Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity News

Critic calls CUB an appendage of power structure; State lawmaker says it's the job of legislators to protect citizens

By Ann Maher | Nov 16, 2015

While the Citizens Utility Board may be prohibited by law from backing candidates for public office, there's no law barring CUB leaders from backing politicians.

State grants to CUB under Quinn are examples of 'mis-prioritization' of spending, lawmaker says

By Ann Maher | Sep 29, 2015

A tax exempt organization that lobbies and litigates against utility companies was awarded $1.5 million in state grants that was used to pay the salaries of existing staff members as well as rent and utilities. Citizens Utility Board received the economic development grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through a budget controlled by former Gov. Pat Quinn.

CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers

By Amanda Robert | Aug 10, 2015

CHICAGO - While the Illinois Citizens Utility Board caught some development and policy experts off guard with its support of the potentially pricey Clean Jobs Bill earlier this year, Dan Proft of the Illinois Opportunity Project contends that he wasn’t surprised. “Sometimes they’ll tilt at windmills, figuratively and literally, if it means sticking it to ComEd,” he said.

Illinois fails to measure nonprofit spending, policy expert says

By Amanda Robert | Jun 26, 2015

While the Illinois state government gives billions of dollars to nonprofit organizations over the course of an ordinary budget year, there is little oversight of how the organizations spend those dollars, says Kristina Rasmussen, executive vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute. “They give that money with the best intentions, hoping it will help carry out some of the priorities they have deemed to be important,” Rasmussen said.

Illinois CUB fails to provide accurate info on Clean Jobs Bill, economic development consultant says

By Amanda Robert | Jun 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD - In recent months, the Illinois Citizens Utility Board (CUB) surprised economic development and policy experts like Mark Glennon by staunchly supporting the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill. Illinois Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) introduced the bill in February, with the intent to increase energy efficiency and use of renewable resources, reduce carbon pollution and create jobs. The Clean Jobs Bill has stalled for now, but proponents have signaled it

State pursues suit against St. Clair County business over unpaid loan

By Kelly Holleran | May 19, 2010

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says a small corporation has failed to abide by a loan agreement and owes it more than $80,000 for money it lent to the corporation.

I-LAW urges reform and opposition to trial lawyer bill

By Ann Knef | Mar 26, 2009

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) is beginning a grassroots campaign to get meaningful lawsuit reforms passed, which will in turn create a more favorable job creation climate, said its executive director Travis Akin.

Even personal injury lawyers are looking for a bailout

By Travis Akin | Feb 22, 2009

Economic news, good or bad, comes down to numbers, and in Illinois lately, the numbers have not been good.

State's plaintiffs' lawyers must have better job forecast for Illinois

By Ed Murnane | Feb 15, 2009

The Illinois State Bar Association and its close ally, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, must have secret job forecasts for Illinois that are much rosier than the gloomy predictions almost universally accepted by economists and state and local governments.

Breach suit filed by Lewis & Clark CC over Blue Bird motor coach

By Steve Gonzalez | Jun 27, 2008

Lewis & Clark Community College filed a breach of contract complaint against Blue Bird Corporation in Madison County Circuit Court June 24, alleging it delivered a completely different motor coach than what was contracted for.

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