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Category Archives: News

Illinois Chamber of Commerce supports governor’s veto of prevailing wage bill

Illinois Chamber of Commerce supports governor’s veto of prevailing wage bill

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has released a statement supporting Gov. Bruce Rauner in his veto of SB 2964.

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Rauner Vetoes Multiple Labor-Focused Bills

Rauner Vetoes Multiple Labor-Focused Bills

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed union-backed legislation that would raise the wages for home health care workers who serve seniors and people with disabilities. He also vetoed legislation involving training and health insurance for child care workers, according to SEIU* Healthcare Illinois, which advocated for the bills.

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Illinois Chamber Statement on Prevailing Wage Amendatory Veto

Illinois Chamber Statement on Prevailing Wage Amendatory Veto

Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued an amendatory veto on SB 2964, which is a prevailing wage bill. The Illinois Chamber agrees with the governor’s changes to the bill.

“The business community wants laws and policies that help Illinois become more attractive to the creation and retention of jobs in our state. Increasing project costs and the resulting increases in property taxes would not be good for the job climate,” said Todd Maisch, Illinois Chamber president and CEO.

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Oh, carp. A Chinese fishing technique could slow Asian carp’s steady march toward the Great Lakes

Oh, carp. A Chinese fishing technique could slow Asian carp’s steady march toward the Great Lakes

On a cool morning in late March, eight small motorboats trundled into a quiet backwater branching off the Illinois River. They strung two nets behind them, to trap all the fish in the three miles of water now cut off from the rest of the river. Slowly, they moved toward the far edge of the backwater arm, dropping thousands of yards of nets as they putted along, dividing the now pseudo-lake into compartments along a 1.5-kilometer net they ran down the middle of the backwater. When they reached the back edge, the fishers turned around, revved their engines and started banging on the sides of their boats, shattering the quiet peace of the lake. In response, the fishers report, thousands of Asian carp fled the noise, swimming through the single hole left in the nets, leaving a single river segment totally carp free. The native fish, who hid from the noise instead of racing away, reclaimed the river segment in the carp’s absence. Over the next two weeks, the fishers drove the carp through the river, netting off the carp-free space behind them, in an attempt to catch all the carp in the river at once.

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64% of Illinois voters support independent redistricting

64% of Illinois voters support independent redistricting

Nearly 600,000 Illinoisans signed a petition to put redistricting reform on the 2016 ballot. The Independent Map Amendment will reform the rules and require a process of drawing maps that is transparent, impartial and fair. Illinois elections should reflect the will of the people, not the politicians.

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Behind the scenes in Springfield: Illinois Chamber president updates Government Affairs Committee

Behind the scenes in Springfield: Illinois Chamber president updates Government Affairs Committee

Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch apprised the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee on Thursday with details on some discussions the chamber has had with labor and state legislators.

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IL Wants to Be the 1st State to Regulate Predatory Online Lending for Small Businesses

IL Wants to Be the 1st State to Regulate Predatory Online Lending for Small Businesses

Sometimes described as the “wild West” of lending, the online loan space is approaching a critical juncture as federal regulators look to bring more transparency to the industry. The uncertainty is hitting some of the industry’s up-and-comers: Chicago lending startup Avant laid off 60 employees as the industry preps for more oversight. That followed job cuts at online lender LendingClub, after its ousted CEO received questionable loans from the company.

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League of Women Voters: Redistricting reform needed to shake up Illinois

League of Women Voters: Redistricting reform needed to shake up Illinois

According to Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, only 39 percent of eligible Illinois General Assembly races are contested. This means that in November, 61 percent of Illinois voters will not have a choice in who represents them in Springfield.

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State road work may hit dead end with fiscal year

State road work may hit dead end with fiscal year

With the start of the new fiscal year just over a week away, the Illinois Department of Transportation is preparing to put the brakes on road and transit projects statewide.

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Illinois DOT tells contractors to prepare for roadwork shutdown

Illinois DOT tells contractors to prepare for roadwork shutdown

With the start of the new fiscal year just more than a week away, the Illinois Department of Transportation is preparing to put the brakes on road and transit projects statewide.

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