Economic

Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job-training, education and more. 

An Illinois lawmaker says a casino proposed for southern Wisconsin would deal an economic blow to an adjacent Illinois town.

As Illinois’ top political leaders struggle to end a two year budget standoff, one of them has announced she’s resigning. 

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Morton’s Chamber of Commerce CEO will lead two regional economic development groups starting later this fall. Jennifer Daly will lead both Focus Forward Central Illinois and the region’s Economic Development Council starting November 3rd.  FFCI grew out of a multi-year effort to craft a regional economic growth plan with help from an outside consultant. Daly has been involved with the FFCI technical working group since its inception. Daly has spent the last six years heading up Morton’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Coun

Purdue University is helping research economic development activity in Central Illinois. The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a contract with the institution to help craft a Data Center Of Excellence. The contract is paid for with money from a federal grant Peoria County received in 2008. Mark Rothert is the county’s Assistant Administrator for Economic Development. He says the online-data-center can reveal detailed information on the local economy:

Risinger shares priorities for Planning Commission

Mar 3, 2014

Former state senator Dale Risinger says he hopes to renew focus on some lagging Tri-County Regional Planning Commission projects. The commission last week appointed Risinger as its interim executive director. The commission has completed a corridor study to build a proposed Eastern Bypass.  That project would connect Interstate 74 with Illinois Route 6 in the north-east-region of Peoria. Risinger says he wants to focus on selecting a proposed route for the bypass:

Illinois' economic development wing is fighting to hold on to its existence.

Peoria looks to attract new call center

Mar 8, 2013

Peoria officials are working together to attract a new call center business to the city. Mark Rothert  is assistant Peoria County Administrator for Economic Development.  He says the company would create about 200 jobs if it locates in the area.

"Right now, immediately, if the company were to expand into Peoria, they could fill about 50 jobs immediately. So, with that potential of 200 jobs, this is a good project to be working on to help spur on our economic development," says Rothert.

Peoria County seeks input for economic development plan

Feb 27, 2013

Peoria County’s Economic Development Department is hosting a set of public forums this week. The department is seeking public input on how individual counties fit into the regional economic plan. The forums aim to identify the assets of individual communities within the counties. Local residents, officials and business owners can attend the forum tonight from 6-7 at West Peoria City Hall, tomorrow from 6-7 at the Princeville Heritage Museum or Tuesday March 5 from 7:30-8:30 at the Chillicothe City Hall.