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Chamber Kicks Off New Tech Tuesdays Series

April 23, 2014

According to a recent study by The Boston Consulting Group, small and medium sized businesses that leverage the latest technology outperform others in innovation and job growth, and increase revenues 15 percentage points faster while adding, on average, twice the number of jobs. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce knows technology research and education are essential to the growth and success of its members, the majority of which are small businesses.

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Deputy Mayor Koch Addresses Chamber Public Policy Committee

April 23, 2014

On Tuesday, April 22 Deputy Mayor Steve Koch presented the City of Chicago’s plan for municipal pension reform to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee. Koch explained how the Municipal and Laborers pension funds operate and gave a detailed background on City employee pension funds, including an overview on how and why the Municipal and Laborers’ funds have fallen significantly over the past 10 years.

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Chamber Renews Push for Gaming Expansion in Chicago

April 16, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce renewed its push for casino gaming expansion in downtown Chicago – and the increase in tourism, conventions, economic development and jobs that come with it - this morning at an Illinois House of Representatives Executive Committee meeting.

Chamber member Kim Goluska, President of Chicago Consultants Studio, testified in support of the Yes! Chicago initiative, which includes a downtown casino, on behalf of the Chicagoland Chamber, Choose Chicago, the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, and the Chicagoland Federation of Labor. Goluska recommended building the casino in the heart of downtown, with the Thompson Center, the Congress Plaza Hotel or the top floors of Macy’s as potential landing spots.

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Chicagoland Chamber Nominates Local Businesses for Economic Development Initiative

April 16, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has nominated more than 80 Chamber members to Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE), an initiative designed to expand economic opportunities by connecting neighborhood businesses to “anchor” institutions across the city.

CASE will provide intensive business skills training to better prepare local business owners and job seekers to compete for contracts at large, established institutions, including the City of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Institute of Technology, Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago, University of Chicago Medical Center, University of Illinois at Chicago and Commonwealth Edison.

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Chamber Continues Push to Improve Business Tax Structure in Illinois

April 10, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce testified at a joint hearing of the Illinois House Revenue & Finance and State Government Administration Committees on Wednesday, April 9 regarding Illinois business tax incentive policies.

Jim Kane, principal owner of Kane & Co. and Chairman of the Chamber’s Taxation Forum, provided data to back up his statements at previous committee meetings on the significant amount of state and local taxes Illinois businesses pay, as well as additional information on state incentive programs in New York, New Jersey, California and Wisconsin.

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PNC Launches $19 Million Vocabulary Initiative In Chicago

April 9, 2014

The PNC Foundation recently announced a $19 million, multi-year vocabulary initiative for underserved pre-kindergarten children during a PNC Grow Up Great 10th Anniversary event in Chicago. The city's children are among those who will benefit from three new vocabulary programs supported by PNC. In addition, PNC is extending its early science learning program through 2015 to benefit preschool children in Big Shoulders Fund and Chicago Public Schools.

"Vocabulary is the cornerstone of a child's learning, but underserved children are far behind their peers in learning new words," said Scott Swanson, PNC Bank regional president for Illinois and Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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The Shark - Daymond John - Highlights the Exchange 2014

April 3, 2014

Daymond John - star of the hit show “Shark Tank” and the Founder of FUBU – says we are all born thinking like entrepreneurs, most of us just put on blinders that prevent us from becoming one. Judging by the response to the fashion mogul’s keynote presentation at The Exchange, more than a few people in attendance took those blinders off on April 2.

This Storified account oof the event provides a recap with social media highlights and photos.

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Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Responds to Mayor Emanuel's Pension Reform Plan

April 2, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is a long-time advocate for state and local government pension reform so we welcome Mayor Emanuel’s proposed funding plan as a compromised approach toward stabilizing the City’s fiscal situation.

“We need substantive, permanent pension reform in Chicago, and this is a giant step in the right direction,” said Theresa E. Mintle, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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Academic R&D Expenditures Support Innovation in Illinois

April 1, 2014

The National Science Foundation recently reported that R&D spending at academic institutions rose slightly in Illinois in 2012. The quarterly report of the Illinois Innovation Index released today examines recent trends in the state’s academic R&D expenditures, which is a critical component in attracting funds and talent to support research and innovation.

The Index found that Illinois academic institutions increased their total R&D expenditures to $2.36 billion in 2012 and maintained its position as one of the top metropolitan areas in the country for academic R&D expenditures. Data shows that Illinois continued to be most specialized in math and computer science R&D among all states nationwide.

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House of Blues Provides Brilliant Setting for Networking

March 27, 2014

Last night, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board Directors and other top tier Chamber members congregated in the luxurious Foundation Room at the House Blues for a vibrant evening of networking and socializing.

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Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Responds to Governor Quinn's Budget Address

March 26, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is strongly discouraged by the Governor’s call to make permanent the 67 percent income tax increase at a time when Illinois’ business environment is already at a serious competitive disadvantage compared to our neighboring states.

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce urges the Governor and Illinois General Assembly to allow the temporary income tax increase in effect to expire and return to its original level of 3.75 percent as scheduled. “The State should be focused on reducing the tax and regulatory burden on businesses to create a friendly business environment and promote growth and job creation,” said Theresa Mintle, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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Leaders in Sustainability Address Chamber Forum

March 25, 2014

On Tuesday, March 25 the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Environment & Sustainability Forum hosted Debra Jacobson, Regional Operations Manager, and John Mulrow, Business/Industrial Sustainability Specialist, of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, who provided an overview of the ISTC Technical Assistance Program and on-site services and introduced the upcoming Governor’s Sustainability Awards.

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Chamber, City Business Organizations Embrace Entrepreneurial Culture

March 25, 2014

In the past, many of Chicago’s business organizations have been geared toward established companies, well-connected executives and formal events. Over the past few years, however, many have experienced a change in mentality as the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has flourished with tech startups and young leaders.

BlueSky Innovation published a piece today profiling several of the Chicago’s business clubs and organizations and where their membership stands in terms of entrepreneurs and startups.

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Media Panel Analyzes Meaning of Tuesday's Primary Elections

March 20, 2014

On Thursday, March 20 the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Breakfast@65West hosted a panel of media analysts to dissect the results of Tuesday’s Primary Elections and discuss what they mean to the future of the state.

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