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Category Archives: News

Partnership for Open & Fair Skies Calls on Obama Admin. to Level Playing Field

Partnership for Open & Fair Skies Calls on Obama Admin. to Level Playing Field

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is one of multiple groups joining the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies as it calls on Pres. Barack Obama to re-evaluate subsidies to Gulf carriers that give an unfair advantage to those carriers, while leaving U.S. airlines and American jobs at a disadvantage. To read the full news release, click the headline

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Mitsubishi to Close; How Does Ill. Stop More Job Losses?

Mitsubishi to Close; How Does Ill. Stop More Job Losses?

Mitsubishi will close in Normal, meaning 1,200 jobs lost. What’s the problem? “I think it’s one that is readily fixable if we can just get parties from both sides to say this is about jobs,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. It’s critical for the Illinois economy and job market that state leaders return our state to a business-friendly climate. Click the headline to find the link to the story.

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Ill. Chamber Announces Edie Award Winners

Ill. Chamber Announces Edie Award Winners

The Illinois Chamber, in conjunction with the Illinois Economic Development Association and sponsor ComEd, is proud to announce the winners of the Economic Development in Illinois (Edie) Awards:

St. Nicholas Brewing Co.
Horizon Pharma
Magid Glove & Safety Manufacturing Co.
Practice Velocity
Shops and Lofts at 47.
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Endorsement of Darin LaHood for Congress

Endorsement of Darin LaHood for Congress

The Illinois Chamber endorses Darin LaHood, a current Illinois State Senator, for the 18th Congressional District seat. He appreciates the need for a robust economy and the benefits of growth to his district and the nation in general. Read the release by clicking the headline.

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WBGZ-AM, Alton, Airs Interview with Ill. Chamber

WBGZ-AM, Alton, Airs Interview with Ill. Chamber

The Illinois Chamber has been vocal about the need for the State of Illinois to enact a robust, multi-year transportation infrastructure plan. Roads and bridges need work, and the best way to do that is with a multi-year commitment. To hear the radio story, click the headline.

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Op-Ed on Need for Transportation Investment

Op-Ed on Need for Transportation Investment

“Imagine a state transportation funding plan with little state funding.” Illinois roads will soon reach a point where two in five miles of roads will be in unacceptable condition. To read the op-ed piece in the State Journal-Register, Springfield, click the headline.

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Workers’ Comp Amendments Before Ill. House Committee

Workers’ Comp Amendments Before Ill. House Committee

“This is anti-reform,” Maisch said. “This is taking a bad system and making it worse. They will actually add costs to the workers’ compensation system.”

Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch was interviewed for a story about the latest workers’ compensation amendments that are billed as reform, but which would not help the state’s businesses deal with high workers’ compensation costs. To see the story, click on the headline.

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Rockford Register Star Editorial by Todd Maisch

Rockford Register Star Editorial by Todd Maisch

Read the editorial in the Rockford Register Star on why state lawmakers should update the telecom law. To find the link, click on the headline.

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Todd Maisch, Illinois Chamber President and CEO, Reacts to Near Defeat of Millionaires Tax

Todd Maisch, Illinois Chamber President and CEO, Reacts to  Near Defeat of Millionaires Tax

The millionaires tax was up for a vote in the Illinois House this afternoon, but after more than two hours of debate, it failed to gain enough votes to pass and it was pulled from consideration. To read the Chamber’s statement, click the headline.

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Ill. Chamber Testifies Against Millionaires Tax

Ill. Chamber Testifies Against Millionaires Tax

“After New Jersey implemented its millionaires tax, the state itself came out and estimated it lost $2.4 billion of income as a direct result of tax migration,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “We think tax migration is going to be a very big issue.”

The House Revenue Committee today passed the millionaires tax, which would add a 3 percent surtax on incomes above $1 million. To read the news story, click on the headline.

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