Workforce/Economic Development

Good for Business: How Illinois Can Best Support Small Business

Release: April 7, 2014

Policy leaders across Illinois have identified supporting small businesses and entrepreneurship as key to reviving the state’s sluggish economy. And no wonder, given that over 99 percent of all businesses in Illinois are “small business” as defined by the Small Business Administration.  This Report, identifies best practices and policy initiatives decision makers can take to improve the state’s economy and aid small businesses in Illinois.

Illinois Should Enact a Wage Sharing Program

Release: June 27, 2012

“Wage sharing” is an innovative way to use unemployment compensation to prevent layoffs. This Fact Sheet makes the case for why Illinois should enact a wage sharing program.

Raising the Illinois Minimum Wage Now

Release: May 22, 2012

This Fact Sheet highlights the reasons why raising the minimum wage is needed in Illinois.

Low Wage Employment in Illinois

Release: September 1, 2008

Low Wage Employment in Illinois provides a detailed examination of the state’s low-wage employment, identifying such factors as the occupations, earnings and demographics associated with the low-wage sector.

State of Working Illinois 2008

Release: January 1, 2008

CTBA working in partnership with Northern Illinois University produced the 2008 State of Working Illinois. The Report is one of the most detailed state analyses ever conducted on the Illinois economy. The report tracks the effects of national and global economic trends, such as rising inequality, on working families throughout the state and provides a wealth of information on jobs, income, and unemployment for each county in the state. The Report also identifies industrial sectors and occupational growth by sector, employment, education and income changes in each region.