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Chase Cavanaugh / WNIJ

The Chicago Rockford International Airport is touting the number of workers being sought to fill nearly 2,300 permanent and seasonal jobs with tenant companies.

That number is among the largest job-growth and economic-impact opportunities in the Rockford region in years, according to a news release from the airport authority. 

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Illinois reportedly is out of the running for an assembly plant proposed as a joint venture by automakers Toyota and Mazda.

The effort to bring the plant to Illinois has been spearheaded by Intersect Illinois, the state’s privately run economic development corporation. Crain’s Chicago Business quotes Intersect Illinois President Mark S. Peterson as saying he’s been told that Illinois is not among the finalists for the plant.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Federal, state, and local officials celebrated the beginning of Phase Two of a huge improvement project at the Chicago/Rockford International Airport Monday.

WNIJ

DeKalb and Rochelle may be in the running for a massive new auto manufacturing plant. Toyota and Mazda announced they are teaming up to build a $1.5 billion factory in the U.S. but didn’t specify the site.

State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, says he knows state and local economic-development officials are working on a code-named project that meets the same specifications of the Toyota/Mazda plan. 

Demmer says he’s not surprised that DeKalb and Rochelle are contenders. He said both of the cities within his legislative district have what a manufacturer of that size needs.

Ross Beach / WNIJ

There seems to be a growing taste for homegrown spirits in the DeKalb area. Now a family-run distillery is looking to expand.

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