Sandra M. Jones Named Communications Director for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
SPRINGFIELD ï¿½ May 4, 2012. Governor Quinn today announced that veteran business journalist Sandra M. Jones will join the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as the new director of communications effective May 7.
ï¿½Sandra Jones has a lifetime of experience building a strong understanding of the business world,ï¿½ Governor Quinn said. ï¿½Her command of business issues will be a great resource for our continuing efforts to bring jobs and business to Illinois.ï¿½
As communications director, Jones will work closely with newly appointed DCEO acting director David Vaught as the Quinn administration continues to accelerate its efforts to bolster job growth and economic expansion in Illinois. She will oversee the departmentï¿½s external communications efforts regarding job creation, business recruitment and retention, and advancing the stateï¿½s economic prosperity.
Most recently a business reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Jones also reported for Crainï¿½s Chicago Business and Bloomberg News. During her 20 years in the field, she has investigated and reported on corporate developments, consumer spending and the economy, focusing in particular on the retail, technology, and transportation sectors.
ï¿½Jones brings a deep knowledge of the Illinois economy and its vibrant business community,ï¿½ said David Vaught, acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. ï¿½We are looking forward to her contribution as the state works to raise Illinoisï¿½ profile as a global competitor.ï¿½
Jones has interviewed numerous Fortune 500 company CEOs, Wall Street leaders and small and mid-level business owners. She also has appeared as an expert commentator on TV and radio news programs addressing the business news of the day.
She is a graduate of Northwestern Universityï¿½s Medill School of Journalism and a winner of the Society of Business Editors and Writers award for enterprise reporting.
A lifelong advocate for literacy, Jones is also co-chair of the Chicago Help Initiative Literacy Program.