Advocating for You

The Chamber is the leading voice for Chicagoland businesses, and we are dedicated to advocating for the policies that matter to you. A strong economy creates jobs and ultimately supports families, our communities, and the entire Chicagoland region.

Legislative Priorities

How we advocate for you:

  • Working with elected officials, staff, and stakeholders to advance pro-business policies
  • Testifying at public meetings and hearings
  • Monitoring, reviewing, and taking positions on proposed legislation and regulations
  • Serving on committees and task forces
  • Supporting business interests to the media

Advocacy Priorities

  • Maintaining a competitive and fair tax and regulatory climate
  • Balancing environmental and economic interests
  • Promoting economic development in Illinois
  • Improving the technology and entrepreneurial infrastructure
  • Creating an education system that produces a qualified workforce
  • Promoting policies that advance a diverse, equitable, and inclusive economy and opportunities for MWB and DBEs
  • Improving our region’s transportation infrastructure
  • Pressing for fiscal stability within State and local government

Your Government Relations Team

Brad Tietz

Vice President, Government Relations, Your Government Relations Team

Brad Tietz is the Vice President, Government Relations at the Chamber. Previously, Brad served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Illinois Department Commerce and Economic Opportunity. In this role, Brad was successful in shepherding through the legislative process a number of bills that created new programs and modernized existing programs always with a focus on transparency and ensuring greater access for small and minority-owned businesses. Before that, he served as a Senior Legislative Analyst for revenue and labor issues for the Illinois House Republican Caucus.

Brad graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in Political Science. He currently resides on the northwest side of Chicago with his wife and son.

Ramiro Hernandez

Manager, Government Relations & Public Policy, Your Government Relations Team

Ramiro’s responsibilities include assisting the Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy as they lobby the city, county, and state levels of government. He also provides government relations services to members, and he helps staff the Chamber’s PPC, PAC, and Infrastructure & Digitalization Committee. 

Before joining the Chamber, Ramiro spent eight years as a senior research analyst for the Illinois House Minority Leader, where he gained experience in legislative affairs and campaign management. During his time working for the State of Illinois, he staffed the House Revenue & Finance, and Labor & Commerce Committees for the Caucus. Outside of his legislative work, he was involved in and managed numerous political campaigns. 

Outside of work, Ramiro enjoys watching his beloved Chicago White Sox and attending live music shows across the city. 

BA, DePaul University, History; minors in Political Thought and Professional Writing