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Irish Leaders Spend St. Patrick's Day with the Chamber

March 18, 2015

As they say, “everyone is Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s only fitting that a delegation from Ireland made the day as authentic as possible by spending the morning at the Chicagoland Chamber.

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Chicagoland Chamber Disappointed in Garcia Fiscal "Plan"

March 13, 2015

Commissioner Garcia has failed to detail how he plans to balance the City’s finances, while promising costly new programs to his supporters. The City of Chicago, the business community, and our neighborhoods are just beginning to bounce back from decades of fiscal mismanagement, rising structural deficits, and high taxes. The City continues to face very real problems including a $20 billion pension crisis.

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Report: Illinois Renewable Energy Investments Bring Business Growth

March 9, 2015

More than 400 Illinois companies serve wind power and solar energy markets, providing more than 20,000 jobs to people across the state, according to a report released by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) today.

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce joined the report release, underscoring the importance of investments in renewable energy in driving business growth across metropolitan Chicago.

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Chicago Tops Site Selection's Top Metro List for Second Straight Year

March 5, 2015

Thanks to 385 companies that either expanded or located in Chicago in 2014, Chicago has been named Site Selection’s Top Metro in the U.S. for the second consecutive year.

Competition for first wasn’t even close, as Chicago significantly outpaced the second place Houston area’s 265 projects and third place Cincinnati at 196. According to Site Selection, the Chicago's growth can be attributed to diversity, innovation and disruption in the city's economy.

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Call for Applications: 2015 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award

March 2, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Mesirow Financial are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award.

"The 2015 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award will be presented to a high-growth small business that best represents the spirit and values of the late Chicagoland Chairman and business leader James Tyree," said Theresa E. Mintle, president & CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber. “Jim was an advocate for the community, dedicating his time and talents to numerous organizations and causes in support of healthcare, education and children. We are proud to partner with Mesirow Financial to honor his legacy with this award.”

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Chamber and University of Phoenix Work Together to Help Local Small Businesses

February 26, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce University of Phoenix as a 2015 Presenting Sponsor of Small Business Chicago, the Chicagoland Chamber’s hub for small business.

“The Chamber will rely on the expertise of University of Phoenix faculty and students to provide thought leadership and guidance to our small businesses,” said Katie Hamilton, Director of Small Business at the Chicagoland Chamber. “This relationship will help create jobs and investment as we work together to provide additional resources to our local businesses and support a growing economy.”

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Chamber PAC Recognizes 15 Aldermanic Candidates

February 20, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce PAC has declared its support and contributed to several aldermen in recognition of their consistent pro-business agenda and votes in Chicago’s City Council.

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Chicagoland Chamber on Governor Rauner's First Budget Address

February 18, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce appreciates Governor Rauner’s commitment to take the necessary first steps to restore the fiscal health of the state of Illinois as announced today in his first budget address.

The governor recognizes the need for far-reaching action, and the Chamber agrees that the state’s elected officials must intensely focus on real structural fiscal reform. The Chamber supports carefully considered cuts and will work closely with Governor Rauner as well as state, city and county elected officials to drive a pro-growth, pro-business agenda.

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Chamber Testifies in Support of Obama Library on South Side

February 12, 2015

On February 11, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce testified at the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners in support of locating the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago’s South Side.

“The Obama Presidential Library not only adds cultural value to our world-renowned city, but also a new path for competitiveness and opportunity,” said Elise Houren, Government Relations Manager for the Chamber. “The Chicagoland Chamber has been a powerful catalyst for business throughout the years and recognizes the value the Obama Presidential Library will bring to our city and its residents and visitors.”

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Chamber Foundation Receives $150,000 Grant from The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

February 12, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced that it has received a $150,000 grant from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, which will be used to energize the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN).

“This grant will be instrumental in allowing the CBLN to serve as the collective voice for Chicagoland businesses working to facilitate employment for individuals with disabilities,” said Ann Kisting, Executive Director of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We look forward to building a network of businesses and organizations focused on providing resources and information on workplace inclusion and diversity.”

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Chicagoland Small Business Outlook Survey Reveals Optimism, Concerns of Local Small Businesses

February 11, 2015

Despite Chicagoland’s sluggish economic growth, small businesses reported optimism and plans to expand in 2015, according to a new Chicagoland Small Business Outlook Survey released today by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. The survey, conducted in conjunction with the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, shows 71 percent of small businesses reporting that they plan to grow their business over the next 12 months. Nearly one-quarter of respondents plan to add new full-time employees; nearly one-third plan to add part-time employees; and nearly one-third sought lending in the past year.

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Chamber Endorses Rahm Emanuel for Chicago Mayor

February 11, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce PAC announced today their endorsement of Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of Chicago.

“During his first term, Mayor Emanuel displayed a strong pro-business agenda, creating a thriving environment for new and existing businesses, bringing corporate headquarters to the city, and investing in the growth and development of Chicago’s blossoming technology sector,” said Paul La Schiazza, chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and president of AT&T Illinois. “While there are some areas where we have differences, specifically the minimum wage increase, there is no doubt Rahm Emanuel has a vision for Chicago that business supports.”

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Chamber Announces The PrivateBank as Presenting Sponsor of Small Business Chicago

February 9, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce The PrivateBank as the 2015 Presenting Sponsor of Small Business Chicago, the Chicagoland Chamber’s hub for small business.

“The PrivateBank is already dedicated to providing entrepreneurial training and lending to the small business community,” said Katie Hamilton, Director of Small Business at the Chicagoland Chamber. “This partnership enables us to augment and introduce these services to more business owners across more neighborhoods in the Chicagoland region.”

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