Press Releases


  • April 25, 2011 - Morton, IL - Today Dave and Tanja Hands announced that they will be opening their 7th Great Clips location on May 7th in Morton. "Great Clips takes the walk in haircut concept and takes it up a few notches by hiring experienced and local stylists to give great haircuts for $12," said Dave Hands. “Customers check us out for the value, but they stay with us for the quality.”

  • April 7, 2011 - Morton, IL - Today, the Morton Economic Development Council was notified that the improvement plan for the intersection of Main and Jackson Street was included in the Ilinois Department of Transportation's proposed 2012 - 2017 Transportation Plan. "The upgrade of this intersection was identified as a goal in our Village Comprehensive Plan," said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton Economic Development Council.  "We are very thankful to Joe Crowe and the leaders at the IDOT for including this important imrovement in their next plan."

  • February 28, 2011 - Tiantai, Zhejiang, China – ZHEJIANG YINLUN MACHINERY Co., Ltd announced today that they are purchasing a 50,000 square foot facility and establishing a United States base subsidiary (Yinlun USA, Inc.) in Morton, Illinois.  The acquisition is based on
    Yinlun’s key strategic imperative to expand its leadership in global heat-exchanger market and manufacturing.

  • Morton, IL, March 22, 2011 – Today, James Cross, Owner of Leaves ‘N Beans Roasting Company, announced they would be opening a second location in Morton, IL.  “We love the inclusive feel in Morton,” said Cross.  “We are a local company and Morton’s community understands the importance of supporting locally.”

  • Morton, IL - February 28, 2010 – The Morton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Morton Economic Development Council Board of Directors announced today that they are both endorsing the Morton 709 School Referendum to construct new gymnasiums and classrooms for three of the local elementary schools.  “Morton has a deserved reputation for being one of the best school districts in the State,” said John Feser, President of the Morton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  “Taking care of that reputation by completing this needed facility upgrade is critical

  • Morton, IL, Feb. 28, 2011 – A savory blend of whole grain goodness with a dusting of old-fashioned bakery hospitality is coming to Morton when area residents Sam & Stephanie Polito, along with Buffy Gordon open their second Great Harvest Bread Co. bakery at 664 W. Jackson St. in Morton. The bakery will occupy the space formerly occupied by 2nd Cinema Video, which is adjacent to Lennie’s Quality Meat Shop.

  • The Morton EDC will be hosting a downtown workshop to kick-off "Your Downtown Morton," a six month planning process for Morton's downtown lead by Evanston firm Houseal Lavigne, on Thursday, February 10th from 7-9pm at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center.  All Morton citizens are encouraged to attend!

  • November 2, 2010 - Morton, IL - At the Morton Village Council Meeting last night, the Village Trustees approved the recommendaiton of the Business District Commission to allocate $70,000 from the Business District Fund to the Morton Economic Development Council for the purpose of hiring Chicago firm Houseal Lavigne to complete a Morton Downtown Plan.  The firm was one of 16 that submitted proposals to the Morton EDC.

  • January 18, 2011 - Morton, IL - At the Morton Economic Development Council’s Annual Luncheon today, Bill Morton, President of Morton Development, was recognized as Morton’s 2011 Venture Award winner. 

  • December 1, 2010 - Morton, Il - The Morton Economic Development Council recently announced that their Annual Investor Appreciation Luncheon, scheduled for January 18th from 11:30 - 1pm at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, will feature Craig Culver, Founder of the Culvers Restaurant Chain.  "Craig has an amazing story to share with us on the spirit of entrepeneurship and the economic prosperity that can be generated through active support of small business start-ups," said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton EDC.  "Everyone who is interested is invited to join us for this special event and no