The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee provides a series of programs that provide meaningful information to Chamber members on federal, state, and local legislative topics.
Today, Doug Whitley, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, addressed a group of approximately 60 community and business leaders from St. Charles and Geneva at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Legislative Committee.
Whitley provided his opinions and insights on the current condition of Illinois government and the major challenges that face the state. He also provided attendees with:
- an overview of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, how the organization operates, and the mission of the organization.
- advice on how to best communicate with legislators. Doug indicated that personal stories and information is most effective because it is unique. Legislators find this easier to remember when legislation is being debated and discussed.
Doug said that the #1 priority for the Illinois Chamber is workers compensation reform. He said that since 2005, workers compensation costs in Illinois have increased by 15%, while other states have experienced a 19% decrease in costs.
Doug also highlighted the work of the Illinois Chamber in developing a white paper called, Jobs Agenda – A Blueprint For Growth and Prosperity.
The report proposes an agenda to reinvigorate Illinois as a business friendly state dedicated to growth, retention, and innovation. It recommends that Illinois confront the reality of the situation and take demonstrative steps to improve the economic fortunes of employers and citizens of Illinois.
The report was developed after soliciting the expertise of local chambers, professional site selection personnel, economic development directors, tax experts, and business executives. The report proposes solutions to address the challenges of job creation. You can view a full copy of the report here.
Attendees left the session better informed and inspired to work to improve the business climate, both locally and in Illinois.