Doug Whitley http://wuis.org en 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 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 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