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Category Archives: News

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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Quad Citiy Business Journal: Q-C Shares in $5.5M Grant

Quad Citiy Business Journal: Q-C Shares in $5.5M Grant

A $5.5 million federal grant awarded to the University of Illinois will assist five Illinois regions, including the Quad-Cities, in providing support and assistance to military-based manufacturers and supply chain companies being affected by defense spending cuts.

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Good News for the State’s Infrastructure Needs

Good News for the State’s Infrastructure Needs

Our leaders in Springfield and Washington deserve kudos this holiday season for setting aside their differences and supporting funding to help chip away at huge challenges facing our transportation infrastructure.

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Illinois Chamber and Others Praise FAST Act Vote in Congress

Illinois Chamber and Others Praise FAST Act Vote in Congress

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce applauds the passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. This provides five years of stability for federal programs and will provide Illinois’ much needed investment to help address the $70 billion Illinois needs in surface transportation needs.

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Jam-Packed Audience for Ill. Chamber’s Procurement Summit

Jam-Packed Audience for Ill. Chamber’s Procurement Summit

The Illinois Chamber offered a procurement summit on Tues., Nov. 17 that featured four of state government’s chief procurement officers (CPOs) and an explanation of the new Ibid system that will soon be rolled out statewide. More than 100 people attended the summit, getting answers to dozens of questions. Another key point in the summit was a description of the new CPO initiative that was filed as legislation (HB 4333) by Rep. Barbary Flynn Currie. Click headline for more.

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Businesses Support Local Gov’t Consolidation

Businesses Support Local Gov’t Consolidation

Great article on government consolidation in “The Connector” from the Metropolitan Planning Council. “While full consolidation may not be the answer to every issue, there are obvious scenarios where it is the answer; however, we should never stop looking for greater efficiencies anywhere we can,” said Nathan Hoffman, director of advocacy for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Click the headline for more.

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Wrapping Up Chamber of Commerce Week

Wrapping Up Chamber of Commerce Week

As we wrap up Chamber of Commerce Week in Illinois, here’s a full list of our top 12 accomplishments here at the Illinois Chamber. These aren’t just “wins” for us. They’re “wins” for all Illinois businesses. To see the list, click the headline.

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Ex-Im Opinion Piece in Crain’s

Ex-Im Opinion Piece in Crain’s

Thanks to Crain’s Chicago Business for running a piece on the Export-Import Bank. In the op-ed, Chamber International Business Council Executive Director Laura Ortega and W.S. Darley & Co. President and CEO Paul Darley explain what the Ex-Im Bank is, how it works, and why we need congressional action. Click the headline for more.

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Chamber of Commerce Week in Illinois!

Chamber of Commerce Week in Illinois!

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proclaimed Sept. 14 – 18 as Chamber of Commerce Week in Illinois. Did you know:

The first Chamber in Illinois was the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce, which is 177 years old?
The Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) is 100 years old?
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1919?
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Ill. Chamber Joins U.S. Chamber to Announce Dismal State Ranking

Ill. Chamber Joins U.S. Chamber to Announce Dismal State Ranking

The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform has released the 2015 state rankings on legal climates, and Illinois is close to last place. Illinois ranks 48th this year, lower than the 46th spot it held in 2012. The ILR, along with Gov. Bruce Rauner, Ill. Chamber Pres. and CEO Todd Maisch, and other business and U.S. Chamber executives, released the rankings Sept. 10. Click the headline for details.

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