Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's traveling to Germany and Poland next week to try to draw more companies to Illinois.

Some local business leaders are praising the way Governor Bruce Rauner is leading Illinois. Todd Maisch, the president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, says some Chamber members are concerned about the year-long impasse.  But Rauner’s agenda is the same agenda as the business community’s. Maisch says the Illinois Chamber doesn’t only support Republicans, but this Fall, the organization will be getting involved in political campaigns that support Rauner’s policies, like changes in workers’ compensation.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation is pending in Springfield that would let cities share sensitive financial data with third-party vendors hired to track uncollected taxes.

Democratic state Sen. Michael Hastings of Tinley Park says he introduced the measure because the state shouldn't "limit business" with the vendors. Springfield and other Illinois municipalities use the companies to track revenue owed to them. Current state law allows only certain city employees to access taxpayers' financial information.

As we enter the holiday season, many workers are thinking about the extra days off.  The State Chamber of Commerce keeps tabs on paid holidays by employers across the state.   

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos and Rodney Davis say they're traveling to Cuba as part of an agricultural trade mission. Bustos and Davis plan to promote economic development and trade opportunities for Illinois farmers. Bustos is an East Moline Democrat and Davis is a Taylorville Republican.

A proposal in the Illinois House that would require all state vehicles to be manufactured in North America sounds patriotic, but some groups say it would hurt Illinois businesses. 

A leading business group is hinting that it could loosen its stance on opposition to a service tax. During the campaign, Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a tax on certain services as a possible way to raise money.

Spending on the military and defense in Illinois supports 150,000 jobs and more than 13 billion dollars worth of economic activity. 

When a political battle in Springfield has implications for business, you can usually find the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in the fight. With members that include some of the biggest corporations in Illinois, and mom-and-pop businesses, too, the Chamber is involved in everything from tax policy to state spending.

Il Chamber of Commerce President retiring

Sep 6, 2013
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The outgoing head of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says the state's elected officials are not doing enough to create new jobs ... with one exception. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports. 

After twelve years as President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Doug Whitley's retiring next year. 

Fracking regulation bill advances out of the House

May 31, 2013

It's been three months since business and environmental groups announced an agreement to regulate hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil and gas extraction process. As IPR’S Chris Slaby reports, the Illinois House finally voted to approve those regulations Thursday night.

Advocates pointed to a study by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which says the state could gain up to 45-thousand jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity.

Learning the Affordable Care Act

Apr 2, 2013

Health care insurance and the changes coming for employers was the topic of a seminar offered by the Peoria Chamber of Commerce. Laura Minzer is the Vice President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. She says communication between employees and employers will play a key role in navigating the coming changes. Minzer says health care is very personal and is already complicated.