Are you concerned about the rising costs of doing business in Illinois? Would you like to let legislators know why a pro-business agenda will create and retain jobs? Now is your chance.
I urge you to participate in our upcoming Lobby Day on April 12 in Springfield and help us send a strong signal to state leaders about the need to create jobs and economic opportunity throughout our state. The Aurora Regional Chamber is joining with the Illinois Chamber, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) and dozens of chambers from throughout Illinois for this event.
In the next two months, the Illinois General Assembly is expected to decide on workers’ compensation reform and other issues important to employers. Now more than ever, legislators need to hear from business owners and managers who can explain – in real terms – why state leaders need to make pro-business initiatives a priority.
Your participation is vital. We need our members to weigh in and provide their stories on how Illinois’ policies are affecting their businesses and their customers.
During Lobby Day we’ll also offer an opportunity to hear from experts on the state’s most pressing issues, and to network with Illinois business and legislative leaders. For example, there will be a panel discussion about the status of workers’ compensation reform. In addition, there will be a networking lunch that will include appearances by Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Tom Cross.
Lobby Day Highlights
This year’s focus will be on promoting workers’ compensation reform and the Jobs Agenda – the Illinois Chamber’s comprehensive initiative addressing the state’s most pressing issues. For more information about the Jobs Agenda, visit the Chamber’s Job’s Agenda webpage.
Lobby Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12. The morning session will include legislative updates. Among the highlights:
- Doug Whitley, Illinois Chamber CEO, will kick off the morning with an overview of the Jobs Agenda and the urgent need for workers’ compensation reform in Illinois.
- Todd Maisch, Illinois Chamber VP of Government Affairs, will deliver a pertinent briefing on “Hot Legislative Issues Affecting Employers,” covering matters of vital importance to you and your business.
- A discussion, “Taxes, Taxes & More Taxes and the Fight to Hold Down State Spending,” conducted by leading members of the General Assembly, will provide an inside look at the fight to put our state’s fiscal house in order.
- A compelling panel on Workers’ Compensation Reform – during which we’ll explore where Illinois has gone wrong on workers’ compensation and how we can correct it – will be moderated by National Federation of Independent Businesses State Director Kim Clarke Maisch and feature Jay Dee Shattuck, executive director of the Illinois Chamber’s Employment Law Council.
The workers’ compensation panel will also feature Jay Tebbe, Publisher of The Belleville News Democrat, whose newspaper has run a series of riveting stories on questionable and outlandish workers’ compensation practices in Illinois.
Following the panel will be a networking lunch, including confirmed guests Cullerton, Radogno, Cross and other legislators. The lunch will also be a great opportunity to meet with other business leaders from around the state.
After the morning session, we will head to the Statehouse, where you can connect with legislators about some of the issues we discussed earlier that day, as well as others of more local interest. This portion – the heart of Lobby Day – gives you the chance to put your personal story in front of legislators, and let them know how policies are affecting you, your business and your customers.
We truly need your voice at this critical time. This is a great opportunity for chambers that have government affairs committees to build on the good work they’re already doing.
The cost to attend Lobby Day, including lunch, is $49 per person. To register for Lobby Day, plus a special Legislative Reception sponsored by the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, the cost is $99 per person. To register, visit the Chamber’s Lobby Day webpage.
If you have any questions regarding registration, or would like additional information about the program, please contact Laurie Silvey, Director of Events & Social Media at (217) 522-5512 ext. 223 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need to educate state leaders about the need to act now to improve Illinois’ economic climate.