Over the past decade, Chicago and Illinois have made enormous strides in attracting venture capital and private equity investors to set up shop in the state and fund entrepreneurs and promising private companies. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago ranks highest among U.S. cities in generating the best investment returns from private companies that went public or were acquired over the decade ending in 2015.

Bill believes that we can continue to be a force in the global economy by supporting broad-based growth for all sectors of business, while identifying and confronting regional economic challenges. He also understands that we must work diligently to elevate the Chicago metropolitan area as a magnet for entrepreneurs and innovators.

As Commissioner, Bill will:

  • Promote initiatives that encourage businesses to move jobs and innovation into Cook County;
  • Work to support the modernization of our existing business infrastructure, including innovations in advance manufacturing, transportation and logistics;
  • Work to create and nurture an innovation mentality in Chicago to attract talent, keep businesses thriving, encourage entrepreneurs and increase job growth.