Clark Kaericher | Vice President, Government Affairs | 217-522-5512 ext. 296



October 9th, 2020

The Technology Council seeks to aggressively and proactively promote the interests of the Illinois technology community by advocating for public policy that fosters innovation and promotes economic growth. The Council will seek to promote workforce development policies, advocate for world-class technology infrastructure, avoid overregulation on the industry and support innovators access to the capital they need to grow.
It's October, and yet it feels like early June outside. Who says 2020 is all bad? Whatever your weekend plans entail, I hope you're able to spend some time outdoors. I'll be busy in my backyard supervising two little girls in their brand new pink and turquois bounce house- thanks mom and dad, I think...
 
 
Veto/Spring Session Proposals
 
We are rapidly closing in on one month until legislative session resumes in Springfield on November 17th. While I'll continue to monitor for new legislation filed that impacts the committee. In the meantime, I'd like to hear from you. Do you have any legislative initiatives you'd like to advance either in Veto or in the Spring legislative session? If so, reach out to me so we can discuss and formulate a plan.

Data Center Tax Incentives

The Chamber is very proud of  the enactment of the 2019 data center tax incentive. We've used it as an example of winning governance in Illinois and to try and recruit companies to build and create jobs here.   Early indications have demonstrated job growth as a direct result of this bill. We are working with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to obtain data to demonstrate the real, tangible benefits of pro-growth policies like this tax incentive.  As we approach the second birthday of this law, it is time to take a look at necessary tweaks to improve the legislation.  If you have any ideas, please shoot me an email or give me a call.  The Chamber wants to introduce legislation in this area for next spring's session. 


Illinois Chamber Virtual Technology Conference Will be Held October 15th- Register Now!



Agenda 
 
Opening Remarks
Clark Kaericher, Executive Director Technology Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
 
Legislative Update from State Representative Keith Wheeler, Assistant Republican Leader, Illinois State Representative, 50th District, Minority Spokesperson for the Illinois House Cybersecurity


What's new with Illinois' controversial Biometric Information Privacy Act? An update from one of the nation's leading BIPA litigators, Melissa Sievert of Shook, Hardy and Bacon
 
 Ghosts of Christmas Future? US Chamber Of Commerce  experts provide a looking into the impact of technology legislation across the county that is heading to Illinois.  Lana Skelo, Senior Director of State Legislative Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce and Jordan Crenshaw, Executive Director and Policy Counsel, Chamber Technology Engagement Center


I am very excited for our lineup of speakers and hope you will attend.  You can Register Here

We have a couple of sponsorship opportunities available as well. Please contact Joan Olivier for more information about sponsorships: jolivier@ilchamber.org



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