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Analysis: Illinois ranked 41st most affected by government shutdown

Illinois ranked No. 41 among the District of Columbia and the 50 states in a recent analysis by WalletHub.com on how they were affected by the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government.

Only 3 other states, District of Columbia have $15 minimum wage

From DuPage Policy Journal

If a current Senate bill clears the House and is signed into law, Illinois will join three other states and the District of Columbia in soon paying a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

Analysis: Chicago ranks 2nd among largest U.S. cities lacking funds to pay debts.

Chicago ranks second worst among the 75 largest cities in the United States for the handling of its finances, according to a Truth in Accounting (TIA) analysis of municipal data released this month.

Charlotte Russe files Chapter 11; will close 94 stores in U.S., including 6 in Illinois

Charlotte Russe Holdings Corporation, the parent company for women’s clothing retailer Charlotte Russe, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday and announced that it intends to close six of its 23 stores in Illinois

QUAD CITIES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: BIG - Business Information for Growth Database Suite Overview to be held Feb. 14

If you want a deeper dive into market research on the Quad Cities region and beyond, come into the Chamber to access BIG.

GRUNDY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY: Farm to Table Valentine's Dinner to be held Feb. 16

Think outside the heart-shaped box of chocolates this year and treat your darling (or best friend!) to a Valentine's farm to table dinner.

Illinois ranked No. 36 in 2019 business climate index

Illinois finished at No. 36 among the 50 states in the Washington-based Tax Foundation’s analysis of how states’ tax systems affect their ability to attract and retain businesses.

Peoria, Illinois has 20th highest home vacancy rate among U.S. metro areas.

The number of vacant homes in the Peoria, Illinois, was nearly 3,500 in the third quarter of 2018, a 157-unit increase over what it was a year ago, according to new real estate numbers reported by ATTOM Data Solutions.

O'FALLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Dr. Muhammad Ansari to give Community Presentation for Heart Month

Dr. Muhammad Ansari, a cardiologist on the Medical Staff at Memorial Hospital, will give a Heart Month presentation on Tuesday, February 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial’s Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center, first floor conference room, 4700 Memorial Drive, Belleville.

HOFFMAN ESTATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Hoffman Estates Solutions Network to be held Feb. 4

A non-compete, proactive group of business professionals whose objective is to provide a monthly networking platform to generate new business leads and solutions to current business issues through referrals from fellow group members.

State institution: These 2-year U.S. schools attract the fewest in-state students

Madison Media Institute-Rockford Career College, Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute and Illinois Media School-Chicago Campus enrolled the fewest in-state students of all two-year schools in the U.S., according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of fa

Analysis: Illinois posts 26th highest drop in food stamps participants

Illinois ranked No. 26 among 49 states and U.S. territories that saw reductions in food stamps participation, according to the latest numbers compiled by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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