Chamber Advocacy Updates
One of The Chamber’s four core functions is our role as the leading voice OF and FOR business, as one of THE organizations that will stand in the gap to influence pro-business, pro-growth policies and procedures while opposing those that are not.
At the beginning of 2018, we promised to track local, state, and federal legislation and inform members of how it may impact their business and our community. We promised to inform and guide them when action is needed, and to provide the necessary information and most effective ways to take such action.
2018 Chamber Advocacy Updates
June 26, 2018 - The Chamber submitted a letter and study commissioned by The Chamber, to the City of Springfield during their public comment period regarding the Integrated Resource Plan - the plan for the future of City Water Light and Power. The letter stated, "We believe it is a critical time to take a close look at past, present, and future operations of the utility in order to chart the best course forward for CWLP, the City of Springfield, our business community, and our residents." The study raised questions and concerns about CWLP operations we believe need to be addressed. CLICK HERE to view the letter. To view the study, CLICK HERE.
May 30, 2018 - The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce informed Chamber members of Senate Bill 3052. While SB 3052 is related to “retainage” provisions in commercial and large residential real estate construction contracts, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce believes the larger issue is one of precedent. The Chamber believes two private businesses should be able to enter into a mutually agreed upon contract that satisfies both parties without the government dictating terms of the contract.
May 29, 2018 - The Chamber provided an update regarding the status of The Wage Lien Act (HB4324) to membership.
April 11, 2018 - As a part of our Advocacy efforts, Chamber President and CEO Chris Hembrough represented our members and the local business community at Chamber Day, an advocacy event hosted by The Illinois Chamber of Commerce and The Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Pro-business advocates from across the state gathered in Springfield on April 11 for legislative updates on critical issues regarding the business climate, the regulatory environment, and the state of our State. For a complete list of key bills discussed by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, including their official position on each, click on the following link, https://bit.ly/2rfpcqV.
March - January 2018 - The Chamber hosted several events with elected officials, including a Tax Reform Roundtable with Representative Rodney Davis, a Legislative Update with Representative Darin LaHood, and a Manufacturing Roundtable, hosting Governor Bruce Rauner for a presentation and a question and answer session.
March 28, 2018 - The Chamber joined The Illinois Chamber of Commerce for a press conference sharing the recent TRIP Transportation report findings, including the need for a clear plan to address our deteriorating infrastructure, specifically our roads and bridges. The Report can be found on our website at http://www.gscc.org/TRIPreport.
March 5, 2018 - The Chamber shared our support of the Fair Maps Amendment (HJRCA0043) and supported the ongoing effort to turn the process over to an independent non-partisan panel.
March 5, 2018 - The Chamber provided members with summary information, as well as contact information, encouraging members to contact representatives opposing The Wage Lien Act (HB4324).
March 2, 2018 - The Chamber submitted a letter to the Mayor and Aldermen on behalf of our members and board of directors opposing the proposed new natural gas tax which was defeated by the Springfield City Council, 9-0, on March 6, 2018.
January 17, 2018 - The Chamber informed its members, particularly restaurant owners and operators, of the reported (by the SJ-R) potential for a City dine-in Tax. The Chamber encouraged members to attend the City’s first budget workshop on January 18 to stay informed and be involved in the process. Many attended the workshop during which Alderman Chuck Redpath acknowledged their presence and then assured them the reported potential dine-in tax would not happen.
December 2017 – January 2018 - The Chamber worked with the private sector development community including the Capital Area REALTORS, the Springfield Area Home Builders Association, engineers and developers, to request amendments to the City of Springfield’s new Comprehensive Plan. The Chamber Development Policy Council (DPC) was concerned parts of the plan could be used by future administrations to prohibit development, and by growing voices opposed to development and capital investment. After sharing our concerns with the Mayor and Aldermen, the adoption of the plan was delayed in order to work on the appropriate amendments. The DPC worked with City staff and the Springfield/Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission, crafting the amendments and the new Comprehensive Plan was approved by the Springfield City Council on January 16, 2018.
December 2017 - The Chamber Board adopted its 2018 Policy Agenda which can be found on our website at gscc.org/pages/advocacy.