small business http://wuis.org en Lawmakers Push To Fight Patent, Copyright Trolls http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-push-fight-patent-copyright-trolls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Lawmakers are considering proposals to stop so-called "patent trolls." They say people who fraudulently collect fines under the guise of protecting intellectual property are hurting small businesses.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Patent trolls" and their lesser-known cousins, "copyright trolls," basically search for opportunities to make money by claiming someone has used a protected idea without permission.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:19:48 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26220 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Push To Fight Patent, Copyright Trolls Quinn's, Rauner's Springfield Visits Show True Colors http://wuis.org/post/quinns-rauners-springfield-visits-show-true-colors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The governor of Illinois, as well as the man who wants to take his job, were both in Springfield Wednesday. What they were doing offers a clear picture of the different directions they want to take the state.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Bruce </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was in town to file petitions for his term limits proposal. Then he addressed a meeting of business groups holding an "Employer Action Day."</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:30:51 +0000 Brian Mackey 24168 at http://wuis.org Quinn's, Rauner's Springfield Visits Show True Colors Businesses: LLC Fee Drop A Drop In The Bucket http://wuis.org/post/businesses-llc-fee-drop-drop-bucket <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>There are more than 200,000 limited liability corporations operating in Illinois. The governor has a proposal he says will add more. But&nbsp;business groups are skeptical it will help.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To file as an LLC in Illinois, you have to pay the state at least $500.</span></p><p>During his state of the state address, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed lowering the fee to $39.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:05:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 18193 at http://wuis.org Businesses: LLC Fee Drop A Drop In The Bucket