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InsureXSolutions Private Health Insurance Exchange Launched for Illinois Chamber of Commerce

InsureXSolutions Private Health Insurance Exchange Launched for Illinois Chamber of Commerce

“The ACA removes significant barriers to accessing health insurance, but gaining access to appropriate, affordable coverage is still a complex process to navigate, especially in the context of the law’s imposition of a penalty on those individuals who do not obtain health insurance in 2014,” said Doug Whitley, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “The new Benefits Exchange creates another unique entry point into the health coverage system to help employers and their employees navigate this system more efficiently and effectively.”

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Quinn backs tax review

Quinn backs tax review

Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said he supports the idea of revamping the state’s tax code, saying individual businesses seeking relief “is a symptom of a larger disease.”

“And that disease is that Illinois tax code is sufficiently bad that people are going and looking for one-off deals,” Whitley said. “But until we change the code so that are competitive… businesses will continue to come in and try to get some kind of special favor.”

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Affordable Care Act A gift or a lump of coal?

Affordable Care Act A gift or a lump of coal?

Laura Minzer, executive director of the Health Care Council for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, has probably heard it all when it comes to the Affordable Care Act.

She conducts informational seminars on the law throughout the state.

“People want to know, ‘How’s it going to impact me?’ ‘What’s it going to cost me?'” Minzer said. “Overall, there is general confusion about what this law is and isn’t. The fact is the ACA is complex and can be confusing. There is so much politicking involved that dissecting the truth and reality from the spin can be difficult.”

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Quigley: Income tax formula is state’s next fight

Quigley: Income tax formula is state’s next fight

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which endorsed the pension reform, is strongly opposed to the graduated income tax due, in part, to its potentially negative impact on small businesses operating as sole proprietors or a pass-through entity (partnerships, Sub-S corporations, LLPs, LLCs) who pay individual income tax on their business income.

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Give Illinois Some Credit for Its Recent Pension Reform

Give Illinois Some Credit for Its Recent Pension Reform

Regarding your editorial “Illinois’s Fake Pension Fix” (Dec. 3): The pension reform legislation that the Illinois’s General Assembly passed should be recognized as a positive sign. The state’s political leaders are making strides toward confronting and reversing the fiscal problems the Journal’s editorial page enjoys flouting.

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Office Depot, Inc. to locate headquarters in Florida, not Naperville

Office Depot, Inc. to locate headquarters in Florida, not Naperville

Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Doug Whitley criticized “Illinois political leaders for not acting in a timelier manner” to get the headquarters for Illinois.

“Our leaders need to come to grips with the fact that the private sector does not wait around for people to make up their mind, and the worst thing government can do is do nothing,” Whitley said. “The General Assembly left the private sector twisting in the wind by not acting on these bills that were going to provide some incentives to the company. Government needs to make it clear what it’s willing to do. To do nothing or send no signals is wrong.”

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Chamber report says court WC decisions ‘poison’ Illinois’ business climate

Chamber report says court WC decisions ‘poison’ Illinois’ business climate

“The General Assembly must pass clearer guidelines in 2014 to stop Illinois’ higher courts from further undermining legislative efforts to lower employer costs and improve the workers’ compensation system,” said Doug Whitley, Illinois chamber president and CEO. “The high costs associated with the state’s current system continue to poison the business climate and hurt Illinois’ ability to compete with other states for employers’ investments and jobs.”

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Illinois Republicans Defend Public Workers in Pension Battles

Illinois Republicans Defend Public Workers in Pension Battles

“You would expect a Republican to be pro-growth, lower taxes, smaller government and a balanced-budget hawk, and yet this pension thing goes counter to what you’d typically think of in the Republican 10 Commandments,” said Doug Whitley, president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “I think a number of them were looking out for their own skin.”

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Illinois Chamber announces 2013 holiday survey results

Illinois Chamber announces 2013 holiday survey results

Every year, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce conducts a survey that evaluates how Illinois employers and their employees will be handling paid holidays in the upcoming year. The Illinois Chamber has compiled the results from its annual paid Holiday Survey for 2013.

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Businesses concerned about inaction on incentives

Businesses concerned about inaction on incentives

“The Illinois government’s failure to act in a timely manner is a huge disappointment for business people who are trying to make decisions in a timely manner,” said Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Doug Whitley. “It’s bad form.”

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