Illinois

This section includes articles related to area economic development, corporate relocation, company expansion and site selection news throughout Illinois.

Illinois Business

Business Report: Illinois Leaders Form Non-Profit to Spur Job Creation

The Illinois Business and Economic Development Corp. will adopt best practices and focus on sales, marketing and exceptional customer service.
Chinese direct investment

Chinese Real Estate Investment Plays Growing Role In U.S. Economy

Chinese investment in U.S. real estate has grown dramatically since 2010, according to a new report by Asia Society and Rosen Consulting Group.
Wilmington IL

Batory Foods Expanding In Illinois

The new 678,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility will be located at RidgePort Logistics Center in Wilmington, IL.
Chicago tech companies 1871

Chicago Celebrates Technology Startup Hub Expansion, 700 New Tech Jobs

Chicago is celebrating more than 700 new jobs created by 16 tech companies, and the newly-completed expansion of the city’s digital startup hub, 1871.
March/April 2016

March / April 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 2)

The Global Biotech Industry is the focus of Business Facilities' March/April 2016 issue, along with our annual Economic Development Awards. Plus, a look at the Aerospace Industry.
2016 Economic Development Awards

Feature Story: 2016 Economic Development Awards

With so many locations embracing cutting-edge technologies and innovative development strategies, it was hard to pare down the worthy nominees for our economic development awards festival. Here are the folks who made the cut, the best of the best in the applications of smart practices for sustainable growth.
food processing

Food Processing: Generating Growth for Good Eats

The recent consolidation of food industry giants via mega-mergers is not slowing the exponential growth of major food processing hubs.
California Leads Charge Toward A Modernized Electric Grid.

California, Illinois, Texas Lead The Charge Toward A Modernized Power Grid

For the third year in a row, California is the highest-ranked state when it comes to moving toward a modernized electric grid, according to the 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index (GMI).
Illinois Is USGBC’s Top State For LEED Green Building.

Illinois Is Top State For LEED Green Building

Illinois retained its top national position on USGBC’s annual Top 10 States for LEED list for the third year in a row.
Richelieu Foods Expanding In Wheeling, IL.

Richelieu Foods Expanding In Wheeling, IL

Richelieu Foods Inc. will expand its manufacturing capacity by leasing a 115,000-square-foot food grade manufacturing plant in Wheeling, IL.
state-energy-efficiency-scorecard

Top 10 States Ranked In Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Massachusetts edges out California as most energy-efficient state, Maryland among most improved, according to the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
manufacturing-innovation

U.S. Innovation Hubs: Inventing the Future

Seven of nine planned federally funded national manufacturing innovation institutes are getting a head start on tomorrow’s high-growth technologies.
Illinois-Village-of-Wheeling

Illinois: A Natural Leader

The Land of Lincoln is a $700-billion economy built around global commerce in advanced manufacturing and financial services.

Method Opens First U.S. Factory, Chicago’s South Side Soapbox

The "South Side Soapbox" is designed to benefit the surrounding environment, community and businesses.
Gov. Rauner.

Business Report: Illinois Innovation Council Targets Global Competitiveness

A new advisory group aims to turn the Land of Lincoln into a global innovation destination, implementing a vision for a 21st-century economy.

Fighting Illini

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants everyone to know there's a new sheriff in town.
Amazon shipping. Photo: Forbes.

Amazon Announces Plans To Invest In Illinois

The company will create 1,000 full-time jobs and invest $75 million in the heart of the Midwest.
Chicago skyline.

Metro Chicago Exports Collaboration Launched

Despite high exporting volume, only 6% of the region’s small and mid-size firms currently export and, on average, less than half of those firms export to more than one market.
Arlington Downs

Location Focus: Illinois – Trying To Make Headway In Every Way

The Land of Lincoln is pulling out all the stops in the name of economic progress.
Dart Data Center

Industry Focus: Data Centers – To Serve And Protect

In the age of “big data,” where and how information is housed can be key to a successful business expansion strategy. Here are some ideal locations for your next data center.

Rankings & Awards

2022 Global Rankings

18th Annual Rankings: 2022 Global Rankings Report

The U.S. and China earned the top two spots for Foreign Direct Investment (Worldwide) in Business Facilities’ 2022 Global Rankings Report.
2022 Metro Rankings

Business Facilities’ 2022 Metro Rankings Report

Metro areas and cities of all sizes are recognized for attracting and retaining businesses from numerous industry sectors in Business Facilities' 2022 Metro Rankings Report.

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