Policy Issues at a Glance
City of Chicago
Mayor Emanuel, this week, is expected to introduce an ordinance at the City Council meeting seeking to massively expand O’Hare’s passenger areas, with dozens of new gates and terminal space. This effort will ensure that Chicago and the region’s economic engine remains strong and competitive in today’s global marketplace. It will create jobs, continue to attract headquarters and economic growth, and all at no cost to the taxpayer. The Chicagoland Chamber is supportive of the proposal. Read more here (including a quote from Chamber President and CEO Jack Lavin) and here.
In brief, Cook County continues to discuss major changes to the County’s Property Tax Incentive Assessment Classes by mandating prevailing wage rates to any owner of real estate who applies or is a recipient of any class of property tax incentives. In addition, it would require the owner of the property and tax incentive to maintain for 5 years all payroll records of all workers engaged in construction. Finally, the payroll records would be considered “public” information that would be available through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the recipient of any incentive would be required to ensure that any contractor and/or subcontractor participates in an approved apprenticeship program through the United States Department of Labor.
Please contact Michael Reever, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Government Relations directly should you have questions and/or concerns related to this particular piece of legislation, at (312) 494-6736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
State of Illinois
On February 14, the Chamber attended Governor Rauner’s Budget Address to a joint session of the state legislature. While we continue to review the Governor’s proposals, we are discussing and monitoring the budget situation with legislators on both sides of the aisle.
A few items worth noting:
House Bill 4819 was introduced as a so-called, “net neutrality” bill. The Chamber has taken no official position, as we continue to reach out to our members.
House Bill 5046
was introduced, and would mandate scheduling practices throughout Illinois. The Chamber has been actively monitoring similar legislation at the City level. The Chamber is opposed to the proposed legislation at both the City and State levels. It is critical we hear from you about how this legislation may impact you so we can convey that to policy-makers.
House Bill 4081
was introduced which would mandate notice be given to the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office of the moving of “large” call centers from Illinois to another state or foreign country, or face fines of $10,000 for non-compliance.