AeA, Illinois High-Tech Leaders and Lt. Governor to Open NASDAQ

AeA, Illinois High-Tech Leaders and Lt. Governor to Open NASDAQ on October 13

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Initiative Highlights Illinois High-Tech Companies and Statewide Illinois
Technology Index

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --In continuation with
ongoing efforts to raise visibility for the high-tech industry in Illinois,
AeA, the nation's largest high-tech trade association, along with Lt. Governor
Pat Quinn and several high-tech executives, will convene in New York City to
open the NASDAQ Stock Market on Monday. The event, arranged by AeA, will also
emphasize the recently-launched Illinois Technology Index (ILTI) -- the first
statewide public technology index in the United States, developed to promote
Illinois' leading technology companies and the outstanding technology
resources within the state.

"The ILTI brings focus to the exciting and high-quality technology companies
in our state," said Marty Singer, PCTEL's Chairman and CEO and the Chair of
AeA's Midwest Council. "Outstanding universities, a supportive state
government, and significant banking and venture resources support
entrepreneurial initiatives in communications, biotech, alternative fuels,
information technology, high-tech manufacturing, and life sciences."

"Improving technology is critical to the social and economic development of
our state," said Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, who serves as chairman of
the Illinois Broadband Deployment Council. "On behalf of the people of
Illinois, I salute our innovative technology companies on the launch of the
Illinois Technology Index. Their leadership and hard work will create
advancements in high-speed communication, alternative energy and health care."

In May 2008, AeA and The NASDAQ Stock Market unveiled the ILTI. The
public-private partnership was supported by the Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity, Grant Thornton LLP, Baker & McKenzie, and the Illinois
Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO), and tracks all public companies
headquartered in Illinois from major sectors including high tech
manufacturing, information technology, biotech, alternative fuels, and life

"Opening the NASDAQ market further demonstrates AeA's ongoing dedication to
promote Illinois' high-tech industry," said Ed Longanecker, Executive Director
of AeA's Midwest Council. "We must support innovation and growth in this
critical industry. High-tech positions command higher salaries and these
companies attract investment and talent to the state."

Attending executives represent many of Illinois' leading technology companies
and employers, including both emerging companies and many of Illinois' most
influential innovators. Participating companies and organizations include:

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ (GS): MDRX); Baker & McKenzie
LLP; Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ (GS): CCMP); comScore, Inc.
(NASDAQ (GM): SCOR); Fuel Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ (GM): FTEK); Grant Thornton LLP;
InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ (GM): INWK); Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ (GS): LFUS);
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ (GS): MSFT); PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ (GM): PCTI);
Shure Inc.; Silicon Valley Bank; SNTial Technologies, Inc.; Supply-Chain
Services, Inc.; Tellabs, Inc. (NASDAQ (GS): TLAB); Telular Corporation (NASDAQ
(GM): WRLS); thincSoft; Trading TechnologiesInternational, Inc.; VASCO Data
Security International, Inc. (NASDAQ (GM): VDSI); World Business Chicago; and
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ (GS): ZBRA).

For more information about AeA's efforts on behalf of the high-tech industry
in Illinois, please visit

About AeA

Founded in 1943 by David Packard, AeA, the nation's largest technology trade
association representing all segments of the high-tech industry, is dedicated
solely to helping our members' top line and bottom line. We do this in
partnership with our small, medium, and large member companies by lobbying
governments at the state, federal, and international levels, providing access
to capital and business opportunities, and offering select business services
and networking programs. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Ed Longanecker

Executive Director, AeA's Midwest Council



Contact: Ed Longanecker of AeA, +1-630-613-7174,
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