windIllinois’s commitment to sustainability has been recognized in the rankings from Site Selection Magazine. This year, the state earned the coveted top spot, ranking first in the list of U.S. states.

Site Selection magazine uses their annual ranking to provide a resource for companies when deciding where to expand their business with a focus on sustainable development. The magazine looks into development of green energy, green-certified buildings, incentives for green development, redevelopment of brownfields (locations where former industries have left toxins or other environmental dangers) and how well the states are meeting their own environmental goals.

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20190371158 0739d7d6a1 kIllinois has long lead the way in research aimed at improving the quality of life for state residents, as the selection of the Illinois State Cancer Registry to participate in a prestigious national program demonstrates.

The ISCR is a program of the Illinois Department of Public Health that collects and provides data relating to the occurrence of cancer in Illinois. This data allows medical professionals and communities to learn how to better treat cancer in patients and to identify potential causes of cancer cases by mapping where they occur.

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Cute dogToday is National Pet Day, and in a country where more than half of all households have a furry (or scaly, or feathered) friend, too many pets find themselves without owners and in need of help. Fortunately, there are many groups dedicated to rescuing dogs and other pets.

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113983Katrina Markoff, the founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolate, has a remarkable story about faith, love, and chocolate. Her journey across the world led her to establish what is widely considered one of the best chocolate businesses in Chicago. Sadly, in 2019, Katrina’s journey took a wrong turn, when her husband, Jason, lost his limbs to sepsis. Then, in 2020, Katrina’s business was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and she was forced to reevaluate how to interact with customers. However, Katrina has found a way to fight through the adversity.

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APhilipRandolph 8dd6f19fc6ea4ee7b181b7afb0312a26February is National Black History month. It is an annual tradition that celebrates the achievements of Black Americans throughought the history of the United States. Though there are many places in Illinois to visit and learn more about the successes of Black Americans, one that stands out is The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum.

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