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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Editorial: Not ideal, but it’s best time to talk about gas tax

Editorial: Not ideal, but it’s best time to talk about gas tax

The crux of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition message is that without a new construction program, Illinois’ transportation system, the lifeline for the state’s prosperity, will deteriorate rapidly, further battering the state’s economy, costing thousands of jobs and delaying necessary work that will only cost much more to complete later. The group’s legislative prescription is a major revision in the way gas taxes are collected for state transportation projects, supplemented by increases in various driver’s license and registration fees.

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Consider reality of energy needs

Consider reality of energy needs

Nothing is more fundamental to a healthy economy than the availability of reliable energy. Energy is needed in every home and business. Its availability and cost profoundly affect every aspect of our economy.

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Davis and Schock under pressure on immigration

Davis and Schock under pressure on immigration

“Our goal here, quite frankly, and to be very direct, is to help downstate Illinois congresspeople recognize that they need to get on the right side of the immigration [reform],” said Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

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FLAT IS WHERE IT’S AT

FLAT IS WHERE IT’S AT

Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley puts up a strong defense of Illinois’ flat-rate income tax system: “Illinois’ current flat rate income tax is inherently fairer than a graduated income tax since everyone pays the same rate and tax increases uniformly impact everyone.

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Business Group Ponders Governor’s Race

Business Group Ponders Governor’s Race

Unless any other shoes drop, the March primary should include four Republicans and two Democrats for governor. The head of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says change is needed.  Doug Whitley says Illinois Republicans must gain a focus. “(The party should say,) ‘This is what we’re for, this is what we care about, this is Read More >>

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Address Illinois’ looming transportation crisis

Address Illinois’ looming transportation crisis

A real crisis is looming in Illinois. We know all too well how the unfunded public employee pension mess is crippling the state budget and hampering our prosperity. Yet, we are overlooking a problem that could be as damaging to our jobs and economic growth. It is the deteriorating transportation networks that are the foundation for our state’s economy.

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Wage Against the Machine: Chicagoans Demand Minimum Wage Increase

Wage Against the Machine: Chicagoans Demand Minimum Wage Increase

Shattuck, who owns a consulting firm, had a clear message for protesters who believe companies have the money to spend.

“They should become small business owners themselves and find out how difficult it is,” he challenged. “You put a lot more hours in than a lot of these people think.”

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Chamber of Commerce Wants Immigration Reform

Chamber of Commerce Wants Immigration Reform

Immigration advocates hope if they say it enough times, Congress will eventually listen. The issue is immigration reform. “The key, for me,” said Doug Whitley, president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, “is to make sure that Illinois congressmen know that we can’t wait until 2015. This is a now issue, and it’s unacceptable to put it off.”

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Illinois Chamber President voices support for renewal of nuclear power licenses

Illinois Chamber President voices support for renewal of nuclear power licenses

Illinois Chamber President Doug Whitley sent the following message to over 5,000 Chamber members and state leaders voicing strong support for the renewal of nuclear generating station licenses in Illinois.   It’s time to extend the life (and the benefits!) of Illinois’ nuclear fleet   It’s no secret that Illinois continues to face significant challenges Read More >>

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First Friday Income tax to top 2014 campaign, lobbyist says

First Friday Income tax to top 2014 campaign, lobbyist says

A lobbyist for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce told a local business group Friday that the recent income tax increase would likely be the top issue in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

“We believe the income tax will be the dominant issue this year and next,” said Todd Maisch, the state chamber’s executive vice president and chief lobbyist.

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