Illinois' economy hits second-strongest point since recession

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URBANA - The University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs has announced that the state's economy in April was the second-strongest it has been since the recession began in 2007.

Officials say the Institute's Flash Index reached 107.1 in April.  The index uses personal income, corporate earnings, and consumer spending to see how the state's economy is doing.  Any reading more than 100 means the state's economy experienced growth during that month.

The April 2015 reading is second only to a 107.2 reading taken in January 2014.

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