Illinois economy Illinois Economy Rebounding, According to Flash Index By Jim Meadows • Jun 10, 2021 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. Hammond Calls for Regional Input on Reopening Economy By Rich Egger • May 1, 2020 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. How's The Illinois Economy? For Rauner Administration, Depends On The Audience By Brian Mackey • Oct 16, 2017 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.