Illinois’ debt per student is the 11th highest of any state in the nation. It is almost 15 percent higher than the national average of $8,764.View Report
House Bill 162 would bring back Illinois’ Economic Development for a Growing Economy tax credit program.
The factory will close its doors after more than 70 years of making lighting components.
The collar counties were hit hardest by mass layoffs in July.
Illinois’ manufacturing middle class continues to face somber news.
The number of Cook County municipalities that have opted out of both ordinances has climbed to 107.
Illinois’ jobs growth over the past year was 40 percent slower than the national average, and lagged even further behind the average of neighboring states.
Illinois’ June jobs data show 4,300 more Illinoisans are unemployed and the state’s labor force is down 20,400 people.
Amazon announced plans to open another Illinois shipping facility in Crest Hill, Ill., which is expected to create up to 800 jobs.
The U.S. unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, but unemployment varies widely among the nation’s 388 metro areas.
Municipal leaders have expressed concerns about the anti-competitive, job-killing effects of Cook County’s minimum wage increases and new sick leave law and are using home rule authority to exempt their communities from the requirements.