News

  • Illinois Job Growth Lags Nation

    The latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) shows the state ended July with an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in June. Illinois also gained about 1,900 nonfarm payroll jobs, but job growth continues to trail behind other states. IDES Director Jeff Mays said if Illinois employment growth had matched the rest of the nation this year, “Illinois would have added 40,000 more jobs by now.” read more...
  • Regulation Reform = Economic Growth

    Gov. Rauner signed legislation during the week that supporters said is an example of what can be accomplished when political parties and opposing interests work together for the benefit of the entire state. read more...
  • The World’s Best Schools Are in Illinois

    One bright spot for Illinois’ future remains its institutions of higher learning. Illinois universities and colleges are among the best in the nation and the world, according to one newly-released report. read more...
  • Farmers prepare for harvest

    With both corn and soybean crops nearing maturity, farmers are prepping their combines to get ready for harvest 2015. read more...
  • Deficit spending continues via piecemeal budget

    Another spending measure was pushed through by Senate Democrats this week in the absence of a state budget. The Monetary Award Program (MAP), which provides grants to low-income college students, would see funding of $373.3 million this fiscal year under Senate Bill 2043. read more...

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