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Social service chief warns of $15 minimum wage's impact on non-profits

Social service chief warns of $15 minimum wage's impact on non-profits | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
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Minimum wage bill heads to House floor with no changes - News - Morton Times-News - Morton, IL - Morton, IL

Minimum wage bill heads to House floor with no changes - News - Morton Times-News - Morton, IL - Morton, IL | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House members could vote as early as Thursday on a bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.When the vote occurs, it will be on the same legislation that passed out of the Senate last week on a party line vote.
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Senate passes rushed, job-killing minimum wage hike | Senator Jason Barickman | Illinois Senate

The Illinois Senate jammed through a partisan minimum wage hike despite the need for further negotiations and regional protections, according to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). “This isn’t about whether or not the minimum wage should be increased, it’s about how much, how fast, and...
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Minimum wage bill heads to Illinois House | Northwest Herald

Minimum wage bill heads to Illinois House | Northwest Herald | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Legislation calls for increase to $15 an hour over span of 6 years...
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Legislative Update: Minimum Wage - Illinois Library Association

Legislative Update: Minimum Wage - Illinois Library Association | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it


Legislative Update: Minimum Wage February 7, 2019 
ILA learned late last week that Governor Pritzker is interested in fast-tracking an increase to the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 per hour, from our current $8.25. Just today, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 1, the "Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act." 
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Senator Durbin, Illinois Bishops push back against legalizing marijuana -

Senator Durbin, Illinois Bishops push back against legalizing marijuana - | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Senator Durbin and Illinois' Catholic bishop make statements against legalizing marijuana, pointing out traffic deaths, mental health and addiction.
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Illinois Senate Committee Passes Tobacco 21 »

Illinois Democrat Julie Morrison is trying again to turn Illinois into a Tobacco 21 state. But opponents say the bill will do plenty of harm and no good.
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Seven (7) Things to Know About the Illinois Cannabis Legalization Equity Act

Seven (7) Things to Know About the Illinois Cannabis Legalization Equity Act | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
The Illinois House introduced HB 0902 the Cannabis Legalization Equity Act.The bill is socially progressive as it provides high cannabis possession limits, requires 51% of the cultivation and retail store licenses to be granted to communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the dr...
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Gerrymandering in Illinois: Pritzker and Madigan should work with Republicans to end it | Chicago Sun-Times editorial

Gerrymandering in Illinois: Pritzker and Madigan should work with Republicans to end it | Chicago Sun-Times editorial | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
After the Nov. 6 elections, four more states around the country joined the eight that already have their maps drawn by commissions instead of politicians. Illinois should join the club.
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Illinois Business Expense Reimbursement Law Now in Effect

Illinois Business Expense Reimbursement Law Now in Effect | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Illinois was the ninth jurisdiction to impose expense reimbursement requirements on employers. The new law took effect Jan. 1....
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Madigan supports Pritzker efforts on marijuana, income tax - Story

Madigan supports Pritzker efforts on marijuana, income tax - Story | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he supports Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's plans to legalize recreational marijuana and create a graduated income tax....
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Employer Alert

Illinois will soon begin implementation of the Secure Choice Savings Program, a program created by Public Act 098-1150 which establishes a statewide payroll deduction Individual Retirement Account program open to private sector employees. 

Participation in the program is mandatory for businesses that have been operating for at least 2 years, have more than 25 employees and do not offer their own qualified retirement plans. Employees of these businesses will be automatically enrolled in the program unless they opt out. Other employers may voluntarily offer the program to their employees, either by itself or in addition to an existing retirement plan. 

Persons working for employers that do not offer the state program may enroll in the program individually, but may be required to contribute through methods other than payroll deduction. I

Implementation will be divided into three waves and employers will be assigned to a wave based on their size: 
November 2018, Wave 1: Employers with 500+ employees 
July 2019, Wave 2: Employers with 100-499 employees 
November 2019, Wave 3: Employers with 25-99 employees 

The Illinois State Treasurer’s office will administer the program and they have created a website which answers many questions employers may have, such as eligibility and registration, FAQ’s, news, etc. The website is www.ilsecurechoice.com, and is the best place to obtain information about the new program. 

The rules for this program are currently open for public comment. The rules establish the responsibilities of the Secure Choice Savings Board, the Treasurer and the account administrator with regard to administration of the program; sets out investment policy and guidelines; establishes the registration and enrolment process, program fees and reporting requirements; and includes procedures through which employees may opt out of enrollment. 

Employers who begin offering their own qualified retirement plans (thereby becoming exempt from mandatory participation in the state program) may terminate their participation in the program. 

The rules are in the June 15th Illinois Register and begin on page 10351 (page 737). This is an opportunity for employers to submit comments or suggestions on the rules prior to them being adopted. The comment period is open until July 30th. 

All comments must be received by the Treasurer’s Office prior to July 30th. For questions, request for copies, or to submit comments, you may contact: 

Chris Flynn 
Office of the Treasurer
400 W. Monroe Street, Suite 401 
Springfield, IL 62704 
(217) 558-0115 (office) 
(217) 785-2777 (fax) 
CFlynn@Illinoistreasurer.gov
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How to mislead Illinoisans into accepting higher taxes

How to mislead Illinoisans into accepting higher taxes | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
A new report would have Illinoisans believe that a progressive income tax means tax cuts and economic growth. Illinois lawmakers’ tax-and-spend tendencies and evidence from all 50 states say otherwise.
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Illinois minimum wage bill raising hourly rate to $15 passes House | abc7chicago.com

Illinois minimum wage bill raising hourly rate to $15 passes House | abc7chicago.com | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
The Illinois House voted Thursday to pass a bill to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 over the next five years....
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Illinois’ crisis: 20 facts Pritzker doesn’t want ordinary Illinoisans to know | Wirepoints

Illinois’ crisis: 20 facts Pritzker doesn’t want ordinary Illinoisans to know | Wirepoints | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
There's no argument that Illinois is a wreck. But read Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes' new "budget" report and you might get the impression that former Gov.Bruce Rauner...
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Minimum wage at maximum speed? - Center for Illinois Politics

Minimum wage at maximum speed? - Center for Illinois Politics | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Proposed legislation would increase Illinois’ minimum wage for the first time since 2008, to $15 an hour by 2025...
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Illinois Senate backs $15 hourly minimum wage within 6 years

Illinois Senate backs $15 hourly minimum wage within 6 years | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour within six years, quickly advancing a top campaign promise of the newly elected Democratic governor in a major industrial state that hasn't raised the pay floor in nearly a decade.
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The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
The Illinois Senate voted along party lines on Thursday to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.
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Full Steam Ahead Or Pump The Brakes? Minimum Wage Discussions Continue In Illinois Senate | NPR Illinois

Full Steam Ahead Or Pump The Brakes? Minimum Wage Discussions Continue In Illinois Senate | NPR Illinois | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Illinois lawmakers may be slowing the process to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.The proposal was expected to be called for a vote and...
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How much you will earn under Pritzker's minimum wage plan

How much you will earn under Pritzker's minimum wage plan | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) -- Three weeks after taking the oath of office, Governor J.B. Pritzker's new administration is nearing the finish line of its first major legislative triumph as top...
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Illinois Secure Choice State-Sponsored Retirement Plan is Underway

Illinois Secure Choice State-Sponsored Retirement Plan is Underway | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
Illinois Secure Choice becomes latest state-sponsored retirement plan to be implemented in the United States. The program encountered challenges, including a veto from the governor, prior to its launch, but the pilot program is underway to provide employees with retirement savings plan options.
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Illinois Senate narrowly votes to raise age to buy cigarettes to 21, in one of many votes to override Gov. Bruce Rauner - dailywn.com

Illinois moved closer to raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes, vaping devices and other tobacco products to 21 after the state Senate on Wednesday …...
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Illinois Legislative Scorecard

How Pekin area legislators voted on business legislation in the 100th General Assembly.
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The Illinois Chamber of Commerce publishes a legislative scorecard at the end of each general assembly, rating Illinois legislators on their voting record on business issues. 

Legislators serving the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce received the following ratings: 

Senator David Koehler   23% 
Representative Mike Unes   88% 
Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth   33% 
Senator Bill Brady   86% 
Representative Tim Butler   78% 
Representative Keith Sommer   88% 

The ratings are based on legislators' votes on key business legislation of the 100th General Assembly as determined by the Illinois Chamber's staff and their Government Affairs Committee. 

To see the issues and how these legislators voted, visit 

To see the scorecard on all of the Illinois legislators, visit https://www.ilchamber.org/government-affairs/legislative-ratings2/
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Urban Farm Tax Credit Plan Gets Illinois House Approval — City Farmer News

Urban Farm Tax Credit Plan Gets Illinois House Approval — City Farmer News | Business Advocacy in Illinois | Scoop.it
City Farm vegetable garden and the Chicago skyline. Piush Dahal Via Flickr. The Illinois House has voted to allow tax breaks for those who take vacant land and use it for urban farming. The aim is to give an economic boost to the state’s low-income areas. By Sam Dunklau NPR Illinois Apr 30, 2018 Excerpt: The idea comes from state Representative Sonya Harper, a Democrat from Chicago. She explained during the debate that the people she represents on the south and west sides of the city live in food deserts. That means they don’t have easy access to fresh food. But what those neighborhoods do have is vacant land. “Now what people are doing is they’re putting that land back to productive use, and actually reviving the local economy and bringing jobs to an area that is depressed and does not have them,” she said. Harper’s bill would allow city governments across the state to offer special incentives like tax abatements and lower utility rates. But there would be limits on the dollar amount of those incentives. Some Republicans say less tax money coming on those properties could result in higher taxes for everyone else. Read the complete article here. Share this post:
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