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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

Carroll County lands indie film project
- Sauk Valley News – Pam Eggemeier, December 2017

Litchfield Pursues Grant For McKay Expansion
- Journal News – Kyle Herschelman, December 2017

Chicago tech raised $113 million in December
- Chicago Business Journal – Katherine Davis, December 2017

SBA helps you through entrepreneurial journey
- Daily Herald, December 2017

Illinois Gov Conf. on Travel and Tourism in Chicago
- Windy City Times, December 2017

Metro East SBDC at SIUE partners with WRS Solutions to offer Kauffman Foundation Growth Venture FastTrac Series
- River Bender, December 2017

Illinois Office of Tourism publishes holiday gift guide
- Illinois Business Daily, December 2017

Sprout Social Acquires Seattle-Based Social Media Analytics Startup
- Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, December 2017

Growth In Television Boosts Behind-The-Camera Jobs In Illinois
- Peoria Public Radio – Jenna Dooley, November 2017

Blockchain Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
- CIO Review – Jennifer O’Rourke, November 2017

Big plans for Small Business Development Center
- Sauk Valley News – Rachel Rodgers, November 2017

Chicago’s Insure-Tech Boom Could Shift an Age-Old Industry
- Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, November 2017

In this Illinois town, every day is Small Business Saturday
- Illinois Policy – Amanda McDonald, November 2017

Chester observes Small Business Saturday
- Harrisburg Register, November 2017

Governor Rauner Urges Students to Consider Careers in Manufacturing
- eNews Park Forest, October 2017

Chicago’s Food Innovation Continues to Deliver
- Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, October 2017

Code 3 Spices repeats as Metro East SBDC Small Business of the Year
- River Bender, October 2017

Peapod picks downtown HQ
- Crain’s Chicago Business – Danny Ecker, October 2017

Chicago's office buildings are a major economic engine, per new study
- Chicago Business Journal – Lewis Lazare, October 2017

HARIBO of America to expand Rosemont HQ, add 55 jobs
- Daily Herald – Richard Klicki, October 2017

Amazon Hiring 10,000 In Illinois
- Across Illinois Patch – Shannon Antinori, October 2017

Walgreens’ downtown Chicago tech center to bring 300 new jobs
- Chicago Business Journal – Jim Dallke, October 2017

Illinois designates 6 sites as statewide enterprise zones
- AP, October 2017

Gov. Rauner Calls Manufacturers ‘Backbone Of Illinois Prosperity’
- Journal & Topics – Melanie Kalmar, October 2017

October proclaimed Manufacturing Month
- Journal Gazette Times Courier, October 2017

Manufacturing sector fuels Quincy's economy
- Quincy Herald Whig, October 2017

Route 66 conference comes to Joliet
- Herald News – Bob Okon, October 2017

Chicago is more popular with tourists than ever
- Crain’s Chicago Business – Nikki Ekstein, September 2017

Outcome Health to Build New Chicago HQ, Add 2,000 Jobs
- Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, September 2017

Illinois Office of Tourism Creates Illinois Made Trip Ideas
- Travel Mole, September 2017

ABC 7 Chicago – Evelyn Holmes and Laura Podesta’
- ABC 7 Chicago – Evelyn Holmes and Laura Podesta, September 2017

Chicago’s Insure-Tech Boom Could Shift an Age-Old Industry
- Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, September 2017

WeWork Opens Midwest HQ in Chicago
- Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, September 2017

Bank Of America Marathon growing its economic impact on Windy City
- Chicago Business Journal – Lewis Lazare, September 2017

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, the ‘face of tourism in southern Illinois’
- Daily Egyptian – Kitt Fresa, September 2017

Rexnord Corporation Plans Manufacturing Hub-Aerospace Headquarters in Downers Grove, Illinois
- Area Development, September 2017

Why international trade matters for Illinois
- Illinois Policy – Orphe Divounguy, September 2017

Illinois tourism gets big honor as it urges visitors to 'do' fall in the state
- Chicago Business Journal, September 2017

Appears Springfield had booming summer tourism season
- FOX Illinois, September 2017

Want better ROI? Come to Chicago
- Venture Beat, September 2017

Rauner Headed on First International Trip as Governor
- XFM, September 2017

Illinois Office of Tourism wins award for best travel website
- ITCM, August 2017

Illinois Has 27 Of America's Fastest-Growing Companies And Many Are Hiring
- Chicago Patch, August 2017

More than 2,000 jobs created as Amazon celebrates first year in Edwardsville
- Bellville News Democrat, August 2017

ADM bringing 30 flour mill jobs, $150 million investment, to Mendota
- News Tribune, August 2017

Boosting minority employment in Rockford through entrepreneurship
- Rockford Register Star, August 2017

DiversiFoam Products Expands Mendota, Illinois, Factory
- Area Development, August 2017

Chicago trading giant DRW snaps up Texas rival
- Crain’s Chicago Business, August 2017

DCEO Announces Apprenticeship PLUS Program Pilot Locations
- Lawndale News, August 2017

Illinois state government is embedding itself in the world of blockchain tech
- State Scoop, August 2017

Southern Illinois Takes Center Stage for Total Solar Eclipse August 21
- For Immediate Release, August 2017

Illinois Jockeys to Become Hub for Blockchain Technology
- Bloomberg BNA, July 2017

The 50 names in Chicago tech you need to know now
- Crain’s Chicago Business, July 2017

Amazon plans to double Chicago office footprint, add jobs
- Sauk Valley News, July 2017

Free Lights Program to save Illinois taxpayers millions in energy costs
- Illinois News Network, July 2017

Film crew shoots in Lockport area for new Amazon series
- Daily Southtown, June 2017

Illinois has 4th-most Fortune 500 corporate headquarters in U.S.
- Illinois Policy, June 2017

DraftKings to open Chicago office, it's first location outside the East Coast
- Chicago Business Journal, May 2017

Soybeans, related industries add value to Illinois economy
- Herald-Whig, May 2017

Beer Industry Contributes $13 Billion Annually to Illinois Economy
- PR Newswire, May 2017

Chicago leaps in ranking of future global tech hubs
- Chicago Tribune, March 2017

Illinois Remains #3 On Site Selection’s Annual Corporate Expansion Rankings, Chicago Still #1 Metro
- Site Selection, March 2017

Chicago Named #1 Emerging Tech Hub
- Modis/Chicagoist.com, February 2017

Chicago Ninth In Job Growth In Nation's Top Tech Cities Ranking
- Crain’s Chicago Business/CBRE, October 2016

Illinois Ranks #5 Top Manufacturing State, #9 in Biotech and #10 in Auto Manufacturing In Business Facilities’ Annual State Rankings Report
- Business Facilities, August 2016

Illinois Has 14 of the World's Largest Companies; Combined Revenues Over $647 Billion
- Fortune Global 500, July 2016

Illinois Ranks #1 In Access to Capital And #4 On Education In CNBC’s America's Top States for Business 2016
- CNBC, July 2016

With Its $784 Billion Economy, Iliinois is an International Center of Global Commerce
- ILLINOIS: The State of Innovation Magazine July 2016

Illinois is #2 Best State in U.S. on Grid Modernization Index for progress made towards a modernized electric grid
- Site Selection, March 2016

Illinois Is Top State for Leed Green Building, Third Year in a Row
- Business Facilities, January 2016

Chicago Based Startup Triples Size of Office & Will Triple Staff in 2016
- PR Newswire, January 2016

Chicago Ranked Top Ten Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2016
- MovieMaker, January 2016

Illinois – Local Assets, Global Growth
- Expansion Solutions, January/February 2016

Chicago Company #1 on 2015 Forbes' Hottest Startups List
- Forbes, December 2015

Chicago Moves Up In DeLoitte's Technology Fast 500 List
- Deloitte & Touche, November 2015

Illinois Ranks in Top 10 and Most Improved on 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Rankings
- ACEEE, October 2015

Association of Independent Commercial Producers survey reports Illinois' huge 2014 gain from advertising production
- ReelChicago, September 2015

Chicago second-best city for small businesses in America
- CNBC, May 2015

Illinois Retains No. 3 Spot On Site Selection’s Annual Corporate Expansion Rankings, Chicago Still No. 1 Metro
- March 2015