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The Majority Report 10/19/14 - Illinois job growth, Infrastructure investment, Consumer alert

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Illinois leads Midwest in high-tech job growth

Illinois leads Midwest in high-tech job growth

A new feature on our I Like Illinois website points to a report from the Illinois Innovation Network showing the Prairie State is one of the national leaders in tech job concentration and growth. Illinois has nearly 400,000 businesses and an employment base of 5.7 million people.

More than 5 percent of the state's economy is tech-based, edging out other Midwestern states like Ohio and Michigan, traditional tech leaders like California and New York, and economic rivals like Texas and Florida.

 

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Biotherapy facility expansion brings $240 million Southland development: Hutchinson

Biotherapy facility expansion brings $240 million Southland development: Hutchinson

Kankakee County has just received good news for future employment in the form of a second facility expansion to a resident biotherapy company's Bourbonnais Township campus. CSL Behring's second development plan follows a recently completed 140,000-square-foot expansion. Bourbannais Township's 64-acre campus will be undergoing another $240-million, 300,000-square-foot expansion that will be ready for production in 2017.

"The recent investment in private infrastructure in Kankakee County illustrates the confidence the corporate world has in the Southland," State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D - Chicago Heights) said.

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Senator Collins’ $21.5 million METRA Project to serve Auburn Gresham

Senator Collins’ $21.5 million METRA Project to serve Auburn Gresham

State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16) stood with Governor Pat Quinn and other high-ranking officials last week to announce the building of a new South Side Metra stop on the Rock Island Line. This project is the culmination of a 5-year effort in which Senator Collins fought for the $21.5 million in state capital funds.

"The people of Auburn Gresham and adjoining communities deserve this opportunity; the opportunity for job creation, community engagement and economic development," said Collins.

 

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Sullivan helps announce $35 million for Macomb Bypass

Sullivan helps announce $35 million for Macomb Bypass

Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) joined Governor Pat Quinn, state lawmakers and local officials last week to announce $35 million of investment to complete the first section of the Macomb Bypass.

The money will fund continued construction and paving of a two-lane, six-mile stretch of highway linking U.S. 67 and Illinois 336/110.

 

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Mulroe: Protect yourself from 'Ebola' scam emails

Mulroe: Protect yourself from 'Ebola' scam emails

Last week, the Illinois Attorney General issued a warning to Illinois residents regarding possible email scams and computer viruses associated with the recent Ebola outbreak. John G. Mulroe, Senate Public Health Committee Chairman, finds it despicable that there are people trying to capitalize on the collective fears about the spread of the Ebola virus.

"It is disgusting that these fear mongers would use an international crisis for their own gain," Mulroe said. "We need to make sure people are getting accurate information, not only about the virus, but also about these scams targeted at unsuspecting email recipients."

 

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