Illinois unemployment falls to historic low in January

First time in 10 years Illinois falls below national rate information provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 15, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -0.2 percentage point to 3.5 percent, a new record low, while nonfarm payrolls added +16,600 jobs … Read more

Black Women’s Expo and Leadership Conference postponed following Governor’s directive

information provided by BWeNext CHICAGO, Ill. (March 14, 2020) – Following the joint announcement by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot that all events with a projected attendance of 1,000 people or more must be canceled or postponed until May 1, the planners of the Black Women’s Expo announced postponement of the … Read more

New pilot to connect SNAP recipients to jobs

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 13, 2020) — Earlier this week the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced an innovative partnership with private philanthropy and the National Able Network that will expand the number of organizations who can provide work and training resources for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients in Illinois. The SNAP to Success … Read more

Pritzker administration announces second month sales totals for adult-use cannabis

Nearly $35 million in sales in February information provided by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation CHICAGO, Ill. (March 7, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced preliminary numbers showing that statewide adult-use cannabis sales in February totaled $34,805,072.01. Dispensaries across the state sold 831,600 items over the 29-day … Read more

South suburban leaders unite to pass Southland Reactivation Act (HB43) for tax relief

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information provided by South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. (February 11, 2020) — At a recent breakfast, south suburban legislators and local mayors expressed support for the Southland Reactivation Act (the “Act”), introduced as House Bill 43, which seeks to spur reuse of vacant, tax-exempt commercial and industrial properties. Regional leaders … Read more

CSCVB welcomes new Sports Market Manager

information provided by Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau LANSING, Ill. (February 16, 2020) – The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired Isaac Washburn as the new Sports Market Manager. Washburn, originally from Gaylord, Michigan, attended Grand Valley State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Leadership. Washburn has a … Read more

New law guarantees tips are the property of employees

information provided by the Illinois Department of Labor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 11, 2020) – Legislation signed by Governor JB Pritzker clarifies an existing state law and makes it clear that employees own their tips. The law, which took effect the beginning of this year, amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. The law states … Read more

Pritzker administration offers state vendor opportunities for minority-owned businesses

IT/Telecom bids will be available for Business Enterprise Program-certified businesses Information provided by the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 6, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) announced today it will be providing an opportunity for traditionally underrepresented minority-owned businesses in the IT/Telecom industry to become vendors for … Read more