Agency News

Illinois governor bans events of 1,000 or more, urges working remotely in new COVID-19 guidelines
The Sourthern, March 2020

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announces Eleventh Round of “Same-Site” Licenses for Adult Use Cannabis
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, March 2020     

Five cities team up to uncover economic-development innovations
State Scoop – Ryan Johnston, February 2020

Chicago Startup HealthJoy Raises $30M to Hire 200
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, February 2020

500 jobs coming to new Fulton Market HQ
Crain’s Chicago Business, February 2020

Vouch, an Insurance Startup for Startups, Grows Its Chicago Presence
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, February 2020

West Coast tech firms bulk up in Chicago
Crain’s Chicago Business – Danny Ecker, February 2020

Affirm opening satellite office in Chicago at 350 N. Orleans
Chicago Business Journal – Lewis Lazare, February 2020

Illinois production scores another record-breaking year
REEL Chicago, February 2020

U of I Extension to offer broadband infrastructure webinars
Journal Standard, February 2020

Wildlife Prairie Park receives tourism grant
Bloomington Pantagraph, February 2020

New Report Shows Opportunity Zones Can Fuel Illinois Medical District Growth
Yahoo! Finance, February 2020

$500 million in state funding for University of Illinois innovation hub based in Chicago
American School & University – Mike Kennedy, February 2020

Business consultancy Slalom hiring 300 in Chicago
Chicago Sun Times – David Roeder, February 2020

Timken to add 130 jobs to its Illinois plant
Plant Services – Winona Whitaker, February 2020

Serena Williams Joins Chicago Startup The Mom Project As an Advisor
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, February 2020

1871 to Acquire the Illinois Technology Association
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, February 2020

Everstream Brings Fiber Network into Greater Chicago Market
Broadband Communities, February 2020

State to release first $50 million of broadband expansion funding
Danville Commercial News – Jerry Nowicki, February 2020

Pritzker administration promoting investing in opportunity zones
Chicago Morning Star – Ivan Cease, February 2020

Illinois Office of Tourism announces $1.9M for tourism grant recipients
Effingham Daily News, February 2020

CoreSite Announces Illinois Data Center Tax Incentive Opportunity
Yahoo! Finance, February 2020

Group wants you to pick coolest things made in Illinois
State Journal Register – Kade Heather, February 2020

New York ‘Unicorn’ Sprinklr Opens Chicago Office With Plans to Hire
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, February 2020

Timeline for Ferrara Candy Company construction, job creation
Daily Chronicle – Kelsey Rettke, February 2020

Pritzker Administration Launches New Initiative to Invest in Opportunity Zones Across the State
Illinois e-News Release, January 2020

Fifth Third to invest $20 million in South and West side opportunity zones
Crain’s Chicago Business – A.D. Quig, January 2020

Horizon Therapeutics Announces Significant Expansion and Relocation of U.S. Operations
Global Banking and Finance Review, January 2020

Amazon nears deal to put big distribution center in Pullman
Crain’s by Greg Hinz, January 2020

Rivian invests $29.4 million in Normal facility
Bloomington Pantagraph, January 2020

Illinois Works program aims to help address construction labor shortage
Daily Herald, January 2020

Expected growth spurt to boost O’Fallon’s economy this year
Belleville News Democrat – Lynn Venhaus, January 2020

Economic Tool For Developing Nations In Play In Bloomington
WGLT – Charlie Schlenker, January 2020

Microsoft plants seeds for data center at former suburban farm
Crain’s Chicago Business – Alby Gallun, January 2020

$12.5M in grants provided to 26 Illinois communities for infrastructure upgrades
WEEK – Drew Vaskauf, January 2020

Mayor says grain bin company plans to create 50 new jobs in Paris
WIBQ, January 2020

T5 Data Centers Expands Chicago Footprint With Acquisition Of 164,000 Sqf Data Centre
Data Economy – Abigail Opiah, January 2020

Illinois Startup Launches Fund to Invest $1M in ‘Mom-Focused’ Companies
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, January 2020

$19.7 million in marijuana sales in first 12 days
Daily Herald – Elena Ferrarin, January 2020

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE Assists in Launching Artstream Studio
River Bender, January 2020

Small business development center supports Unwrap You with Coach Melody
St. Louis American, January 2020

Empyre Laundry Marks First Anniversary in East St. Louis
River Bender, January 2020

Legal weed sales in Illinois total nearly $11-million in just 5 days
FOX Chicago, January 2020

Chicago among top 10 best-paying metro areas
Crain’s Chicago Business - Steven R. Strahler, January 2020

In Illinois, apprenticeships are on the rise
News Gazette – Julie Wurth, January 2020

Target Celebrates New Joliet Distribution Center
Patch – John Ferak, January 2020

This Chicago tech company took on car insurance on Allstate and State Farm’s home turf last year. Now it’s on a hiring spree.
Chicago Tribune – Ally Marotti, January 2020

Illinois announces $25m for diversity in construction
Global Construction Review, January 2020

Rivian closes 2019 with $1.3B investment
Peoria Journal Star, December 2019

Fermilab’s economic impact in Illinois
Fermilab – Leah Hesla, December 2019

Chicago Shines as One of the World's Most Connected Cities: A Fresh Vision for 2020
IOT Evolution – Arti Loftus, December 2019

Locavore Farm part of state tourism program
Daily Journal – Lee Provost, December 2019

Illinois SBDC for Metro East at SIUE Supports Unwrap You with Coach Melody
River Bender, December 2019

SIUE small business center helping health coach’s work
Alton Telegraph, December 2019

Crystal Lake Touts Manufacturing Business Growth
Patch, December 2019

Data Center Company First To Qualify For New Illinois Tax Incentive
Business Facilities, December 2019

Cannabis jobs boon expected as Illinois’ medical cannabis industry prepares for recreational sales
The Neighbor, December 2019

For Chicago wholesalers, business is booming
Packer – Tom Burfield, December 2019

Roseville Native Launches Window Treatment Consulting Business with Help of Small Business Development Center at WIU
Western Illinois University, December 2019

Will County to Receive $850,000 Grant to Establish Dislocated Worker Program Funding
WJOL, December 2019

Endiro Coffee joins 'Illinois Made' program
Daily Herald, December 2019

Flash Index Shows Continued Illinois Economic Growth In November
Will Radio – Jim Meadows, December 2019

NIU's Center for Governmental Studies celebrates 50 years of regional improvement
Daily Chronicle – Kelsey Rettke, December 2019

Guest Commentary | Support local shops on Small Business Saturday
News Gazette – Mark Grant, November 2019

Holiday shopping? Here are some Illinois-made gift ideas that support local business
ABC 7 Chicago, November 2019

IL SBDC for Metro East Supports Opening of Wright Choice Counseling in Vandalia
River Bender, November 2019

DeKalb's Egyptian Theatre awarded $75K grant for expansion project
Daily Chronicle – Kelsey Rettke, November 2019

$200K grant awarded for coops
McDonough Voice – Jared DuBach, November 2019

Illinois economy reaped hundreds of millions of dollars from cruise industry in 2018
Chicago Business Journal – Lewis Lazare, November 2019

15 Chicago Tech Companies Are Bringing 2,000 Jobs to the City By 2021
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, November 2019

Gotham Greens Opens Largest Urban Agriculture Campus in Chicago
Chicago Crusader, November 2019

World’s biggest Starbucks opens in Chicago
Beverage Daily - Beth Newhart, November 2019

Spotlight: Peoria Innovation Hub is a world-class facility
Peoria Journal Star, November 2019

Southern Illinois marijuana cultivation center expands with more jobs on the way
KFVS – Brittany Jacob, November 2019

Allstate and Allstate Agencies Seek to Bring Over 750 Jobs to Illinois
Insurance News Net, November 2019

Retailers can learn business success strategies at upcoming SIU workshop
SIU Carbondale – Christi Mathis, November 2019

BCBS of Illinois breaks ground on Chicago expansion
Becker’s Hospital Review – Morgan Haefner, November 2019

West Coast-based software company Qualtrics already has 250 clients in Chicago. Now it’s hiring 200 people for a Loop office
Chicago Tribune – Ally Marotti, November 2019

12 Chicago Businesses Make Deloitte’s List of Fastest-Growing Tech Companies
Chicago Inno – Jim Dallke, November 2019

Starbucks Unveils Epic 35,000-Square-Foot Reserve Roastery in Chicago
OA Online, November 2019

Chicago is the greenest place to work in America
Crain’s Chicago Business, November 2019

Peoria Innovation Hub Formally Kicks Off
Peoria Public Radio – Tim Shelley, November 2019

Google and Pritzker celebrate a doubling of the tech giant’s Chicago workforce
Chicago Sun Times – David Roeder, November 2019

Studio space is in high demand. So are warehouses
Crain’s Chicago Business – Danny Ecker, November 2019

50 new jobs to be added at Rock Island Arsenal
Quad City Times – Sarah Hayden, November 2019

Cresco Labs growing jobs in Illinois as adult-use marijuana looms
Marijuana Business Daily, November 2019

IL SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE Celebrates Millpond Brewing and Incubator Opening
River Bender, November 2019

House of Ninjas in O’Fallon set to celebrate grand opening
Belleville News Democrat, November 2019

LyondellBasell celebrates 50 years in Morris
Morris Herald News – Marney Simon, November 2019

Chicago’s Tech Market Is Growing, Partly Due to Bay Area Relocations
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, November 2019

Study says MacMurray College brings a $40 million-plus boost to economy
My Journal Courier, November 2019

Lyft to add more than 220 jobs in Chicago, create new drivers’ center along Kennedy Expressway
Chicago Tribune – Ryan Ori, October 2019

Starbucks invests $10 million in Chicago small business
Global Coffee Report, October 2019

BP opening $25M chemical recycling plant in Illinois
Plastics News – Jim Johnson, October 2019

Eight economic development projects across Southern Illinois awarded nearly $1.3 million
KPVI – Molly Parker, October 2019

Puratos innovation center opens in Chicago
Food Business News – Jeff Gelski, October 2019

Brewer Molson Coors to cut 500 jobs, move North American HQ from Denver to Chicago
Chicago Tribune – Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, October 2019

Chicago Heights Helps Zarlengo's Open New Manufacturing Plant
Patch – David Ormsby, October 2019

Matteson’s $300M casino plan could create 900 jobs, become ‘family destination,’ developer says
Daily Southtown – Mike Nolan, October 2019

Electric truck startup Rivian gives a sneak peek of its future: Sleek vehicles, a reborn downstate factory and thousands of jobs
Chicago Tribune – Robert Channick, October 2019

Jan Kemmerling Fills Us In On Fall Family Road Trips In Illinois!
WGN – Ashley Bihun, October 2019

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE Celebrates JewelRide Launch
River Bender – Doug McIlhagga, October 2019

St. Louis and metro-east leaders work to turn region into freight ‘epicenter’
Belleville News Democrat – Teri Maddox, October 2019

Gov. Pritzker releases 5-year economic plan outlining vision for job creation
Wabash Valley, October 2019

Galesburg awarded ‘Eliminate Lead’ grant
Galesburg Register Mail, October 2019

Illinois heating assistance program applications now open to seniors, those with disabilities
Morris Herald News, October 2019

New center offers procurement and assistance to business owners
SIU Carbondale – Christi Mathis, October 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker celebrates Rockford Airport’s recognition as fast-growing cargo airport
Center Square – Jim Moran, October 2019

Amazon plans new 500-job fulfillment center
Crain’s Chicago Business – Todd J. Behme, October 2019

GP Transco Building Headquarters In Joliet
Patch – John Ferak, October 2019

10 Fall Color Destinations in Illinois This Month
WTTW – Kristen Thometz, October 2019

Illinois companies celebrate manufacturing month
Clinton Herald – Winona Whitaker, October 2019

Why Chicago is the nation’s capital of food and beverage manufacturing
Food Dive – Megan Poinski, October 2019

Illinois’ governor touts economic progress after first nine months
The Center Square – Greg Bishop, October 2019

Pritzker Administration Receives $700,000 from Small Business Administration to Grow Illinois Exports
Chicago Defender, October 2019

Find out how to start a business at SIU’s Small Business Development Center workshops
SIU Carbondale – Christi Mathis, October 2019

U of I, Foxconn plan $100 million tech center
Crain’s Chicago Business – John Pletz, October 2019

$3 Million Invested. RelaDyne Creates 50 Jobs in Chicago Heights
Patch – David Ormsby, October 2019

Crate & Barrel to bring 200-plus jobs to Romeoville
Crain’s Chicago Business – Alby Gallun, October 2019

Uber launches staffing business in Chicago
Crain’s Chicago Business – John Pletz, October 2019

Pillsbury owner buys two organic baking brands
Crain’s Chicago Business – Sarah Zimmerman, October 2019

Illinois releases map of areas where marijuana entrepreneurs will get help from state to enter industry
State Journal Register, October 2019

Amazon orders 100,000 delivery vehicles from Rivian
Crain’s Chicago Business – Richard Truett, September 2019

State Approves New Enterprise Zone That Will Span Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview, Melrose Park
Village Free Press, September 2019

Fall guide to exploring Illinois
abc 7 Chicago, September 2019

Blockchain and Digital Assets News and Trends
Lexology, September 2019

Grant money awarded for utility assistance in southern Illinois in October
KFVS – Amber Ruch, September 2019

Knox County Health Dept. scheduling LIHEAP appointments
Galesburg Register Mail, September 2019

Hawley and Amoaku help film industry move forward
REEL Chicago – Daniel Patton, September 2019

New Illinois funding to boost film production in Q-C area
Rock Island Dispatch Argus – Jonathan Turner, September 2019

Kish College, Illinois workNet to host Fall Job Fair on Sept. 25
The Midweek, September 2019

Amazon to add 400 Chicago tech jobs
Crain’s Chicago Business, September 2019

As Fairmount Park expands, adds casino, 1,000 jobs could come to Metro East
KMOV, September 2019

Cairo River Port Terminal Expected To Bring Economic Development
WSIU – Benjy Jeffords, September 2019

Motorola Solutions Opens Innovation Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Yahoo! Finance, September 2019

FCC awards Illinois $26M for rural broadband expansion
My Stateline, September 2019

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE Offers Minimum Wage Workshop for Employers
River Bender, September 2019

Coles County enterprise zone receives state certification
Journal Gazette Times Courier, September 2019

Enterprise zone approved
Republic Times – Scott Woodsmall, September 2019

Uber makes a huge bet on Chicago
Crain’s Chicago Business – John Pletz, September 2019

McDonald’s launches tech lab in Silicon Valley after buying drive-thru tech startup
Chicago Business Journal – Jim Dallke, September 2019

Ensono opens downtown Chicago office to lure tech talent
Chicago Business Journal – Katherine Davis, September 2019

Grubhub and McDonald's finally team up
Crain’s Chicago Business – John Pletz, September 2019

The world's largest Starbucks is coming to Chicago
WTHR, September 2019

Amazon adds Skokie warehouse to growing delivery network in Illinois
Chicago Tribune – Ryan Ori and Lauren Zumbach, September 2019

Normal to host Route 66 conference in October
State Journal Register, September 2019

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

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