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House Republicans Call for Vote on Fracing Legislation

House Republicans Call for Vote on Fracing Legislation

According to an Illinois Chamber Foundation study, new natural gas production in Illinois could create anywhere from one to 47,000 jobs. The study concluded fracing in Illinois, under modest assumptions, would be a significant creator of new jobs translating into billions of dollars in economic impact for the state.

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Illinois House Republicans press for a vote on compromise fracking bill, saying it would pass

Illinois House Republicans press for a vote on compromise fracking bill, saying it would pass

Supporters of the measure say the production of new natural gas in Illinois could create many jobs. One estimate by the Illinois Chamber Foundation says it could be more than 45,000 positions.

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Officials look toward future road projects

Officials look toward future road projects

Illinois Chamber of Commerce officials are about to draft a plan that could recommend higher driver’s license and license plate fees to fund road projects in the state.

The plan also might involve swapping a fixed-rate gas tax of 19 cents per gallon, which hasn’t changed since 1990, for a new gasoline sales tax that would produce more revenue if gas prices increase, Michael Kleinik, executive director of the Burr Ridge-based Laborers’ District Council, said.

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State Chamber CEO Says Quinn’s Road Plan Relies Too Heavily on the Feds

State Chamber CEO Says Quinn’s Road Plan Relies Too Heavily on the Feds

Illinois Chamber of Commerce president and C-E-O Doug Whitley says Governor Quinn’s ambitious “road overhaul program” really needs a dose of reality.

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Funding Needed for Road Improvements, Officials Say

Funding Needed for Road Improvements, Officials Say

Deerfield Village Manager Kent Street spoke at a recent meeting about how to fund needed road improvements throughout Lake County. By Marcia Sagendorph Illinois drivers are running on empty as they wait for improvements to traffic congestion. More funding for planned road improvements is needed, according to the Lake County Transportation Alliance (LCTA). The LCTA Read More >>

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A Contemporary Review and Assessment of Illinois Workers’ Compensation

A Contemporary Review and Assessment of Illinois Workers’ Compensation

The new law implemented measures designed to lower workers’ compensation costs for employers in Illinois. In addition to a 30% across the board rate cut in the workers’ compensation medical fee schedule, other changes included institution of AMA impairment ratings as an element of determining permanent partial disability, institution of more robust utilization review, introduction of preferred provider programs (PPPs) and a number of changes regarding the appointment, training and comport of the Arbitrators.

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Chamber hosting ‘Lunch & Learn’ on Affordable Health Care Act

Chamber hosting ‘Lunch & Learn’ on Affordable Health Care Act

The program will cover rules and regulations for small businesses. and be presented by Laura Minzer, Associate Vice President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Illinois Chamber Healthcare Council. She will speak on deciphering employer obligation and coverage options under the AHCA.

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Health insurance exchange concerns, optimism voiced

Health insurance exchange concerns, optimism voiced

Some people who apply in good faith for federal subsidies that will be offered through the exchange as part of the federal Affordable Care Act could be forced to repay all or part of the subsidies, according to Laura Minzer, executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s health-care council.

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Barrington, Lake Zurich chamber seminars prep for Obamacare

Barrington, Lake Zurich chamber seminars prep for Obamacare

Laura Minzer, executive director for Health Care at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, likened exchanges to Travelocity for insurance.

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Plan to close ‘loopholes’ controversial

Plan to close ‘loopholes’ controversial

It would be easy to understand business groups that say the governor’s new proposals create a climate of uncertainty. Does Quinn want to provide incentives for large companies to move to Illinois or keep their facilities here, or does he want to take away tax incentives in order to try to plug the holes in the state’s financial dike?

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