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Illinois Small Business News

  • NFIB/AHIP Young Entrepreneur Profile: Ben Curtin of Curtin's CreationsCurtin's creative small-town welding shop taught him about valuation and cost, and inspired him to help reduce world hunger.

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  • Speaker Introduces Right-to-Work Proposal--Then Votes Against ItThe vote was intended as a message to Gov. Bruce Rauner that pro-union lawmakers will never support right-to-work.

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  • Pension Reform Ruled UnconstitutionalLawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner now face a challenge of once again attempting to reform a pension system that is over $100 billion in the red.

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  • Employers Not Allowed to Testify on Workers' CompHouse Republicans decry the hearing as political theater.

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    Illinois Small Business Issues

  • Challenges Facing NFIB/Illinois

    The 2015 legislative session is underway, and several issues are key to small business owners in Illinois:

    • Income tax: The massive 67% income tax increase passed in 2011 started to sunset Jan. 1, 2015.  Illinois continues to have a huge operating deficit along with massive pension debt and $6 billion in unpaid bills.  There could be efforts to try to raise the income tax again to address these revenue issues.  NFIB remains opposed to any attempt to raise the income tax.
    • Workers' compensation: Gov. Bruce Rauner has made reforming workers' compensation a top priority. NFIB/Illinois joins him working towards changing our causation standard so only those injuries that occurred in the workplace is compensable.
    • Minimum wage:  Once again, there are efforts to raise Illinois' minimum wage and NFIB opposes attempts to hike the wage to $11 an hour.  
    • Sales tax: There is a lot of discussion about instituting a sales tax on service and labor. Again, as revenue options are sought, the threat of a service is always great. NFIB is opposed to a service tax.
    • Paid sick leave: Legislation has been introduced to require all employers to provide seven days of paid sick leave, with no exemptions for business size, covering both full- and part-time workers. NFIB will fight these efforts.

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