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Category Archives: News

Amendment Would Secure Road Money

Amendment Would Secure Road Money

A proposed constitutional amendment would ensure taxpayer dollars meant for roads and bridges are spent as intended.
The so-called lockbox constitutional amendment would prevent lawmakers from diverting money intended for infrastructure spending to other state expenses. Todd Maisch, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce president, said the amendment would be a victory for taxpayers.

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Senate will consider three possible amendments to Illinois Constitution

Senate will consider three possible amendments to Illinois Constitution

Illinois senators will consider three proposed amendments to the Illinois Constitution, including measures to bring a graduated income tax to the state, eliminate the lieutenant governor’s office and yet another version of redistricting reform.

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Illinois Issues: Why Does The State Have A Flat Income Tax?

Illinois Issues: Why Does The State Have A Flat Income Tax?

Illinois is one of only eight states with a flat income tax. The reasons can be traced to the state’s first-ever successful attempt at putting an income tax in place.

An effort to change the current tax structure is underway, but supporters face a fast-approaching deadline.

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Why Redistricting Ensures Minority Representation

Why Redistricting Ensures Minority Representation

The redistricting, or “remap,” of state legislative districts that’s mandated by law to occur after the U.S. Census every 10 years is very important. Unfortunately, the process has often been criticized as too political and one where voters are left without a voice.

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Ill. Chamber on House Passage of Lockbox Amedment

Ill. Chamber on House Passage of Lockbox Amedment

A Lockbox Amendment, which effectively puts a locked box around transportation infrastructure funding in Illinois, has passed in the House. Click the headline to read the Chamber’s statement.

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Ill. Chamber Opposes Graduated Tax Proposal

Ill. Chamber Opposes Graduated Tax Proposal

A new bill at the state Capitol calls for a graduated income tax. The Illinois Chamber opposes this plan largely because of what it will do to small businesses. See the Chamber’s statement to find out why.

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Chambers at Odds on Support

Chambers at Odds on Support

Two Illinois Republican governors have endorsed different candidates in the 102nd Illinois House race, and now the state chamber of commerce and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce say they are supporting separate candidates in the same contest.

Former Gov. Jim Edgar is backing Ogden resident Jim Acklin in the race while current Gov. Bruce Rauner is solidly behind Shelbyville resident Brad Halbrook.

Now the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee is endorsing Halbrook for state representative.

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Guest commentary: Study Proves State Can Grow

Guest commentary: Study Proves State Can Grow

As 2014 came to a close, abandoned industrial sites, empty retail stores and vacant office space reminded Illinoisans of a state that failed to address obvious problems. Yet Illinois has so much to offer that could attract new jobs, if we would just get out of our own way. That’s what makes the findings of the new Illinois Chamber Foundation report on economic competitiveness so telling.

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The Illinois Chamber Foundation’s 2014 Economic Competitiveness Study

The Illinois Chamber Foundation’s 2014 Economic Competitiveness Study

The Illinois Chamber Foundation’s 2014 Economic Competitiveness Study, released today, puts Illinois in 39th place. What puts us there? What factors could be improved? See the news release under the “Communications” bar and report in the link above.

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Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch Applauds Governor’s Speech

Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch Applauds Governor’s Speech

“The best way to improve Illinois for everyone is to improve the state’s economy. Gov. Bruce Rauner, in his second State of the State address, is offering ways to boost our economy, and these initiatives are ones that businesses support.”

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