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Illinois State of the State: Quinn pushes for wage increase, early education spending

Illinois State of the State: Quinn pushes for wage increase, early education spending

Doug Whitley, Illinois Chamber of Commerce: “I thought it was kind of a vanilla speech but the themes were right.”

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Chamber of Commerce-Retailers React to Quinn Speech

Chamber of Commerce-Retailers React to Quinn Speech

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce said it agrees with Governor Quinn Illinois is turning the corner but cautions the governor on becoming too optimistic about the status quo. The Chamber says the state still has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation and a Moody’s study predicts the state’s job creation potential in the future will be dead last among the 50 states.

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Biz pushes GOP on immigration

Biz pushes GOP on immigration

“It’s very important to Illinois,” says Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, who co-chairs the coalition. “Farmers, business, lawyers and others in the huge coalition we represent would say this is a no-brainer to move forward.”

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Pollution board denies Quinn’s petcoke regulations

Pollution board denies Quinn’s petcoke regulations

An Illinois pollution panel on Thursday rejected proposed emergency rules to control piles of petroleum coke along Chicago shipping channels, saying Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency failed to prove there was an imminent threat to public health and safety…. “You hardly have time to get your arms and your head around what the issues could be,” said Tom Wolf, executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s energy council. “Put facts on table and let’s go through (the rulemaking) process.”

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Crain’s: No more delay: We need immigration reform now

Crain’s: No more delay:  We need immigration reform now

Last year, every sector of Illinois’ economy — including technology, hospitality, manufacturing, agriculture, education, health care, engineering, energy, finance and real estate — spoke in one voice through the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition to call on Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform that empowers Illinois’ economic competitiveness.

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Group seeks Illinois redistricting revamp

Group seeks Illinois redistricting revamp

“It is a very complex system that is meant to put faith and trust, transparency and independence back into the drawing of state maps,” Kolenc said.

The effort has drawn support from a wide range of individuals and organizations, including Common Cause Illinois, the League of Women Voters, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.

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Minimum wage raise bid pressed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Minimum wage raise bid pressed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

Republicans and business groups say raising the minimum wage kills jobs. Both the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce have come out against proposed minimum wage increases.

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Group campaigns for nonpartisan legislative maps

Group campaigns for nonpartisan legislative maps

The Yes! for Independent Maps campaign is pushing to get a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot that would let an independent commission of private citizens shape the state’s legislative districts.

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Lawmakers Question Illinois’ Corporate Tax Breaks

Lawmakers Question Illinois’ Corporate Tax Breaks

Story Updated: Jan 17, 2014 CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois lawmakers are questioning the effectiveness of the state’s system for giving tax breaks to corporations. Legislators held the first of several hearings on the issue Friday in Chicago. Dan Long is executive director of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. He tells legislators Illinois businesses Read More >>

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State lawmakers set to consider reforms for controversial tax credits

State lawmakers set to consider reforms for controversial tax credits

Lawmakers are to hear testimony from representatives of the Small Business Advocacy Council, Illinois Manufacturers Association, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Good Jobs First, Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Tax Foundation, Taxpayers Federation of Illinois, the Illinois Policy Institute and Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

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