“The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce applauds Governor Pritzker for introducing a balanced budget that reflects his continued efforts to improve the state’s finances. Illinois’ strong workforce is our greatest asset, and we appreciate the Governor’s commitment to investing in workforce development across the state. Attracting and retaining talent is critical to sustaining the job growth we have seen over the last few years – thanks to programs such as the EDGE, Film, and Data Center tax credits. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce stands ready to continue to partner with Governor Pritzker and other elected officials to ensure these programs continue to thrive in a way that helps bolster Illinois’ workforce, foster job creation, and promote economic opportunity across the region.”

— Jack Lavin, President and CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce