Halloween is still weeks away, but many retailers are already planning to make new hires for the holiday shopping season. John Challenger is CEO of the job placement firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas. He says retailers are adding employees for the anticipated crush of shoppers:
Developers of an Asian carp-processing plant in the Mississippi River town of Grafton are getting $1.9 million in help from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for the project.
That includes a $1.4 million low-interest loan to American Heartland Fish Products, with the remaining money for infrastructure improvements related to the plant.
Grafton, with about 700 residents, is located about 40 miles northeast of St. Louis.
Chrysler's decision to produce the new Dodge Dart in northern Illinois will result in a wave of new jobs. The automaker formally told workers at Belvidere assembly plant Thursday that it plans to add nearly 1800 jobs at the facility by the end of the summer.