economy http://wuis.org en Lawmakers Consider Tax Credit For Distressed, Vacant Communities http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-consider-tax-credit-distressed-vacant-communities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Lawmakers are exploring a way to stabilize Illinois communities hit hard by the Great Recession. Advocates say a statewide property tax credit would boost development in blighted areas.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When houses are left vacant, it drives down property values for the entire block. In Cook County alone, there are an estimated 55,000 such vacancies.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 18:56:30 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24944 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Consider Tax Credit For Distressed, Vacant Communities The Impact of Education on the Local Economy http://wuis.org/post/impact-education-local-economy <p>Join WUIS in an important community conversation at the first&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">A WUIS ENGAGE BREAKFAST</strong><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">May 2, 2014, 8-9:30 a.m.</span><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hoogland Center for the Arts - </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;III</span><br /><b>AUDIO SPECIAL COMING SOON!</b></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:48:38 +0000 Randy Eccles 22937 at http://wuis.org The Impact of Education on the Local Economy 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 Illinois Unemployment Second Highest In Nation http://wuis.org/post/illinois-unemployment-second-highest-nation <p>With national unemployment at its lowest level since the start of the Great Recession, the numbers keep going the wrong way in several parts of Illinois.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peoria, Danville, and Decatur all saw unemployment increase by more than a percentage point.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7732 at http://wuis.org Illinois Unemployment Second Highest In Nation