Manufacturers in Illinois, such as Caterpillar and Peerless Industries, added 1,000 jobs in January, the first month-over-month growth since 2008 and another sign of economic recovery. There are now 555,100 manufacturing jobs in the state, but 115,800 jobs were lost in the sector during the previous two years. Still officials are happy for some good news. "Manufacturing in Illinois is turning the corner," says Mitch Daniels, a local economist.

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