business http://wuis.org en New Chamber President Says He Will Keep A Local Focus http://wuis.org/post/new-chamber-president-says-he-will-keep-local-focus <p>Chris Hembrough said he wasn't looking for a new job.&nbsp; He's been the Executive Director of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past 7 years.</p><p>"I wasn't looking around, but sometimes opportunities come your way, especially when trusted folks give you a lead of advice. So I threw my hat in the ring," Hembrough said.</p><p>Hembrough was selected as the new President and CEO of the <a href="http://www.gscc.org/">Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce</a>, starting July 1.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24598 at http://wuis.org New Chamber President Says He Will Keep A Local Focus Quinn, Rauner On The Business Of The State Budget http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-business-state-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The two men dueling to be Illinois' next governor tried Thursday to win over business leaders with their plans for the state's finances. They both made appearances before a joint meeting of Illinois' retailers and manufacturers in Springfield.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinn got a standing ovation as he took the stage, but the response after that was lukewarm.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:47:59 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24645 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner On The Business Of The State Budget New Springfield Chamber CEO Announced http://wuis.org/post/new-springfield-chamber-ceo-announced <p>The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce has announced the next President and CEO of the organization.&nbsp; Chris Hembrough will assume the duties in July.&nbsp;</p><p>Hembrough has served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2007.&nbsp; Before then, he managed Fink's Superior Cleaners for 5 years. &nbsp;</p><p>Hembrough is 1981 Griffin High graduate.&nbsp; He also starred on the football field, going to the University of Miami and playing on that school's 1983 national championship team.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:54:02 +0000 Sean Crawford 24083 at http://wuis.org New Springfield Chamber CEO Announced New Tax Appeals Tribunal Open For Business http://wuis.org/post/new-tax-appeals-tribunal-open-business <p></p><p>An Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal years in the making is up-and-running today. It gives businesses and individuals who have problems with their tax bills a new avenue to get them overturned. Still there are early concerns over who Gov. Pat Quinn has nominated to serve as the tribunal's Chief Administrative Law Judge.</p><p>Say a business doesn't agree with how much the state Department of Revenue says it owes in sales taxes. Before, it had two options: fight the tax bill in court (though that costs time and money) or plead the case to the Department of Revenue.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 16123 at http://wuis.org New Tax Appeals Tribunal Open For Business Strange Bedfellows Could Kill Leaders' Pension Deal http://wuis.org/post/strange-bedfellows-could-kill-leaders-pension-deal <p>Illinois legislators will be asked today (12/3) to take what many say could be the most important vote of their careers. They've been called back to Springfield to take up a measure that would drastically alter the state's retirement plans. Doing so would have obvious ramifications for state employees, teachers and university workers whose pensions are at stake. But the impact of a vote is far more widespread. What happens could also affect everything from the state's credit rating and Illinois' next budget, to the 2014 elections. The outcome is anything but certain.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:21:51 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14208 at http://wuis.org Strange Bedfellows Could Kill Leaders' Pension Deal WUIS / SJ-R Business Report: Nov. 26, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/wuis-sj-r-business-report-nov-26-2013 <p>WUIS' Sean Crawford talks with the State Journal-Register's Tim Landis about outlet malls planned for Springfield.&nbsp; Are there enough shoppers to support all the stores?</p><p>We also discuss an expansion for Springfield Clinic and the shutdown of the final unionized mine in the state of Illinois.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:55:37 +0000 Sean Crawford 13791 at http://wuis.org WUIS / SJ-R Business Report: Nov. 26, 2013 Sangamon County Businesses See Economic Growth Amid Concerns http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-businesses-see-economic-growth-amid-concerns <p>What do Sangamon County employers see in the year ahead?&nbsp; The <a href="http://cspl.uis.edu/surveyresearchoffice/">fall economic outlook survey</a> shows they have a positive outlook about their individual business and sector, but not about the overall economy.&nbsp; As for jobs, nearly half expect employment rates to stay stagnant. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:08:22 +0000 Sean Crawford 13430 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County Businesses See Economic Growth Amid Concerns Greg Baise: Illinois Has To Compete For Jobs http://wuis.org/post/greg-baise-illinois-has-compete-jobs <p>A key Illinois business leader says the state is facing tough competition when it comes to keeping jobs.&nbsp; Greg Baise is President of the Illinois Manufacturer's Association.&nbsp; He says controversial legislation in Illinois that would offer tax breaks to certain firms is an effort to keep pace.</p><p>Among the firms, agribusiness leader Archer Daniels Midland, which wants to move it's corporate headquarters from Decatur to a larger city.&nbsp; Illinois and other states are wooing the company with promises of tax incentives.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:22:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 12099 at http://wuis.org Greg Baise: Illinois Has To Compete For Jobs Senator Wants Job Commitment From ADM http://wuis.org/post/senator-wants-job-commitment-adm <p>New legislation would bring jobs to Decatur as a condition for Archer Daniels Midland Company to receive state incentives it wants to keep its headquarters in Illinois.<br />&nbsp;<br />State Sen. Andy Manar introduced an amendment Thursday to require the company<br />to relocate at least 100 jobs from out of state to Decatur and hire at least 100<br />new full-time employees a year in the city for five years.<br />&nbsp;<br />ADM announced earlier this year it will move its 100-employee global<br />headquarters out of Decatur. ADM is reportedly considering Chicago and other Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:32:32 +0000 Associated Press 12100 at http://wuis.org Senator Wants Job Commitment From ADM ADM To Move Headquarters From Decatur http://wuis.org/post/adm-move-headquarters-decatur <p>Agribusiness giant Archer Daniel Midland Company says that after 44 years in Decatur, Ill., it is looking for a new location for its headquarters.<br>&nbsp;<br>CEO Patricia Woertz says in a news release Monday that ADM needs what she called a global center with better access to customers and employees around the world.&nbsp;<br>The company says it doesn't plan layoffs and will keep a workforce of 4,400 in Decatur, which also will become ADM's North American headquarters.&nbsp; ADM says the new headquarters would have about 100 employees.<br>&nbsp; Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:30:05 +0000 Associated Press 9487 at http://wuis.org ADM To Move Headquarters From Decatur Departing Chamber President: Politicians Not Doing Enough To Create Jobs http://wuis.org/post/departing-chamber-president-politicians-not-doing-enough-create-jobs <p>After twelve years as President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Doug Whitley's retiring next year.</p><p>Whitley says he's leaving disappointed, as the latest data showed Illinois with the second highest unemployment in the nation, behind Nevada.</p><p>And he says political leaders haven't done enough about it, except for one - Chicago's mayor: "With the exception of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I don't hear any other political leaders in our state talking about jobs, trying to recruit jobs, trying to announce new jobs and showing a sincere concern with unemployment," Whitley says.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:52:02 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8446 at http://wuis.org Departing Chamber President: Politicians Not Doing Enough To Create Jobs WUIS / SJ-R Business Report: July 9, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/wuis-sj-r-business-report-july-9-2013 <p>The State Journal Register's Tim Landis talks with Sean Crawford about efforts to get a Schnucks' grocery store on Springfield's east side, a couple of bank mergers in the area and what might be Springfield's oldest fitness center is up for sale.</p><p> Read the latest business stories in the <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/">SJ-R</a></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:20:02 +0000 Sean Crawford 5486 at http://wuis.org WUIS / SJ-R Business Report: July 9, 2013 Sangamon County Employers Have Mixed Outlook http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-employers-have-mixed-outlook <p>The survey of employers find many have positive expectations for their own firms, but have a negative overall outlook for the coming year.&nbsp; <strong>Ashley Kirzinger</strong>, Director of the UIS Survey Research Office, spoke with us about the findings:</p><p>The <a href="http://cspl.uis.edu/surveyresearchoffice/">survey</a> is sponsored by the University of Illinois Springfield's Chancellor's Office, the Center for State Policy and Research at UIS and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:29:07 +0000 Sean Crawford 1905 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County Employers Have Mixed Outlook