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Pritzker warns of looming crisis if jobless programs aren’t extended

By Peter Hancock, Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com Gov. JB Pritzker warned Monday of another looming economic crisis for the state and nation if Congress does not act soon to reauthorize extended unemployment benefits for people displaced from their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I can’t overstate the implications of this,” Pritzker said during his [...]

By |November 24th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Four restaurants ordered closed temporarily for violating COVID-19 mitigations

By Sarah Mansur, Capitol News Illinois Four restaurants in Sangamon County that continued to offer indoor dining in defiance of Gov. JB Pritzker’s COVID-19 mitigation plan were ordered to shut down temporarily Tuesday. The order from a Sangamon County judge states that the four restaurants — Charlie Parker’s Diner, D&J Cafe, Sweet Basil Cafe and [...]

By |November 18th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Kim Dixon seeking buyer for The Wardrobe

Kim Dixon, owner of The Wardrobe, has decided to try retirement again. Three years ago, she announced that she had sold her building at South Grand and MacArthur to Michelle Tjelmeland, owner of District 23, and planned to wind down operations in January 2018. The Wardrobe, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique, first opened on [...]

By |November 17th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

City of Springfield launches Small Business Assistance Grant program

The City of Springfield will begin accepting online applications for a newly created Small Business Assistance Grant program beginning on Monday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. and continuing through Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. Eligible small businesses can receive a one-time grant of $5,000 for reimbursement of business expenses incurred from March 17-Dec. 31, 2020. [...]

By |November 13th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Restaurants push back as 10th region placed under mitigation

By Peter Hancock, Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com Illinois restaurant owners are asking Gov. JB Pritzker to rethink the state’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 as yet another region was placed under enhanced mitigation measures on Friday. “We want to collaborate with the state of Illinois on a different path, one that addresses the [...]

By |October 30th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

2020 15 Under Fifteen

This is the 18th year that Springfield Business Journal has partnered with United Community Bank to recognize 15 outstanding small businesses in the local area. To qualify, a business must be located in Sangamon or Morgan county, have been open for at least two years and have 15 or fewer full-time employees. A business is [...]

Springfield Chamber announces Small Business Award winners

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce hosted the 35th Annual Small Business Awards on Oct. 21 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield Convention Center. The 28 nominees attended the event in person while nearly 200 people viewed the event virtually. The event recognized four outstanding community entrepreneurs in the following categories: Jordan Powell of Illinois Primary [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Public policy forum to be held on Lincoln Land Energy Center project

The Springfield Sangamon Growth Alliance is adding new fuel behind proposed plans for the Lincoln Land Energy Center (LLEC). The development is a proposed 1,090-megawatt natural gas-fueled combined-cycle facility located just south of Pawnee in Sangamon County. A recently updated economic impact study, completed by Northern Illinois University, indicates the project will generate $1.53 billion in [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

New corporate and general aviation facility dedicated at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

Airport officials, community leaders and aviation stakeholders held a dedication on Oct. 15 to commemorate the opening of the new corporate and general aviation facility at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield. “Today, we officially opened a new and modern facility that will serve as the front door to our community for years to come,” [...]

By |October 15th, 2020|Categories: Business News, News|0 Comments

Back to Business Illinois

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) announced the launch of Back to Business Illinois, a free, voluntary service to connect small businesses of 250 employees or fewer with consultants who will help them evaluate and address workplace safety and health issues related to COVID-19. The consultants will create a plan for small businesses that promotes [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Categories: Business News|0 Comments