December 29, 2011

One Kmart, one Sears slated to close in Wisconsin

Two Wisconsin stores are slated to close as part of Sears Holdings Corp.s efforts to turn its company performance around.A Kmart in Rice Lake and a Sears Grand/Essentials in West Baraboo are on a list of 79 stores the company intends to close.Sears, …
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December 29, 2011

BMO Harris miscast in 'Potterville' story

BMO Harris Bank was cast as a Mr. Henry Potter character, a reference to the heartless banker in Its A Wonderful Life, for a pre-Christmas television news story on a rash of foreclosures hitting the small Wisconsin community of Reedsburg.The only …
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December 29, 2011

Artisan execs reserve right to revive IPO

Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc., which Thursday said it is canceling its planned initial public offering, may return to the IPO market if conditions improve, a spokesman said.Clearly well reconsider it if and when market conditions make …
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December 29, 2011

Abele selects new chief of staff

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Thursday selected his senior policy adviser, Amber Moreen, to be his chief of staff.Moreen was recruited by Abele in July as policy adviser. Her career includes work at the Argosy Foundation, U.S. Environmental …
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December 29, 2011

Wisconsin government job counts down 2% from 2006

So the question is: Is Wisconsin the 41st worst at creating government jobs, or the 11th best at reducing government jobs?It depends on your point of view. According to the latest analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures from On Numbers, …
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December 29, 2011

The Business Journal's most-read blogs in 2011

Our reporters' blogs proved to be a popular feature on our website this year, but it was the Brand Madness competition with editor Mark Kass blogging the daily results that took three of the top 10 slots.Nonetheless, the most-read blog of the year …
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December 29, 2011

BadgerCare receives $24.5 million bonus

Wisconsin received a $24.5 million performance bonus from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, recognizing the states success in covering uninsured children.To qualify for these bonus payments, states had to surpass a specified …
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December 29, 2011

CRE Guide: People In The News - Ryan Holzhauer

Ryan Holzhauer has joined the property representation team as broker associate at Milwaukee-based Mid-America Real EstateWisconsin LLC. He will be actively involved in the leasing and marketing of neighborhood, community and power-based shopping …
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December 28, 2011

Ascension to finalize Alexian Brothers acquisition

Ascension Health said today that its set to complete its planned acquisition of Alexian Brothers Health System, with Chicago-based ABHS to become part of Ascension on Jan. 1.The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved the deal, …
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December 28, 2011

Hiring outlook little changed for 2012

A Careerbuilder survey of hiring executives finds 23 percent of U.S. companies plan to hire full-time employees in 2012, little changed from its 2011 forecast.But Careerbuilder also says the hiring picture may be better than its early forecast for …
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December 28, 2011

The Business Journal's 10 most-read stories online in 2011

In 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's controversial law sharply limiting collective bargaining by state public employee unions and the success of the Green Bay Packers represented two of the top news stories of the year.Walker's budget repair bill …
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December 28, 2011

Journal Sentinel takes the pay-wall plunge

As Milwaukee Journal Sentinel executives had signaled in recent months, the daily newspaper and purveyor of JSOnline.com will institute a pay wall limiting readers access to the website unless they subscribe.The JS Everywhere program was announced …
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