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Latest Action Alerts for Businesses

ALERT! BUSINESSES SHOULD OPPOSE SENATE BILL 2600

BILL MAY BE PRESENTED AGAIN THIS WEEK THAT HURTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ILLINOIS AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES

The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes SB 2600. This bill imposes a one-size fits all approach to state AND local economic development organizations, damaging the ability of local communities to design their own business attraction and recruitment efforts to fit their unique economic needs.

SB 2600 requires that any economic development corporation or commission that receives any public money, no matter how minimal an amount, must have at least two members from a labor council serving on its board or commission. These labor council members would be full board members with all rights and privileges and need not even pay any membership fees or dues for such membership. Most successful economic development corporations are funded primarily through the financial contributions of businesses.

Economic development organizations are established to grow and attract a thriving retail, industrial, and commercial business environment. The required appointments of these individuals will distract from the organization’s core purpose: to effectively support and grow the community’s economic vitality.

Please contact your state senator and state representative as soon as possible to urge them to OPPOSE SB 2600. Here is contact information for Greater Oak Brook’s senator and representative:

State Senator Chris Nybo
chris@chrisnybo.org
217-782-8148

State Representative Patti Bellock
rep@pbellock.com
217-782-1448

To find contact information for senators and representatives in other areas, please visit the Legislative Directory.

 

 

 

 

ALERT! BUSINESSES SHOULD SUPPORT SENATE BILL 1585 – NEXT GENERATION ENERGY PLAN

The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce strongly supports SB 1585. In 2011, our own local ComEd corporation began substantial investment to rebuild, modernize, and expand Illinois’ century-old electric grid. Among those investments were the deployment of a smart grid and new, digital smart meters. This investment, now well underway, has improved reliability while maintaining safe and affordable service. To ensure that customers, including low-income citizens, are equipped to enjoy the opportunities and benefits of the smart grid and evolving clean energy marketplace, Illinois should continue in its efforts to build the grid of the future.

The Next Generation Energy Plan includes provisions that:
• Nearly double energy efficiency programs
• Increase funding for low-income assistance
• Promote solar energy in Illinois with increased rebates
• Strengthen and expand the Renewable Portfolio Standards to provide stable, predictable funding for renewable development
• Introduce a Zero Emission Standard that will make Illinois one of the first states to recognize the zero-carbon benefits of nuclear power.
• Prevent large increases in electric rates
• Preserve over $1.2 billion in economic activity annually
• Prevent a dramatic increase in carbon emissions
• Create thousands of new clean energy jobs through energy efficiency programs, energy innovation, and renewable energy
• Further enhance the reliability and security of the power grid

Please contact your state senator and state representative as soon as possible to urge them to SUPPORT SB 1585. Here is contact information for Greater Oak Brook’s senator and representative:

State Senator Chris Nybo
chris@chrisnybo.org
217-782-8148

State Representative Patti Bellock
rep@pbellock.com
217-782-1448

To find contact information for senators and representatives in other areas, please visit the Legislative Directory.