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BIPA Reforms: No Action in Spring Session, Hopeful for Veto Session 

One hot item the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has been following at the state level is proposed BIPA reforms.  BIPA stands for the Biometric Information Privacy Act and you should understand how detrimental this well-intentioned law has become for business. The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has spent time this legislative session reaching outContinue reading

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Finding Strength Through Unity

“Unity doesn’t mean sameness; it means oneness in purpose.” This was one of the first statements Clayton Muhammad, the City of Aurora’s Director of Communications and Equity made during our Unity Breakfast on Monday, April 24th.    At the beginning of the year, the NACC made a conscious decision to push unity through education. As partContinue reading

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New Round of B2B Grants Available 

Many of our restaurants, hotels, and creative arts organizations still struggle to recover from the pandemic.  On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Governor’s office announced $175 million dollars are available for eligible applicants in these sectors. The grants are part of additional assistance provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). One of the NACC’s goalsContinue reading

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Education, Advocacy & Get Out the Vote

The Consolidated Election is on April 4th this year.  And, while the consolidated elections typically don’t draw a lot of voters, these are the elections that impact your bottom line. They have the potential to affect our livelihoods. Have you taken the time to find out which candidates will be on your ballot?  At theContinue reading

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Get to Know Your Candidates

Last month, I focused on the April Consolidated elections and how important it is to educate yourself on the candidates and to vote. Local elections have a big impact on your bottom line and your ability to do business.  Often, these elections are decided by just a few votes. The NACC recognizes how important itContinue reading

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The Importance of Voting in the Consolidated Election

It seems like it was just yesterday that Illinois voters headed to the polls to vote in the mid-term elections.  And, oftentimes, when we think elections, we think about our State and Federal candidates for office. However, the Consolidated Election is one of the most important elections in which to cast your ballot. If you’reContinue reading

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Agreement Reached to Save Businesses Taxes 

Employers can take some comfort in knowing the state acted in addressing the remaining Unemployment Insurance (IU) Trust Fund loan balance during the recent veto session. This debt stood in the way of allowing employers to understand their pending expenses – as this could have fallen on employers to pick up the residual debt throughContinue reading

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Vote No on the Workers’ Rights Amendment

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the Workers’ Rights Amendment. Many of our Members have been curious to know where the NACC stands regarding the constitutional amendment that will appear on our ballots.  For some background: The Workers’ Rights Amendment will ask voters if they wish to establish a constitutional right for employeesContinue reading

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Early Voting & Your Ballot

Early voting for the November Midterm elections started on September 29th this year. The NACC encourages you to take time to review exactly who and what will be on your ballot before you cast your vote. One item Illinois voters will weigh in on this November is a proposed change to the Illinois Constitution. What You NeedContinue reading

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Responsible Bidder Process Should Not Exclude Non-Union Companies

The NACC Business Works Committee voted to oppose a requirement in the local “responsible bidder process” (RBP) that would exclude non-union companies and their sub-contractors from bidding on capital projects in Naperville. Should this requirement be included in the “responsible bidder process” City of Naperville ordinance, all companies who bid on local capital projects andContinue reading