“We knew after this winter there would be a lot of pent-up demand,” said Alyce Andres-Frantz, Chicago Bureau Chief for Market News International and author of the Chicago Business Barometer, which has tracked the activity of local companies since 1977. “Once the weather breaks, people kind of go gangbusters.” Their index of local business activity also released today jumped 7.1 points to 63.0 in April, the sharpest rise in six months and the second-biggest gain in the past two-and-a-half years.

via Chicago Business Barometer shows economy on sharp rise – Government News – Crain’s Chicago Business.