Legislative Priorities

The Chamber is focused on driving an aggressive, pro-growth, and principled policy agenda that advances economic development and improves the business climate of the Chicagoland region for businesses of all sizes and industries. We work with all levels of government, member companies, and countless partners and stakeholders to make Chicagoland the best place to live, work, and grow business.

How we advocate for you

Advocacy and Policy Priorities:

  • Employer tax and regulatory issues
  • Economic development and infrastructure
  • Workforce development
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Fiscal stability at all levels of government

Recent legislative accomplishments:

  • Secured renewal of a $1.5 million State of Illinois grant to provide workforce training for Chicagoland employers
  • Worked with the City of Chicago to delay components of the Fair Workweek Ordinance during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Supported efforts to bring a casino to Chicago, in order to generate additional revenue for the city
  • Worked with the business community and Illinois General Assembly to protect employers from negative impacts of COVID-19 on the State’s unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation systems
  • Led legislative efforts to establish important economic development tools, such as Illinois’ Data Center Tax incentive and the One Central project in the South Loop

Ongoing legislative priorities:

  • Advocating for Chicago’s economy to safely reopen and action items contained in the Chamber’s Economic Recovery report, such as gaps in liability protection
  • Advocating for property tax relief to alleviate costs for business owners and opposing legislation that drastically shifts the cost burden onto the business community
  • Advocating for clean, reliable, and affordable energy policies for businesses
  • Advocating for a State Office of Diversity and Economic Inclusion
  • Opposing costly regulatory and labor mandates as businesses seek to reopen
  • Opposing data privacy legislation that exposes businesses to frivolous litigation

How we advocate for you