June 3, 2019

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What started out as a disastrous session for employers ended on a positive note Sunday with the Chamber securing several last minute victories for its members.  

Two of the first six bills signed into law this year by the Governor were major defeats to the business community.   The very first law signed by the Governor raised the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour, while the other added yet another blow to the state's workers' compensation system.
However, as session progressed, other terrible pieces of legislation such as costly data privacy regulations and a proposal to threaten our petroleum refineries were laid to rest.  

In the final days of session, a deal was cut between the four legislative leaders and the Governor to pass major pieces of legislation in combination for several business reforms.  In addition, t he Chamber secured one of major 2019 policy initiatives, a capital infrastructure program.

Despite ongoing efforts to amend our state's income tax system in the 2020 election, the Chamber received meaningful victories and looks forward to carrying the momentum into the next legislative session.

In addition, we invite members to join us for a conference call to recap the legislative session on Wednesday, June 5th at 10 AM CT.  

Please use the following credentials for the call:

Dial-In: (877) 643-6951
Participant: 89823374#

Thanks and talk soon,

Tyler Diers
Illinois Chamber of Commerce

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