Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jack Lavin’s Statement In Response to the Passage of the 2020 Chicago Budget:

“The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is encouraged by Mayor Lightfoot’s efforts to seek common-sense solutions for next year’s city budget, including identifying some operational efficiencies and consolidating of departments. We recognize the significant undertaking it is to address the city’s financial challenges.  

However, as we move forward, it is imperative that the City Council understand the employer community cannot be used as an ATM if we expect to grow our economy and our population. We should not forget who creates jobs for working families – the business community. Employers simply can’t afford new taxes and regulations that ultimately slow down business growth and stunt hiring opportunities. 

As the voice of Chicago’s business community, we stand ready to work with the Mayor and City Council in creating much-needed solutions for our city, including solving our city’s significant unfunded pension liability problem and seeking new efficiencies in our city government to cut short- and long-term costs,” said Jack Lavin, president & CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.