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Local Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care

Local Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care

“While the Illinois Chamber was not supportive of the law prior to enactment, we are and will remain committed to working closely with state policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure the Affordable Care Act in Illinois is implemented with the best interests of employers and consumers in mind,” said Doug Whitley, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber.
“The Supreme Court’s decision allows employers, consumers, and states to resume planning and implementation efforts with greater certainty, but we also know the enormity of this law presents ongoing challenges and questions for the employer community that we look forward to working with state and federal lawmakers to address.”

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Hillary Clinton: Trade With Russia Is a Win-Win By making Moscow a normal trading partner, Congress would create American jobs and advance human rights.

Hillary Clinton: Trade With Russia Is a Win-Win By making Moscow a normal trading partner, Congress would create American jobs and advance human rights.

Later this summer, Russia will join the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the culmination of a process that began nearly two decades ago. This is good news for American companies and workers, because it will improve our access to one of the world’s fastest-growing markets and support new jobs here at home.

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Israel flaunts green tech, but lags behind in alternative energy

Israel flaunts green tech, but lags behind in alternative energy

Last week, a delegation of senior decision-makers in the energy sector in the U.S. paid a visit to Israel organized by Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee.

The visitors came away impressed. Scott N. Paul, executive director of Alliance for American Manufacturing, said he was “very excited to see what is happening in Israel on clean energy and electric vehicles. Israel is a nation that has moved forward very aggressively on a clean energy economy by necessity. Some of those lessons can certainly be applied to the United States.” Tom Wolf, executive director of the Energy Council at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said he was interested in seeing “how the best and brightest energy experts in Israel are tackling the goal of meeting people’s thirst for energy along with their demand for a cleaner planet.”

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Why the Legislature, not Quinn, should move on the health-care exchange

Why the Legislature, not Quinn, should move on the health-care exchange

or Gov. Pat Quinn to step in now with an Executive Order to establish an exchange would not only be premature, it would also prove a slap in the face to the stakeholders, like the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, that have worked on this issue for the past couple of years. I would also like to note that any Executive Order issued now implementing an exchange would be purely symbolic, as, in accordance with the Illinois Constitution, it would not be allowed to take effect until at least 60 days after the start of the new 98th General Assembly.

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ICC expected to vote Friday on ComEd smart-grid plan

ICC expected to vote Friday on ComEd smart-grid plan

Ken Aldridge, president of Libertyville-based Aldridge Electric, said he will have to lay off 65 highly paid engineers and electricians if ComEd cannot continue its smart-grid work.

“These jobs are really important,” he said at a news conference with Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce; Robert Pierson, business manager of IBEW Local 9; Robert Abboud, Barrington Hills village president; and Arthur Miller, president and CEO of contractor MZI Group.

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Top US experts tour Israel’s renewable energy sites

Top US experts tour Israel’s renewable energy sites

A cohort of top energy experts from various parts of the United States are traveling Israel this week to explore potential collaborations with their Israeli counterparts, in a tour organized by Project Interchange, an educational arm of the American Jewish Committee.

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Doug Whitley: ICC must revisit ruling on ComEd

Doug Whitley: ICC must revisit ruling on ComEd

In doing so, the ICC has endangered essential infrastructure investments associated with “smart grid” deployment and important job growth that is critical to our state’s economy. I hope the ICC accepts the company’s petition for rehearing. This matter is so important that additional review is warranted.
At a time when more than half a million Illinois citizens are unemployed, there is no greater responsibility for Illinois public officials like the ICC than to focus on making sure government actions are directed at revitalizing our state’s economy by promoting private-sector investment and job growth.

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Jobs for Soldiers, Vets highlighted at Illinois Chamber annual meeting

Jobs for Soldiers, Vets highlighted at Illinois Chamber annual meeting

Bednarek attended the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Annual Board meetingJune 8 in Chicago to discuss the potential of Soldiers; what it means to be a Soldier; and the values instilled in a Soldier that contribute so much to the work force. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Quintero, 85th Support Command Public Affairs Office.

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Highway bill stalled in Congress as business, construction groups push for approval

Highway bill stalled in Congress as business, construction groups push for approval

“Congress is failing again to meet their own deadline,” Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, said. “Infrastructure spending is fundamental to the nation’s economy. Without (the highway bill), the nation’s economy will suffer.”

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Top U.S. Energy Experts Visiting Israel to Learn about Cutting-Edge Green Technology

Top U.S. Energy Experts Visiting Israel to Learn about Cutting-Edge Green Technology

Tom Wolf, Executive Director, Energy Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce: “Our energy challenges and opportunities are global, not local,” said Tom Wolf, executive director of the Energy Council at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the best and brightest energy experts in Israel are tackling the goal of meeting people’s thirst for energy along with their demand for a cleaner planet.”

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