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Illinois Economy Keeps Growing

Dec 2, 2014
University of Illinois / illinois.edu

A measure of Illinois economy has been steadily growing this year. 

The University of Illinois Flash Index was at 106.6 in November. Any reading over 100 indicates growth and the index has been steady since February.

U of I’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs releases the index every month. It uses corporate earnings, consumer spending and personal income to track Illinois' economy.

Cyber Monday Might Not Have Best Deals

Dec 1, 2014

Retail shopping in November and December are projected to generate $89 billion, according to advisory firm Forrester Research. That’s a 13 percent growth over last year.  But despite the projected boost in sales, today’s online shopping might not bring you the biggest savings. Sucharita Mulpuru is with Forrester:  

Flickr user ivyst / "The Magnificent Mile" (CC v. 2.0)

The head of the Magnificent Mile Association says things will start ramping up later this morning on Michigan Avenue.

But John Chikow says once they do - the area will be packed with shoppers until 8 tonight.

“You can’t buy freshly popped Garrett popcorn online, you can’t go to tea online. So shopping on the Magnificent Mile is as much about family traditions as it is about efficiency of shopping.”

Jimmy John's

Jimmy John's is the latest company to experience a data breach compromising customer data.

Rockford Call Center To Create 500 Jobs

Sep 5, 2014
First Rockford Group

A development company plans to open a call center in Rockford that would create 500 jobs.

Bank of America Sign by Jeepers Media / CC by 2.0

$300,000,000. That's Illinois' share of the nearly $17-billion national settlement with Bank of America.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A new jet repair and maintenance facility means 500 full-time jobs for Rockford. 

BorgWarner To Expand Operations In Dixon

Aug 14, 2014
BorgWarner

BorgWarner is expanding its operations in Dixon, Illinois.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It has taken hundreds of people pulling together at dozens of community meetings to get to this point: tonight, the group “Transform Rockford” will reveal its draft of a vision for the city at a rally at the Coronado Theater, starting at 6:30.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Ten industrial cities in the Midwest share lessons in economic recovery in a new report from the Chicago Federal Reserve. 

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