Local Business Notes: MMC among top hospitals in Illinois, according to U.S. News and World Report – Business – The State Journal-Register

U.S. News and World Report has identified Memorial Medical Center as one of Illinois’ top…

U.S. News and World Report has identified Memorial Medical Center as one of Illinois’ top hospitals in its annual rankings.

The publication evaluated 205 hospitals in Illinois and ranked 27 that met its standards.

Of those, Memorial ranked 14th.

“This is a wonderful achievement, and places MMC among the top 15 percent of hospitals in the United States,” said MMC president and CEO Chuck Callahan.

The publication also recognized seven areas of treatment at the hospital as high performing: colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, heart failure, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, hip replacement, knee replacement and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“We are proud of our colleagues’ commitment, expertise and willingness to serve, and energized for further improvement by this recognition,” Callahan said.

Nationally, the top-ranked hospital was the Mayo Clinc in Rochester, Minnesota. Two Illinois hospitals — Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Rush University Medical Center — cracked the top 20.

The full list can be found at https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

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The group behind Public Market, the multi-level food hall proposed in the long-vacant bank building at the southwest corner of Fourth and Adams streets, has unveiled updated exterior renderings of the proposed project.

The renderings give a better idea of what the development might look like from the outside. It also gives a glimpse at the vision for the project’s two outdoor bar areas, one ground-level and other other rooftop.

Check them out online at https://bit.ly/32sZkJZ.

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The long-awaited Springfield Portillo’s is now more than just an idea on paper.

Steel framing for the new restaurant, located at the southwest corner of Veterans Parkway and Lindbergh Boulevard, started going up last week. The restaurant is “coming fall 2020,” according to a temporary sign on the site.

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On the other hand, Springfield will have to wait until next year for the arrival of Mission BBQ and MOD Pizza.

The two will share a newly-constructed strip development at 2401 Wabash Ave., an outlot of White Oaks Mall. But, some hiccups have pushed the opening of the restaurants into next year, reports the Springfield Business Journal.

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Niemann Foods has listed several positions for its new Harvest Market grocery store in Springfield, which is expected to open this fall. Those interested can apply at www.jobsnfi.com.

Construction of the site at 3001 S. Veterans Parkway continues to progress. Permits were recently issued for five storefront signs at the site.

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The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are among several organizations that have joined a coalition in opposition to the progressive income tax ballot initiative.

“Most of our businesses are already hurting because of COVID-19, especially in the Black community,” said Black chamber president Larry Ivory. “To disproportionately attack the sectors that provide so many jobs to our state with a tax hike is unfair and cruel to the hard-working men and women in these industries who need these jobs.”

The “Vote No on the Progressive Tax Coalition” was formed last month by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Farm Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business-Illinois, and Technology & Manufacturing Association in opposition to the proposal championed by Gov. JB Pritzker.

The proposed constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot asking voters whether the state should move from its current flat income tax to a system in which different rates are applied to different income levels. Pritzker’s plan would leave 97% of taxpayers paying the same or less than they do now.

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Hanson Professional Services has once again been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in Illinois.”

The company came in second out of 19 companies in the medium-employer category. Last year, it came in third.

The annual awards program is a collaboration between the Daily Herald Business Ledger, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Advocacy Council and non-profit employer association MRA.

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Filed at Springfield Building and Zoning, August 10-16:

WALMART, 1100 Lejune Drive; deli remodel
BRANDT, 2935 S. Koke Mill Road; renovation
629 EAST LLC, 631 E. Adams St.; remodel
PARVENIR GROUP LLC, 716 E. Enos Ave.; remodel
NIEMANN HOLDINGS LLC, 3001 S. Veterans Parkway; sign permit

Brenden Moore covers business issues for The State Journal-Register. He can be reached at 788-1528, [email protected], twitter.com/brendenmoore13.

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