Archive for May, 2010

Navistar Halts Creation of Manufacturing Jobs in Illinois

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

A new move by Navistar could create thousands of manufacturing jobs in Illinois, but the company is hesitant to set up shop.
Navistar International Corp. has decided to scrap plans for a new corporate headquarters in west suburban Lisle, saying local opposition to the project is “jeopardizing our image.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, the truck and engine manufacturer’s decision prompted Gov. Pat Quinn to speak with Navistar CEO Daniel Ustian on Wednesday in an effort to save thousands of potential jobs from leaving Illinois.

Navistar officials, who planned to invest $100 million in the new campus, had said the move would have generated and preserved more than 7,000 direct and indirect jobs for Lisle and pumped $4.5 million annually into the local economy. The company had hoped to consolidate several of its outlying offices at the Lisle site. Navistar officials say they now will look at establishing its headquarters at previously explored locations in Alabama, Texas and South Carolina.


Businesses Cutting Fewer Illinois Jobs

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Employers announced plans to cut 1,413 jobs in April, which will allow many residents to hold on to Illinois jobs (click here).

This is considered a major improvement over the 10,329 that were announced in March amid sharp cuts from school systems.

Illinois unemployment increased sharply in March.

The number was also down more than threefold from a year earlier, when 4,915 cuts were announced, according to the latest report from Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Bill Could Save Illinois Law Enforcement Jobs

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

A bill on Governor Pat Quinn’s desk could generate enough money to save Illinois law enforcement jobs.

According to Representative Jim Sacia, the bill would allow Illinois State Police to get a portion of fines assessed when someone pleads guilty and pays a traffic ticket written by their troopers.

Currently, 44% of the fine you pay goes to the county or municipality in which the ticket is issued. Out of the remaining 56%, an administrative fee is paid to the Circuit Clerk. ISP does not get any of that money. The bill would make sure ISP gets a portion equal to the amount the Circuit Clerk is getting.