CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn claims Illinois has added 80,000 jobs through foreign firms since he took office, but some economists say he can't take all the credit.
The Chicago Democrat released new jobs figures while in Japan for a conference with other governors and business executives. He returns on Tuesday.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity spokeswoman Sandra Jones says Quinn's figures come from a report from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. That's a New Jersey-based credit reporting service for businesses. The figures are from 2009's end to earlier this year.
University of Illinois economist Fred Giertz says the increase is possible, but much of it is automatic. He says international companies want to do business in Illinois and some will whether an elected official pushes it or not.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is building an 800-person army of temporary workers to help people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The "in-person counselor" jobs are located in every corner of the state, and range from a $9-an-hour part-time evening job in Clinton County to a $45,000-a-year project coordinator position in Chicago.
The workers will help consumers apply for coverage, answer questions and explain differences between the insurance policies offered on the new online marketplace.
Applications for the jobs are being collected online and anyone hired will get three days of training about health insurance, enrollment rules and other complicated aspects of the health law. Illinois must act quickly to be ready for Oct. 1, the first day of enrollment for the law's new insurance opportunities.
A large investment in a Granite City plant should create a few dozen jobs.
Illinois and Kraft announce a $40 million investment in the plant there. The facility makes powdered beverages and the money will be used to buy four new pouch fillers. Kraft will need to hire 30 more people to handle the additional work.
The equipment should be up and running by 2014.
Federal, state, and city officials will be on hand this week for the groundbreaking ceremony for the first project of the CityArchRiver 2015 plan.
The 'Park over the Highway' project will feature a landscaped structure over I-70 that will improve the accessibility to the park for walkers. The park project is being funded through a combination of Federal and State dollars, as well as $10 million from the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation.
CityArchRiver expects implementing the plan will create over 4,000 jobs.
Two downtown St. Louis venues are getting together to fill a number of part-time positions.
Peabody Opera House and Scottrade Center are holding a joint job fair Wednesday, June 26, from 3-7 p.m. at Scottrade Center. Job seekers can enter through the main atrium entrance at 14th and Clark.
Both venues have openings in guest services and security. The jobs are for the upcoming event season at Peabody Opera House and 2013-2014 Blues hockey season at Scottrade.
A second job fair will be held Wednesday, July 10th.
More information can be found on the Peabody Opera House website.
Twinkies snack cakes may be back on store shelves next month, but the bakery jobs that left St. Louis when Hostess closed up shop here aren't coming back.
Metropoulos & Company, and Apollo Global Management bought Hostess cakes earlier this year for $410 million. Both companies are known for buying troubled brands and then selling them for a profit.
Since the sale, Hostess headquarters have been moved from Texas to Kansas City, Missouri and production has been consolidated from 11 bakery plants to four. The plant in St. Louis was eliminated.
St. Louis-based Express Scripts is looking to add 1,500 jobs over the next five years.
The company says the hiring will coincide with work on a $56 million expansion to the North County campus. An Express Scripts told the Post-Dispatch that the company now handles prescription services for 100 million Americans and the growth is necessary to handle the increased business.
The hiring is not a done deal, it is contingent upon state and local tax incentives.
The BJC Hospital group is laying off 160 employees from it's 13 hospitals.
BJC officals say the lay-offs necessary because of a decline in in-patient care. The problem, they say, is that people are delaying treatments, some for lack of insurance, others because of high co-pays.
Layoff notifications started going out Wednesday.
Most of those affected work in administrative and management positions. BJC says those laid off will receive severance pay based on years of service.
CHICAGO (AP) - State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a point in picking out Illinois' financial problems, but Illinois businesses should stay put.
Perry is in Chicago to try and lure Illinois companies to Texas. He wants competition between the states and says Texas is a better place for companies. The Republican former presidential candidate is meeting with companies and speaking at a bioscience conference. He's made a similar trip to California.
But Illinois Republicans aren't so thrilled by the trip.
Rutherford is a Republican and considering a 2014 run for governor. He says Perry's attempt to poach businesses should "sound an alarm to state leaders."
He says Illinois has the factors it needs for a good business climate, but it should address its nearly $100 billion pension problem.
Job seekers have a chance to speak to over 50 employers at a job fair later this month.
Southwestern Illinois College is holding their spring job fair from nine to noon on Wednesday, April 24. Job seekers should arrive in business attire with copies of their resume. Career fields from health care to education will be represented and include companies like Schnucks, Edward Jones, and the St. Louis Police Department.
You can find the complete list of participating companies here.