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State Senators Want To Make Life Easier For Business Start-Ups


The Illinois Senate may vote on a plan this week to create a "one-stop shop" for people wanting to set up businesses in the state.

The measure would require the state to set up a website that provides details on the costs and links to the forms and information for setting up a business in Illinois. 

"This will serve everybody from the person who's starting a cottage business in their home to a really large business coming forward with a lot of employees,” said sponsor Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield.

Morrison says the bill would require the state's economic development agency to set up a special site online:

“We would create a one-stop shopping website portal where anybody who wants to start a business or bring a business to Illinois could go on, find all the permits, all the applications, all the information they'll need from any agencies across the state,” she said.

The state already has a lot of that information on the web. However, Morrison says this would create one centralized location. 

This legislation lays out specific information that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity must include on the site. If approved, the state would have to upgrade by summer of next year.