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Unemployment Insurance Reform to Save Illinois Employers $400 Million

Unemployment Insurance Reform to Save Illinois Employers $400 Million

“Illinois businesses will save more than $400 million in unemployment insurance taxes thanks to the actions of state officials, who today refinanced a federal loan used to pay unemployment insurance claims,” said Doug Whitley, President & CEO of the Illinois Chamber.

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Illinois economic developer’s job starts with reviving his own office

Illinois economic developer’s job starts with reviving his own office

DCEO and predecessor agencies relied so much on federal funding that the state thought it could cut back with few consequences. “Money for big economic development activities never was appropriated,” says Doug Whitley, who heads the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. “DCEO has been pretty much stripped of any programs or funds to administer.”

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Agency mulls change to workers’ compensation drug costs

Agency mulls change to workers’ compensation drug costs

The proposal before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission would peg a drug’s average wholesale price to the price established by its manufacturer and put a spotlight on drugs dispensed by doctors, which typically cost more than drugs sold by pharmacies….“There’s huge disparities between what it costs in a doctor’s office vs. if someone went down to CVS,” said Jay Shattuck, executive director of the employment law council for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which supports the rule change.

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Letter supporting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia

Letter supporting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

On behalf of the undersigned chambers of commerce and business organizations, we urge you to approve legislation to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia before the August district work period.

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Dept. of Ag launches buy Illinois challenge

Dept. of Ag launches buy Illinois challenge

“By working with our partners at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, FFA, Family and Consumer Science students, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Illinois Food Retailers Association, we selected locations throughout the state that represent the food and agribusiness industry,” Flider said. “With the Illinois State Fair beginning Aug. 9, this is a great time to pose this challenge and encourage everyone to visit the fair, the ultimate showcase of Illinois products.”

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Health insurance exchange should be a legislative decision

Health insurance exchange should be a legislative decision

Leemore Dafny’s “How Quinn can save the day on health care” (Your View, July 21) makes a few points on the fate of the Illinois Health Benefits Exchange that I believe deserve clarification.

I have personally participated in legislative negotiations on the implementation of the exchange in Illinois. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, along with virtually every stakeholder in this state, agrees that Illinois is best suited to establish the exchange, and we have used the negotiations to work through our differences over key design elements. Now that the Supreme Court has given the Affordable Care Act its constitutional blessing, I have full faith that the Legislature will resume discussions on the establishment of a state exchange — just perhaps not along the same timeline from which we operated earlier this year.

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State helped shape transportation bill

State helped shape transportation bill

BY DOUG WHITLEY The Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation for Illinois Coalition are proud to acknowledge the U.S. Congress has finally provided a longer-term transportation spending plan for our state and our nation. The Surface Transportation Bill, passed June 29 and signed into law by President Obama on July 6, will fund important Read More >>

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Health insurance exchange should be a legislative decision

Health insurance exchange should be a legislative decision

Leemore Dafny’s “How Quinn can save the day on health care” (Your View, July 21) makes a few points on the fate of the Illinois Health Benefits Exchange that I believe deserve clarification.
I have personally participated in legislative negotiations on the implementation of the exchange in Illinois. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, along with virtually every stakeholder in this state, agrees that Illinois is best suited to establish the exchange, and we have used the negotiations to work through our differences over key design elements. Now that the Supreme Court has given the Affordable Care Act its constitutional blessing, I have full faith that the Legislature will resume discussions on the establishment of a state exchange — just perhaps not along the same timeline from which we operated earlier this year.

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Illinois Plays a Major Role in Passing Federal Transportation Bill

Illinois Plays a Major Role in Passing Federal Transportation Bill

The Illinois Chamber and the Transportation for Illinois Coalition are proud to acknowledge Congress has finally provided a longer-term transportation spending plan for our state and our nation. The Surface Transportation Bill, passed on June 29 and signed into law by President Obama on July 6, will fund important infrastructure projects vital to the future growth of our economy.

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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Map-21)

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Map-21)

Passed June 29, 2012 Signed into Law July 6, 2012 Overview Provides highway/transit authorizations for the remaining 2 months of FY12 plus for all of FY13 and 14.  (Getting here took 10 SFETEA-LU extensions.)  Also provides authorizations for NHTSA highway safety, motor carrier safety and some miscellaneous programs.  Does not provide any rail authorizations. In Read More >>

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