We are nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know businesses have faced challenges and choices they may have never imagined. The omicron variant has caused a surge of cases, leading us to question if this will ever end. While our community takes measures to combat this surge in the short term, the business community must apply long-term strategies to recover fully from this pandemic. These strategies include prioritizing economic and regulatory relief for the business community.
We have once again joined the Chambers All In for Economic Recovery coalition to call on the Illinois General Assembly to take action for Illinois's businesses. The alliance continues to grow, with nearly 50 chambers representing each region of Illinois.
In the coalition's second year, Chambers All In has developed an updated platform. This year's platform focuses on critical items that, if enacted, will bring further relief to the business community.
Chambers All In For Economic Recovery 2022 Platform
- Utilize American Rescue Plan Act funding to help replenish the unemployment trust fund alleviate the impending financial drain from the state’s businesses.
- Provide legal protections to employers who follow the CDC established safety guidelines from claims that COVID-19 was contracted at the place of business.
- Restructure the Minimum Wage Credit’s incremental phase-out to allow small businesses to capture the original intent of the credit.
- Extend the EDGE credit sunset clause out for another ten years and utilize the tax credit as an incentive to attract new businesses to the state and allow for the growth and development of existing companies.
In addition to the items above, Chambers All In for Economic Recovery calls for collaborative solutions to the state’s ongoing workforce challenges. The coalition recognizes the importance of having a ready, willing and skilled workforce for the future of our state’s economy. We call on the state to develop innovative programs, support pilot programs, invest in K-12 career awareness programming and assist in scaling successful workforce programs for other communities and industries. We urge Illinois legislators to create an environment and funding models that allow the private sector to drive the training demand for employers.
The coalition will work this platform with legislators and call for action in the coming weeks. We urge you to get involved and spread the message with us during this time. We commit to being a voice for our members, and our partner chambers will collectively work for tangible relief for our communities' businesses.