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NEWS FOR MARCH 24, 2017

Illinois unemployment rate hits lowest level since recession

A gain of nearly 26,000 jobs in February pushed Illinois past its prior peak employment level, a notable milestone in a state whose economic recovery has lagged much of the nation's. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Illinois Doubles Down on Cybersecurity Amid Contentious ERP Upgrade

On March 21, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gathered with officials from the state’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) to roll out a cybersecurity road map. Here's the story from GovTech.

Illinois launches 'NextGrid' utility of the future study

The Illinois Commerce Commission yesterday launched an 18-month study focused on finding new technologies, utility business models and regulatory strategies to transform the state's grid into a more flexible and efficient resource. Read more by Utility Drive.

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