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WUIS Health Desk: Low Income Health Care

WUIS Health Desk: Low Income Health Care

MINZER “The expansion of Medicaid as originally envisioned by the Affordable Care Act is the best way to mitigate additional cost pressures on employers and consumers in the near term.”
That’s Laura Minzer, of the Illinois Chamber. She says it’s important to note the health care law requires companies with 50 or more employees to offer affordable coverage; if they don’t, the company could have to pay a penalty upwards of $3,000. The trigger for the fine is when a worker takes a government subsidy to help buy insurance.
MINZER “So if the state were to forgo expansion, employers would face greater penalty exposure.”

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Mr. Quigley, an ally of both Illinois senators, has earned a reputation as a thoughtful, hardworking pragmatist, which should fit well with the largely collegial, highly detail-oriented appropriations process. “I think he’s a breath of fresh air in the delegation,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce CEO Doug Whitley says. “In today’s Congress, that’s what we need, more of Mike Quigley’s view of the world: Let’s get things done.”

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Other view: Is progressive tax in Illinois’ future?

Other view: Is progressive tax in Illinois’ future?

Public employee unions are pushing hard for a progressive income tax, said Todd Maisch, a lobbyist for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which opposes the switch on the grounds that it would further damage the state’s business climate.
Public employee unions are pushing hard for a progressive income tax, said Todd Maisch, a lobbyist for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which opposes the switch on the grounds that it would further damage the state’s business climate.

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Hydraulic fracturing in Illinois

Hydraulic fracturing in Illinois

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Tom Wolf was correct in telling the Tribune that economic benefits from fracking in Illinois are largely unknown (“Illinois’ ‘fracking’ future fractured,” Business, Jan. 13).

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Illinois’ ‘fracking’ future fractured

Illinois’ ‘fracking’ future fractured

“Other states have found the way to find the sweet spot to protect the environment and bring jobs; we should not miss that boat,” said Tom Wolf, executive director of the Energy Council at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

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Business owners urged to reach out to state lawmakers

Business owners urged to reach out to state lawmakers

Doug Whitley doesn’t expect pension reform to come to Illinois anytime soon unless lawmakers get serious about making some tough decisions.

Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, spoke to members from the Geneva, St. Charles and Elgin chambers of commerce Thursday at a state chamber update breakfast at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva.

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President of Illinois Chamber of Commerce Talks Illinois Challenges

President of Illinois Chamber of Commerce Talks Illinois Challenges

Today, Doug Whitley, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, addressed a group of approximately 90 community and business leaders from St. Charles, Geneva, and Elgin at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Chambers of Commerce.

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Commerce officials call for ‘bold change’ in Illinois economic policy

Commerce officials call for ‘bold change’ in Illinois economic policy

PEORIA —

Bold change is needed if Illinois is to put its financial house in order, said Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

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Fracking industry draws closer in Illinois

Fracking industry draws closer in Illinois

A chamber-backed study released in December concluded that hundreds, and possibly up to 45,000 jobs, would be created if energy companies were given clear guidance on the rules, risks and rewards of fracking in the state.

“We have an industry that isn’t looking for a handout,” said Wolf. “They are looking for a road map to come to our state and invest money.”

Wolf said he’s confident a compromise will be reached that allows for production to begin, while protecting the environment.

“If you’re looking for zero-risk energy, you’ll never find it,” said Wolf. “You can study this until the cows come home.”

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End of payroll-tax cut hurts, as does Illinois’ income-tax hike

End of payroll-tax cut hurts, as does Illinois’ income-tax hike

“Now the Illinois taxpayer will carry the full brunt of the individual tax increase of 2011, as well as seeing the payroll tax go back up,” said Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley. “So, in essence, they will see the full effect of two tax increases in their paychecks.”

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