bmwwlogo Illinois topped 100,000 black businesses for the first time by 2007, with a preliminary estimate of 106,679, according to the Survey of Business Owners. The total grew 55.3 percent from 68,699 in 2002. Business receipts grew 37.7 percent from $5 billion to $6.9 billion.
The top rated state in the 2008 measurement of the black business affinity scale because of the scale of its black-owned firms, their ability to translate economic strength into political power, executive and legislative leadership and a fairly high ratio of self-employment among blacks compared to the general population. Year of Jubilee: State of Black Business tenth edition provides ten years of data on black business in the state.  For more research, visit the FIND IT FAST: Local Guide to Business Inclusion.
Our latest report, Silicon Ceiling 13, notes that Cook County, IL, has the second highest number of black computer professionals of any county in the country.
Some of the black-owned or managed hotels in Illinois, according to NABHOOD, are:
Amber Inn 3901 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60653
Courtyard Chicago Downtown 165 East Ontario Street Chicago, Illinois 60611
Courtyard Chicago Midway Airport 6610 South Cicero Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60638
Courtyard Chicago Schaumburg 1311 American Lane Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Doubletree Hotel Oakbrook 1909 Spring St. Oakbrook, Illinois 60523
Fairfield Inn 6630 South Cicero Avenue Bedford Park, Illinois 60638
Hampton Inn 6540 S. Cicero Ave. Bedford Park, Illinois 60638 Hilton Garden Inn
Holiday Inn Express Midway Airport 6500 South Cicero Ave Chicago, Illinois 60638
Marriott Chicago Midway 6520 South Cicero Ave Chicago, Illinois 60638
Radisson Hotel Northbrook 2875 North Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Residence Inn Oak Brook 790 Jorie Boulevard Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
Residence Inn Schaumburg 1610 McConnor Parkway Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Residence Inn Warrenville 28500 Bella Vista Parkway Warrenville, Illinois 60555
Sleep Inn 6650 S. Cicero Ave. Bedford Park, Illinois 60638
Spring Hill Suites Schaumburg 1550 McConnor Parkway Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Wyndham Glenview 1400 Milwaukee Avenue Glenview, Illinois 60025

The state’s black legislators are:

Sen. James Meeks
Sen. Kwame Raoul
Rep. Deborah Graham
Sen. Mattie Hunter
Rep. Eddie Washington
Sen. James F. Clayborne
Sen. Rickey Hendon
Sen. Kimberly Lightford
Sen. Donne Trotter
Rep. Anzanette Collins
Rep. Marlow Colvin
Rep. Monique Davis
Rep. William Davis
Rep. Kenneth Dunkin
Rep. Mary E. Flowers
Rep. LaShawn K. Ford
Rep. Ester Goler
Rep.Careen Gordon
Rep. Constance Howard
Rep. Elga Jeffries
Rep. Charles E. Jefferson
Rep. David Miller
Rep. Al Riley
Rep. Arthur Turner Deputy Majority Leader
Rep. Karen Yarborough