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October 9, 2020

This Week in Illinois 
Progressive Income Tax
Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch debated the Vote Yes for Fairness Chairman Quentin Fulks about the merits of Governor Pritzker's tax hike amendment. 

The discussion was moderated by WLS' Bill Cameron. You can listen on Sunday at 7 pm on WLS-890AM.
If you just can't wait to learn more about taxes, you can read tax guru and Executive Director of the Chamber  Tax Institute Keith Staats' latest article in The Illinois CPA Society's Insight Magazine here
We encourage you to add your business or organization's name to our coalition to stop the progressive income tax amendment. You can learn more at our website at:
Now is the time to come together and say NO to the progressive income tax amendment that will close businesses and raise taxes on working Illinois families.
Representative Tom Bennett Facebook Live
Illinois Chamber "Champion of Free Enterprise" winner, Representative Tom Bennett, hosted Illinois Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Clark Kaericher in a free ranging discussion on the state of Illinois' economy and policy areas to watch for in the future. For those of you looking for something different, there is a only a minimum of tax discussion here.  The Chamber would like to thank Representative Bennett for his pro-business leadership.
Bristol Myers Squibb on Chamber Blog
Chamber Director of Communication and Advocacy Whitney Barnes wrote a piece on member Bristol Myers Squibb that covers their fight against COVID-19, next generation cancer care and diversity and inclusion efforts. Read more on their exciting innovation, including details on CAR T cell therapy, on the Chamber Dispatch Blog.
Virtual Tech Council Meeting
Join the Illinois Chamber for our first ever virtual Tech Council Meeting next Thursday, October 15 from 10 am to 11:30 am. Assistant Minority Leader Keith Wheeler will provide a legislative update and his predictions for tech legislation next session. Melissa Seibert of Shook, Hardy & Bacon will give the latest legal update on Illinois' controversial BIPA law. Finally, experts Lana Skelo and Jordan Crenshaw from the US Chamber will highlight legislation across the country that will likely soon be filed in Illinois.  Continuing education credits will be offered for attendees. You can sign up here.

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2020 Government Affairs Report | Clark Kaericher, Editor