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Government Affairs Reports


October 24, 2014

Sen. Kirk, Cong. Roskam and EU Officials Highlight Chamber TTIP Summit

The Illinois Chamber’s International Business Council this week hosted a summit in support of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a vital new trade deal between the European Union (EU) and the United States currently under negotiation. Successful completion of TTIP will increase Illinois companies’ access to European markets. Illinois could see its exports to the EU increase by 33%, helping create 30,000 new jobs.

Senator Mark Kirk, Congressman Peter Roskam and key EU negotiator on TTIP Damien Levie, headlined the event. The Summit provided an insider’s perspective on the status of negotiations and barriers to successful completion. It also provided a forum for discussion of differing views of the negotiations to date.

Also attending the Summit were state legislators, representatives of industries, organized labor and businesses impacted by TTIP and representatives of 14 countries. The Summit represents an important first step in the Chamber’s advocacy on behalf of TTIP and other trade deals on the horizon.


New Chamber Poll Makes Point: Get Out and Vote!

Governor’s Race Still Tight; Rauner Leads Quinn 45% – 41%

If the business community had any doubts about the need to mobilize for this election, they need to look no further than the race for Illinois Governor. New polling conducted for the Illinois Chamber shows the race still tight, but one where a strong turnout from private sector-minded voters can put Bruce Rauner over the top.

The poll, completed just last night, shows Rauner receiving 44.9% support to 41.1% for Quinn and 6.4% for Libertarian candidate Grimm. The 3.8% margin is outside of the poll’s 3.36% margin of error.

While watching polls is certainly informative and, let’s face it, entertaining, they also pose a risk of distraction from the real work at hand: getting voters who care about our economic future to the voting booth. Early voting began on Monday and continues until November 2. Please take advantage of early voting and urge co-workers, family and friends to do so as well. Too many pro-business voters discover they failed to vote on Election Day due to working late, conflicts with the kids’ activities, unexpected travel or just plain forgetting.

Learn more about finding your early voting location, polling place and other important election information at the Chamber Prosperity Project website:

SPECIAL NOTE: Watch out for these “War on Small Business” referendums!

Please don’t overlook two referendums on the ballot that are intended to show support for proposals that would cause even greater harm to small businesses. One asks voters whether the minimum wage in Illinois should be raised to $10/hour.
Our poll shows that when voters are not educated on this issue – Illinois already has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest – a majority of voters support its surface appeal.

The second referendum asks if voters support a so-called “millionaires’ tax” which would increase income taxes on small business owners and entrepreneurs. Fortunately, it looks as if more voters recognize the negative impact of raising taxes on jobs creators. A majority opposing the tax in our poll.

Other Results from the Chamber’s Poll

US Senate: Durbin (D) 48.9%; Oberweis (R) 38.2%; Hansen (L) 5.7%

Attorney General Madigan (D) 50.6%; Schimpf (R) 32.9%; Koyl (L) 5.0%

Treasurer Cross (R) 36.8%; Frerichs (D) 32.9%; Shopek (L) 5.4%

About the Poll
The survey was conducted over three nights from 10/21-10/23 by polling firm Cygnal. It includes 853 respondents for a margin of error of +/- 3.36%. 22% of respondents were contacted on cell phones.


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