Illinois Chamber, Government Affairs Report

          GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ------------ Report     July 12th, 2024    This Week in Illinois   President & CEO Sandoval Testifies in Senate Transportation Committee Hearing on Mass Transit and the Economy   On Tuesday, the first of at least six hearings on public transit was held at the Bilandic Building in Chicago. There is an anticipated funding gap that will arise for regional transit in 2026 after COVID-related federal funding has been exhausted. The budget deficit is projected to be $730 million to return to pre-pandemic service levels. This first Senate Transportation Committee hearing was on how transit supports the economy.   The series of hea

IDOT awarded $1.2 million to study express bus service between Bloomington-Normal and Peoria

  IDOT awarded $1.2 million to study express bus service between Bloomington-Normal and Peoria Grant via U.S. Department of Transportation’s RAISE Program July 2, 2024 SPRINGFIELD  – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today it has been awarded $1.2 million to study the feasibility of adding express bus service to Interstate 74 between Bloomington-Normal and Peoria. The study, which is expected to start in late 2025 and take two years to complete, will explore the potential route, frequency, schedule and cost of connecting multiple cities and towns as well as businesses and institutions. “Since I became governor, my administration has worked tirelessly to improve the quality and efficiency of our transportation system across Illinois,”  said Gov. JB Pritzker . “With this $1.2 million award, IDOT will be able to effectively study bus service options between Bloomington-Normal and Peoria to meet the various needs of residents throughout the region.” The study fits into ID

Governor Pritzker Awards $5 Million in B2B Grants for Local Chambers

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 12, 2024 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​  ​ CONTACT: Governor Pritzker Awards $5 Million in B2B Grants for Local Chambers   Grant funding supports 151 local chambers of commerce across Illinois with marketing and development CHICAGO – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today awarded $5 million in grant funding to 151 recipients through the Back to Business (B2B) Local Chambers program. B2B Chambers provides additional support for local chambers of commerce that experienced negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of B2B Local Chambers grantees can be found here .   “Small businesses are the backbone of our growing economy,” said Governor JB Pritzker . “That’s why my administration is providing support to local chambers of commerce through the B2B Local Chambers grant program. The 151 grantees announced today will amplify

June Newsletter!!

  Each month, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce shares a newsletter called the Chamber Connection, keeping you in the loop of all upcoming events.    Events each month include First Friday Lunches, Ribbon Cuttings, Business After Hours, special community events such as the Honor America Celebration, Marigold Festival details and opportunities to learn and grow as a small business and professional.     Would you like to join our mailing and have the Chamber Connection come directly to your inbox each month?  Click on the link at the top of our newsletter to join our mailing list.   Happy June, everyone!   Check it out here:   June Chamber Connection!