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January 17, 2013
 
Chamber Testifies on Illinois Business Tax Incentives
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce testified at a joint hearing of the Illinois House Revenue & Finance and State Government Administration Committees on Friday, January 17th on the state's current policies on providing tax incentives to attract and retain businesses. Jim Kane, Chairman of the Chamber's Taxation Forum, testified before the committee highlighting that Illinois's unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the nation at 8.7% and suggesting that the legislature and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity should focus on policies that create jobs.
 
The Committees plans to hold multiple joint-hearings throughout the spring to study available data on the incentive and tax policies in Illinois and other states in direct competition with Illinois, as well as take additional testimony in an effort to develop a policies to make Illinois more competitive.
 
Click here to view a copy of Jim Kane's testimony.
 
Illinois Emergency Petcoke Rules
Governor Pat Quinn ordered the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL EPA) to draft emergency rules to regulate the storage of petroleum coke. The rules will be submitted to the Illinois Pollution Control Board, which will open a two week public comment period. The proposed rules are expected to impact bulk storage terminals for petcoke and coal. Click here to view information on the proposed rules. 
 
 
City of Chicago Report
 
City Council Approves Indoor Ban on Electric Cigarettes
The Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that extends the Chicago Clean Air Ordinance to apply the prohibition of electronic cigarettes in indoor workplaces including restaurants and bars. The ordinance also requires retailers to stock electronic cigarettes behind store counters similar to tobacco cigarettes. Click here to view a copy of the ordinance.
 
The following new ordinances were introduced at the January 15th 
City Council meeting.
 
Railroad Hazardous Material Transportation Fee (Ald.  Burke, et.al.)
The ordinance would prohibit the transportation of a railroad tank car containing hazardous materials within the City of Chicago unless the owner or operator has paid a hazardous material transportation fee. The fee shall be based on the fair approximation of the railroad tank car's physical presence within the city with funds to be used for the enforcement and planning for an emergency response. Click here to view a copy of the ordinance. 

Municipal Depositories Commercial Loans (Ald. Tunney, et.al.) 
The ordinance would require financial institutions with City of Chicago financial deposits to report on the number all commercial loans within each census tract within the City of Chicago grouped by the initial principal amounts and duration of the loans. Click here to view a copy of the ordinance.
 
Liquor Sale Hours (Ald. Patrick O'Connor)
The ordinance would permit the sale of liquor package goods starting at 8:00 am on Sunday morning earlier than the current 11:00 am start time for Sunday sales. Click here to view a copy of the ordinance.
 
Pest Control for Building Demo (Ald. Smith, et.al.)
The ordinance would require that all permits for the demolition of a building, land surface modification or land clearing project include an affidavit from the applicant indicating that a certified pest control business has properly abated the project site prior to eliminate rodent activity and that pest control measures are implemented during the duration of the project. Click here to view a copy of the ordinance.
 
Buildings with Mold Contamination (Ald. Lane, et.al.)
The ordinance would declare a building contaminated with mold to be declared to be a public nuisance resulting in fines not less than $200 nor more than $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 10 days or both fine and imprisonment. Click here to view a copy of the ordinance.
 
Hearing on O'Hare Aircraft Noise (Ald. Laurino and M. O'Connor)
The resolution calls for the Committee on Aviation to invite representatives of the airlines using O'Hare Airport to attend a hearing and discuss the aviation industry's ability to comply with the regulations proposed in H.R. 3650 (Silent Skies Act) and comment on their own efforts to reduce aircraft noise. Click here to view a copy of the resolution.
 
Smartphone Anti-Theft Software (Ald. Sposato, et.al.)
The resolution calls on the Federal Communications Commission to promulgate rules and regulations that will mandate the installation of software in smartphones that will render them inoperable if stolen. Click here to view a copy of the resolution.
 
 
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:00 am.

 

Public Policy Committee
 
Mark Segal, Chair, The Habitat Company | Susan Sher, Vice-Chair, University of Chicago Hospital | Wes Lujan, Union Pacific Railroad | Micheal Foley, UPS | James Kane, Kane & Co. | Kevin Lennon, CME Group | Curtis Mabry, Veolia Environmental Services | Anil Anuja, CCJM | Manny Sanchez, Sanchez Hoffman Daniels | Ira Azulay, Immigration Attorneys, LLP | Kevin Scanlan, MCHC | Robin L. Brown, Ingredion Incorporated | Pat Cermak, Wight & Company | Harry Seigle, The Elgin Company 


Public Policy Division
 
John Carpenter, Senior Vice President External Affairs
312.494.6736

Christopher Johnson, Director of Advocacy & Communications
312.494.6727
 
Katie Hamilton, Manager of Committees & Programs
312.494.6703
 
Chamber Policy Consultant
Joan Parker
Joan A. Parker Government Affairs
312.909.1313
 
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Wrigley Building
401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60611
312.494.6700 | ChicagolandChamber.org
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