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Missouri, Illinois planners fretting cutoff in federal transportation funds

Missouri, Illinois planners fretting cutoff in federal transportation funds

Illinois Chamber of Commerce president Doug Whitley said the looming failure threatens thousands of construction jobs in his state. He said he believes that House Republicans should relent and pass the Senate’s two-year funding plan after having failed to reach agreement among themselves on a five-year legislation.

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Deadlock on US transportation funds spurs warnings

Deadlock on US transportation funds spurs warnings

Fed-up state officials in charge of transit systems, highways and bridges say those temporary extensions don’t allow enough certainty to plan for infrastructure projects that take years to complete and require full funding before they can even begin.

They also point out that the issue is coming to a head just as the spring construction season is about to get under way.

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Officials: Congressional delays in transportation bill would be costly

Officials: Congressional delays in transportation bill would be costly

“Once again, state and local transportation officials and citizens are being held hostage by Congress’ inability to make decisions in a timely manner,” said Doug Whitley president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and co-chairman of the Transportation of Illinois Coalition.

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Area leaders, congressmen ask Boehner for transportation vote

Area leaders, congressmen ask Boehner for transportation vote

“While we believe that a longer-term bill is ideal, the Senate bill would provide the transportation stakeholder community with two years of certain funding,” the letter says. “Providing this certainty as soon as possible is particularly important in colder weather climates, where the construction season is short.”

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Guest Column: Lawmakers must act to keep biomedical business on top

Guest Column: Lawmakers must act to keep biomedical business on top

America has lost its edge when it comes to tax policies that support research and development. Of the 21 developed nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, America’s R&D tax credit now ranks 17th in terms of its competitive appeal.

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Illinois acts to help job hunters maintain privacy on Facebook

Illinois acts to help job hunters maintain privacy on Facebook

Jay Shattuck, executive director of the Employment Law Council for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said he is checking to see whether there may be a need for exceptions. He doesn’t believe the practice of logging into personal accounts is widespread among employers.

“There’s some law enforcement and other areas … that might require a higher level of security in making sure the employees they are hiring are who they say they are,” he said. “We may have to tweak this at a later time to cover those issues.”

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‘Controversial’ Wisconsin governor to speak in Springfield

‘Controversial’ Wisconsin governor to speak in Springfield

“We did pick him (Walker) in part because he was controversial,” Whitley said Thursday. “When he was elected governor, he inherited a multibillion-dollar budget problem, and he fixed it. Governor Quinn inherited a multibillion-dollar budget problem, and we’ve still got it.

“The message we’re trying to get across is that Illinois elected officials need to be open-minded about the best practices that have been pursued in other states,” Whitley said.

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Quinn’s budget cuts — including closure of Rockford’s Singer Mental Health Center — leave little to be desired, state lawmakers say

Quinn’s budget cuts — including closure of Rockford’s Singer Mental Health Center — leave little to be desired, state lawmakers say

Quinn’s proposals, while bare, are the start of a much-needed conversation, said Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, a group that lobbies on behalf of businesses in the state.

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Illinois acts to help job hunters maintain privacy on Facebook

Illinois acts to help job hunters maintain privacy on Facebook

Jay Shattuck, executive director of the Employment Law Council for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said he is checking to see whether there may be a need for exceptions. He doesn’t believe the practice of logging into personal accounts is widespread among employers.

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Time to graduate? Constitutional amendment would ditch flat income tax

Time to graduate? Constitutional amendment would ditch flat income tax

Todd Maisch, vice president of government affairs for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, says a graduated tax would hurt small businesses – many of which pay income taxes as individuals rather than as corporations.

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