South Dakota v. Wayfair and Legislative Reception Recap
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Public Policy Newsletter
 Wednesday, August 1, 2018

City of Chicago | Policy Issues at a Glance

Mandated Scheduling

The Chicagoland Chamber continues to actively oppose the proposed mandated scheduling ordinance. This proposal would mandate how businesses with employees of 50 or more, in all industries, schedule and hire employees. The ordinance would also negatively impact employees, by taking away the flexibility they want and need. The proposed ordinance has burdensome technical requirements and numerous penalties, even for honest mistakes employers might make when scheduling and hiring employees, opening companies to costly fines and litigation. Never before have we seen elected officials attempt to mandate at this type of granular level how employers run their business.

Whether you are an employer or employee, please take a moment to let your Alderman know that you oppose this complicated, burdensome, anti-employer and anti-employee ordinance that drives away jobs and investment. Have your voice heard, here.


Must-know proposal if you have a website

The Chamber continues to actively monitor and oppose the so-called, “Personal Data Collection and Protection Ordinance.” The proposal is both redundant and in some instances inconsistent with FTC guidelines and Illinois state law. At a time when Chicago continues to focus on solidifying ourselves as a “tech-hub,” this proposal would stifle innovation and business investment in Chicago. There is no quicker way to prevent job announcements such as the one recently announced by Chamber member Facebook, than to seek a patchwork approach to policy that is designed only to enrich trial attorneys by opening up employers to frivolous lawsuits.

Upcoming Policy Event

The United States Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair will allow states to collect taxes from out-of-state retailers. This decision is expected to bring in an additional $200 million to Illinois’ budget, and essentially levels the playing field, from a sales tax perspective, between “brick and mortar” and online retailers. This is not a new tax.

On Wednesday, August 29, the Chamber’s Tax Policy Council is hosting a “Lunch and Learn” to educate members on the Court’s recent decision, and how it may impact them. Join Stanley Kaminski (Duane Morris LLP), chair of the Chamber’s Tax Policy Council, and Eric Fader (BDO) and Mark Dyckman (Illinois Dept. of Revenue) about how this decision will impact you as a consumer, taxpayer, and business. Click here to learn more about this upcoming event.

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce 2018 Legislative Reception Recap

On June 19 the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted our annual Chicago Legislative Reception at Goose Island Brewery (1800 W. Fulton). This invite-only member event was an opportunity for Chicagoland Chamber members to engage with elected officials at all levels of government in a fun and informal atmosphere. Thank you to our sponsors: Adtalem, American Airlines, BMO Harris Bank, Ford, Goose Island Brewery & Taproom, Horizon Pharma, Mac Strategies Group, Target, Verizon, Wight & Co. View photos from this event, here.

New Addition to the Chamber’s Government Relations Department - Danielle Stanley

Danielle Stanley has joined the Chamber’s Government Relations team as Manager of Government Relations. Danielle has spent the last several months at the Chamber as Manager of Policy & Programs, developing thought leadership content for our industry and policy councils. Danielle brings her experience and knowledge of state government and public policy to her new role.

Chamber in the News

We want to hear from you about any policy issues that may be of importance to you and your business. Please contact Michael Reever, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Government Relations directly at or (312) 494-6736.

Public Policy Committee

Chair: Robin L. Brown, Ingredion Incorporated     Vice-Chair: Matthew Summy, Comcast

Your Government Relations Team

Michael L. Reever, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Government Relations
Danielle Stanley
Manager, Government Relations
Ryan McLaughlin
Mac Strategies Group
PR and Communications Consultant
Matt Murphy
Mac Strategies Group
State Government Affairs Consultant
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce 
The Wrigley Building, 410 North Michigan Ave, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: (312) 494 6700 


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