Illinois Top Consumer and Producer of Energy in Midwest

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released data this week showing that Illinois is both a top consumer and producer of energy in the Midwest. Our state led the region with 4.0 quadrillion Btu’s consumed while generating 2.6 quadrillion Btu’s. Total energy production and consumption in Illinois accounted for 17 percent of the total in the […]

20 Weeks of Extended Regular State Benefits Now Available

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) today announced 20 weeks of state extended benefits (EB) are now available to those who exhaust the allotted 26 weeks of regular state unemployment and the additional 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits. Illinois law provides for 20 weeks of EB during times of […]

MN Businesses See Advantages in Statewide Mask Policy

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE: The Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA), with members across the state, neither supports nor opposes the mask mandate, said Bruce Nustad, the group’s president. “We know from seeing orders in other states, that when retailers are expected to be the enforcer of mask orders it can be dangerous for retail employees,” the MnRA […]