(Chicago, IL) — Governor Rauner is promising that a new billion-dollar business and technology innovation center he’s promoting in the South Loop will change the state’s economy. Standing with Mayor Emanuel and representatives of the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, Rauner kicked off what’s being called the Discovery Partners Institute. He said the focus will be on research in the areas that drive the state’s economy: computer science and big data, food and agriculture and health care and biosciences. Rauner offered few details about timing or cost of this proposed riverside research campus, but said the goal is to get Illinois students into the business ecosystem that now draws graduates out of state.
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