Policy Issues at a Glance
State of Illinois
The Chamber’s government relations team is down in Springfield this week talking with legislators and proactively engaging on a variety of issues, including tech, health care and workforce development. Many of the issues the Chamber engaged on for our members last year are expected, or have already begun, to be introduced. Governor Rauner will give his ‘State of the State’ address on Wednesday, January 31.
City of Chicago
On January 17, the Chamber was at the first City Council meeting of the year. At this meeting, the Chamber advocated for the passage of the Presence Health Development TIF, which will not only provide greater access to healthcare in underserved areas, but also economic development including full and part-time jobs. In addition, we continue to actively educate aldermen on the Chamber’s opposition to the mandated scheduling issue that was introduced last year.
On January 17, the Chamber attended the first Cook County Board Meeting of the year. At this meeting, the Chamber advocated for passage of an ordinance to allow more time to fix a previously passed ordinance that would have impacted many businesses seeking local economic development incentives requiring burdensome affidavits. In addition, we continue to engage in conversations to ensure that incentives already promised to a business are not delayed, which potentially could temporarily increase their initial property tax payment because correcting such delays could take 9-12 months beyond when property tax bills are sent.