Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner announced the creation two minority business advancement programs at the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Conference in East Peoria.

He says the state is creating a sheltered market, first to find a minority owned IT consulting firm, with food service, healthcare and construction as other target areas.

Brian Mackey / IPR

Earlier this year, legislation was introduced to abolish the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Administration officials negotiated a more modest set of changes, and now they've beensigned into law. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on the changes in store for economic development in Illinois.