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 45 Illinois Chambers of Commerce calling for the legislature to make economic recovery for businesses a priority in 2021.

The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce is all in, and has joined the Chambers All in for Economic Recovery initiative. This initiative calls upon our legislators across the state to prioritize economic relief for the business community in the wake of a devastating year. The platform below was designed collaboratively with the business community’s input to identify items that our state legislature should consider to spur short- and long-term economic relief. Chambers All in for Economic Recovery calls for: 

  • The creation of a formalized private and public sector-led collaborative commission with the goal of understanding and responding to the ongoing pandemic and the long-term economic challenges of COVID-19 
  • An extension of policy exempting unemployment benefits claims from affecting the employer’s contribution rate for those layoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Installation of tax credits and incentives to eligible businesses that encourage job creation, workforce development, and business growth and investment
  • Establishment of business tax credits for expenses related to establishing remote work capabilities
  • Legal protections to employers who follow the CDC established safety guidelines from claims that COVID-19 was contracted at the place of business 
  • A call for more significant financial investments in Get Hired Il to assist in retraining workers for talent retention. The investment can aid in bringing the COVID-19 Employment Recovery Project to prominence in all 102 counties and develop capacity in the program to subsidize retraining costs
  • A call to refrain from decoupling from federal tax credits provided for businesses in the CARES Act to ensure eligible businesses receive financial relief.
  • A request for the state to work collaboratively with insurance providers to ensure any eligible employees are accurately classified as telecommunicating clerical employees for workers compensation insurance.

If you or your business wants to learn more on the Chambers All in for Economic Recovery platform, please contact Debbie Arell-Martinez at 618-632-3377 or director@OFallonChamber.com. 

There are times we may ask you to contact your legislators on a particular topic. Here is the contact info you will need:

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


(618) 365-6650

IL District         State Senators
57th District Chris Belt belt@senatorbelt.ilsenatedem.com

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

(618) 875-1212
56th District Rachelle Crowe info@senatorcrowe.com 35 Executive Plaza Court, Maryville, IL 62062 (618) 251-9840
54th District  Jason Plummer rjp@senatorjasonplummer.com 310 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia, IL 62471 (618) 283-3000
115th District  Terri Bryant staterepterribryant@gmail.com 3307 Broadway St., Ste 150, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 (618) 242-8115

 

Going All In calls for helping our employers who were forced to make the impossible decision to start layoffs as a result of the pandemic. #chambersallin has identified this and other items as part of their full platform to prioritize economic recovery.

 

The policy that exempted layoffs caused the pandemic from affecting an employer’s contribution rate expired in December 2020. #Chambersallin calls for that policy to be extended through December 2021.

At the height of the pandemic, the nationwide unemployment rate was 14.8 percent. Illinois employers and employers across the county were forced to layoff and terminate employees due to no fault of their own. Those employers shouldn’t be punished. We call for those layoffs caused by the pandemic to be exempted from affecting an employer’s contribution rate for another year. #Chambersallin

Call to Action:

Let your voice be heard. Cut and paste the following text into an email with your signature and email to the legislators listed above:

As an O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce business community member, I am asking for an extension of policy that would exempt unemployment benefit claims from affecting the employer’s contribution rate for layoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 has not been eradicated. Businesses across all industries have been forced to lay off and terminate employees due to the disease-mandated mitigations beyond the employers’ control. If the Illinois General Assembly takes no action to extend this policy, businesses’ contribution rates will increase. 

The Illinois General Assembly exempted COVID-19 layoffs and terminations from affecting a business’s contribution rate through December 31, 2020. We call for this policy to be extended another year through December 2021. Further, we ask that the policy applies retroactively to those layoffs that occurred starting January 1, 2020.

This call to action is part of a platform that joins the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and Chambers All In for Economic Recovery initiative. Businesses have shouldered much of the economic burden from the pandemic. Economic recovery for companies must be a priority now and in the years to come to continue to grow Illinois’ economy.

 

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Going #allin is a grassroots effort from across the state. We join 50 Chambers of Commerce partners in calling for economic recovery for businesses from the Illinois legislature.

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Whether it is developing a business strategy, expanding your network or creating a plan to navigate a pandemic, collaboration is key. #chambersallin calls for the formation of a collaborative commission to bring businesses to the decision-making table.

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Collaboration makes success possible. We call for the public and private sector to come together and create a pathway for economic recovery. #chambersallin