could, hopefully, select St. Louis," he said.
   Boeing officials have said they expect to announce the site for the new plant in mid-January.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling state lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider incentives aimed at attracting a massive Boeing Co. production facility to the state.

Officials are hoping to entice Boeing to produce its 777X passenger jet in Missouri. Several other states also have been discussing trying to land the project, and Boeing hopes to make a decision early next year.

Nixon called the special legislative session Friday. It will start Monday, Dec. 2, which is about a month before lawmakers convene their regular session on Jan. 8.

Boeing is already one of Missouri's largest employers, with about 15,000 people including thousands of machinists in the St. Louis area.

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