iBi - April 2011

Facing Reality

by Doug Whitley
Illinois Chamber of Commerce

It's time for a reality check. The solutions Governor Quinn offers in his 2012 fiscal year budget don’t come close to confronting Illinois’ dire economic circumstances. The governor has already gotten his tax increases, but he has yet to exhibit the fiscal restraint that must follow.

Bills Coming Due…

I approach finances fairly simply. Raised in a conservative household, I began working for spending money at the age of 12. I was taught that success meant living within one’s means and “working hard for the money.”


The Peoria area’s largest locally owned and operated accounting firm was founded in 1971 by Marshall Heinold, who was joined by Gerald Banwart the following year.

A Half-Century of Accounting Excellence

by Amy Chovan

Clifton Gunderson started in 1960 with four partners, one office and $256,000 in billings and has since grown to 226 partners, over 1,900 employees, 46 offices across 21 states, and a projected $275 million in revenue.


by Deepak Gaddipati

A Peoria startup aims to help everyday consumers make smarter investment decisions with solutions usually available only to Wall Street.

Investing in Entrepreneurs

by Kip McCoy and Dave Parkinson
Central Illinois Angels

Central Illinois Angels is excited to have 18 months of experience under our belts.

It Takes a Crowd…

by Kaylyn Kuzniar

Utilizing websites like Kickstarter, creative projects can be tested without risk and dreams can be funded with a little help from your friends...

A Strategy for Funding College

by Debra Clay
College Knowledge

Clearly, college can be a good investment. But finding funds to help pay for it can be more challenging than ever.