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Category Archives: News

Union money has business leaders telling IL GOP voters to know the messenger

Union money has business leaders telling IL GOP voters to know the messenger

“Organized labor (is) coming in with huge dollars, trying to influence Republican voters,” Todd Maisch, executive vice president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, told Illinois Watchdog.
Maisch singled out two groups with Republican sounding names that are running TV commercials or mailing attack ads to voters.

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Republicans Push for Workers Comp Reform

Republicans Push for Workers Comp Reform

Rates have gone down, but most business groups say it wasn’t nearly enough.

“Other states that were already doing better than us, their rates have fallen, and they’ve fallen more than we have,” said Todd Maisch, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “So while they’ve come down, we’re still not competitive, and in many instances, the gap has even grown.”

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Here’s the real reason why most Illinois companies don’t pay state income taxes

Here’s the real reason why most Illinois companies don’t pay state income taxes

About two-thirds of Illinois companies don’t pay state income taxes, yet the idea of closing loopholes to address that gap ignores the reality that 95 percent of those companies had zero or negative taxable income at the federal level, according to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois.

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Business Leaders Hope Soda Tax Proposal Fizzles

Business Leaders Hope Soda Tax Proposal Fizzles

But leaders of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce are worried about the economic affect this could have. They say a soda tax is an unfair burden on distributors and businesses.

“There’s definitely a whole other layer that they’ve got to essentially administer a tax for the state of illinois. Record keeping, employing people, auditors and all sorts of expenses,” Maisch said.

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Companies, governor differ in sick-days plan

Companies, governor differ in sick-days plan

The proposal caught many off guard, including Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley. Already under pressure from numerous state mandates, Whitley says small businesses see the proposal as one more hurdle to growth and success. “While the governor may think it’s a wonderful thing to happen, most businesses want to make those decisions for themselves,” Whitley said. “They don’t like government mandating how they run their companies.”

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Lawmaker wants to combine corporate tax cut, minimum wage hike

Lawmaker wants to combine corporate tax cut, minimum wage hike

“That is nothing but a blow to small businesses,” said Todd Maisch, executive vice president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “Not only would they have to pay the higher minimum wage, but the big companies would get the tax break”

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Business group balks at plan to restrict petcoke facilities in Chicago

Business group balks at plan to restrict petcoke facilities in Chicago

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday called the ordinance an “overreaction” to a small incident — a storm that kicked up dust from petcoke piles and coated some Southeast Side homes, drawing complaints from residents.

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Financing of Route 53 extension still down the road

Financing of Route 53 extension still down the road

“It is our goal to get this road built,” said Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the committee. “That means we have to be attentive to rolling up our sleeves and finding a way to do it.”

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Letter: Illinois Chamber encourages learning about Affordable Care Act options

Letter: Illinois Chamber encourages learning about Affordable Care Act options

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce shares the goal of seeing to it that workers have access to affordable, quality health care. But beyond all of the political posturing concerning the ACA, it is imperative for tens of thousands of Illinois business owners to understand the changing landscape of health insurance benefits for their employees.

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GUEST POST: A New Energy Chapter Coming to Illinois

GUEST POST: A New Energy Chapter Coming to Illinois

Illinois passed the toughest hydraulic fracturing law in the country last summer, and the rules and permitting process will be in place later this year (hopefully!). If it all comes together, permits will be issued in the late summer or fall, and we’ll then find out if the shale play “cooperates” and provides oil and/or natural gas at scale that proves economical for producers.

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