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Category Archives: News

Edie Award Winners Announced

Edie Award Winners Announced

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Illinois
Economic Development Association (IEDA), is releasing the names of the winners of the eighth
annual Economic Development in Illinois Awards – the Edies. Both groups are grateful to have
ComEd again serve as the sponsor of the Edie Awards.

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Maisch & Kleinik: Tax dollars need to be used to fix infrastructures

Maisch & Kleinik: Tax dollars need to be used to fix infrastructures

Asking Illinois taxpayers to pay more to support investments in the roads and bridges they travel on every day is a real challenge, as evidenced by the recent attention given to proposals to increase the state gas tax and to ask drivers to pay for the miles they travel.

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Todd Maisch and Michael Kleinik: Illinois must get serious about transportation needs

Todd Maisch and Michael Kleinik: Illinois must get serious about transportation needs

The state’s ongoing budget stalemate is doing nothing to ease taxpayer frustration.
But there is a movement in Springfield we think can start to change the conversation over transportation investment. It starts with making sure the dollars intended to fix our infrastructure actually get spent on those projects.

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Illinois needs a lockbox to protect transportation dollars

Illinois needs a lockbox to protect transportation dollars

We need to get serious about what it will take to fix our infrastructure challenges for the long term, and those will not be easy discussions. In the meantime, we can take a good first step by getting HJRCA 36 approved in the Senate and putting it on the fall ballot to ask voters the key question: Why can’t Illinois guarantee every dollar of road and bridge funding goes to fixing our roads and bridges?

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Guest view: A lockbox needed for Illinois roads

Guest view: A lockbox needed for Illinois roads

Asking Illinois taxpayers to pay more to support investments in the roads and bridges they travel on every day is a real challenge, as evidenced by the recent attention given to proposals to increase the state gas tax and to ask drivers to pay for the miles they travel. The state’s ongoing budget stalemate is doing nothing to ease taxpayer frustration.

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Amendment Would Secure Road Money

Amendment Would Secure Road Money

A proposed constitutional amendment would ensure taxpayer dollars meant for roads and bridges are spent as intended.
The so-called lockbox constitutional amendment would prevent lawmakers from diverting money intended for infrastructure spending to other state expenses. Todd Maisch, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce president, said the amendment would be a victory for taxpayers.

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Senate will consider three possible amendments to Illinois Constitution

Senate will consider three possible amendments to Illinois Constitution

Illinois senators will consider three proposed amendments to the Illinois Constitution, including measures to bring a graduated income tax to the state, eliminate the lieutenant governor’s office and yet another version of redistricting reform.

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Illinois Issues: Why Does The State Have A Flat Income Tax?

Illinois Issues: Why Does The State Have A Flat Income Tax?

Illinois is one of only eight states with a flat income tax. The reasons can be traced to the state’s first-ever successful attempt at putting an income tax in place.

An effort to change the current tax structure is underway, but supporters face a fast-approaching deadline.

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Why Redistricting Ensures Minority Representation

Why Redistricting Ensures Minority Representation

The redistricting, or “remap,” of state legislative districts that’s mandated by law to occur after the U.S. Census every 10 years is very important. Unfortunately, the process has often been criticized as too political and one where voters are left without a voice.

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Ill. Chamber on House Passage of Lockbox Amedment

Ill. Chamber on House Passage of Lockbox Amedment

A Lockbox Amendment, which effectively puts a locked box around transportation infrastructure funding in Illinois, has passed in the House. Click the headline to read the Chamber’s statement.

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