Illinois Announces First $24 Million In ‘Back to Business’ Grants

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration on Thursday announced the awarding of the first $24 million in “Back to Business” grants, a program funded with federal relief aid to help businesses recover and reopen from the pandemic. The announcement took place at a Mexican restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, Mi Tierra en […]

Illinois To Invest Over $40 Million In Workforce Training

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday that the state will award more than $40 million in workforce training grants, focusing on communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and youth who are particularly at risk of violence. That includes $40 million in Workforce Recovery Grants that will go out in two phases over the […]

Durbin: Samsung Is Considering B-N For New Battery Plant

NORMAL — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Thursday that Normal is a finalist for a new Samsung battery manufacturing plant that could add thousands of jobs adjacent to Rivian’s facility and cement central Illinois as a Midwestern electric vehicle hub. Rumors about a potential massive economic development project have swirled in Bloomington-Normal for the past […]

Today Is Deadline For Illinois Cities To Apply For Federal Aid

SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of Illinois cities are eligible to apply for federal relief from the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration says. Local government officials have until Dec. 1 to to submit applications.  Local CURE funds were approved in the congressional relief package last spring. Public health and public safety spending, COVID-19 testing and contact […]

Pritzker Warns Of Record Positivity Rates As Entire State Triggers Mitigations

SPRINGFIELD — All 11 of the state’s mitigation regions will face stricter COVID-19 based restrictions by Wednesday due to increasing positivity rates, while opposition grows from some bars, restaurants and other small businesses struggling during the pandemic’s economic downturn. “The virus is spreading. And every region of the state is suffering from its insidious, invisible […]

During Champaign Visit, Pritzker Unveils Plan To Support Manufacturing In Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – During a visit to Champaign on Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the creation of two new manufacturing training academies in downstate Illinois. Community colleges located outside of Cook and the collar counties can apply for millions in grant funds from the state to create the academies that will provide students with 21st-century manufacturing […]