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Chicagoland business owners learn about cybersecurity

Small-business owners and entrepreneurs from across Chicago gathered this week at South Side business incubator Englewood Blue to listen to talks from three cybersecurity experts.

CEO of ABG completes sixth year of Registered Fiduciary testing

John Blossom, CEO of ABG Retirement Plan Services, has completed the training, validation and testing necessary to remain a Registered Fiduciary (RF) for the sixth year.

Astellas appoints Rodrigo Fernandez as executive director, international business

Astellas recently tapped Rodrigo Fernandez as executive director of international business for the company's Latin America business outside of Brazil.

Greater Springfield Job fair a success

The Greater Springfield Chamber Job Fair last month was attended by an estimated 500 job seekers.

Peoria Fire Department receives grant from Ameren Illinois

The Peoria Fire Department received a $2,500 grant from Ameren Illinois last week to help buy safety gear for new firefighters.

Illinois American Water names new senior operations manager for Champaign County

Illinois American Water said recently that Dave Farrar has been appointed senior operations manager of field services and production for the Champaign County District.

Durbin urges warnings on for-profit schools but remains silent on College of DuPage scandal, public school abuses

As the school year winds down, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) continues to champion his cause against for-profit postsecondary education; however, one legal expert notes that “there is more than a double standard” at play in Durbin’s criticism.

Chicagoland chamber wins gold communications award for rebranding

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce recently won a gold award in the B2B integrated marketing campaign category at the global Communicator Awards for its 2015 comprehensive rebranding that was orchestrated by chamber member TimeZoneOne.

Pekin Hospital volunteers, employees honored for their efforts

Pekin Hospital, ProHealth Medical Group and Progressive Health Systems recently honored employees and volunteers at two events celebrating outstanding service.

Gallagher Bassett Services in Itasca has new chief financial officer

Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. (GB), based in Itasca, said recently that Jim Bond has become the international risk management services company's chief financial officer.

Chicagoland chamber to host EU Forum for businesses

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce said it is hosting the 5th annual EU Forum on May 19 at The Drake Hotel to allow local businesses to hear from European leaders about current trends and policies events affecting the European Union.

Greater Springfield chamber buys software to access workforce data

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce said this week it has invested in software that easily provides critical workforce data and will offer this information to members and Quantum Growth Partnership (Q5) investors as a member benefit.

Pinot's Palette is welcomed to South Barrington

Members of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, South Barrington village officials and representatives of the Arboretum of South Barrington mall recently celebrated the grand opening of Pinot’s Palette with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Chicago-based beer company puts veterans first

When Veteran Beer Co. CEO Paul Jenkins first hatched the idea for his veterans-first company in July 2012, he approached it at the same pace as any business plan.

Illinois Vets4Energy Chair: Show appreciation for military by pushing for energy independence

The chair of Illinois Vets4Energy says we should mark "Military Appreciation Month" by pushing for energy independence.

Chicago State University’s 11% graduation rate ‘not surprising’

Chicago State University’s (CSU) recent acknowledgement of an 11 percent graduation rate makes it among the lowest even when compared to similar schools, according to one researcher.

Illinois needs to grow economy, not raise taxes

Illinois “continues to destroy opportunities for employees and businesses,” Chief Executive Magazine quoted one business leader as saying as part of its recent ranking of the state as 48th in the nation for business climate.“It’s not surprising,” Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute, told Illinois Business Daily. “What it really is, is sad.”

Peoria's OneFire has new chief creative officer

Lyndon Perry has been named chief creative officer at the Peoria office of OneFire, a provider of digital solutions and services.

Exelon hosts fifth annual Innovation Expo in Chicago

Exelon showcased interactive technology, virtual reality displays and other tools to create the next-generation power grid at its fifth annual Innovation Expo at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Chicago-based ORBA adds to its accounting services department

Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd. (ORBA), one of Chicago's largest public accounting firms, said it recently added Diane Gleich, a Certified Public Accountant, to its accounting services department.

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