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Fracking bill passes Senate, advances to Illinois House

Fracking bill passes Senate, advances to Illinois House

The bill SB 3280 passed out of the Senate’s Environment Committee unanimously last Thursday. Supporters include the Illinois Oil & Gas Association and the Illinois Petroleum Association on the industry side, the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce representing land owners and local businesses as well as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council on the environmental side.

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OSF officials criticize proposed Medicaid cuts

OSF officials criticize proposed Medicaid cuts

The hospital community’s approach on hospital tax exemption as the framework for a legislative solution has the support of major organizations such as the Civic Federation and Illinois Chamber of Commerce, as well as several county boards around the state and 18 members of the Illinois congressional delegation.

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Illinois Chamber Announces Creation of Military Affairs Committee

Illinois Chamber Announces Creation of Military Affairs Committee

The Illinois Chamber has announced the creation of a Military Affairs Committee. The mission of the committee is to garner resources and provide support to the Illinois National Guard and all military reserve components and regular military installations located in Illinois.

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Illinois Politicians Should Represent Taxpayers, Not Union Special Interests

Illinois Politicians Should Represent Taxpayers, Not Union Special Interests

Today Americans for Prosperity – Illinois (AFP-IL) announced its support for SB 2988, legislation which will prohibit government unions from contributing campaign funds to the state constitutional officers with whom they negotiate their collective bargaining contracts.

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Murphy pushes for public sector union campaign restrictions

Murphy pushes for public sector union campaign restrictions

“The need for reform in Illinois is unquestioned,” said Todd Maisch, Vice -President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “But to leave this huge loophole for a favored special interest like government unions, just makes the system look even more corrupt.”

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More Ideas to Save Medicaid

More Ideas to Save Medicaid

“Our biggest concern, always, is the impact that this could have long-term … on the employer community and the public and private health system,” said Laura Minzer, the chamber’s healthcare council executive director. “There needs to be some structural re-design and efficiencies in there that aren’t necessarily tied directly with budget lines.”

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Illinois: The Don Knotts of Congress

Illinois: The Don Knotts of Congress

“At one time Illinois was full of silver-backed leadership,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley says. “Clearly, we’re in a rebuilding mode now.”

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Illinois fracking bill clears with industry, environmental group support

Illinois fracking bill clears with industry, environmental group support

“It’s not very often that you see the industry groups and the environmental community come to together and agree on an issue,” said Dan Eichholz, associate director of the Illinois Petroleum Council, a trade group, which supports the proposal, along with the Illinois Oil and Gas Association, Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Manufacturing Association.

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker says Illinois should confront union issues

Wisconsin Gov. Walker says Illinois should confront union issues

“We thought more about the next generation than we did about the next election,” he said, to thunderous applause from the business gathering.

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Walker touts reforms during Illinois visit

Walker touts reforms during Illinois visit

The governor spoke Tuesday to an Illinois Chamber of Commerce meeting in Springfield, where he made the case that his collective bargaining reforms and tax incentives for businesses have played a key role in helping Wisconsin avoid the debt problems currently crippling state government in Illinois.

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