Category Archives: Advocacy

Governor Rauner Signs SBAC Sponsored Bill for Smarter Small Business Regulations


The Small Business Advocacy Council is proud to announce Governor Rauner signed HB5253, a bill requiring state agencies to conduct further analysis on the impact new rules have on small businesses prior to them going into effect.

The SBAC worked closely with lead sponsors State Representative Carol Sente (D-59) and Senator Pamela Althoff (R-32) in drafting the language and in building support from outside groups, including the National Federation of Small Businesses and Illinois Manufacturers Association, for this bipartisan legislation.

This is the second bill on the SBAC Advocacy Agenda signed into law by Governor Rauner this month. See the full SBAC press release below for additional information.

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SBAC featured on WGN TV for Bill Signing with Governor Rauner


Check out the bill signing coverage below on WGN TV featuring the SBAC!

Last week marked the second time in less than a year that the SBAC stood with the Governor to see one of our legislative priorities signed into law. A few months ago, the SBAC spear-headed the effort to lower LLC fees in our state, and this signing again reflects our mission to advance common sense policy reforms to support small businesses in Illinois.

The SBAC partnered with a robust coalition in support of SB2436, to amend the archaic Liquor Control Act of 1934 which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, school, hospital or military station. Until now, the only recourse for a small business owner to receive an exemption was for a bill to be drafted, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law. The outdated statute was an obstacle to the growth of local economies, often in areas where new opportunities are needed most. SB2436 reforms this process so that rather than painting all communities with a single brush, local leaders can determine the restrictions that best serve their businesses and residents.

This is a great example of the positive changes that can be made when partisanship is put aside and good policy wins the day – all made possible by reaching a critical mass of supporters speaking with a strong voice.

Governor Rauner Signs SBAC-Backed Bill Into Law


Today marked the second time in less than a year that the SBAC stood with the Governor to see one of our legislative priorities signed into law. A few months ago, the SBAC spear-headed the effort to lower LLC fees in our state, and today’s bill signing again reflects our mission to advance common sense policy reforms to support small businesses in Illinois.

The SBAC partnered with a robust coalition in support of SB2436, to amend the archaic Liquor Control Act of 1934 which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, school, hospital or military station. Until now, the only recourse for a small business owner to receive an exemption was for a bill to be drafted, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law. The outdated statute was an obstacle to the growth of local economies, often in areas where new opportunities are needed most. SB2436 reforms this process so that rather than painting all communities with a single brush, local leaders can determine the restrictions that best serve their businesses and residents.

This is a great example of the positive changes that can be made when partisanship is put aside and good policy wins the day – all made possible by reaching a critical mass of supporters speaking with a strong voice. For full details, please see the official press release from Governor Rauner’s Office below.

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Chicago Sun-Times features SBAC-Backed A-Frames Ordinance


 

 

A-Frame signs are an extremely popular way for local restaurants and merchants to drive traffic into their establishments. However, in Chicago, these signs are illegal and using them can subject Chicago business owners to fines.

Ordinance 2018-5092 was introduced on June 27th by Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward), to legalize sandwich board and A-Frame signs in Chicago. This measure already has garnered strong support from City Hall, securing 28 sponsors.

Click here to read additional coverage, featuring the SBAC, in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Small Business Backed Ordinance Introduced to Legalize A-Frame Signs


The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) is proud to announce the introduction of Ordinance 2018-5092 by Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward), a pro-business measure to legalize sandwich board and A-Frame signs in Chicago. The SBAC and a strong coalition of local business organizations are committed to advancing smart sign code reform in the city.

This ordinance provides entrepreneurs more options to market their business, maintains safety for pedestrians in high-traffic areas and has the potential to generate revenue for Chicago. For additional details, please see our full press release below:

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SBAC Cheers SCOTUS Ruling Allowing States to Collect Internet Sales Tax


The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) supports the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. case, allowing states to collect sales tax on online transactions.

Prior to this ruling, local and small businesses in Illinois were at a financial disadvantage. Now states have the authority to compel online and catalog retailers, no matter where they are located, to collect sales tax at the time of a transaction – exactly like local retailers are already required to do. Additionally, this will create an estimated $200 million in additional annual revenue for Illinois without creating any new taxes.

The next step on this issue is passing federal legislation requiring states to opt in to similar sales and use tax standards to create uniformity for businesses subjected to the changes. For more information, see the full SBAC press release below.

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ICYMI: SBAC Joint Op-Ed in Daily Herald Business Ledger


This week, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, penned an op-ed with Neli Vazquez Rowland, the President/Co-Founder of A Safe Haven Foundation, in support of HB5868. This bipartisan legislation will allow health insurance companies to cover state licensed residential care, including recovery homes, for substance abuse. It passed out of the General Assembly and now awaits action by Governor Rauner.

Over the past several years, there has been extensive coverage on the staggering destruction of the opioid crisis. Individuals, families and communities across all demographics are impacted by this epidemic. While much of the coverage has rightly been focused on the human cost, the opioid crisis and other forms of substance abuse, also have a tremendous impact on small businesses and the economy. You can read the full piece here.

 

SBAC-Backed Initiative Supporting Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorder Passes General Assembly


This spring, SBAC Advocacy Director, Ryan Tolley, testified in the House Human Services Committee on HB5868, legislation to allow health insurance companies to cover state licensed community-based behavioral health care options, including residential recovery homes, to treat substance abuse disorder.

Opioid and other forms of substance abuse have a profound impact on the small business community. This legislation will help employees suffering from this disease, as well as employers seeking to maintain a healthy work force. Proactive treatment can also help reduce the costs of workers’ compensation and health insurance.

This measure passed with strong bipartisan support in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly and now awaits action by the Governor. For more information, please see the press release produced by SBAC partner, A Safe Haven, below.

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SBAC Interview on Mighty House Radio Highlights Springfield Successes


Last week marked the end of regular session for the 100th General Assembly. The SBAC was incredibly active in Springfield this session and successful in shepherding two bills through the Illinois legislature.

These successes are a reflection of all the member engagement in support of the SBAC legislative agenda. This includes Members who made the trip to Springfield, those who participated in our online action calls and those who shared  our efforts across their networks.

SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, was on the Mighty House Radio Show providing a rundown of the 100th General Assembly. Listen to the full interview is below:

Illinois General Assembly Passes Bill to Amend Liquor Control Act of 1934


The SBAC lead the charge to pass SB2436, a bill to amend the outdated Liquor Control Act, which prohibits the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of a religious institution, school, hospital or military station. Until now, the only recourse for a small business owner to receive an exemption was for a bill to be drafted, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law. Most small business owners don’t have the time or resources to tackle this burdensome process. SB2436 will now be sent to the Governor’s desk.

To learn more about this issue, read the full press release below:

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