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First Mid Insurance Group acquires Illiana Insurance Agency

First Mid Insurance Group, an arm of Mattoon, Illinois-based First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc., has purchased all assets of Illiana Insurance Agency of Philo, Illinois.

W. D. Boyce Council earns $1.2 million from BSA popcorn sale

Peoria, Illinois-based W. D. Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America got a big boost from its Fall Popcorn Sale, which raised $1.2 million to support local scouts and their activities.

Young Springfield Professionals Network celebrates 10 years

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce's Young Springfield Professionals Network (YSPN) will celebrate a milestone in 2016 -- the chamber's 10th anniversary.

Aurora chamber honored by Hiring Our Heroes program

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce was recently recognized by national veteran hiring initiative Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) for its commitment to getting veterans into jobs in the Aurora area.

Champaign's WCIA-TV honored by Better Business Bureau

WCIA-TV News in Champaign recently received the Better Business Bureau's Partners In Trust Award for the station's dedication to keeping the public information about scams in Central Illinois as well as the role of the BBB.

Leadership Springfield session spotlights medical field

Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine recently hosted a program for potential medical students to showcase the pool of health care talent in the area. The program was an initiative of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Springfield program.

Rauner administration taking steps to reactivate EDGE, film tax credits

The Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce said that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration recently announced measures would be taken to put in place EDGE tax credits as well as to reactivate film tax credit approvals.

Naperville chamber president stresses importance of the mission statement

Nicki Anderson, president and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, said recently that a mission statement is a must for any business.

Barrington chamber sets date for annual dinner, fundraiser

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is planning to hold its annual dinner and scholarship fundraiser on Jan. 21 at the Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates.

Nu Image Aesthetics & Wellness Institute plans grand opening in Elgin

The Nu Image Aesthetics & Wellness Institute has set its grand opening in Elgin, Illinois for Dec. 10.

Freeport chamber marks Community Foundation Week

The Freeport Community Foundation in Freeport, Illinois, recently joined community foundations across the nation in observing Community Foundation Week - an initiative aimed at raising public awareness about the part foundations play in the civic and economic growth in the communities they serve.

Revised rule on overtime eligibility not expected until late 2016

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Labor is not expected to make a final decision on a proposed revision to rules regarding overtime for workers until late 2016.

Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce installs new directors

The Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Tuesday it has installed six recently elected directors to three-year terms.

Naperville chamber warns of consumer scams

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest chambers in Illinois, is warning residents to be aware of consumer scams.

Northbrook Court stores ready to help holiday shoppers

It's the holiday shopping season, and retailers at Northbrook Court shopping mall in Northbrook, Illinois, have many of this year's trendiest gifts.

Peoria's OSF HealthCare raises minimum wage to $10 per hour

Peoria-based OSF HealthCare raised the minimum wage for its approximately 480 mission partners, or employees, to $10 per hour this week.

Business incubator i-SPI coming to Springfield

Springfield is putting forth major efforts to train and keep its young business people with the launch of business incubator Innovate Springfield (i-SPI)

Barrington chamber hosts ribbon cutting for Brazilian Beauty Skin Care

New Barrington, Illinois business Brazilian Beauty Skin Care was welcomed to the community with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) last week.

ExceleRate Illinois gives Gold Circle of Quality designation to Freeport's YMCA Children's Center

ExceleRate Illinois recently honored the YMCA Children's Center in Freeport with its Gold Circle of Quality designation for the YMCA's efforts to make the experience positive for the children they serve.

Team members at Extra Help in Marion earn certificates

Extra Help, Inc., a full-scale employment, payroll and workforce services provider in Marion, said it recently supported staffing development team members Erin Manser and Amanda Creely as they earned their Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) certificates.

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