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Statement on Former Chicagoland Chamber President & CEO Jerry Roper

June 29, 2015

Early this morning we learned of the passing of Jerry Roper, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce from 1993 until 2013.

“Not only did Jerry Roper have a profound impact on the business community here in Chicago, he was a compassionate, generous man that connected on a personal level with everyone he met,” said Theresa E. Mintle, President & CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “Chicago is a better place to live and work today because of the contributions of Jerry Roper.”

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Chicagoland and Mexico City Chambers Sign MOU Agreement

June 25, 2015

On June 25, the Chicagoland Chamber hosted a delegation led by the Mexico City Chamber of Commerce to discuss strengthening ties between the two global cities and ultimately signed an Agreement of Collaboration.

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Chamber Testifies in Opposition to Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Mandates

June 24, 2015

Michael Reever, Vice President of Government Relations for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, testified to the Senate Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, June 23 in opposition to mandates such as minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Illinois is at a critical juncture. By implementing mandates without first addressing our State’s economic climate, he argued, we do more harm than good to individuals and businesses. He said the implementation of such mandates may have the opposite of the intended effect of lifting people out of poverty.

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SMEs Gain Access to Expert Mentoring at Jilin Business Center

June 19, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Go International – B2B Mentoring Event on Wednesday, June 17th at the Jilin Business Center, a member of the Chamber.

As doing international business can often be challenging for small and mid-sized businesses, this was a great opportunity for SMEs to connect with and get advice from trusted and experienced advisers.

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Chamber Foundation Launches STEM Internship Program

June 16, 2015

This summer, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation will pilot a STEM Internship Program connecting high school students with local small businesses, providing real-life work experience to students and IT, web and social media assistance to businesses that likely could not afford it otherwise.

This pilot program will benefit 14 clients of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. These businesses lack the budget, staff or space to host a summer intern, but need help with their websites, social media strategies and online marketing programs.

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Official Delegation from Turkey Meets with the Chamber

June 16, 2015

On Thursday, June 11 the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting with a Turkish Delegation headed by Hon. Vahdettin ÖZCAN, Governor of Çankırı, Turkey.

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Chamber Releases 2015 Member Survey Results

June 9, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has released the results of its second annual Member Survey, revealing that 66 percent of the member respondents reported optimism about the region’s economy.

Additional findings point to a positive trend, as 75 percent of respondents reported that they plan to add employees this year, up from 60 percent a year ago. Of the 48 percent that reported they are currently conducting international business, 57 percent said they export goods and/or services.

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Neil Byers, Owner of Horse Thief Hollow, Wins 2015 James Tyree Award

June 9, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced at its 111th Annual Meeting today that Neil Byers, Owner of Horse Thief Hollow, is the winner of the 2015 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award. The award includes a $25,000 cash prize from Mesirow Financial in addition to business consulting services from the Chicagoland Chamber.

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Polish Tech Delegation Accelerates into Chicago

June 8, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting with a Tech Delegation from Poland on Friday, June 5 to discuss opportunities for collaboration and development in Chicagoland and Poland.

The delegation, headed by Hon. Pawel Pietrasienski, Minister Counselor Trade & Investment Section of the Embassy of Poland in Washington DC, presented to Chamber members and representatives its Silicon Bridge Program.

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Theresa E. Mintle Addresses CHRO Leadership Summit

June 3, 2015

In keynote remarks to the CHRO Leadership Summit, Chicagoland Chamber President and CEO Theresa E. Mintle shared her insight into the Chicagoland region’s unique opportunities for economic growth through the lens of the Chamber’s initiatives in human capital and workforce development.

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Finalists for 2015 James Tyree Award Announced

June 1, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 2015 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award: Andrea Sreshta, Co-Founder and CEO LuminAID; Andrew Lutsey, Co-Founder and CEO of Local Foods; Brian Leonard, CEO of Cardio Partner Resources; and Neil Byers, Owner of Horse Thief Hollow.

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Chicagoland Chamber Celebrates Obama Presidential Library Announcement

May 12, 2015

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is thrilled by today’s announcement from the Barack Obama Foundation that the Obama Presidential Library will be located at the University of Chicago. We congratulate the University of Chicago and the City of Chicago for their tireless efforts to earn the winning bid for the Obama Presidential Library.

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Chamber Testifies in Support of a Chicago Casino

May 11, 2015

Today, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Vice-President of Government Relations Michael Reever testified at the Illinois House Executive Committee subject matter hearing in support of a Chicago casino. The Chamber has advocated for a Chicago casino since 1991.

“A Chicago casino is another economic anchor that would have a positive economic ripple effect on Chicago’s existing economic infrastructure, including tourism, restaurants, hotels, shopping, conventions, and our cultural institutions,” stated Reever.

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