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Congerville firm wins top startup award
Bloomington Pantagraph, September 2019

In search of a healthier Slim Jim for millennials: Conagra to build new snacking innovation center in Chicago
Chicago Tribune by Robert Channick, September 2019

Gov. Pritzker signs legislation creating new workforce development program
KFVS – Kyle Hinton, August 2019

Small businesses in Central Illinois receives recognition
CI Proud – Brittni Clemons, Sean Lisitza, August 2019

Why Uber, Salesforce, And Other Tech Powerhouses Love Chicago
Forbes – Pete Wilkins, August 2019

Chicago’s mass transit is a boon to downtown employment
Chicago Sun Times, August 2019

Cargill to open innovation lab at University of Illinois
Baking Business – Eric Schroeder, August 2019

VC-Backed Photo App VSCO to Open Chicago Office
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, August 2019

Chicago Startup Jiobit Lands U.S. Air Force Contract
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, August 2019

Chicago’s HAAS Alert Awarded Air Force Contract
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, August 2019

Jan Kemmerling Shares Illinois Destinations for Families Fun and the Fair!
WGN Radio – Ashley Bihun, August 2019

5 last-minute summer getaways in Illinois totally worth taking
Chicago Tribune – Darcel Rockett, August 2019

Illinois data centers: Powering economic growth and opportunity
Crain’s Chicago Business – Tim Day and Todd Maisch, August 2019

Lettuce, Grubhub launch virtual Whole30 restaurant
Crain’s Chicago Business – Dalton Barker, August 2019

Illinois Governor Pritzker Launches Connect Illinois, a $420 Million Statewide Broadband Expansion Under Rebuild Illinois
STL News, August 2019

Illinois tourism board suggests last-minute family getaways before kids go back to school
ABC 7 Chicago, August 2019

Tax Credit Extension Aims to Cement Film Industry’s Local Foothold
WTTW – Quinn Myers, August 2019

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup
REEL Chicago, August 2019

State leaders celebrate planned Mueller foundry in Decatur
Herald & Review, August 2019

State extends film tax credits to keep ‘Chicago Fire’ and other productions in Illinois; Gov. J.B. Pritzker says it could also give a boost to South Works movie studio plan
Chicago Tribune – Dan Petrella, August 2019

Cinespace announces 2019 production lineup
REEL Chicago, August 2019

Jerseyville’s 1,200-acre Gateway Business Park named Illinois ‘super site’
Edwardsville Intelligencer, August 2019

Blue Cross to bring 550 jobs to South Side, with opening of new center in former Target location
Chicago Tribune – Lisa Schencker, August 2019

Mars Names 6 Startups to New Chicago Food Accelerator
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, August 2019

Southern Illinois Made Expo draws thousands to Marion
DuQuoin Call – Ceasar Maragni, August 2019

In Decatur visit, leader of DCEO looks for ways the state can help the region's economy
Herald and Review – Analisa Trofimuk, July 2019

Highland Hosts Entrepreneurs and Business Owners for SBDC Event
River Bender – Megan Weiser, July 2019

SBDC for the Metro East Celebrates Expansion of Client Sweet Katie Bees
River Bender, July 2019

Health department promotes WIRC block grant
Star Courier – Jared DuBach, July 2019

Bureau reports banner year for Danville area tourism
Commercial News – Jennifer Bailey, July 2019

Chicago Ranks No. 3 on List of Cities Growing Tech Talent Pools
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, July 2019

New study highlights importance of manufacturing to Southern Illinois' economy
Southern Illinoisan – Molly Parker, July 2019

Six questions with Illinois’ new economic development chief, who visited Carbondale on Monday
Southern Illinoisan – Molly Parker, July 2019

Acting DCEO director makes rounds with area businesses
Herald Whig – Matt Hopf, July 2019

Pritzker administration's acting commerce director visits the Gem City
KHQA, July 2019

Illinois state officials tour manufacturers in Quincy
WGEM, July 2019

State Record: 117 Million Visitors Traveled To Illinois During 2018
Gazette Democrat, July 2019

Hoey: Abundance of things to see and do in DeKalb County
Daily Chronicle, July 2019

Meet the artist behind Chicago's iconic #AmazingForAll sculpture
Gay Star News, July 2019

Ford to fill 450 new jobs in Chicago
Crain’s Chicago Business – Claire Bushey, July 2019

Butterfinger gets sales boost as Chicago-born Ferrara Candy revamps former Nestle brands
Chicago Tribune – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, July 2019

Meet the Illinois economy's new chief booster
Crain’s Chicago Business - Greg Hinz, July 2019

SBDC for the Metro East celebrates Queen Beedz second anniversary
Alton Telegraph, July 2019

Tech firm expands Loop offices amid hiring spree
Crain’s Chicago Business – Danny Ecker, July 2019

Glassdoor To Further Expand Chicago Presence, Adding Office Space And Creating Jobs
CISION, July 2019

Aurora starts innovation district for tech businesses; outside firm may invest up to $300 million in city's "smart ity" effort
Daily Herald – Susan Sarkauskas, July 2019

Goodwill creating 40 new jobs near Coralville - half for people with disabilities
Gazette, July 2019

Manufacturing strong in Peoria area, but job opportunties will grow
Pekin Daily Times – Chris Kaergard, July 2019

Manufacturing matters – Study highlights industry’s role in Central Illinois economy
WEEK, July 2019

U of I System and Illinois Tech announce new research partnership
University of Illinois System, July 2019

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers in Illinois Employ More than 3,500 Americans Earning $332 million in Wages, New WSWA Data Shows
Yahoo! Finance, July 2019

Governor Pritzker Announces Record Tourism Growth in Illinois
Press Release – Tourism, July 2019

SBDC for the Metro East celebrates Healing Naturally Boutique grand opening
Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 2019

Serola Biomechanics wins award
Journal Standard, July 2019

Three state officials to speak at economic summitt
Putnam County Record, July 2019

Accenture to expand in West Loop, hire 600 tech employees and put its name on office tower
Chicago Tribune – Ryan Ori and Ally Marotti, July 2019

Mel-O-Cream Donuts honored for bringing more jobs to Illinois
FOX Illinois, July 2019

Northwest Peoria property becomes one of Illinois’ Super Sites
Peoria Journal Star – Nick Vlahos, June 2019

Manufacturing a 'critical cog' in Illinois' economy
WIFR: IMA president, June 2019

Over 100 jobs are expected to come to Pontiac thanks to Wally’s
CI Proud - Munashe Kwangwari, June 2019

Showpad Raises $70M, Plans to Add 35 Chicago Jobs
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, June 2019

Take a look inside Ford’s Chicago plant, which just got a $1 billion upgrade: 160 giant fans, 41 break rooms, 600 new robots
Chicago Tribune – Robert Channick, June 2019

AbbVie to buy Allergan in a $63 billion drug deal
CNN – Chris Isidore, June 2019

Illinois Company Acquires MPL Holdings
Inside Indiana Business – Merritt McLaughin, June 2019

SBDC for the Metro East celebrates Infinite Wellness Integrative Medical Center grand opening
Edwardsville Intelligencer, June 2019

Forgottonia Brewing Opens in Macomb with Help of SBDC
Western Illinois University, June 2019

2019 Metro East Start-Up Challenge Offers $20,000 in Prizes
River Bender, June 2019

Social media guardian chooses Chicago for expansion
Crain’s Chicago Business – Dalton Barker, June 2019

Vactor Manufacturing hiring, expanding, adding 90 jobs
News Tribune, June 2019

Gambling expansion bill to bring casino, and jobs, to Southern Illinois
KPVI, June 2019

Social Media Crisis Management Firm Opens North American HQ in Chicago
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, June 2019

Longtime local office-supplies firm plans merger, HQ move to Illinois
Indianapolis Business Journal, June 2019

6 ways to celebrate Great Outdoors Month in Illinois
Chicago Tribune – Darcel Rockett, June 2019

OKRP puts Illinois ‘Up For Amazing’ in new campaign
REEL Chicago – Daniel Patton, June 2019

Timber Lake Playhouse receives $92,755 tourism grant
Prairie Advocate, June 2019

Small, minority-owned businesses invited to free certification workshop
Quad City Times, June 2019

New study highlights importance of manufacturing in Illinois' economy
Center Square – Scot Bertram, June 2019

SpotOn raises $40M, adding up to 50 hires in Chicago
Built in Chicago – Gordon Gottsegen, June 2019

Chicago has seen ‘meteoric’ startup growth in the last decade, report says
Chicago Business Journal – Jim Dallke, June 2019

Real estate tech startups are booming here
Crain’s Chicago Business – Brianna Kelly, June 2019

Blackhawk Hills Regional Council to host Spring Summit
Rockford Register Star, June 2019

Engineering firm plans hiring spree in growing Chicago office
Crain’s Chicago Business – Danny Ecker, June 2019

Illinois marijuana growers plan hiring binge
Crain’s Chicago Business – John Pletz, June 2019

Why Chicago is starting to look like a real tech town
Crain’s Chicago Business – John Pletz, May 2019

Eversheds Sutherland Opens Chicago Office
AP, May 2019

SIUE SBDC Director DiMaggio May Honored for Work with Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
River Bender, May 2019

New Illinois film office head Peter Hawley hopes to attract a Netflix production hub to Chicago
Chicago Tribune – Nina Metz, May 2019

Rockford airport to add 500 jobs
Rockford Register Star – Isaac Guerrero, May 2019

Call center expected to bring 350 jobs to Carbondale cuts ribbon on University Mall location
Southern Illinoisan – Isaac Smith, May 2019

City plans to help call center locate in Mattoon, 300 jobs possible
Journal Gazette Times Courier – Rob Stroud, May 2019

5 Reasons Why Chicago Has (Almost) Everything Startup Founders Need
Inc. 5000 – Emily Canal, May 2019

Rockford airport to add 500 jobs
Rockford Register Star – Isaac Guerrero, May 2019

U of I-led innovation network to expand from six to 15 statewide hubs
Peoria Journal Star - Brenden Moore, May 2019

Gov. Pritzker helps cuts ribbon at new Pepsi facility, bringing over 350 new jobs
KFVS – Taylor Clark, May 2019

Illinicare Health to add 350 jobs in Carbondale
WPSD – Logan Gay, May 2019 

This bootstrapped infosec company is making 130 new Chicago hires
Built in Chicago – Andreas Rekdal, May 2019

Keeper Security Planning to Add 100+ Jobs in Six Months, Move to New HQ
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, May 2019

3D Hubs Chooses Chicago for North American HQ
Globe St. – John Jordan, May 2019

KPMG launches new innovation and technology center in Chicago
Consulting, May 2019

Gov. Pritzker announces new funding for minority-owned businesses
CI Proud – Kevin Schwaller, May 2019

ILLINOIS OFFICE OF TOURISM CELEBRATES ‘INSTAGRAMMABLE ILLINOIS’
WROK 1440 – Riley O’Neil, May 2019

Parker: Celebrate entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week
Pekin Daily Times – Elaine Parker, May 2019

Gov. Pritzker visits southern Illinois for celebration of 350-plus jobs
KFVS – James Long and Brittany Jacob, May 2019

Fulton moves forward with street improvement plan
Clinton  Herald – John Rohlf, May 2019

Rezin secures $100K grant for Ottawa canal project
Times – Charles Stanley, May 2019

8 murals in 5 days; new Rockford festival to inject art into downtown
Rockford Register Star – Kevin Haas, April 2019

Illinois Small Business Development Center Announces Student Business Pitch Competition Winners
Western Illinois University, April 2019

Illinois poised for a job-creating energy future
Advantage News – Elizabeth Scrafford, April 2019

Scenic byway a key Pekin tourist attraction
Washington Times Reporter – Mike Kramer, April 2019

Gov. Pritzker, Business Leaders Release Economic Development Report to Build Workforce
Lawndale News, April 2019

New manufacturing company coming to southern Illinois
WPSD – Logan Gay, April 2019

Illinois Universities Are Producing More Startups Than Ever
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, April 2019

RiverBend Growth Association Names Grafton Winery & Brewhaus as Small Business of the Month
River Bender, April 2019

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East Celebrates Warm N Cozy Quilting as Illinois Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
River Bender, April 2019

Office Depot launches co-working hubs to Chicago, Dallas locations
Retail Customer Experience, April 2019

Estwing plans $10M expansion, 30 more jobs
Rockford Register Star – Jeff Kolkey, April 2019

Hostess to open new corporate office in Chicago
Baking Business - Rebekah Schouten, April 2019

Urban Farmer Expands Operations in Manteno, Illinois
Area Development, April 2019

Launchways to Open New Office in Chicago
HR Technologist - Mayuri Chaudhary, April 2019

uBreakiFix Expands Illinois Network With Chicago Area Store
Globe News Wire, April 2019

WeWork announces two more Chicago locations
Crain’s Chicago Business – Danny Ecker, April 2019

Knight Nicastro expands to Illinois
Biz West – Lucas High, April 2019

Pritzker proclaims April as Innovation and Technology Month in Illinois
CI Proud – Kevin Schwaller, April 2019

Tech startup to hire more than 500 in Chicago
Crain’s Chicago Business – Brianna Kelly, March 2019

Sprout Social Plans to Hire 100 After $40M Raise
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, March 2019

Glassdoor expands its Chicago office, leasing additional space for its growing software engineering team
Chicago Tribune – Ally Marotti and Ryan Ori, March 2019

Solar installer says it will create 200 jobs in expansion to Illinois
Crain’s Chicago Business – Brianna Kelly, March 2019

Brandpoint Announces New Office Opening In Chicago
CISION, March 2019

Copart Expands its Chicago South Location
CISION, March 2019

Small business development centers report success locally
LaSalle News Tribune, March 2019

Southern IL counties receive $210K economic development, job creation grant
KFVS – James Long, March 2019

BlueCrew Relocates Headquarters to Chicago, Illinois
Area Development, March 2019

Technology Employment Expands its Presence in the Illinois Workforce
CISION, March 2019

What having the world's fastest supercomputer means for Chicago
Crain’s Chicago Business – John Pletz, March 2019

Illinois Office of Tourism Wins Spartacus Traveler Award for #AmazingForAll
Windy City Times, March 2019

Parker & Co. Boutique Expands in West County Mall With Support of the IL SBDC Metro East
River Bender, March 2019

The Most Powerful Supercomputer in the World Is Coming to Illinois
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, March 2019

The Will Group to Open Manufacturing Complex in Chicago, Illinois
Area Development, March 2019

Insurance Industry Has Major Impact on Illinois’ Economy, Study Shows
Insurance Journal, March 2019

Atlas World Group Expanding Illinois HQ
Business Facilities, March 2019

Aurora plans to become tech leader in Illinois
Cities Today – Jonathan Andrews, March 2019

Column: United Airlines extends HQ lease at Willis Tower until 2033
Chicago Tribune – Ryan Ori, March 2019

Illinois filmmaking revenue grows by 12 percent in 2018
Daily Journal, March 2019

Uber plans to hire hundreds more in Chicago, is on the hunt for additional office space
Chicago Tribune – Ally Marotti and Ryan Ori, March 2019

The Small Business Development Center is a free service for aspiring small business owners
CI Proud – Rosario Dominguez, March 2019

Results over flash: How Chicago-based startups lead the nation in VC returns
Chicago Business Journal – Praveen Puri, March 2019

Energy assistance still available
Shelbyville Daily Union, March 2019

Amazon to bring new grocery store concept to Chicago
Chicago Business Journal – Annlee Ellingson, March 2019

Relativity Hires First CTO, Announces Plans to Add 300 Workers in 2019
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, February 2019

Pizzuti to Develop 274,000 SF Industrial Building in Aurora, Illinois
RE Business Online – Kristin Hiller, February 2019

Google Adding Hundreds of Chicago Jobs With Launch of New Finance Hub
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, February 2019

Rivian, a Startup Building Electric Trucks in Downstate IL, Raises $700M Led by Amazon
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, February 2019

Federal Signal Corporation Expands Streator, Illinois, Manufacturing Center
Area Development, February 2019

DMDII to Be Awarded $10 Million in Federal Funding
Advanced Manufacturing, February 2019

Get your kicks: Illinois’ 10 must-see Route 66 roadside attractions
Chicago Sun Times – Ryan Smith, February 2019

SBDC Metro East aids new owner of A Holistic Approach in Glen Carbon
Alton Telegraph, February 2019

Nominations sought for awards
Commercial News, February 2019

Ford is investing $1 billion in Chicago plants making its high-profit SUV
Crain’s Chicago Business, February 2019

Streator, Ottawa tourism win state tourism awards
Times, February 2019

SBDC Metro East supports Queen Beedz in new collaboration with Restoration Alley DIY Studio & Handmade Market
River Bender – Megan Weiser, February 2019

Here's Illinois' Fastest-Growing Job
Patch – Shannon Antinori, February 2019

Why U of I's biz school has become an exporter to China
Crain ’s Chicago Business – Jeffrey R. Brown, February 2019

O’Hare back on top as nation’s busiest airport
Crain ’s Chicago Business – Greg Hinz, February 2019

Tastytrade, Peak6 invest $10 million in new exchange
Crain’s Chicago Business – Lynne Marek, January 2019

Busy businesses
Commercial News – Jennifer Bailey, January 2019

John Deere Launches New Program to Connect With Startups
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, December 2018

Hundreds of new jobs coming to Southern Illinois
KFVS – Brittany Jacob, December 2018

Innovation hub planned for downtown Peoria, aims to spark economic growth
HOI ABC, December 2018

Discover how to start a business at SIU’s Small Business Development Center workshops
SIU Carbondale - Christi Mathis, December 2018

Madison County receives $600,000 more for home energy assistance
Advantage News, December 2018

An Indeed.com for mothers who want to re-enter the workforce
Crain’s Chicago Business – Anne Moore, December 2018

ITC at SIUE invites businesses to participate in trade mission
Edwardsville Intelligencer, December 2018

BMO Harris Bank plans flagship HQ in downtown Chicago
Chicago Business Journal – Sari Lesk, December 2018

Ferrara Candy confirms Old Main Post Office space, will bring 400 jobs to downtown Chicago
RE Journals, December 2018

Freight company to expand Chicago office, add tech jobs
Crain’s Chicago Business – John Pletz, December 2018

Expansion planned for Southern Illinois Airport in 2019
WSIL – Joe Ragusa, December 2018

Amazon set to expand air cargo operation in northern Illinois
Illinois News Network – Scot Bertram, December 2018

CED: Will County grew by more than 8,000 jobs in 2018
Herald News – Alex Ortiz, December 2018 

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East client Warm N Cozy Quilting expands in Columbia
River Bender, December 2018

IL SBDC at SIUE client Metro East Therapy expands
River Bender – Jo Ann DiMaggio May, December 2018

Gallagher plans to expand on Rolling Meadows campus, creating 700 jobs
Daily Herald, December 2018

Enterprise Zone has been engine for growth
Sauk Valley News – Pam Eggemeier, December 2018

At Illinois Tech, energy innovation and entrepreneurship have new home
Energy News Network – Kevin Stark, December 2018

Decatur recognized as 'City to Watch'
WAND – Jessica Dobson, December 2018

Chicago ranks 7th on new list of world's best cities
Crain’s Chicago Business – Brianna Kelly, November 2018

Salesforce to add 1,000 jobs in new Chicago riverfront skyscraper
Chicago Tribune – Ryan Ori and Ally Marotti, November 2018

Keefe Real Estate opening first Illinois office in Woodstock
Northwest Herald, November 2018

New development plans to revitalize Cairo
WSIL – Emily Manley, November 2018

Holiday walks in Springfield highlight local business
FOX Illinois – Nikki McGee, November 2018

Kraft to acquire paleo diet darling Primal Kitchen for $200M
Crain’s Chicago Business, November 2018

Small Business Saturday: Businesses with fewer than 50 employees lead IL job creation
Lawndale News, November 2018

Small Business Saturday Helps Stimulate State And Local Economy
My Stateline – Mariana Rodriguez, November 2018

State Economic Programs for Veterans and the community
Chicago Crusader, November 2018

Illinois Metro East SBDC supports PinMe Organics’ Gourmet Mushrooms
Edwardsville Intelligencer, November 2018

Walmart lining up jobs for military spouses in Illinois
Chicago Business Journal – Lewis Lazare, November 2018

Chicago's job boom: It's real, it's big—and it's mostly downtown
Crain’s Chicago Business – Greg Hinz, November 2018

Nu-Way Industries Celebrates 50 Years of Manufacturing Excellence and Looks to a Brighter Future for Manufacturing Industries in Illinois
Global Banking and Finance, October 2018

From the community: Norwood Park Author Stan "Tex" Banash Named Illinois Bicentennial Honor 200 Honoree
Niles Herald Spectator, October 2018

Amazon Go adding fourth Chicago location
Chicago Business Journal – Lewis Lazare, October 2018

SYNGENTA Opening Chicago Seeds Office
KTIC Radio, October 2018

Euclideon expands USA presence with new Chicago office
Blooloop, October 2018

Aldermen to act on funds for Flex-N-Gate
Commercial News – Jennifer Bailey, October 2018

Illinois Q-C earns valuable Enterprise Zone designation
Rock Island Dispatch Argus – Jim Meenan, October 2018

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE, GEBDA offer building alliances between small business and government
River Bender, October 2018

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch now open for business
FOX Illinois, October 2018

Tourists really, really like Chicago
Crain ’s Chicago Business – Brianna Kelly, October 2018

Chicago’s 2018 VC funding tops $1 billion
Chicago Business Journal – Katherine Davis, October 2018

2 Chicago Startups Make Time’s List of the 50 Genius Companies of 2018
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, October 2018

October designated Manufacturing Month in state
My Journal Courier, October 2018

HomeAdvisor is opening a new sales office at WeWork in Chicago
Chicago Business Journal – Katherine Davis, October 2018

SBDC at SIUE assists Unique Woodworks
Edwardsville Intelligencer, October 2018

Energy assistance application open for people with disabilities and senior citizens
WREX, October 2018

Tourism Growth Vital to DuPage, Elmhurst
My Suburban Life, October 2018

Motorola Celebrates 90th Anniversary with $90k Scholarship for Women in Tech
Chicago Inno – Tatiana Walk-Morris, October 2018

Rantoul ranch honors state's 200th
Champaign News Gazette – Dave Hinton, October 2018

Walgreens acquires minority stake in women's beauty company Birchbox
Chicago Business Journal – Ben Miller, October 2018

150 Seasonal Jobs Coming To Romeoville
Romeoville Patch – Shannon Antinori, September 2018

HomeAdvisor is opening a new sales office at WeWork in Chicago
Chicago Business Journal – Katherine Davis, September 2018

Chicago technology show breaks all records as hotel worker strike continues
Chicago Business Journal – Lewis Lazare, September 2018

Belvidere auto supplier finds its footing, wins state award
Rockford Register Star – Susan Vela, September 2018

International Trade Center at SIUE recognizes "Immigrants in Our Midst"
River Bender, September 2018

Unique Woodworks introduced to Metro East through IL SBDC at SIUE
River Bender, September 2018

Armstrong: State tourism director praises DeKalb County CVB
Daily Chronicle, September 2018

They're going to make eyeliners in Elgin after Rauner trade trip
Crain’s Chicago Business – Steven R. Strahler, September 2018

Impact hiring 50 at expanded Michigan Avenue office
Crain’s Chicago Business – Danny Ecker, September 2018

Aldi hiring for 300 jobs across Chicago area
ABC 7 Chicago, September 2018

Chicago is building a deep biotech bench
Crain’s Chicago Business – John Pletz, September 2018

Economic development on the rise in Taylorville
FOX Illinois – Brittany Hardaway, September 2018

Report finds many open jobs at eastern Illinois VA hospital
AP, September 2018

Walmart Is Using This Chicago Startup’s Tech For its Grocery Delivery Service
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, September 2018

Kankakee adding most jobs in Illinois
WGN, August 2018

Oak Park's park district set to 'share our amazing conservatory' as part of Doors Open Illinois celebration
Chicago Tribune – Steve Schering, August 2018

Cabot Microelectronics to buy Texas firm in $1.6 billion deal
Crain’s Chicago Business, August 2018

Illinois tourism office unveils sculpture at Market Days
Windy City Times, August 2018

Ranking the Best Startup Cities in the Midwest
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, August 2018

Illinois Office of Tourism ramps up bicentennial celebrations with free admission to historic sites this month
Illinois News Network, August 2018

Free admission to Bicentennial exhibit at state museum
AP, August 2018

Hayes home on display for Illinois Bicentennial
DuQuoin Call, August 2018

Pinterest moving Chicago office to West Loop
Crain’s Chicago Business – Danny Ecker, August 2018

Enterprise zone expansion to include new Pontoon Beach hotel development
Edwardsville Intelligencer – Steve Horrell, August 2018

Clean energy providing more than 119,000 Illinois jobs
Rock Island Dispatch Argus, August 2018

Peoples Gas Plans Chicago, Illinois, Service Facility Hub
Area Development, July 2018

Mexican manufacturing firm acquires facility in LaSalle, will create 100 jobs
RE Journals, July 2018

New La Salle manufacturer Viakable plans to add 100 more jobs by middle of 2019
News Tribune, July 2018

'Huge for the area:' Worldwide Technology makes progress in development, jobs available
River Bender – Dan Brannan, July 2018

Rendleman Orchards Honored As An "Illinois Made" Business
WSIU – Kevin Boucher, July 2018

Illinois tourism office ramping up bicentennial activity
Chicago Business Journal – Lewis Lazare, July 2018

Illinois tourism, especially Southwest Illinois, big contributor to state revenues
Alton Telegraph – Jill Moon, July 2018

Williamson County tourism gives a boost to economic growth in Illinois
Marion Republican – Shannon Johnson, July 2018

Local tourism revenues continue upward trend
Advantage News, July 2018

Illinois Q-C tourism generated $223M in 2017
Rock Island Dispatch Argus - MEG MCLAUGHLIN, July 2018

Tourism to Quad Cities Contributing to Robust Economic Growth in Illinois
KWQC, July 2018

Illinois tourism numbers for Tri-State counties released
WGEM – Drew Brown, July 2018

Overseas firms bringing up to 300 jobs to Chicago
Crain’s Chicago Business – Greg Hinz, July 2018

Flex-N-Gate hiring 300 for South Side auto supplier plant
NWI – Joseph S. Pete, July 2018

Local businesses added to 'Illinois Made' Program
WAND, July 2018

Illinois Tourism launches Southern Illinois Media Tour to promote tourism & Illinois Made program
River Bender, July 2018

Kankakee County tourism hit $142M in 2017
Daily Journal – Lee Provost, July 2018

100 Chicago Startups Raised $751M In the First Half of 2018
Chicago Inno - Srividya Kalyanaraman, July 2018

$2M grant to grow industry in Granite City
Alton Telegraph, July 2018

Projects at Rockford airport expected to create 1,000 jobs, amidst air cargo demand
My Stateline – Karina Parada, July 2018

Four Chicago startups get $1.7 million to boost tech diversity
Chicago Business Journal – Katherine Davis, June 2018

$1.6 Million Investment Triples Workforce At Skokie Paper Company
Skokie Patch, June 2018

Illinois SBDC at WIU-QC Minority Empowerment Grant Awards
Western Illinois University, June 2018

160 new jobs coming to the Rock Island arsenal
Quad Cities – Brianna Collier, July 2018

Facebook leases huge space in the Loop, could expand to 2,000 Chicago staffers
Chicago Business Journal – Gina Hall, July 2018

JPMorgan, Fifth Third boost minority entrepreneurs in Chicago
Chicago Business Journal, July 2018

iVenture, EDC, and SBDC team up for start up social on Wednesday
Smile Politely – Patrick Singer, June 2018

EY’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest winners include 5 from Chicago
Chicago Business Journal – Heather Hartel, June 2018

Local efforts impact global economy by the billions
CI Proud – Rebecca Brumfield, June 2018

Ryan Named One of the Best Places to Work in Illinois for the Eighth Consecutive Year
CISION, June 2018

SBDC for the Metro East celebrates success of Strait Laced Boutique
Alton Telegraph, June 2018

State commerce department awards The International Trade Center at the Smalll Business Development Center in Champaign County for export work
Chambana Sun – Wadi Reformado, June 2018

State commerce department awards Chicago Comb Co. for export work
Chicago City Wire – Wadi Reformado, June 2018

From the community: Engis Corporation wins prestigious state export award
Lake County News Sun, May 2018

2018 Illinois Governor’s Export Award recipients announced
Suburban Chicagoland, May 2018

SBDC at SIUE to start hosting a small business workshop in Spanish on June 28
River Bender, May 2018

New $37 million water plant boosts Jacksonville economy
WAND – Doug Wolfe, May 2018

Illinois Film Office On NBC, Fox Rewnewals
Screen Magazine, May 2018

Illinois sold $65 billion in products globally last year
Illinois Business Daily – Marian Johns, May 2018

Global trade representatives "Discover Southwest Illinois" with stop at SIUE
River Bender, May 2018

Chicago Tech Companies LanzaTech, Uptake Make ‘Disruptor 50’ List
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, May 2018

Chicago-based Filtration Group buys Multisorb
Chicago Business Journal – Dan Miner, May 2018

New jobs coming to McDonough County
WGEM – Jim Roberts, May 2018

Sign-up available for minority entrepreneur DCEO program
Morris Herald News, May 2018

Coinbase Confirms Chicago Office, Plans to Hire 100 Engineers in 3 Years
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, May 2018

Facebook's on a Chicago hiring binge
Crain’s Chicago Business – Lynne Marek, May 2018

Pella to add over 100 jobs to Macomb facility
McDonough County Voice – Jared DuBach, May 2018

Global user experience research agency, Bold Insight, establishes headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Bold Insight, May 2018

Moxie Solar Illinois Locates Headquarters-Distribution Hub in Dixon, Illinois
Area Development, May 2018

New Frank Lloyd Wright trail unveiled: 13 sites from Rockford to Springfield
Chicago Tribune – Lori Rackl, May 2018

Regional economic development projects recognized by national magazine
Quad Cities Dispatch Argus, May 2018

Small Business Financing in Illinois
LendEDU – Jeff Gitlen, May 2018

Metro East SBDC at SIUE and Department of Commerce to offer minority entrepreneurship workshop in East St. Louis on May 22
River Bender, April 2018

At the intersection of Illinois and the world
Sauk Valley News – Pam Eggemeier, April 2018

Membership group for women entrepreneurs opening in Chicago
Chicago Business Journal – Tammy Tierney, April 2018

Fast-growing Baltimore software services firm expands to Chicago
Chicago Business Journal - Morgan Eichensehr, April 2018

Reddit Is Opening a Chicago Office
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, April 2018

Co-working company Spaces has big expansion plans for Chicagoland
Chicago Business Jouranl – Katherine Davis, April 2018

The International Trade Center at SIUE to partner in trade mission to Mexico
River Bender, April 2018

Decatur sees significant economic boom
WAND, April 2018

Widening the Path to Green Jobs on the South Side of Chicago
Next City – Audrey F. Henderson, April 2018

Metro East SBDC at SIUE and Department of Commerce to offer minority entrepreneurship workshop in East St. Louis on May 22
River Bender, April 2018

At the intersection of Illinois and the world
Sauk Valley News – Pam Eggemeier, April 2018

Membership group for women entrepreneurs opening in Chicago
Chicago Business Journal – Tammy Tierney, April 2018

Fast-growing Baltimore software services firm expands to Chicago
Chicago Business Journal - Morgan Eichensehr, April 2018

Reddit Is Opening a Chicago Office
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, April 2018

Co-working company Spaces has big expansion plans for Chicagoland
Chicago Business Jouranl – Katherine Davis, April 2018

The International Trade Center at SIUE to partner in trade mission to Mexico
River Bender, April 2018

Decatur sees significant economic boom
WAND, April 2018

Widening the Path to Green Jobs on the South Side of Chicago
Next City – Audrey F. Henderson, April 2018

Bioprocessing lab at UI could produce thousands of jobs
WAND – Doug Wolfe, April 2018

BN by the Numbers highlights strong tourism in Central Illinois
WJBC – Patrick Baron, April 2018

Boeing gets a $1.7 billion freighter order from Qatar Airways
Chicago Business Journal – Lewis Lazare, April 2018

Illinois economy in 'slow stable' growth
Dispatch Argus, April 2018

Illinois craft beer advocates say industry continues to thrive
Illinois News Network – Greg Bishop, April 2018

Illinois Universities Are Producing More Startups Than Ever
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, April 2018

Chicago tech funding surpassed $124 million in March
Chicago Business Journal, April 2018

Hundreds of jobs heading to Central Illinois
CI Proud - Gabe Pishghadamian, April 2018

Lagomarcino’s added to Illinois Made program
Quad City Dispatch Argus, March 2018

Illinois Technology Industry Added More than 4,000 Jobs in 2017, Tech Contributes Nearly $49 Billion in Economic Impact to State
CISION, March 2018

Tool King, Inc. Awarded Manufacturer of the Year in Wheeling, Illinois
CISION, March 2018

Eagle Manufacturing in Wellsburg Sold to Illinois Company
Wheeling News-Register, March 2018

Illinois tourism can be a cash crop
Agri News – Karen Binder, March 2018

BOREK: Illinois a global leader in innovation
Daily Chronicle, March 2018

Chicago Startups Lead the U.S. in Return for Investors, Study Finds
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, March 2018

Illinois ranks high in economic development projects
Quincy Herald Whig – Steve Eighinger, March 2018

Stuart, Small Business Development Center to host Small Business Town Hall
River Bender, March 2018

AT&T to Create Hundreds of Jobs With New Northwest Side Call Center
NBC Chicago – Jonathon Sadowski, March 2018

Alton CVB receives tourism award for excellence
Alton Telegraph, March 2018

Jerseyville business park development could have widespread impact
Alton Telegraph, March 2018

Illinois top in site selection for new, expanding facilities
Alton Telegraph, March 2018

Rauner admin touts positive review from Site Selection Magazine
Capitol Fax, March 2018

Draymond Green-Backed Blink Fitness Is Expanding to Chicago
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, March 2018

1871 Ranked First in World Among University-Affiliated Incubators
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, March 2018

Chicago tech funding topped $74 million in February
Chicago Business Journal – Katherine Davis, March 2018

Dental practice management company to bring HQ to West Loop
Crain’s Chicago Business – Greg Hinz, March 2018

$500M rail project coming to Jerseyville, Illinois
FOX 2 Now – Kelley Hoskins, March 2018

Foursquare opens new Chicago engineering office
- Chicago Business Journal – Jim Dallke, January 2018

Major advance for minority businesses
- Advantage News – Melissa Meske, January 2018

Lunchmeat company Buddig to open in former Butterball plant in Montgomery, bringing at least 250 jobs
- Chicago Tribune – Greg Trotter, January 2018

CapTech Announces Expansion in Chicago, IL and Creation of 35 New Tech Jobs in 2018
- Cision, January 2018

Illinois Tourism Celebrates National Plan for Vacation Day
- Cision, January 2018

Snapsheet Opens New Chicago Office, Plans to Add 150 Jobs in 2018
- Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, January 2018

Manufacturing conference transformed into business and tech innovation summit
- Quincy Herald Whig – Matt Dutton, January 2018

Wood Dale sees increase in jobs and businesses thanks to Route 390
- Daily Herald, January 2018

Illinois Office of Tourism and Gay Star News announce second year of pioneering partnership
- Gay Star Travel – Alex Protopapa, January 2018

SWIDA Breaks Ground on $10.9M Affordable Seniors Housing Community in Swansea, Illinois
- Rebusiness Online – Kristin Hiller, January 2018

IL Tech Companies Raised $1.8B in 2017, Most Since the Dot Com Boom
- Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, January 2018

State Football Finals Give DeKalb County An Estimated $1 Million Economic Boost
- WNIJ – Jenna Dooley, January 2018

Senior living project breaks ground at Swansea Metro station
- St. Louis Post Dispatch – Jacob Barker, January 2018

Study shows Will County a leader in job growth
- Herald News – Bob Okon, January 2018

DMDII opens its Chicago manufacturing facility to the public
- Chicago Business Journal – Jim Dallke, January 2018

Illinois Added 8,100 Private Sector Jobs in December, According to ADP Regional Employment Report®
- Market Wired, January 2018