growth Chicago Sets Tourism Records in First Months of 2018 By Associated Press • Mar 22, 2018 Continuing last year's record-setting growth, Chicago set new tourism records in the first months of 2018. Slow, Steady Growth Continues for Illinois' Economy By Mark Schultz • Dec 1, 2017 The state’s economy continues to grow slowly, according to the University of Illinois' monthly Flash Economic Index. Chicago Officially Submits Bid for Amazon's 2nd Headquarters By Associated Press • Oct 17, 2017 The city of Chicago has officially submitted its bid to be home to Amazon's second headquarters. PIA sees record number of passengers By Tamie Yost • Oct 16, 2014 More people than ever before are flying through the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. Economist: raising minimum wage would hurt job growth By Emily Boyer • Mar 28, 2014 An economist predicts raising the minimum wage in Illinois would hurt job growth. Area Big Brothers Big Sisters opens new facility By Orko Manna • Jul 9, 2013 Orko Manna / WCBU Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters now has a new facility in Peoria. The grand opening on North Sterling Avenue is a response to the recent growth of the organization.