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Illinois economy

Alex Coleman/Illinois Newsroom

The Illinois economy has been in growth mode for two months in a row, according to the University of Illinois Flash Index.

Courtesy of Representative Hammond's office

State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) wants Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker to consider a regional approach to reopening the state's economy.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of the past few years bad-mouthing the Illinois economy — saying his agenda would turn things around. But not everyone in his administration is sounding the alarm.