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XTN Opens Chicago Headquarters & New York Office
Area Development, August 2018

Chicago Tech Funding Surpassed $180M in August
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, August 2018

Tomato grower expanding
Rochelle News Leader, August 2018

Innovate Springfield Now Part Of UIS & 'Illinois Innovation Network'
Peoria Public Radio – Rachel Otwell, August 2018

CEFS awards educational scholarships
Effingham Daily News, August 2018

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE and the IRS to offer Tax Symposium on Sept. 19
River Bender, August 2018

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE and the Illinois Dept. of Commerce to offer Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) workshop in Fairmont City
River Bender, August 2018

Want a job? Richland Community College just got $1.5 million to train Decatur's workforce
Herald and Review – Ryan Voyles, August 2018

Led by the Rockford region, Illinois is a leader in aerospace and aviation technology
Effingham Daily News – Chuck Sweeny, August 2018

Starved Rock Country sees tourism spike
Times – Brent Bader, August 2018

Chicago Ranks No. 5 Among Most Innovative U.S. Cities
Chicago Inno – Katherine Davis, August 2018

Illinois News: Chicago Ranks Third In The Nation For Fast Growing Businesses Named To INC. 5000
STL News, August 2018

Borek: Resource Fair scheduled for small businesses and entrepreneurs
Daily Chronicle, August 2018

Metro East SBDC at SIUE, City of Fairview Heights, AARP and SBA offer Encore Entrepreneur Roundtable on Aug. 30
River Bender, August 2018

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE, VBOC and SBA offer Veterans Road Show on Sept. 26
River Bender, August 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

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