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Illinois Sees Export Growth in High Tech Industries

August 27, 2014

Data shows export growth in Illinois has outpaced the national average in several high tech sectors over the past few years. According to the latest issue of the Illinois Innovation Index, goods exports have increased 58.8 percent from $41.6 billion in 2009 to $66.1 billion in 2013, significantly outperforming the national average of 49.6 percent over the same time frame.

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Chamber Releases 2014 Member Survey Results

August 27, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has released the results of its first ever Member Survey, revealing that 62 percent of the member respondents reported optimism about the region’s economy.

Further supporting this encouraging outlook, 60 percent of respondents reported plans to add employees over the next year and 53 percent reported that they are conducting business internationally in 2014.

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Chicago Ranks Near the Top for Tech Job Growth

August 15, 2014

Chicago: the tech hub of the Midwest?

Chicago ranked sixth in the nation among the top 20 markets for tech job growth over the past two years, according to new data. The city added almost 12,000 jobs in the tech sector between 2011 and 2013.

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Urban Alliance Internship Program: A Positive Experience for All Involved

August 7, 2014

Most college students consider themselves fortunate to have an internship in their junior year. Ariana Gomez began her internship with the Chamber in November of last year as a senior - in high school.

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Taxation Forum Chair: Blame U.S. Tax Code for Tax Inversion

August 5, 2014

American companies looking to lower tax bills by moving their headquarters abroad have been criticized in recent weeks. Most prominently, Walgreen Co. is deciding whether it will purchase a European drugstore chain, enabling the company to relocate to Europe and pay a lower tax rate.

Jim Kane, CEO of Kane & Co. and Chair of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Taxation Forum, wrote an op-ed that was published in the Chicago Tribune last week arguing that the U.S. tax code is to blame for tax inversion, not companies that are well within their legal rights.

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Baseball and Business Go Hand in Hand at Wrigley Field

July 31, 2014

On a perfect night for baseball and networking, over 80 Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce members, supporters and staff made it out to do “business after business” within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

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Chamber Announces New Emerging Leaders Forum

July 16, 2014

In our efforts to sustain economic vitality for the Chicagoland region and its businesses, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has been committed to attracting, retaining and educating top talent in the Chicago area. The Chamber’s new Emerging Leaders Forum, announced today at our Board of Director’s Meeting, will support those talent attraction, retention and mentoring efforts going forward.

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US Attorney: Collaboration Key to Fighting Violent Crime in Chicago

July 16, 2014

You’ve seen the news. Each weekend, families in neighborhoods across Chicago fall victim to numerous shootings and murders, many of which involve teenagers and children. According to Zack Fardon, US Attorney of the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago’s violent crime problem is a complicated issue on many levels that will require collaboration between the city, state and federal level to reach a solution.

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ÄKTA's John Roa Reflects on Winning 2014 Jim Tyree Award

July 9, 2014

In the moments leading up to the announcement of the 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award winner at the Chamber’s 110th Annual Meeting on June 24, John Roa says he was planning a congratulatory handshake for the winner, not an acceptance speech.

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Innovation Index: STEM Grads Crucial for Chicago's Economy

July 9, 2014

Since the Illinois Innovation Index was launched three years ago, it has regularly reported on the state’s progress in STEM education and the field’s role in the workforce. The July issue of the Index shares insights on STEM attainment at Illinois institutions and the migration patterns of talent within the region based on analysis from newly released data.

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Chamber Nominates Local Businesses to Economic Development Initiative

July 9, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has nominated nine local 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 Advocate Health Care, BMO Harris Bank, City of Chicago, Commonwealth Edison, Cook County, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago, University of Chicago Medical Center and University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Minimum Wage Working Group Delivers Recommendation

July 8, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Minimum Wage Working Group recommended on Monday, July 7th that the minimum wage in Chicago be raised from $8.25 per hour to $13 per hour by 2018. Mayor Emanuel invited the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, other key community, labor and business associations, and aldermen to participate in the Minimum Wage Working Group in late May after 21 aldermen signed an ordinance that pushed to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

After public hearings throughout the city of Chicago and Working Group meetings the recommendation was called for a vote yesterday afternoon and approved 13-3 and reported to Mayor Emanuel. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce joined the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and Illinois Restaurant Association in opposing the recommendation.

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Annual Meeting 2014: A Celebration 110 Years in the Making

June 26, 2014

On October 9, 1904, 93 local merchant and manufacturing leaders united to form the Chicago Commercial Association. On Tuesday, over 800 business and civic leaders came together at Navy Pier to celebrate the 110th anniversary of that organization, now called the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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John Roa, Founder and CEO of ÄKTA, Wins 2014 Jim Tyree Award

June 24, 2014

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced at its 110th Annual Meeting of Membership today that John Roa, Founder and CEO of ÄKTA, is the winner of the 2014 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award. The award includes a $25,000 cash prize in addition to valuable business training and consulting services donated by Chamber sponsors.

"Through his success at ÄKTA and his philanthropic efforts with Digital Hope, we believe John Roa best represents the spirit and values of late Chicagoland Chamber Chairman and business leader James Tyree," said Theresa E. Mintle, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber. “Small businesses drive our regional economy, and we are excited to provide growth opportunities and mentorship through initiatives like the Jim Tyree Award to small businesses in the Chicago area.”

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Jim Tyree Award Finalist: Jeff Swano, Dig Right In Landscaping

June 20, 2014

The oak trees of Kiwanis Park in Brookfield could be seen from the road, but did not warrant a second look. When Jeff Swano looked at them, he saw raw beauty that could be diluted by man if not protected. He discovered that the surrounding Salt Creek was suffering a similar fate. Run off from fertilizer and lawn chemicals were hurting the area’s ecosystem.

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