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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Pension overhaul on track in Springfield

Pension overhaul on track in Springfield

Without action now, “Illinois is on a trajectory that will lead to fiscal ruin,” said Todd Maisch, who lobbies for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “This pension piece is really the linchpin. You can’t get to fiscal stability without it.”

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Food distributor passes century mark with a big bet on green technology

Food distributor passes century mark with a big bet on green technology

Earlier this month, the USGBC’s Illinois chapter recognized Testa with one of its annual Emerald Awards it gives to companies in the state for green building innovation. And next week (June 8), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Development Council will honor Testa with an “Edie” Award (Economic Development in Illinois) at a ceremony to recognize a handful of Illinois businesses for significant economic development projects completed in the prior year.

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Tax Disclosure Bill Tabled

Tax Disclosure Bill Tabled

Chamber President Doug Whitley, meanwhile, suggested that the bill was a gratuitous jab at business, done in retaliation for the chamber letting Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speak before their members.

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New coal gasification plant is a bad deal for Illinois

New coal gasification plant is a bad deal for Illinois

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce opposes the Taylorville plant because its associated rate increases will hurt Illinois businesses. Proponents of the plant have touted the jobs that would be created both during the construction phase (2,400 construction jobs) and during operation of the plant (several hundred), while ignoring the negative effects that increased energy costs will have on businesses.. Higher electrical rates could cost as many as 15,000 to 35,000 jobs throughout the state of Illinois.

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Social Media Password Bill May Soon Be Illinois Law

Social Media Password Bill May Soon Be Illinois Law

(A) member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce prefers the protection from litigation that HB 3782 provides. Jay Shattuck, executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Council, said while the Chamber of Commerce is taking a neutral stance on the bill, it agrees that no direct civil action should be taken against an employer.

Shattuck said employers can spend tens of thousands of dollars in court even if there’s no real basis for a complaint. “We believe administrative process helps weed out unjustified claims,” he said.

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Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal: A Victory for Illinois Taxpayers

Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal: A Victory for Illinois Taxpayers

The Illinois Chamber staff appeared this morning in House Revenue & Finance Committee to testify in support of HB 5192, the bill that implements the Tax Tribunal. I am pleased to say that HB 5192 passed out of Committee by unanimous vote and thus begins a legislative journey that we hope will conclude with success in the coming week.

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Testa earns honors for new building

Testa earns honors for new building

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Development Council honored the Testa Produce Distribution Center, Chicago, with an Edie award for a significant economic development project.

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Raising Cigarette Taxes is not Medicaid Reform – Letter to the Editor

Raising Cigarette Taxes is not Medicaid Reform – Letter to the Editor

Gov. Pat Quinn and members of the Illinois General Assembly are proposing to increase Illinois’ cigarette tax by $1 a pack and tying it to Medicaid spending. While the Illinois chamber agrees that Medicaid needs vital reforms, we disagree that finding more money to feed a program that is bankrupting the state is the right approach.

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Google offers small firms a leg-up online

Google offers small firms a leg-up online

Google Inc. is offering to help small businesses set up their own websites for free in hopes of encouraging them to get online.

The online search giant says 58% of Illinois small businesses have no website. It’s partnering with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Small Business Development Centers, World Business Chicago, and the Illinois Restaurant Association to get the word out.

Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120523/BLOGS06/120529912/google-offers-small-firms-a-leg-up-online#ixzz1vhW0lr9e
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Belvidere assembly plant receives 2012 Economic Development in Illinois Award

Belvidere assembly plant receives 2012 Economic Development in Illinois Award

“The economy is recovering slowly but surely and more and more companies are out there investing in our state and creating jobs,” Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release. “The Chamber is proud to be working with the IDC to recognize some of the exciting developments that were completed across the state.”

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