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Nov 15

Chamber Congratulates Mayor and City Council on Approval of 2013 City Budget

Chicago, IL - The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce congratulates Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council on approval today of the 2013 budget without creating new, or increasing existing taxes, fines, or fees and including an accelerated schedule for ending the Chicago Employer's Expense Tax, also known as the Head Tax, by six months.

“The passage of a balanced city budget without new or increased taxes, fines, and fees is an indication that Chicago is heading in the right fiscal direction,” stated Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Roper. “The budget sends a message to businesses that Chicago is working to meet the needs of providing a competitive climate for growth. We applaud the Mayor and the City Council for finding a way to balance the budget by creating savings in city government as opposed to putting additional burdens on taxpayers.”

While the 2013 budget promises fiscal stability and predictability for the next year, employers remain very concerned about the future impact of public employee pension obligations and we are committed to working with the City to achieve meaningful pension reform in the Illinois General Assembly. In addition, we will continue to advocate for the right to build a world-class casino in Chicago as a major economic development initiative.

For More Information, Contact:
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Chris Johnson, Manager Government Relations
Office: 312.494.6727

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