Illinois Chamber of Commerce http://wuis.org en Durbin Files Legislation Reacting To Hobby Lobby Decision http://wuis.org/post/durbin-files-legislation-reacting-hobby-lobby-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants companies exempt from offering birth control in their healthcare plans to make that known to potential employees.</p><p></p><p>It's a response to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last month, which determined certain business owners don't have to pay for contraceptives that violate their religious beliefs. These so-called "closely held" companies — typically small, family owned businesses — are exempt from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:09:59 +0000 Hannah Meisel 29888 at http://wuis.org Durbin Files Legislation Reacting To Hobby Lobby Decision Business Groups Pan Madigan's EDGE Tax Credit Changes http://wuis.org/post/business-groups-pan-madigans-edge-tax-credit-changes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One of Illinois' main tools for attracting and retaining companies in the state would get a revamp under a plan unveiled yesterday by the Speaker of the Illinois House. It drew immediate criticism from business groups.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 700 companies have what are known as EDGE tax credits, given in exchange for keeping, or creating new, jobs.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 02:38:26 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25138 at http://wuis.org Business Groups Pan Madigan's EDGE Tax Credit Changes Gas Station Owners Warn Against Fuel Tax Increase http://wuis.org/post/gas-station-owners-warn-against-fuel-tax-increase <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A coalition of Illinois gas station owners say they're wary of a plan to increase motor fuel taxes. Opponents say it would cause too much pain at the pump.</p><p></p><p>Engineers, the state Chamber of Commerce, and local mass transit agencies have a strategy to shore up the state's deteriorating highway network and other infrastructure needs: a strategy that includes raising Illinois' tax on gas, which hasn't seen an increase in 24 years.</p><p>For now, it's just a plan; no state lawmaker has committed to supporting that proposal.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:49:27 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23057 at http://wuis.org Gas Station Owners Warn Against Fuel Tax Increase Graduated Income Tax Moves Forward After Stumble http://wuis.org/post/graduated-income-tax-moves-forward-after-stumble <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An effort to change Illinois' income tax from a flat to a graduated structure is making headway in the General Assembly. The plan, where the more you earn the more you pay, has been revived after a setback last week.</p><p></p><p>When another proposal for a graduated income tax was up for debate last week, it was shot down before even getting to the floor. But Representative Christian Mitchell, a Democrat from Chicago, says his proposal is different: Its income-based tax brackets are lower than the previous version.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:47:08 +0000 Hannah Meisel 22306 at http://wuis.org Graduated Income Tax Moves Forward After Stumble Business Leaders Propose Increased Gas Tax For Road Repairs http://wuis.org/post/business-leaders-propose-increased-gas-tax-road-repairs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Advocates for infrastructure investment want to raise the gas tax to fix Illinois roads. The new revenue would go toward maintenance which they say is long overdue.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:48:02 +0000 Hannah Meisel 22159 at http://wuis.org Business Leaders Propose Increased Gas Tax For Road Repairs Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost http://wuis.org/post/quinn-proposes-modest-agenda-republicans-warn-cost <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his sixth State of the State address Wednesday. As Brian Mackey reports, Quinn's speech was pretty much what you'd expect from a man fighting to keep his job despite some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in America.</p><p>Quinn laid out a list of proposals that seem finely honed to appeal to Democratic voters: increasing the minimum wage, doubling a tax credit for the working poor, and requiring at least two days of sick time for all employees.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17929 at http://wuis.org Quinn Proposes Modest Agenda; Republicans Warn of Cost Departing Chamber President: Politicians Not Doing Enough To Create Jobs http://wuis.org/post/departing-chamber-president-politicians-not-doing-enough-create-jobs <p>After twelve years as President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Doug Whitley's retiring next year.</p><p>Whitley says he's leaving disappointed, as the latest data showed Illinois with the second highest unemployment in the nation, behind Nevada.</p><p>And he says political leaders haven't done enough about it, except for one - Chicago's mayor: "With the exception of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I don't hear any other political leaders in our state talking about jobs, trying to recruit jobs, trying to announce new jobs and showing a sincere concern with unemployment," Whitley says.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:52:02 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8446 at http://wuis.org Departing Chamber President: Politicians Not Doing Enough To Create Jobs Feds Delay Won't Impact Illinois Health Marketplace http://wuis.org/post/feds-delay-wont-impact-illinois-health-marketplace <p>Illinois officials say the one-year delay in a central requirement of President Barack Obama's health care law will have no direct impact on the new online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for coverage. &nbsp;<br>A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is on track to begin enrollment on Oct. 1. Mike Claffey says consumers can expect a range of affordable health care options. &nbsp; Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:48:38 +0000 Sean Crawford 5186 at http://wuis.org Feds Delay Won't Impact Illinois Health Marketplace Illinois Chamber President Urges Pension Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/illinois-chamber-president-urges-pension-overhaul <p></p><p>Doug Whitley, President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, says the state's underfunded pension systems are wreaking havoc in other areas.&nbsp; He says the growing cost of pension payments is forcing Illinois government to spend less on areas like education and infrastructure.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:16:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 5156 at http://wuis.org Illinois Chamber President Urges Pension Overhaul Fracking Deal Back On Track http://wuis.org/post/fracking-deal-back-track <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After several stumbles, an agreement&nbsp; has been reached on how to regulate "</span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" in Illinois. &nbsp;A House committee could vote on the package Thursday morning.&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The oil and natural gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing has been a boon for job creation in places like&nbsp; North Dakota and Pennsylvania.</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:58:04 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 2745 at http://wuis.org Fracking Deal Back On Track