Amazon facilities under construction in Markham, Matteson, University Park

information provided by the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation MARKHAM, Ill. (June 25, 2020) – Governor JB Pritzker announced that two new massive Amazon facilities are under construction in the Chicago Southland. Joining the massive site in Monee, are a 4 million square foot facility in Matteson, a 4 million square foot facility in Markham, … Read more

New grants available to support dairy entrepreneurs

Application deadline: August 14 information provided SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 24, 2020) – The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) is a newly announced program that will provide Midwestern dairy farmers and dairy-related businesses with financial and technical support. This initiative, a joint effort coordinated by the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers … Read more

FastTrack certification available July 1 for minority-owned businesses in Chicago and Cook County

information provided by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services COOK COUNTY, Ill. (June 23, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) today announced a new expedited option for certification through the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) for small and medium sized minority-owned businesses. FastTrack certification will recognize certifications from both the City … Read more

IDES securing unemployment benefit payment funds for coming months

information provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 22, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will begin to borrow funds from the federal government to continue to meet unemployment benefit payment obligations to claimants who have lost work as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Illinois joins eight other states … Read more

State advances to next phase of Restore Illinois on June 26

New guidelines will allow key leisure, recreation, and business sectors to safely reopen information provided by the Office of the Governor CHICAGO, Ill. (June 22, 2020) – Governor JB Pritzker today released plans to safely continue reopening businesses and industries as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Working with public health … Read more