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September 8, 2014 | Chamber to Recognize Alejandro Silva as 2014 Burnham Honoree

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced today that Alejandro Silva, Chairman of Evans Food Group, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Daniel H. Burnham Award for Distinguished Leadership.

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September 4, 2014 | Technology the Focus at the 2014 US-Brazil Business Forum

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce annually hosts the US-Brazil Business Forum & Cultural Exchange to explore areas of rapid expansion and opportunity in both Brazil and Chicago.

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September 2, 2014 | Chicagoland Chamber Launches Small Business Chicago

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has established Small Business Chicago, a hub designed to create jobs and investment for small businesses.

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September 2, 2014 | Chamber Well Represented on Crain's List of Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business

Crain’s Chicago Business today released a list of the 20 most powerful women in Chicago Business in 2014, many which are directly connected to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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August 29, 2014 | Looking Forward: The Top 10 Economic Trends in Illinois

Theresa E. Mintle, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, served as the keynote speaker and moderated the panel discussion.

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August 27, 2014 | Illinois Sees Export Growth in High Tech Industries

Data shows export growth in Illinois has outpaced the national average in several high tech sectors over the past few years.

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August 27, 2014 | Chamber Releases 2014 Member Survey Results

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has released the results of its first ever Member Survey, revealing that 62 percent of the member respondents reported optimism about the region’s economy.

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August 15, 2014 | Chicago Ranks Near the Top for Tech Job Growth

Chicago ranked sixth in the nation among the top 20 markets for tech job growth over the past two years, according to new data. The city added almost 12,000 jobs in the tech sector between 2011 and 2013.

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August 7, 2014 | Urban Alliance Internship Program: A Positive Experience for All Involved

Most college students consider themselves fortunate to have an internship in their junior year. Ariana Gomez began her internship with the Chamber in November of last year as a senior - in high school.

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August 5, 2014 | Taxation Forum Chair: Blame U.S. Tax Code for Tax Evasion

Jim Kane, CEO of Kane & Co. and Chair of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Taxation Forum, wrote an op-ed that was published in the Chicago Tribune last week.

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July 31, 2014 | Baseball and Business Go Hand in Hand at Wrigley Field

On a perfect night for baseball and networking, over 80 Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce members, supporters and staff made it out to do “business after business” within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

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July 16, 2014 | Chamber Announces New Emerging Leaders Forum

In our efforts to sustain economic vitality for the Chicagoland region and its businesses, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has been committed to attracting, retaining and educating top talent in the Chicago area.

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July 16, 2014 | US Attorney: Collaboration Key to Fighting Violent Crime in Chicago

Zack Fardon, US Attorney of the Northern District of Illinois, served as the guest speaker at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting at the Chicago Yacht Club this morning.

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July 9, 2014 | ÄKTA's John Roa Reflects on Winning 2014 Jim Tyree Award

In the moments leading up to the announcement of the 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award winner, John Roa says he was planning a congratulatory handshake for the winner, not an acceptance speech.

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July 9, 2014 | Innovation Index: STEM Grads Crucial for Chicago's Economy

The July issue of the Illinois Innovation Index shares insights on STEM attainment at Illinois institutions and the migration patterns of talent within the region based on analysis from newly released data.

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July 9, 2014 | Chamber Nominates Local Businesses to Economic Development Initiative

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has nominated nine local Chamber members to Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE), an initiative designed to expand economic opportunities.

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July 8, 2014 | Minimum Wage Working Group Delivers Recommendation

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Minimum Wage Working Group recommended on Monday, July 7th that the minimum wage in Chicago be raised from $8.25 per hour to $13 per hour by 2018.

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June 26, 2014 | Annual Meeting 2014: A Celebration 110 Years in the Making

On June 24, over 800 business and civic leaders came together at Navy Pier to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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June 24, 2014 | John Roa, Founder and CEO of ÄKTA, Wins 2014 Jim Tyree Award

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced at its 110th Annual Meeting of Membership today that John Roa, Founder and CEO of ÄKTA, is the winner of the 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award.

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June 20, 2014 | Jim Tyree Award Finalist: Jeff Swano, Dig Right In Landscaping

The oak trees of Kiwanis Park in Brookfield could be seen from the road, but did not warrant a second look. When Jeff Swano looked at them, he saw raw beauty that could be diluted by man if not protected.

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June 19, 2014 | Jim Tyree Award Finalist: Dr. Michele Wilkins, Child's Voice

Imagine a world without sound. Think about your daily life and the amount of interaction you have that is based on your ability to listen and speak.

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June 19, 2014 | Step IT Up Chicago to Train Minority Women for Tech Jobs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, UST Global, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future launched the Step IT Up Chicago program.

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June 18, 2014 | Jim Tyree Award Finalist: Maria Katris, Built in Chicago

Maria Katris is a born entrepreneur. Her parents, Greek immigrants, started a pharmacy when she was a child. While in graduate school, she launched and sold her first business.

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June 18, 2014 | Chicago-Style Small Business Success Stories

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce 110th Annual Meeting is about celebrating entrepreneurial success stories like Letty Velez, Brian Leonard, and Jimmy Odom.

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June 18, 2014 | Rotary Club Recognizes Chicago 'Women of the Year'

Though the Rotary Club and the Chicagoland Chamber were both founded by men, these longstanding organizations came together on June 17 to recognize outstanding Chicago women for their contributions to the community.

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June 17, 2014 | Jim Tyree Award Finalist: John Roa, ÄKTA

John Roa’s compassion and desire to serve those in need, combined with his success in growing ÄKTA into one of the top digital agencies in the country, makes him an ideal candidate for the 2014 Jim Tyree Award.

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June 17, 2014 | Daily Whale Q&A with Chamber President Theresa E. Mintle

The Daily Whale, a comprehensive online information service for businesses and professionals with a significant stake in government actions, published a Q&A with Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Theresa E. Mintle.

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June 16, 2014 | Chamber Announces 2014 Jim Tyree Award Finalists

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award.

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June 12, 2014 | 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award Applicants Announced

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has announced the applicants for the third annual James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award.

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June 9, 2014 | Chicago Business Groups Prepare for Kennedy Expressway Construction

At the end of May, it was reported that traffic in and out of the Chicago Central Business District in the last three weekends in June will be seriously affected by construction on the Kennedy Expressway.

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June 9, 2014 | Business and Government Leaders Unite around Immigration Reform

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) continued its push for comprehensive immigration reform as it hosted “Immigration Reform: Bottom-Line 2014” on Monday, June 9.

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June 4, 2014 | Gateway to Chicago: Chamber Hosts Chinese Delegation for Special Forum

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and World Business Chicago co-hosted a delegation of business and government officials from eight major Chinese cities on Wednesday, June 4.

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May 29, 2014 | Online Job Postings Reveal Labor Market Trends in Chicago

According to a trends analysis by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP) of data from Burning Glass reveals a job market in Illinois and Chicago that demands workers from a variety of occupations and industries.

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May 28, 2014 | Chamber Releases 2013 Public Policy Legislative Report

Throughout 2013, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce fought to protect the interests of the local business community and push for reforms to ensure future growth and success for our region.

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May 27, 2014 | Chicago Positioned to Emerge as International Startup Hub

Last week, the Chamber co-hosted a delegation of officials and business leaders from Mexico City for four days of learning about Chicago’s business community, tech scene and economic development strategy.

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May 22, 2014 | Business, Government Leaders Explore Importance of Cybersecurity

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce brought together cybersecurity leaders from both the public and private sectors on Thursday, May 22 at the Intercontinental Chicago to explore the 2014 Cybersecurity Framework.

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May 19, 2014 | Chamber Facilitates Economic Cooperation between Mexico and Chicago

A delegation of Mexico City officials and business leaders will be in Chicago from Monday, May 19 until Thursday, May 22 to explore business partnerships and strengthen economic ties between the two cities.

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May 16, 2014 | Chicago Ranks as a Top Global 'City in Motion'

Chicago finds itself on another “best global cities list”, this time ranking #19 in Spain’s IESE Business School’s annual Cities in Motion Index (ICIM).

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May 12, 2014 | Chamber Forum Discusses Chicago's Sustainability Strategy

Jamie Ponce, Chicago City Director for C40 Cities Climate Leadership, joined the Chamber's Environment and Sustainability Committee for a discussion on climate issues.

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May 9, 2014 | City's 'Up the Block' Partnership Supports Local Small Businesses

Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced a new partnership with real estate brand Flats Chicago that aims to make use of vacant sites and support Chicago’s small businesses.

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April 30, 2014 | Caralynn Nowinski Talks Collaboration, Digital Manufacturing at Chamber Board Meeting

UI Labs executive director Caralynn Nowinski spoke at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday, April 29.

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April 29, 2014 | High Growth Small Businesses Encouraged to Apply for 2014 Jim Tyree Award

For the third straight year, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Mesirow Financial to bring you the 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award.

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April 28, 2014 | Chicago Sees Continued Growth in High-Tech Jobs

As Chicago’s digital technology community keeps making headlines, it should come as no surprise that high-tech employment continues to grow in Chicago and Illinois as well.

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April 28, 2014 | Magnetic Cultures Event Delivers Valuable Advice On Building A Better Workplace

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion for an audience of 120 people at the Mid America Club about the importance of creating a thriving work environment.

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April 23, 2014 | Chamber Kicks Off New Tech Tuesdays Series

According to a recent study by The Boston Consulting Group, small and medium sized businesses that leverage the latest technology outperform others in innovation and job growth.

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April 23, 2014 | Deputy Mayor Koch Addresses Chamber Public Policy Committee

On Tuesday, April 22 Deputy Mayor Steve Koch presented the City of Chicago’s plan for municipal pension reform to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee.

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April 16, 2014 | Chamber Renews Push for Gaming Expansion in Chicago

The Chamber renewed its push for casino gaming expansion in downtown Chicago this morning at an Illinois House of Representatives Executive Committee meeting.

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April 16, 2014 | Chicagoland Chamber Nominates Local Businesses for Economic Development Initiative

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has nominated more than 80 Chamber members to Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE).

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April 10, 2014 | Chamber Continues Push to Improve Business Tax Structure in Illinois

The Chamber testified at a joint hearing of the Illinois House Revenue & Finance and State Government Administration Committees on Wednesday, April 9 regarding Illinois business tax incentive policies.

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April 9, 2014 | PNC Launches $19 Million Vocabulary Initiative In Chicago

The PNC Foundation recently announced a $19 million, multi-year vocabulary initiative for underserved pre-kindergarten children during a PNC Grow Up Great 10th Anniversary event in Chicago.

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April 3, 2014 | The Shark - Daymond John - Highlights the Exchange 2014

With a new Keynote Presentation, a VIP Luncheon, and four breakout sessions added on to the annual tradeshow networking event, the revamped 2014 version of The Exchange did not disappoint.

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April 2, 2014 | Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Responds to Mayor Emanuel's Pension Reform Plan

The Chicagoland Chamber is a long-time advocate for state and local government pension reform so we welcome Mayor Emanuel’s proposed funding plan as a compromised approach toward stabilizing the City’s fiscal situation.

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April 1, 2014 | Academic R&D Expenditures Support Innovation in Illinois

The National Science Foundation recently reported that R&D spending at academic institutions rose slightly in Illinois in 2012.

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March 27, 2014 | House of Blues Provides Brilliant Setting for Networking

Last night, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board Directors and other top tier Chamber members congregated in the luxurious Foundation Room at the House Blues for a vibrant evening of networking and socializing.

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March 26, 2014 | Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Responds to Governor Quinn's Budget Address

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is strongly discouraged by the Governor’s call to make permanent the 67 percent income tax increase at a time when Illinois’ business environment is already at a serious competitive disadvantage compared to our neighboring states.

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March 25, 2014 | Leaders in Sustainability Address Chamber Forum

On Tuesday, March 25 the Chamber Environment & Sustainability Forum hosted Debra Jacobson, Regional Operations Manager, and John Mulrow, Business/Industrial Sustainability Specialist, of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

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March 25, 2014 | Chamber, City Business Organizations Embrace Entrepreneurial Culture

In the past, many of Chicago’s business organizations have been geared toward established companies, well-connected executives and formal events.

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March 20, 2014 | Media Panel Analyzes Meaning of Tuesday's Primary Elections

On Thursday, March 20 the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Breakfast@65West hosted a panel of media analysts to dissect the results of Tuesday’s Primary Elections and discuss what they mean to the future of the state.

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March 20, 2014 | Chicago Blackhawks, Chamber Members Win Big

What better way to follow up a great evening of networking and socializing than experiencing a decisive Blackhawks victory at the Madhouse on Madison?

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March 18, 2014 | Comcast Business Launches "Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs" Contest

Comcast Business, with Inc. Magazine, is holding an “Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs” Contest aimed at entrepreneurs that are resourcefully leveraging technology.

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March 18, 2014 | City Launching New Small Business Contracting Program

On Monday, March 17 Mayor Emanuel announced that World Business Chicago is launching a program focused on matching neighborhood businesses with major Chicago institutions that have contracting needs.

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March 13, 2014 | Panel: Technology and Innovation Play Major Role in Ireland and Chicago

On Thursday, March 13 the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Irish Consulate to host “Innovation and Technology in Local and International Markets”.

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March 6, 2014 | L2O Opens Up to Chamber Board for One-of-a-Kind Dinner

On Tuesday, March 4, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce held a private, gourmet dinner for Board Directors and their significant others at L2O Restaurant.

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March 4, 2014 | Chamber Addresses Minimum Wage in Letter to City Council

In a letter sent Tuesday, March 4 to the Chicago City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce stated its position on the call for Congress to raise the minimum wage.

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March 3, 2014 | Report Ranks Chicago Area as Top Market for Corporate Facilities

A Site Selection Magazine analysis found that the Chicago area is the number one market in the country for corporations either expanding their offices or opening new ones.

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March 3, 2014 | Chicago Sees Improvement in Venture Capital Funding Performance

Venture capital funding has become a key component to Chicago’s economy as the city’s entrepreneurial and tech scenes have continued to thrive in recent years.

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February 28, 2014 | Chamber Testifies to Improve Illinois' Business Tax Structure

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce testified at a joint hearing of the Illinois House Revenue & Finance and State Government Administration Committees on Thursday, February 27th on Illinois business tax incentive policies.

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February 27, 2014 | Chamber Members Featured in Tribune Series on China's Architecture

It may come as a surprise to some, but a few of Chicago’s premier architecture firms may have a significant influence over the future of China’s cityscapes.

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February 27, 2014 | Chamber Kicks Off 2014 Procurement Series

On Wednesday, February 25, DLA Piper hosted Chicago, Cook County, and State of Illinois officials to discuss strategic sourcing opportunities for small and medium size businesses.

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February 19, 2014 | Chamber Roundtable Discussion Focuses on Global Opportunities for Exporters

Megan Schildgen, U.S. Commercial Service Trade Officer, and Jan Blaho, Director of Supply Chain Finance, Export Import Bank of the U.S., joined the Chamber on Wednesday, February 19.

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February 19, 2014 | Chicago Attracts Federal Savings Bank Headquarters

In an announcement with Mayor Emanuel, the Federal Savings Bank says it will be moving its headquarters from Kansas to Chicago, bringing with it 100 new jobs.

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February 18, 2014 | Chamber Member Northern Trust Hired 250 in Chicago Last Year

It may have been a bit under the radar, but Chamber member Northern Trust added 250 workers in Chicago and 600 globally in 2013.

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February 14, 2014 | Metra and CTA Share Future Plans with Chamber's Logistics & Mobility Forum

The Chamber’s Logistics & Mobility Forum hosted representatives from Metra and the CTA to present on the future plans to update and improve the region’s passenger rail and bus systems.

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February 13, 2014 | Wrigley Building's Owners Seek Tech Companies

Could Michigan Avenue become one of Chicago’s new tech corridors? The possibility is worth considering.

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February 6, 2014 | Snow Can't Dampen Success of Chamber Open House

Chamber members new and old produced an excellent showing for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce New Office Open House on Wednesday, February 5.

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February 5, 2014 | Chamber President Theresa E. Mintle on Teaching Tech to Grow Jobs

What is the key to small and medium-sized business growth in 2014? What are some of the most in-demand workers in the region?

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February 3, 2014 | Illinois Universities Help Drive New Startups

Not only are universities in a unique position to support the creation of new business startups, they possess the resources to provide a nurturing ecosystem for the new businesses once they have been created.

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January 31, 2014 | Governor Calls for Minimum Wage Increase in State of State Address

On Wednesday, Governor Pat Quinn delivered the annual Governor's State of the State address to a joint meeting of the Illinois House and Senate.

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January 31, 2014 | Chamber Board Approves 2014 Legislative Agenda

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors voted to approve the 2014 Legislative Agenda.

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January 31, 2014 | Speaker Madigan Proposes Cut to Corporate Income Tax

On Thursday, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced a proposal to cut the state's corporate income tax.

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January 29, 2014 | 1871's Howard Tullman Endorses Collaboration at Chamber Board Meeting

In his work as a serial entrepreneur, turning around Kendall College, heading Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, and now as the new CEO of tech incubator 1871, it’s tough to argue against Howard Tullman’s experience and expertise in Chicago’s business community.

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January 24, 2014 | Brazilian Mission Explores Chicago's Food and Beverage Industry with the Chamber

On January 22 and 23, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted an inbound investigative mission from APEX, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency.

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January 20, 2014 | Chamber Testifies on Illinois Business Tax Incentives

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce testified at a joint hearing of the Illinois House Revenue & Finance and State Government Administration Committees on Friday, January 17th.

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January 17, 2014 | Business at its Best at the Signature Room at the 95th

On Thursday, January 16, a vibrant group of Chicago professionals joined the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce at The Signature Room at the 95th.

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January 15, 2014 | Forbes Business Conference Announced for March in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Forbes Media Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes announced this morning that the "Forbes Reinventing America Summit" will be held in Chicago this March.

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January 14, 2014 | Chamber to Host New Office Open House

The Chamber would like to extend an invitation to its members, partners and supporters to attend an open house in the new office space on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

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January 7, 2014 | 2014 Sidewalk Cafe Permit Application Available to Chicago Businesses

One way to help weather extreme cold and winter conditions is to begin planning for the spring and summer.

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January 6, 2014 | Chamber Continues to Strengthen Economic Ties with Ecuador

Our efforts to build a smart and sustainable city begin right here in Chicago, but over the past month have stretched as far as Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.

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January 2, 2014 | Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Accepting Applications until January 8

City Colleges of Chicago has again partnered with the Goldman Sachs Foundation to offer the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

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2013


December 19, 2013 | Chamber Member Sprout Social to Hire 100 in Chicago

Social media management software maker Sprout Social plans to hire 100 new employees as it moves its headquarters from the West Loop to a downtown office center.

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December 18, 2013 | ADM Announces Headquarters Move to Chicago

Archer Daniels Midland Co. confirmed this on Tuesday that it is moving its global headquarters to Chicago despite not getting the tax incentives it wanted.

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December 10, 2013 | Office Depot Chooses Florida for New Headquarters Despite Illinois' Efforts

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce was deeply engaged in efforts to retain the headquarters of several Illinois companies, including ADM and Office Depot, which recently completed a merger with Office Max.

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December 9, 2013 | Chamber Supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository

In support of The Wrigley Building’s food drive benefiting the Great Chicago Food Depository, staff members of the Chamber donated several bags of food in an effort to help end hunger in our community.

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December 3, 2013 | General Assembly Passes Pension Reform

This evening the Illinois General Assembly approved sweeping reforms to the state’s public employee pension system when both houses adopted Conference Committee Report #1 to Senate Bill 1.

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December 2, 2013 | Chicagoland Chamber Supports Pension Deal

The Chamber is joining other Illinois business associations to support the proposed framework to reform the state’s public employee pension system agreed to by the Governor and legislative leaders last week.

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November 21, 2013 | Illinois Sees Growth in Funding for Small Businesses

The November issue of the Illinois Innovation Index was released today, revealing that Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards have demonstrated strong growth in Illinois over the past decade.

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November 20, 2013 | Chicagoland Businesses to Recognize 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

On Friday, November 22, 2013 the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce joins the City of Chicago in recognizing the Fiftieth Anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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November 18, 2013 | Greg Brown Exemplifies Chicago-Style Leadership

When a business leader as respected as Glenn Tilton, Chairman of the Midwest at JPMorgan Chase and the winner of the 2010 Burnham Award, lauds your leadership qualities in a room full of Chicago’s business elite, you know you’re in good company.

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November 18, 2013 | Chamber Accepting Proposals for AMS and Website Upgrade

The Chicagoland Chamber is accepting proposals for a project to replace its current Association Management System (AMS) and Website Content Management System (CMS) as well as redesign the current website.

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November 13, 2013 | Chamber Board Member GoHealth to Hire Over 650 New Employees This Year

In February, Mayor Emanuel announced that Chamber Board Member GoHealth would be adding 250 new jobs in 2013.

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November 7, 2013 | Challenge Cup Startup Competition Comes to Chicago's 1871

Chicago tech incubator 1871 on Monday played host to 1776, a young Washington D.C.-based tech hub that decided to make Chicago the first stop for its Challenge Cup startup competition.

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November 4, 2013 | Innovation Index Highlights R&D Spending Connection with Higher-Education Institutions

The latest issue of the Illinois Innovation Index examines the connection between industry R&D, higher-education institutions and innovation in the state.

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November 1, 2013 | Get Covered Illinois Launches State-Wide Healthcare Enrollment Drive

This Saturday, Nov. 2, Get Covered Illinois – the Official Health Marketplace – is organizing the largest ever state-wide education and enrollment drive called “Cover Your Community.”

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October 30, 2013 | Experts Discuss the "State of the State" at Chamber Forum

Politicians, businesses and citizens of the state of Illinois are at a critical juncture. With so much dysfunction in Springfield, it is essential that we find solutions to the numerous challenges facing our state before it’s too late.

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October 28, 2013 | China's Zhejiang Province Connects with Chicago at Chamber Symposium

On Monday, October 28, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted the “Zhejiang - Illinois Investment & Trade Symposium & Luncheon” honoring a high level government and business delegation.

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October 28, 2013 | Chamber Testifies on Proposed 2014 Cook County Budget

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce testified at the Cook County Finance Committee today on the proposed 2014 Cook County budget.

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October 25, 2013 | Chamber President Theresa E. Mintle to Judge "Challenge Cup"

1776, an incubation platform based in Washington, DC, is hosting the Challenge Cup in Chicago to identify the most promising startups tackling the biggest global challenges.

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October 23, 2013 | Don Welsh Highlights Choose Chicago's Future Plans at Chamber Board Meeting

This morning’s Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meeting featured another prominent Chicago leader as Don Welsh, President and CEO of Choose Chicago.

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October 22, 2013 | Letter to the Editor: Keep ADM Here

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Theresa E. Mintle wrote a letter to the editor which was featured in yesterday’s Crain’s Chicago Business.

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October 18, 2013 | Choose Chicago Launches Neighborhood-Centric Website

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Don Welsh, President and CEO of Choose Chicago, recently announced the launch of the new Chicago Neighborhood website.

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October 17, 2013 | Celebrating Jerry Roper's 20 Years of Service to Chicagoland

Business and civic leaders, Chamber members, colleagues, friends and family all packed onto the rooftop at American Junkie last night with one purpose in mind: to honor Jerry Roper.

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October 15 ,2013 | Summit to Focus on Illinois' Agriculture Industry

Illinois leaders in the food and agriculture industry will discuss the role Illinois’ largest industry can play as a catalyst for job creation at the Illinois Food and Agriculture Summit on October 21, 2013 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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October 14, 2013 | Written Opinion Invalidating County Use Tax Issued

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Robert Lopez Cepero issued a written opinion Friday in favor of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit to block the Cook County’s Use Tax

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October 10, 2013 | Ecuadorian Trade Minister Visits the Chamber

Ecuador's Minister of International Trade, Francisco Rivadeneira, visited the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce with a delegation of Ecuadorian business and government leaders.

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October 10, 2013 | Chamber Commends President Preckwinkle's Plan for 2014 County Budget

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce commends Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for crafting a 2014 budget that includes no new or increased taxes, fees or fines.

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October 8, 2013 | Chamber Wins Summary Judgment Invalidating County Use Tax

Cook County Judge Robert Lopez Cepero issued a bench ruling in favor of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit to block the Cook County’s Use Tax on non-titled personal property.

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October 3, 2013 | Chamber Thanks Disabilityworks for 8 Great Years

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s disabilityworks program is transitioning its services to Illinois WorkNet in 2013.

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October 1, 2013 | Regional Leaders Unite at Summit on Regional Competiveness

The Alliance for Regional Development, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, hosted the inaugural Summit on Regional Competitiveness on Friday, September 27.

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October 1, 2013 | Illinois Benefits from Recent Business Relocations

Despite losing slightly more companies than it gained in 2012, Illinois saw a net increase of more than 1,400 jobs due to the fact that the companies that arrived were larger than those that left.

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September 30, 2013 | Chamber's John Roberson Discusses Small Business in SCORE Chicago Interview

John Roberson, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, joined SCORE Chicago for an interview last week.

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September 25, 2013 | Power Construction to Move Headquarters to Chicago

Power Construction, joined today by city and state officials, announced that it will move its corporate headquarters from Schaumburg to Chicago in anticipation of employee growth.

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September 18, 2013 | Portuguese Delegation Highlights Trade and Investment Opportunities at the Chamber

On Tuesday, September 17 the Chicagoland Chamber hosted a business breakfast reception with a delegation of high level government representatives and executives from the Portuguese Republic.

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September 17, 2013 | Suburban Tech Company Moves to West Loop

Following a recent trend, Highland-Park based OpinionLab Inc. is the latest suburban tech company to move downtown in search of younger talent.

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September 12, 2013 | Chamber Sending Elite Group to Global IT Forum in Brazil

This year, in conjunction with Brasscom and APEX, the Chamber is assembling an elite group of CTO’s and CIO’s to attend the Brasscom Global IT Forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil from October 23rd to 25th.

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September 12, 2013 | Motorola Solutions Joins Chamber for Launch of Procurement Series

Thursday, September 12 marked the first installment of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s new “Procurement Series - Empowering Chicago’s Businesses”.

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September 5, 2013 | Chamber Announces New Office Location: Moving into Chicago Landmark Wrigley Building

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced today that it is moving its headquarters to a newly renovated space in the iconic Wrigley Building in November.

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September 4, 2013 | Chamber Member Hainan Airlines Begins Nonstop Service Between Chicago and Beijing

On Tuesday, September 3, Chamber member Hainan Airlines made its inaugural flight between Chicago O’Hare and Beijing.

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September 4, 2013 | Whole Foods to Open Englewood Location, Bring 100 Jobs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office has announced that Whole Foods Market will open an 18,000-square-foot store in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood at 63rd Street and Halsted by 2016.

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September 3, 2013 | Alliance for Regional Development Wins EDA Grant

The Alliance for Regional Development has announced that it has been awarded a U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to become a national model for regional economic development.

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August 30, 2013 | Winners of 2013 Sloan Awards Announced

Almost 300 U.S. companies brought home Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility this year.

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August 28, 2013 | Chicago and Illinois Exports Hit Record High in 2012

According to the most recent installment of the Illinois Innovation Index, export values in Chicago and the State of Illinois hit a record high in 2012.

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August 27, 2013 | Small Business Week 2013: Events to Grow Your Business and Network

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is once again one of the presenting sponsors for Crain’s Small Business Week.

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August 26, 2013 | Workers' Compensation Reform Saves Illinois Employers $315 Million

An announcement from Governor Quinn last week estimated that overall savings from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation system have reached $315 million.

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August 26, 2013 | Brazil Brings Energy and Opportunity to Chicago

In anticipation of last Wednesday’s highly anticipated U.S. – Brazil Business Forum and Cultural Exchange, a Brazilian Technology Mission arrived in Chicago on Monday.

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August 20, 2013 | Crain's Features the Chamber as One of Chicago's Top Networking Groups

Chicago is home to a wide variety of quality business groups, but few have the longevity, resources and proven track record of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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August 14, 2013 | Associated Bank Cuts Ribbon on New Downtown Location

The Chamber joined its member Associated Bank for a ribbon cutting celebration at its new downtown Chicago location on Tuesday, August 13.

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August 14, 2013 | Chamber Lawsuit Blocks Cook County Use Tax; County Seeks Stay on Preliminary Injunction

As previously reported, Judge Robert Lopez Cepero recently issued a preliminary injunction of Cook County’s Use Tax on non-titled personal property.

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August 2, 2013 | Fire Marshal Withdraws Controversial Rule to Mandate Fire Sprinklers

Today, the Illinois State Fire Marshal withdrew a controversial rule that would mandate all buildings, commercial and residential, to install fire sprinklers.

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August 1, 2013 | Chamber Trip to Brazil Sparks Major Opportunities for Chicago

Last month, International Trade Center Manager Greg Stevens represented the Chicagoland Chamber at the FIFA Confederations CUP Brazil 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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August 1, 2013 | Chamber Launches Prescription Drug Discount Card

Members of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce now have access to free prescription drug discount cards through a new Chamber program.

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August 1, 2013 | Preliminary Injunction Order Filed on Cook County NonTitled Use Tax

Today, the Cook County Circuit Court formally entered in the Preliminary Injunction Order on the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax.

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July 31, 2013 | Think Chicago Program Using Lollapalooza to Attract Tech Talent

This coming weekend is one of the year’s most highly anticipated for music fans in Chicago and the Midwest as Grant Park plays host to the annual Lollapalooza music festival.

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July 24, 2013 | Chamber Scores Victory to Block Cook County Use Tax

On Wednesday, July 24 Judge Robert Lopez Cepero agreed to the Chamber’s request to issue a preliminary injunction of Cook County’s Use Tax on non-titled purchases.

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July 24, 2013 | City Council Passes Wrigley Field Renovation Plan

The Chicago City Council today approved the $500 million Wrigley Field expansion and renovation plan submitted by the Chicago Cubs three months ago.

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July 23, 2013 | Chamber Joins Chase for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Chicagoland Chamber was on hand as its Board member JPMorgan Chase cut the ribbon on its newest Chicago location at 401 N. Clark on July 19, 2013.

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July 19, 2013 | Chamber Environment Forum Hosts Panel Discussion on Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing

On Thursday, July 18th, the Chamber’s Environment Forum hosted a panel of experts to discuss the recent passage of a new law authorizing hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Illinois.

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July 18, 2013 | Stephen Beitler Presents on Chicago Infrastructure Trust at Chamber Board Meeting

Stephen Beitler, the Chicago Infrastructure Trust’s CEO, joined the Chicagoland Chamber at its Board of Directors meeting this morning to go over his plans for the trust in detail with leaders from Chicago’s business community.

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July 18, 2013 | Chamber Testifies in Support of Wrigley Field Expansion and Rehabilitation

On Thursday, July 18 the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce testified at the Chicago Plan Commission in support of the proposed expansion, restoration and rehabilitation of Wrigley Field as a significant economic development opportunity.

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July 17, 2013 | Qatar Airways Extends Exclusive Business Class Discount to Chamber Members

Qatar Airways is pleased to be able to offer Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce members an exclusive 15%* discount on its award-winning Business Class from Chicago to some of its most popular destinations worldwide.

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July 15, 2013 | Techweek Scores Big Attendance Numbers

The third installment of the annual Techweek Chicago Conference and Expo saw its attendance numbers increase by one third this year despite the fact that the convention running two days less than last year.

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July 10, 2013 | Deadline for Chicago Innovation Award Nominations is Approaching

For the 12th annual year, the Chicago Innovation Awards will be celebrating the most innovative new products and services introduced in the Chicago region.

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July 9, 2013 | New Study Explores Midwest Companies' Use of Social Media

Are you interested in knowing how other companies and organizations in the Midwest are using social media in their branding, sales, customer service, fundraising or other efforts?

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July 5, 2013 | Health-Law Mandate for Businesses Delayed until 2015

The Obama administration unexpectedly announced Tuesday it will delay a major requirement of the Affordable Care Act that requires all employers with more than 50 employees to provide coverage to their workers until 2015.

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July 2, 2013 | Join A Safe Haven Foundation in a Run to End Homelessness

Chamber member A Safe Haven Foundation will host its 3rd Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness on Sunday, July 14.

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June 27, 2013 | 3rd Annual Techweek Chicago Off to a Promising Start

One of the most exciting weekends for Chicago’s vibrant tech community is underway, but not all Chicagoans are familiar with the event that started as a small tech conference in 2011.

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June 25, 2013 | Chamber to Represent Chicago at the FIFA Confederations CUP Brazil 2013

The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and BIO-RIO Foundation have decided to graciously host Chamber International Trade Center Manager Greg Stevens in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza to watch the match on June 27th.

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June 24, 2013 | Chamber Testifies in Support of Chicago Perishable Center

Jerry Roper, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, testified this morning at a hearing of the Chicago City Council Committee on Aviation in support of an ordinance to create the Chicago Perishable Center, LLC.

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June 21, 2013 | Chamber Files Lawsuit to Block Cook County's Use Tax on Non-Titled Personal Property

Today, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit against the Cook County Department of Revenue to block the County from imposing the .75 percent use tax on non-titled personal property.

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June 21, 2013 | Report Shows Chicago Growing in Global Economic Strength

In terms of global economic competitiveness, Chicago will be one of the top 10 cities in the world by 2025.

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June 18, 2013 | Chamber Helps Cut the Ribbon on New York Life Office Expansion

Representatives from the Chicagoland Chamber joined the team of Chamber member Chicago North Shore General Office of New York Life at 500 West Madison Street on Tuesday to celebrate the company’s new office expansion.

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June 17, 2013 | Qatar Airways Offers Exclusive Business Class Discount to Chamber Members

To celebrate the launch of daily flights from Chicago, Qatar Airways is pleased to be able to offer Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Alliance members an exclusive 15%* discount.

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June 12, 2013 | Indonesian Delegation Connects with Chicagoland Companies at Chamber Business Forum

On Wednesday, June 5, high level officials from a variety of Indonesian industries had the opportunity to educate and connect with Chamber members and Chicagoland business leaders at the U.S. Indonesia Midwest Business Forum.

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June 10, 2013 | Chamber Member Cigna-Healthspring to Add 120 Jobs in New Chicago Office

Cigna-HealthSpring, a Chamber member and one of the nation’s leading Medicare Advantage plans, is opening a new office in downtown Chicago as it plans to hire 120 new employees to support its growing operations in Illinois.

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June 6 ,2013 | The Time for Common Sense Immigration Reform is Now

As debate on the Senate floor begins next week, the need for common sense immigration reform that would provide a boost to our economy and ensure stability and growth is urgent.

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June 5, 2013 | Chicagoland Leaders Unite at Chamber's 109th Annual Meeting

The year’s premiere business event featured the presentation of the 2nd Annual Jim Tyree Award and remarks from Mayor Emanuel and United CEO Jeff Smisek.

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June 4, 2013 | AuctionsByCellular CEO Jim Alvarez Wins 2013 Jim Tyree Award

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced at its 109th Annual Meeting of Membership today that Jim Alvarez, CEO of AuctionsByCellular, is the winner of the 2013 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award.

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June 4, 2013 | Illinois' Smart Grid is Back on Track

The Illinois General Assembly recently overrode the veto of Senate Bill 9, the Smart Grid bill.

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May 30, 2013 | Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Names Theresa Mintle, Veteran City of Chicago Official, as President, CEO

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced today that Theresa E. Mintle, a well-known and respected executive who has spent much of her business career serving in key positions with the City of Chicago.

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May 30, 2013 | Chamber Member Grainger to Add 300 Jobs in Downtown Chicago

Mayor Emanuel joined representatives from Chamber member W.W. Grainger, Inc. today to announce that the company will add approximately 300 IT and eCommerce employees to its downtown location over several years.

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May 30, 2013 | Growth in Illinois STEM Degrees Supports Innovation

For much of the past decade, Illinois has lagged behind the national average in terms of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degrees as a percent of all degrees conferred in the state.

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May 24, 2013 | US Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Bill Foster Address Chamber's Employment Law Forum on Immigration Reform

US Senator Dick Durbin and US Congressman Bill Foster joined a panel hosted by the Chamber’s Employment Law Forum for a discussion on the need to pass federal comprehensive immigration reform.

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May 24, 2013 | Chamber, CITCA Explore Mega Trends in European Market

In a global economy, it is becoming increasingly important for American companies to understand economic trends in international markets across the world.

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May 23, 2013 | Chamber Urges Lawmakers to Support Medicaid Expansion

In a Letter to the Editor recently featured by Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicagoland Chamber, Illinois Chamber and Illinois Retail Merchants Association asked lawmakers to approve Senate Bill 26 to protect Illinois employers and support the state’s economic future.

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May 21, 2013 | Chamber Calls for Enactment of Illinois Smart Grid Bill

Calling the Smart Grid a major opportunity to jumpstart the Illinois economy, economic development and business leaders across the state today urged the General Assembly to quickly act and override the veto of Senate Bill 9, the Smart Grid Bill.

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May 20, 2013 | From No Resume to New Life through the workNet Center

In the spring of 2012, when Ruth came to the Arlington Heights One-Stop workNet Center for help in finding a job, it had been "a long road," and "a lot of years without a job!"

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May 17, 2013 | International Students Learn About American Business Culture at the Chamber

On Friday, May 17 a group of 22 graduate and undergraduate economic students from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands visited the Chicagoland Chamber to learn about the city’s business culture.

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May 17, 2013 | Ecuadorian Ambassador and Delegation Visit the Chamber

On May 16, 2013 an Ecuadorian delegation led by Madam Ambassador Nathalie Cely attended a business connection luncheon at the Chicagoland Chamber to explore opportunities for collaboration between Chicagoland and Ecuador.

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May 16, 2013 | Chamber Joins K1 Speed to Celebrate New Buffalo Grove Racing Center

On Wednesday, May 15 Chamber member K1 Speed revealed its new racing center in Buffalo Grove, IL at a ribbon cutting celebration hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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May 15, 2013 | Chamber Emphasizes Strong Support for Gaming Expansion Legislation

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce today reiterates our strong support for Senate Bill 1739, which includes development of a Chicago casino and employs an economic development tool.

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May 15, 2013 | Chamber Supports Immigration Reform in Tribune Op-Ed

Mark Segal, Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee, had an op-ed calling for comprehensive immigration reform published in the Chicago Tribune this week.

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May 15, 2013 | Jackson Lewis Offering Free Employment Law Advice to Chamber Members

Free, immediate guidance on most employment law issues is now just a phone call away for members of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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May 15, 2013 | Chicagoland Chamber Featured in National Report on Clean Energy and Innovation

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that it is being recognized nationally as a leading chamber driving economic development around clean energy.

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May 10, 2013 | Finalists Selected for the 2013 Jim Tyree Award

Judges for the 2013 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award met at the Chamber today and selected five finalists for the award, which is given annually to one of Chicagoland's high growth small businesses.

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May 9, 2013 | IBIC Steering Committee Urges Lawmakers to Pass Immigration Reform

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) Steering Committee recently wrote a letter to the Illinois Congressional Delegation urging its members to support passage of common sense immigration reform.

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May 6, 2013 | Tressler LLP to Offer Free Legal Consultations at the Chamber

As an exclusive benefit through the Chicagoland Chamber, the law firm of Tressler LLP is offering free legal consultations at the Chicagoland Chamber Offices.

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May 2, 2013 | Mayor Emanuel Makes Case for Gaming Expansion in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has renewed his push for the Illinois General Assembly to pass gaming legislation, saying all revenue from a potential Chicago casino would be directed to school construction and modernization in Chicago’s struggling public school system.

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May 2, 2013 | Spotlight on Chamber Member Keno Kozie Associates

Barry Keno, Owner and President of Keno Kozie Associates, participated in the following Q&A with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed how he started Keno Kozie, what he attributes his success to, and the future of his rapidly growing company.

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April 30, 2013 | Trends in Chicagoland's STEM Workforce Shed Light on Innovation in the Region

The most recent issue of the Illinois Innovation Index examines the regional STEM workforce and the effect it has on Chicago’s innovation ecosystem.

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April 29, 2013 | Delegation from China's Guizhou Province Convenes in Chicago

On Thursday, April 25 the Chicagoland Chamber, in partnership with the Rockford Area Economic Development Council and U.S. - China Chamber of Commerce, hosted a business reception featuring a high level government and business delegation from Guizhou Province, China.

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April 26, 2013 | MWRD Officials Join Chamber on Ingredion Tour

On Tuesday, April 23 the Chicagoland Chamber facilitated a tour of Ingredion's Argo plant in Bedford Park for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners Debra Stone and Patrick Thompson.

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April 26, 2013 | Flight Delays from FAA Furloughs Impacting Chicago Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration’s forced furloughs of airport air traffic controllers is causing delay across the country and resulting in an average of 30 minute delays for flights coming into and out of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and Midway Airport.

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April 25, 2013 | Does Your Company Need a Social Media Policy?

As social media use has become widespread in today’s society, it’s important for companies to be aware of the potential risks of employee use of social media and the importance of creating a social media policy.

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April 24, 2013 | United CEO Jeff Smisek to Serve as Keynote Speaker for 109th Annual Meeting

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that United Airlines President and CEO Jeff Smizek will serve as keynote speaker at the 109th Annual Meeting of Membership.

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April 22, 2013 | Chamber Members Explore Emerging Health Care Delivery Models

The Chicagoland Chamber, in partnership with the Illinois State Bar Association, hosted a half-day seminar educating professionals on the multi-faceted existence of health care delivery options.

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April 18, 2013 | KinderCare Offers Chamber Members Tuition Discount Through ChamberPlus+ Program

Chamber members and the Chicagoland business community are invited to attend an Open House on Tuesday, April 23rd at local ChamberPlus+ partner KinderCare Learning Centers.

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April 17, 2013 | AMA Chicago Conference Center Simplifies Doing Business in Chicago

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce works on behalf of its members to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in the country. The team at AMA’s Chicago Executive Conference Center, a member of the Chamber, works toward a similar goal.

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April 17, 2013 | Second Annual Moxie Awards Celebrate Chicago's Most Innovate Digital Entrepreneurs

The Chicagoland Chamber is proud to be a community partner with the Second Annual Moxie Awards, presented by Built In Chicago, which will gather Chicago’s most innovative digital entrepreneurs on June 20th, 2013 at Park West.

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April 12, 2013 | Chamber Celebrates airberlin's New Chicago-to-Berlin Service

Chamber member airberlin launched non-stop service between Chicago and Berlin on March 23, making it the first airline ever to provide a connection between the third-largest U.S. metropolis and the capital of Germany.

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April 12, 2013 | Saudi Delegation Visits the Chamber to Strengthen Ties with Chicago

A delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Saudi Arabia met at the Chicagoland Chamber on Wednesday, April 10, to begin building a relationship with Chicago’s business leaders.

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April 11, 2013 | Jerry Roper - Chicagoland Chamber President and CEO - Set to Retire

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced today that Jerry Roper, President and CEO, will retire by the end of this calendar year.

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April 10, 2013 | Chamber Congratulates Qatar Airways for Commencing Chicago Flights Today

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce congratulates Qatar Airways on commencing flights today, connecting Chicago to over 125 global destinations.

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April 4, 2013 | Deadline Extended to April 30 for 2013 Jim Tyree Award Applications

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development Center in partnership with Mesirow Financial is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award.

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April 3, 2013 | State Rep. David Harris Discusses FY 2014 Budget with Chamber Taxation Forum

On April 3, 2013, Chamber Taxation Forum members received valuable insights on the State of Illinois’ FY 2014 budget from Rep. David Harris (R-53rd District), Republican Spokesperson of the House Revenue Committee.

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April 1, 2013 | Chamber Helps Launch the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition

On April 1, 2013 Mark Segal, Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee, was a featured speaker at the formal kick-off of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC).

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March 28, 2013 | Coeur Moving Global HQ to Chicago

Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation, currently headquartered in Idaho, has announced that it will move its company headquarters to downtown Chicago.

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March 28, 2013 | New Sustainability Report Highlights Innovative Chicagoland Companies

A new corporate sustainability report produced by the Chicago Corporate Sustainability Working Group was released on Tuesday, March 26.

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March 26, 2013 | Chamber Members Take Off on airberlin's Inaugural Flight from Chicago to Berlin

Chamber President and CEO Jerry Roper joined Chamber Board member Aavo Reinfeldt and fellow travelers to send them off in style on airberlin’s Inaugural Flight from Chicago to Berlin, Germany on March 23, 2013.

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March 25, 2013 | Chamber Members Uncover Economic Opportunities in South Africa

The Chamber, in conjunction with the South African Consulate General in Chicago, hosted an intimate business seminar and dinner to discuss trade and investment opportunities with South Africa.

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March 22, 2013 | Thousands Come Out for 2 Year Anniversary 'Hiring our Heroes' Job Fair

Hiring Our Heroes returned to Chicago on March 21, 2013 for its best showing in the city yet. Over 1,500 military veterans and spouses and 111 employers convened at the Palmer House Chicago for a job fair matching unemployed vets with Chicagoland companies.

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March 21, 2013 | Technology and Sports Intersect at Google Chicago

Some of Chicago’s top experts on technology and sports gathered at Chamber member Google Chicago’s offices on Thursday, March 21 for a panel on the Technology of Sport.

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March 20, 2013 | UPS Offers Chamber Members Chance to Win a Trip to the Final 4

Now through May 15th, Chamber members have the chance to win a trip for 4 to the 2014 NCAA® Final Four®!

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March 19, 2013 | Retrofit Inc. to Move Headquarters to Downtown Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that Retrofit Inc. will move its national headquarters to downtown Chicago, which will lead to the company doubling its staff to 100.

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March 14, 2013 | Chamber Announces Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund Financing for Black Dog Corp

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, UBS, and Valley Economic Development Center are pleased to announce that Black Dog Corp has been awarded financing through the Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund.

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March 14, 2013 | Hiring Our Heroes Returns to Chicago Next Week

Hiring our Heroes, a national initiative that has already helped over 14,100 veterans and military spouses obtain jobs, will return to Chicago on March 21, 2013 for its 2 Year Anniversary Veterans Hiring Fair at the Palmer House Chicago.

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March 13, 2013 | Chamber Seeks Applications for 2013 Jim Tyree Award

The Chamber's Small Business Development Center in partnership with Meisrow Financial is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award.

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March 11, 2013 | Chamber Celebrates Andrew Mason for Putting Spotlight on Chicago

Chicagoland Chamber President and CEO Jerry Roper wrote an opinion piece featured in today’s Crain’s Chicago Business celebrating former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason.

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March 8, 2013 | Chamber Transportation Forum Discusses Future of Regional Transportation Planning

On Friday, March 8, the Chamber’s Transportation and Infrastructure Forum hosted Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director of CMAP, and Frank Beal, Executive Director of Metropolis Strategies.

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March 8, 2013 | The Exchange Brings the Best Out of Chicagoland

This year’s Exchange event more than lived up to its reputation as the Chicagoland Chamber’s largest networking and tradeshow event of the year.

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March 7, 2013 | Chamber Supports Launch of City's New Small Business Center

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is encouraged by the City’s announcement today of the launch of the Small Business Center and appointment of the first Chief Small Business Officer.

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March 7, 2013 | Chamber Supports Worker's Compensation Reform at House Subcommittee Hearing

Chicagoland Chamber Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer John Carpenter expressed support for bills on the state’s worker’s compensation system at the Illinois House Worker’s Compensation Subcommittee Hearing.

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March 5, 2013 | Castle Ribbon Cutting Makes for a Memorable Celebration

On Thursday, February 28, Chamber member Castle unveiled the multi-million-dollar renovation of the Historic Chicago Landmark building at a ribbon cutting celebration hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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March 4, 2013 | Qatar Airways Offering Chamber Members Exclusive Savings Deal on Fares for Chicago Launch

Chamber member Qatar Airways is eager to call Chicago its newest U.S. gateway beginning April 10th, 2013.

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March 4, 2013 | Hank Hughes and Phillip Pittsford Selected as Vice Chairmen of the GCC

The Chicagoland Chamber is pleased to announce that Hank Hughes and Phillip Pittsford have been selected to serve as Vice Chairmen of the Chamber’s Global Connections Council.

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February 28, 2013 | Loans to Illinois Small Businesses Back on the Rise

Small business lending in the Chicagoland area grew steadily from 1996 to 2007, accounting for nearly 378,000 loans at a sum of $10.5 Billion, according to the February issue of the Illinois Innovation Index.

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February 27, 2013 | Business Leaders from Chicago and the Czech Republic Connect at the Chamber

The Chicagoland Chamber, in conjunction with the Consulate General of Czech Republic in Chicago and the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic, hosted a business breakfast reception yesterday in honor of MUDr. Martin Kuba, the Minister of Trade and Industry of the Czech Republic.

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February 27, 2013 | Three Chamber Board Members Among '100 Most Powerful Chicagoans'

The Chicagoland Chamber Board of Directors is a compilation of the most influential business and civic leaders throughout the region today.

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February 26, 2013 | Chamber Members - We Want to Share your Success Stories!

Since 1904, companies of all sizes have grown their businesses and have connected with thousands of commerce and industry leaders through the Chamber.

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February 21, 2013 | Chamber Member Belly Creating 150 Jobs in Chicago

Mayor Emanuel joined Chamber member Belly today at its company headquarters to announce that the fast-growing loyalty company will be adding 150 jobs this coming year in Chicago.

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February 19, 2013 | Alliance for Regional Development Leader Kelly O'Brien to Address Everything Entrepreneur Conference

No city can survive when its surrounding area isn’t meeting its potential and Chicago is no exception. A thriving Chicago depends upon a thriving suburban area, and, ever more so, a thriving Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin.

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February 13, 2013 | Chamber Board Member GoHealth Adding 250 Jobs in Chicago

GoHealth LLC, a member of the Chicagoland Chamber Board of Directors and the nation’s most complete online portal for finding health insurance coverage, is planning to add 250 new jobs this year.

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February 13, 2013 | Chamber Joins GROW-IL Coalition to Support Hydraulic Fracturing Legislation

The Chicagoland Chamber recently joined a diverse group of business and labor organizations to launch a coalition focused on enacting common sense hydraulic fracturing legislation in Springfield.

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February 12, 2013 | Chamber Announces AEP Energy as ChamberPlus+ Exclusive Presenting Sponsor

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced today that Leadership Circle Member AEP Energy will serve as the new Presenting Sponsor of its ChamberPlus+ Program.

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February 11, 2013 | Demand for Tech Talent in Chicago Continues to Rise

Chicago’s technology ecosystem has grown rapidly in recent years thanks to the hundreds of expanding technology companies and digital startups that call the city home.

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February 8, 2013 | Chamber Testifies in Opposition to Prentice Landmark Designation

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted again on February 7 to reject preliminary landmark status for the former Prentice Women’s Hospital paving the way for demolition of the unused building.

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February 7, 2013 | Chamber Member Citi Opens Newest Branch in Downtown Chicago

Banking just got easier for Chicago residents, with the grand opening of a new Citibank branch located at 180 N. Michigan Avenue.

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February 6, 2013 | Chamber Responds to Governor Quinn's Budget Address

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is surprised by the Governor’s call to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10 over the next four years while Illinois’ business environment is already so hostile to the creation of jobs, corporate relocations, and plant expansion.

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January 31, 2013 | Chamber Releases 2012 Public Policy Legislative Report

On Thursday, January 31, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce released its 2012 Public Policy Legislative Report during its Board of Directors Meeting at 1871 Chicago.

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January 30, 2013 | Illinois Innovation Index Reflects Commitment to Expanding High-Speed Broadband Service

The first issue of the Illinois Innovation Index released in 2013 revealed data that shows Illinois’ government officials and private sector leaders have committed to expanding high-speed broadband service to both residential and commercial customers.

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January 21, 2013 | Chamber Members Contributing to Chicago's Next Generation of Leadership

Chamber member Brill Street + Company recently announced the 2012 Top 50 Employers for Gen Y Emerging Talent in Chicago, a list that includes several prominent members of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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January 15, 2013 | Chamber Board Member Wal-Mart Makes Major Commitment to Hiring Veterans

Wal-Mart, a member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, today will announce a plan to hire any veteran that wants a job.

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January 10, 2013 | Tri State Alliance for Regional Development Unveils New Logo

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Tri State Alliance for Regional Development recently unveiled its new logo (below), which was designed by Tracy Lee, who is a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

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January 9, 2013 | PNC Bank Names Scott C. Swanson New Regional President for Illinois

CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2013 – PNC Bank today named Scott C. Swanson as regional president for Illinois. He will be based in Chicago and lead the local regional banking team.

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January 9, 2013 | Repeal of Sales Tax Increase Will Level Playing Field for Cook County Businesses

Today, Chicagoland Chamber President and CEO Jerry Roper had a Letter to the Editor on the subject featured on the "Voice of the People" page of the Chicago Tribune's website.

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January 9, 2013 | Labor Leader Backs Chamber's Suggestion for Casino at Thompson Center

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Roper, a long-time fierce advocate for gaming expansion and a Chicago casino, first proposed the Thompson Center as a potential location for a casino in September 2011.

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January 7, 2013 | A Chicago Casino Can Be a Good Bet, If It's Done Right

Chamber President & CEO Jerry Roper made the case for a downtown Chicago casino as a tool to boost the city's economic vibrancy today on Reboot Illinois’ website.

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January 4, 2013 | Chamber Board of Directors Calls On General Assembly to Pass Pension Reform

On January 3, 2013 the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors sent a letter to the Illinois General Assembly urging it to pass comprehensive public pension reform.

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January 4, 2013 | Chamber Members - 'America's Got Talent' Wants You to Audition!

NBC's Hit Show America's Got Talent is kicking off its new season and holding Open Call Auditions in Chicago at McCormick Place on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27.

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January 4, 2013 | Chamber Board Member Clayco's Move to Chicago Expected to Create 300 Jobs

Clayco, Inc., a St. Louis-based engineering and design firm and Board member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, is moving its national headquarters to downtown Chicago. The firm is expected to add 300 jobs in Chicago over the next two years.

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January 2, 2013 | Chamber Celebrates Repeal of the Cook County Sales Tax

On January 2, 2013 Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jerry Roper gave remarks at a news conference for the reduction of the Cook County sales tax at Abt Electronics in Glenview, Illinois.

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