SPRINGFIELD – Governor Quinn today announced that veteran business journalist Sandra M. Jones will join the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as the new director of communications effective May 7.
“Sandra Jones has a lifetime of experience building a strong understanding of the business world,” Governor Quinn said. “Her command of business issues will be a great resource for our continuing efforts to bring jobs and business to Illinois.”
As communications director, Jones will work closely with newly appointed DCEO acting director David Vaught as the Quinn administration continues to accelerate its efforts to bolster job growth and economic expansion in Illinois. She will oversee the department’s external communications efforts regarding job creation, business recruitment and retention, and advancing the state’s economic prosperity.
Most recently a business reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Jones also reported for Crain’s Chicago Business and Bloomberg News. During her 20 years in the field, she has investigated and reported on corporate developments, consumer spending and the economy, focusing in particular on the retail, technology, and transportation sectors.
“Jones brings a deep knowledge of the Illinois economy and its vibrant business community,” said David Vaught, acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. “We are looking forward to her contribution as the state works to raise Illinois’ profile as a global competitor.”
Jones has interviewed numerous Fortune 500 company CEOs, Wall Street leaders and small and mid-level business owners. She also has appeared as an expert commentator on TV and radio news programs addressing the business news of the day.
She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a winner of the Society of Business Editors and Writers award for enterprise reporting.
A lifelong advocate for literacy, Jones is also co-chair of the Chicago Help Initiative Literacy Program.