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Is Brandon Road Lock and Dam wall in Joliet a feasible Asian Carp solution?

Is Brandon Road Lock and Dam wall in Joliet a feasible Asian Carp solution?

There’s a proposed wall that several State’s officials would like to see built and likely will be part of a congressional and national debate in 2019. This wall is proposed for Joliet, with a $5.9 million price tag, to close down the lock at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam.   Click here for more…

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Official with Oak Brook’s Inland earns CRE honor

Official with Oak Brook’s Inland earns CRE honor

Illinois REALTOR® Dan Wagner, of Wheaton, Illinois, was honored with the National Association of REALTORS® Commercial Award for his work on behalf of the real estate industry in Chicago. Wagner, who is president-elect of Illinois REALTORS® and senior vice president of government relations for the Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, was saluted

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Borek: Significant investment, job creation generated in 2017

Borek: Significant investment, job creation generated in 2017

This year was highly productive for investment and job creation in DeKalb County. Capital expenditures exceeded $135 million, and more than 430,000 square feet of industrial space was developed. This development resulted in the creation of 800 new jobs for the second year in a row, the highest levels in a decade. These recent employment

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Durbin rallying support for Dream Act

Durbin rallying support for Dream Act

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday said he is “hopeful but not confident” that Congress will pass the Dream Act and create a path to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat and a top sponsor of the bipartisan bill, is encouraging his colleagues to

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Illinois manufacturing jobs lag, but Supreme Court may fix what’s broke

Illinois manufacturing jobs lag, but Supreme Court may fix what’s broke

A decade ago when the Great Recession began, Illinois had 669,000 manufacturing jobs. Now we have 97,000 fewer of those jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Well, there was a serious economic downturn. We have to expect fewer jobs. We do. They don’t. Click here to read more…

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10 years after financial crisis, Illinois’ manufacturing industry yet to recover

10 years after financial crisis, Illinois’ manufacturing industry yet to recover

In the decade since the beginning of the Great Recession, Illinois’ manufacturing industry has yet to recover. Advocates say the state’s policies are to blame. In December 2007, Illinois was home to 669,000 manufacturing workers. Today, there’s 97,000 fewer manufacturing jobs, according to October Bureau of Labor Statistics figures. Click here for more…

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Commentary: Will Ohio turn its back on the benefits of competition?

Commentary: Will Ohio turn its back on the benefits of competition?

Ohio electric utilities are weary of competition. They want to return to the warm comforts of regulation, where their profits are virtually guaranteed and their old, uneconomic power plants can continue operating. Yet studies overwhelmingly show that electricity competition is increasing efficiency, lowering costs, and enhancing customer choice. Click here for more…

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My View: It’s time to regulate burdensome regulations

My View: It’s time to regulate burdensome regulations

As the president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to strengthen Illinois’ workforce and economy. I have tried to understand what makes our state attractive to businesses and how to ensure that workers get a fair shake. It’s no secret that we need

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Illinois’ 2017 legislative session described as one of the worst for business in decades

Illinois’ 2017 legislative session described as one of the worst for business in decades

Business advocates say lawmakers in Springfield have been some of the least job-friendly in decades. Illinois Manufacturers Association vice president Mark Denzler works with lawmakers to pass laws to help the state’s manufacturers. He says the members of the current General Assembly haven’t been cooperating. Click here for more…

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RESEARCH & COMMENTARY: ILLINOIS REGULATIONS ACTING AS A DE FACTO BAN ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

RESEARCH & COMMENTARY: ILLINOIS REGULATIONS ACTING AS A DE FACTO BAN ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

Illinois has officially allowed high-volume hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”) since the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act (HFRA) became law in 2013, but the first permit to be granted by the Office of Oil and Resource Management did not appear until September 2017, when Kansas-based Woolsey Energy received the agency’s blessing to begin operations. Less

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