Recent News

CME Group Opens Innovation Center at UI Research Park

We were thrilled to attend the grand opening celebration of CME Group‘s new Innovation Center at University of Illinois Research Park last week! CME Group is the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace – handling 3 billion contracts worth approximately $1 quadrillion annually, on average. The company is a marketplace for buyers and sellers Read more »

Village of Rantoul – Request for Proposals

Below is a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of a key property in the Village of Rantoul. Responses are due by 5:00 pm (CST) on October 7, 2016. Questions concerning the RFP should be directed to Jill Guth (contact info below) no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, September 16, 2016. All questions Read more »

MakerGirl Goes Mobile

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Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, MakerGirl has gone mobile! Since hitting the road on June 1, the team has hosted over 20 3D printing sessions and impacted over 300 girls across the country. MakerGirl is a start-up out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that inspires girls from the ages of 7 to Read more »

Illinois Growth & Innovation Fund

IGIF Economic Impact

On Thursday, June 16, we hosted Joe Aguilar, Deputy Director – Investment Analysis and Due Diligence for Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs, at our office for two info sessions about the Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund (IGIF). We had a total of 38 attendees.   The underlying goal of the Illinois Growth and Innovation Read more »

New FY17 EDC Board Members

At our Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, June 15 (the last of FY16), we welcomed new Board members for FY17, starting July 1, and thanked our outgoing Board members for their years of service to the EDC. New FY17 Board members: Scott Miller, Dash Management Bill Walter, A&R Mechanical  Mandi Shelmadine, Grainger Kevin Sage, ECI Building & Construction Read more »