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Outside Opinion: Let’s not let jobs agenda hijack energy policy Focus should be on project’s value, environmental impact

Outside Opinion: Let’s not let jobs agenda hijack energy policy Focus should be on project’s value, environmental impact

Proponents have been quick to highlight the many long- and short-term jobs that would be created or saved in an effort to help make the case for approval. I don’t blame them. We could certainly use the jobs, and that’s what politicians and decision makers want to hear.
But that also illustrates how our energy policy is being hijacked by the jobs agenda, to the detriment of both.

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Government shutdown would leave thousands out of work in Ill.

Government shutdown would leave thousands out of work in Ill.

Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron (CHICAGO) With a federal government shutdown looming, the impact in Illinois would go far beyond the federal workers who stand to temporarily lose their jobs. Thousands of employees in dozens of federal agencies would not be at work, and Doug Whitley, chief of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Read More >>

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Hallelujah for Obamacare? Not so fast

Hallelujah for Obamacare? Not so fast

I agree with two of the many points made in “Obamacare is undermining employer-based health insurance — hallelujah!,” a recent opinion piece by two Northwestern University professors. But I would like to make a few observations and counterpoints to their approach to a subject that will undoubtedly remain an issue of much scrutiny and opinion moving forward.

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Doug Whitley: Illinois poised to lose edge in transportation

Doug Whitley: Illinois poised to lose edge in transportation

Our ability to move people and goods quickly and efficiently grows Illinois businesses, but this growth is threatened. The state “Illinois Jobs Now” capital construction program ends next July, while federal funding from MAP-21 ends next September. Illinois will lose $2 billion in transportation funding, resulting in a direct loss of almost 20,000 jobs.

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EVP Of Illinois Chamber Serves As Keynote Speaker

EVP Of Illinois Chamber Serves As Keynote Speaker

Next week’s Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Luncheon will feature a very special keynote speaker. Todd Maisch, the Executive Vice President of the Illinois Chamber, will be providing an overview of important pro-business legislation currently up for discussion by the state legislature. The luncheon is at noon Tuesday, October 1st at the Main Place Bar and Grille. Tickets are 20-bucks, which includes a hot lunch. Advance registration is required at decaturchamber.com.

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Route 53/120 advisory council to create finance committee

Route 53/120 advisory council to create finance committee

More than a year after recommending that the Illinois Tollway pursue construction of a roadway in central Lake County, members of the Route 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council (BRAC) reconvened last week to begin discussing the cold-cash realities of making that happen.

“A lot of work was done in this first round, but ultimately, these projects come down to ‘how are you going to pay for them?’” said Doug Whitley, CEO and president Illinois Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, at a Sept. 17 meeting in Libertyville.

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Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Laura Minzer, the executive director for the Healthcare Council for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Springfield, added that the lack of underwriting also could open the door to others.
“The entrepreneur who has not been able to step out (from his employer) because he needs to continue getting health insurance can now,” she said.
She added that lower-income workers, who have not been able to afford insurance before, now might benefit from premium assistance.

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Whitley: Higher gas tax needed for Illinois’ transportation needs

Whitley: Higher gas tax needed for Illinois’ transportation needs

Our ability to move people and goods quickly and efficiently grows Illinois businesses but this growth is threatened.

The state’s Illinois Jobs Now capital construction program ends next July while federal funding from MAP-21 ends next September. As a result, Illinois will lose roughly $2 billion in transportation funding, resulting in a direct loss of almost 20,000 jobs.

Our transportation systems are deteriorating because the revenue used to pay for them do not meet current and future needs while also being used for non-transportation purposes. We use our transportation infrastructure every day — taking it for granted with little thought to what it takes to keep these systems in the best condition for our economic needs.

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Census: Illinois poverty rate remains near 15 percent

Census: Illinois poverty rate remains near 15 percent

An Illinois bill to raise the minimum wage hasn’t reached a floor vote and opponents have fought it hard. Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley has branded “an untimely, ill-advised and outrageous proposal that puts a dagger to the heart of the very employers politicians normally say they want to grow and be successful.”

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2013 Illinois Employment Law Handbook Released

2013 Illinois Employment Law Handbook Released

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the law firm of SmithAmundsen LLC have again partnered to publish the Illinois Employment Law Handbook – Third Edition. This important publication provides Illinois employers with the critical tools they need to help them better understand and communicate HR compliance laws, regulations and policies to create a more productive workforce, minimize conflict and potentially reduce the occurrence of litigation.

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