All in for Economic Recovery

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We’re all in. We are joining the Chambers All in for Economic Recovery Initiative. Our coalition is now over 50 Illinois Chambers of Commerce calling for the legislature to make economic recovery for businesses a priority in 2022.

Chambers All In for Economic Recovery releases its 2022 platform below. The overarching message is the same as previous: economic recovery must be a top priority for the business community. As we approach the second anniversary of the pandemic’s declaration with continued efforts against COVID-19, unintended consequences for the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 have surmounted and they risk permanently stunting the prosperity of Illinois’ businesses. 

If enacted, the following items will help bolster a business bottom line and allow for continued growth and investment in Illinois. 

  • 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. 

Chambers All In for Economic Recovery will monitor legislative activities for items that specifically support economic recovery or may hinder ongoing recovery efforts. The coalition may act in such cases to bolster support or join in opposition. 

IL District         State Representatives
95th District Avery Bourne P.O. Box 38, Litchfield, IL  62056 (217) 324-5200
111th District  Amy Elik
192 Alton Square Mall Dr., Ste C, Alton IL 62002
(618) 433-8046
114th District LaToya Greenwood
4700 State Street, Ste 2, East St. Louis, IL  62205 
(618) 646-9557
113th District  Jay Hoffman
312 S. High St., Belleville IL 62220
(618) 416-7407
108th District  Charles Meier
821 Main St., Highland IL 62249
618) 651-0405
116th District  David Friess
143 S. Main Street, Red Bud, IL 62278
(618) 282-7284
112th District  Katie Stuart 2105 Vandalia St., Unit #16, Collinsville, IL 62234

(618) 365-6650

IL District         State Senators
57th District Chris Belt

Kenneth Hall Regional Office Bldg. #10 
Collinsville Ave., Suite 201A                                           
East St. Louis, IL  62201 

(618) 875-1212
56th District Rachelle Crowe 35 Executive Plaza Court, Maryville, IL 62062 (618) 251-9840
54th District  Jason Plummer

310 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia, IL 62471 (618) 283-3000
115th District  Terri Bryant 3307 Broadway St., Ste 150, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-8115