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Has a Green Giant taken root in Springfield?

Has a Green Giant taken root in Springfield?

Does pleasing environmentalists mean Quinn has antagonized business? Not necessarily. Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce called Quinn’s record a “mixed bag.”

“The Leucadia bill was really the premier action in which we didn’t know where he would go, and we were really pleased [with his veto],” Whitley said.

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Autos of future on display at Autobahn

Autos of future on display at Autobahn

“The whole purpose of this event is to showcase that the cars that run without gas and better than gas are not a fad or a trend,” said Tom Wolf, executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Council, which organized “Taking the Future Out For a Spin” for chamber members from around the state.

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Amtrak leader briefs regional transportation summit

Amtrak leader briefs regional transportation summit

The chairman of Amtrak’s Board of Directors on Wednesday saluted cities like Galesburg for supporting the passenger rail system since its creation in 1971, and also for rallying with other towns in 1990 when the government threatened to shut down the line.

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Transportation summit notes successes, funding challenges

Transportation summit notes successes, funding challenges

“If we want to put people to work and get our economy on track, transportation is a critical component,” said Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and co-chairman of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition.

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Quinn signs Rezin-sponsored legislation on the EPA into law

Quinn signs Rezin-sponsored legislation on the EPA into law

Sen. Rezin says this business-friendly legislation will streamline the process and reduce confusion when changes occur. The measure was an initiative of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and was drafted by Sen. Rezin in an effort to allow for greater predictability for businesses.

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Transportation Advocates Push for Capital Bill

Transportation Advocates Push for Capital Bill

Co-Chair Doug Whitley, who is also President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said all forms of transit are important but road work will be especially critical in the coming years because the interstate highway system in Illinois needs to be rebuilt. He pointed to I-80 as an example of a highway in need of repairs.

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Leucadia says it won’t try to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of coal-to-gas plant

Leucadia says it won’t try to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of coal-to-gas plant

“I don’t think Illinois is unique in its energy policy conundrum,” said Tom Wolf, executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Energy Council. “It’s just a wild time for energy.”

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Illinois Chamber Calls for Comprehensive Pension Reform

Illinois Chamber Calls for Comprehensive Pension Reform

The Chamber is open to different approaches to reform. However, a bill that leaves as much as 75% of the unfunded liability of the pension systems unaddressed is too little and, as the year progresses, increasingly at risk of being too late.

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Taking the future out for a spin

Taking the future out for a spin

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce hopes education will help people to embrace the technology. “These vehicles are a trend, not a fad. They’re getting better and better every year and more people are buying them,” said Tom Wolf of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

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Leaders talk about transportation needs, including I-64 interchange for Scott

Leaders talk about transportation needs, including I-64 interchange for Scott

“Our common goal is to work to make sure funding is available for transportation and infrastructure projects throughout the state and to get as many federal dollars as we can to keep those projects going,” said Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “Congress will start working on the next federal bill in January, and that’s what we are here for today — to start working on that next capital bill to assure we have long-term, steady, reliable investments in our state’s infrastructure.”

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