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Jim Leute

Woman objects to mandatory survey
- Ellie Fietz and hundreds of thousands of other Americans received the American Community Survey, an element of the U.S. Census Bureau's re-engineered census program. Read more >>
Local economic indicators improve
- All seven indicators for the third quarter of 2014 are positive when compared to the same quarter of 2013. Read more >>
Local GDP growth among best in nation
- The value of goods and services produced in Rock County in 2013 increased at a rate bettered only by a few other metro areas in the United States. Read more >>
River called key to redevelopment
- A revitalized downtown Janesville that embraces the river is key for a community facing an economic future challenged by an aging workforce, a consultant said Thursday. Read more >>
Senate candidates square off in forum
- Janis Ringhand and Brian Fitzgerald agreed and disagreed on several issues Wednesday during a 15th Senate District forum for the candidates in the Nov. 4 election. Read more >>
If elected, Fitzgerald plans to move
- If elected, state rules mandate that a candidate establish residency in the district for 28 consecutive days before taking the oath of office. Read more >>
New Janesville ALDI to open Dec. 11
- Construction continues on a 17,000-square-foot ALDI grocery store that will sit on four acres near the intersection of Highway 14 and Deerfield Drive across from Pine Tree Plaza. Read more >>
SHINE gets $125 million financing
- SHINE Medical Technologies has signed a $125 million deal that company officials said brings their medical isotope plant one step closer to reality in Janesville. Read more >>
DOT plans Highway 14 road work
- Motorists traveling around Janesville's far north side will see plenty of orange next year, a construction appetizer for a main course that's still a couple of years away. Read more >>
Deere to expand at flea market site
- Deere & Co. in August bought just less than four acres of land at the northwest corner of County G and the Highway 11 bypass, the former home of the Janesville Flea Market. Read more >>
Candidate heads to bar for political ads
- State Senate candidate Brian Fitzgerald says he wanted to do something different in marketing himself to voters. Read more >>
Clerks to again issue same-sex licenses
- Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler said her office would immediately start accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples—after a standard six-day waiting period. Read more >>
Group: Counts don't back I-90 expansion
- In a report, the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group said projected traffic counts have not met actual traffic counts and therefore don't justify the $950 million expansion project. Read more >>
State tax credits help GOEX project
- GOEX Corp., a manufacturer of plastic sheet products, is starting to move into its new 190,000-square-foot plant on Highway 14 near Newville Road. Read more >>
Hendricks buys Beloit country club
- The club will be renamed the Beloit Club, and construction could start as early as next month on a new clubhouse. Read more >>
Site puts Dick's, Gordmans at mall
- A plan loaded onto the website of CBL & Associates on Monday showed Dick's and Gordmans sharing the 140,000-square-foot space that JCPenney vacated at the Janesville Mall. Read more >>
Mercy to end insurance program
- The decision not to offer Medicare Advantage products for 2015 will affect about 400 people whose policy will expire Dec. 31. Read more >>
Businesses prepped for construction
- Several business interests were on hand, and much of the discussion centered on the plan to convert the Highway 59 interchange with I-90/39 from a cloverleaf to a diamond. Read more >>
Fest tries to broaden its regional reach
- This year's four-day event is expected to draw 13,200 attendees and generate nearly $450,000 for area restaurants, shops and hotels. Read more >>
Highway chief touts Interstate project
- The Interstate 90/39 project is needed, but it's threatened by inability of Congress to pass a long-term transportation funding bill, a federal transportation official said Wednesday. Read more >>
Janesville's Kmart to close in December
- Kmart, the city's longest-tenured big-box retail store, will close in early December as its parent company tries to reduce expenses. Read more >>
City to consider $2.4M TIF deal
- In an effort to boost the city's supply of available industrial space, Janesville council members Monday will consider partnering with a local developer on a project on the city's south side. Read more >>
Janesville company buys NY business
- VNE Corp.'s acquisition of a New York company is expected to strengthen the local operation as it grows its worldwide semiconductor business. Read more >>
Firm buys Beloit's Patch Products
- Patch Products said Tuesday that its founders, Fran and Bryce Patch, sold the company to Topspin Partners, a New York private equity firm. Read more >>
Dorsey drops Assembly campaign
- When asked Tuesday about newly discovered comments on social media, Jacob Dorsey told The Gazette he was ending his campaign against Rep. Deb Kolste, D-Janesville. Read more >>
Transportation planning underway
- Long-range transportation planning is the work of the Janesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a group that includes representation from area municipalities. Read more >>
Assembly candidate apologizes for gay slur
- Jacob Dorsey, Republican candidate for the 44th Assembly District, said Thursday he made an inappropriate posting on Twitter about same-sex marriages in December. Read more >>
Pizza/video partnership drives sales
- Family Video has partnered with Marcos Pizzas to cross-sell movies and pizzas, and the recipe has routinely generated high sales volumes for the Janesville operation. Read more >>
JPAC marks 10 years as cultural hub
- Since its opening, JPAC has welcomed tens of thousands of people to events and helped unite the local arts community. Read more >>
First jobs, lasting impressions
- As the nation prepares to celebrate it's 120th official Labor Day, The Gazette asked local business and community leaders about their first jobs and lessons learned from each. Read more >>