Natural gas powers commercial vehicles

By Douglas L. Whitley What has been lost during the on-going debate on hydraulic fracturing in Illinois and across the country is the “other side of the coin.”  What do I mean by that? When it comes to increased natural gas production, the other side of the coin is the increased demand and opportunities for businesses [...]

Judicial activism influencing workers’ comp

By Douglas L. Whitley The Illinois Chamber of Commerce recently released its latest public policy research document entitled “The Impact of Judicial Activism in Illinois: Workers’ Compensation Rulings from the Employer’s Perspective.” The report recognizes that while progress has been made legislatively toward improving Illinois’ workers’ compensation system, there has been little attention directed towards the [...]

Inland waterways is vital to our economy

By Douglas L. Whitley Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA), that authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to develop, maintain, and support our Nation’s waterways and ports while balancing and providing environmental restoration and flood protection. America’s inland waterways work like our highways [...]

Time to invest in Illinois’ transit hub

By Douglas L. Whitley Illinois is the transportation hub of America where waterways, interstates, railroads, pipelines, fiber optic networks and global air travel converge. The foundation of Illinois’s economy is built on transportation. The quality, reliability and reach of Illinois’ transportation infrastructure is in jeopardy as both the state and federal government programs to fund capital [...]

Why is it so hard to do business in Illinois?

By Douglas L. Whitley The most important issues facing Illinois’ elected leaders are unacceptably high unemployment and the perennial public finance shortfalls exacerbated by a lagging economy. These are issues that can best be resolved by encouraging and facilitating private sector investment. Yet you would not know it by observing our governments’ performance. Time and [...]

Graduated income tax is flat wrong

By Douglas L. Whitley You’ll be hearing a lot more about this topic in the coming year – proponents will be doing everything they can to convince you, the citizens of Illinois – to vote “yes” for a Constitutional Amendment that would, for the first time in our state’s history, permit the Illinois General Assembly [...]

Illinois, nation need immigration reform

By Douglas L. Whitley A group of bipartisan leaders of the Illinois business, civic and education communities have joined together to form the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) to urge Congress to pass common sense immigration reform. The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (illinoisbic.biz) was formed with the goal of securing 300 CEOs and business owners and [...]

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