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Gaffney Tours Mattson/Witt with IL Chamber President

Gaffney Tours Mattson/Witt with IL Chamber President

State Representative Kent Gaffney (R-Lake Barrington) and Doug Whitley, President & CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, toured Mattson/Witt Precision Product, Inc. in Barrington on Monday.

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Trade Union Members, Republicans Join Forces to Promote American Jobs, Oppose Obama

Trade Union Members, Republicans Join Forces to Promote American Jobs, Oppose Obama

Tom Wolf, Executive Director of the Energy Council for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, pointed to the past decisions of the Obama Administration and State Department when they approved a similar pipeline between the U.S. and Canada in 2009.

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Congressman Kinzinger Leads Call on Obama Administration to Implement Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

Congressman Kinzinger Leads Call on Obama Administration to Implement Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

Wolf explained that there is no logical reason as to why a pipeline would be approved in 2009, but not in 2011. “It’s the same type of oil; it’s the same pipeline technology; I assume the environment is just as valuable, just as important as they are in the plain states,” said Wolf.

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New job gives DiCenso chance to run

New job gives DiCenso chance to run

When the Illinois Chamber of Commerce last week endorsed McCann, DOUG WHITLEY, president and CEO of the chamber, called McCann, owner of a construction company, a “proven job creator” whose “frontline experience running a business in Illinois” is needed in the Senate.

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Illinois at a disadvantage when trying to lure big business

Illinois at a disadvantage when trying to lure big business

The state Chamber of Commerce’s Whitley visited Peoria last week to roll out a five-point program called an “Illinois Jobs Agenda,” promoting fiscal stability, reducing the cost of doing business in the state, improving workforce readiness, investing in infrastructure and restoring fairness to the state’s court system.

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Chamber boss asks legislators to step up

Chamber boss asks legislators to step up

“They only engage in incremental changes. They need to engage in bold changes,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley said at Philippi-Hagenbuch, the Peoria-based manufacturer of heavy-duty equipment for mining.

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Illinois at a disadvantage when trying to lure big business

Illinois at a disadvantage when trying to lure big business

“Our No. 1 problem is the image of Illinois as a corrupt state that’s anti-business. That’s a PR issue you can’t change overnight,” said Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, who recently traveled about the state, promoting the chamber’s five-point plan to restore business confidence in Illinois.

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Local business leaders call for better business climate

Local business leaders call for better business climate

Local business leaders joined Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley today to call for reforms to improve the state’s ailing business climate.

“We need our elected leaders to commit to making fiscal responsibility a reality and reduce the high cost of doing business in Illinois,” said Whitley, speaking at Philippi-Hagenbuch, a Peoria-based company that designs and develops heavy-duty equipment for the mining industry. “If we want to set our state on a path toward a brighter future, the time for action is now.”

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Gov. Quinn responds to C grade

Gov. Quinn responds to C grade

Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley gave the governor a C grade on his job-creation policies. Whitley then praised Quinn for renewing focus on international trade, but says the governor has not done enough to curb state spending.

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State Chamber Chief Grades Governor Average Or Slightly Above

State Chamber Chief Grades Governor Average Or Slightly Above

Ilinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Doug Whitley isn’t as harsh on Governor Pat Quinn as some in the state are. Whitley made Peoria one of three municipal stops in a statewide tour to talk about the general business climate.

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