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Government Affairs Brief: 3.23.2020

Is your business considered “essential” under Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order? NACC has received many calls from members regarding whether their business is considered essential under Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order issued last Friday (3.20.20).  We recognize that the definition is quite broad.  Read further using our resource below and/ or inquire with the Department of CommerceContinue reading

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Government Affairs Brief: 3.20.2020

This just in… Governor Pritzker has issued a stay-at-home order for the State of Illinois starting at 5:00 p.m. (CST) tomorrow, Saturday, March 21st thru Tuesday, April 7th. You may review the Governor’s Executive Order here for a comprehensive list of essential businesses that are allowed to remain open.  It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere The Illinois Liquor ControlContinue reading

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Government Affairs Brief: 3.19.2020

Federal Assistance Approved H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed the Senate and President Trump signed it into law yesterday (March 18th). This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for displaced workers. In addition, it contains provisions for diagnostic testing for Coronavirus andContinue reading

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Government Affairs Brief: 3.18.2020

Federal Assistance for Small Business & Not-For-Profits The Small Business Administration has authorized low-interest disaster loans for small businesses and non-profits (excludes religious organizations).  You are eligible for up to two million dollars for working capital (which includes fixed debt, payroll, etc.)  at an interest rate of 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for non-profit agencies. Continue reading

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Value of Face-to-Face Meetings with Elected Officials

Over the last year working in my role of government affairs at the Chamber, I have been involved in a number of methods of impacting policy at the local, state and federal level. Our advocacy has indeed taken several forms: We have supported the U.S. Chamber’s efforts to lobby congress for much-needed infrastructure funding by signing on asContinue reading

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Off to the Races in Springfield

The 101st Illinois Legislative Session is underway.  Governor Pritzker recently delivered his State of the State address and we were listening.  Key issues he called for in the upcoming legislative session impacting the business community include: diversity and inclusion in hiring practices, clean energy legislation, and support of local government efforts to reduce property taxes and increase government consolidation.  All ideas we haveContinue reading

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We Invest in Advocacy

Indulge me while I boast a bit about the NACC’s investment in advocacy for our Members.  Our staff works in concert with an engaged Business Works Committee (formerly Legislative Committee) who carefully examine key legislation on our radar and create action plans to influence policy to support business growth for our Members.  One example, a key pieceContinue reading

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United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Can Help Regional Business

The United States, Mexico, and Canada are close to reaching an agreement to rebalance and modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into a 21st century, high-standard trade deal. The goal is for the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to better serve the interests of American workers and businesses and support mutually beneficial trade leading toContinue reading

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Hat’s Off to Chairman’s Circle Member BP, America’s for Environmental Investment with Worldwide Impact

Indulge me a bit more as I continue my discussion from the last issue of The Current on the great Energy/Climate/Sustainability initiatives in which our Chamber Members are leading the way.Last week, BP announced a $25M investment in Illinois at their R&D hub in… Naperville! They will be piloting an enhanced recycling technology that enables currently un-recyclable plasticContinue reading

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Energy-Sustainability-Climate-Action Forward Takes Local & Federal Policy in Concert

A recent high point for me was being appointed to serve on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Climate Actions.  The Goals of this initiative are to: Gain an understanding of the implications and issues associated with carbon pricing and other potential climate actions Learn how carbon pricing policies outside of the U.S.Continue reading