The world’s economy is changing. Marketplaces are becoming increasingly global, and automation continues to chip away at traditional high-employment sectors like manufacturing and agriculture. The companies that will combine human talent and new technology to create the economic engines of the coming decades are just now being created by talented entrepreneurs with visionary goals.

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MADE IN ILLINOISBonn Bonn Baby, a company based out of Barrington, Illinois, specializes in eco-friendly, antimicrobial, moisture wicking baby clothing designed to keep your baby dry, fresh and comfortable. Their unique line of clothing is made in Illinois, and it is the only company that specializes in this type of product.  They make a full line of swaddling blankets, sheets, bibs, bodysuits, burping cloths, and recently added custom screen printed onesies.

This week, I Like Illinois had the chance to interview owner and founder of the company, Mindy McKegney.  

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One of the largest online retailers has selected Joliet as the site for a new facility expected to bring 1,000 full-time jobs to the area.

The Seattle-based company intends the 500,000-square-foot fulfillment center to serve as a hub where workers will process items such as books and electronics.

For more information, read more at Crain’s Chicago.

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32567650 lTree Hopper Toys was started five years ago as a hobby for owner Eric Siegel in his one car-garage. From their humble beginnings, they were eventually able to move out of the garage and into a warehouse where they now employ seven people who design, print and assemble all the toys here in Illinois.

Last week I like Illinois had the chance to speak to Eric Siegel about the successes of the company.

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