Chicago, IL – The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce appreciates Governor Rauner’s commitment to take the necessary first steps to restore the fiscal health of the state of Illinois as announced today in his first budget address.

The governor recognizes the need for far-reaching action, and the Chamber agrees that the state’s elected officials must intensely focus on real structural fiscal reform. The Chamber supports carefully considered cuts and will work closely with Governor Rauner as well as state, city and county elected officials to drive a pro-growth, pro-business agenda.

“Illinois and the Chicagoland region have been suffering the consequences of Illinois’ weak fiscal infrastructure for decades, and it is clear to all of us –the business community, elected officials and civic leaders – that the status quo is unacceptable and needs to be changed to move us closer to a future of fiscal stability,” said Theresa E. Mintle, president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “There have been steps made in the recent past to put us on the path toward real structural fiscal reform, and now the Governor is fast forwarding a long-needed overhaul.”

Illinois needs a more stable and certain fiscal path to allow for greater investment opportunities in burgeoning growth sectors, to harness its underperforming export opportunities and to continue to build a talented workforce for the future. The Chamber will continue to work toward achieving these pro-business initiatives, and recognizes that continuing to build a world-class education system—from early education opportunities to affordable colleges and universities—is necessary to improve and grow the business climate in Illinois and the region.

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce will monitor any ensuing budget discussions and will continue to advocate for forward-thinking fiscal decisions that spur economic growth and investment.

About the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to making Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America by enhancing members’ success through robust programs in advocacy, member benefits and services. Serving as “The Voice of Business” since 1904, the Chamber leads public policy and business growth initiatives and hosts educational and networking events to inform, engage, and connect members to each other and the community. Visit