Category Archives: Media Coverage

Elliot Richardson Interview on WGN about SBAC State Agenda

Sunday morning, SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, appeared on The Sunday Spin with Rick Pearson to discuss the state of play in Springfield and our legislative agenda.

The interview covered the Governor’s recent budget proposal, the importance of a functional state government to an entrepreneur, redistricting, term limits for leaders in the General Assembly and signs of momentum on our common-sense initiative regarding local control over licensing issues.

You can hear the full interview here or you can learn more about the SBAC’s legislative agenda by clicking here.



Small Business Takes a Stand Against Gerrymandering

The SBAC is proud to join forces with Change Illinois and the rest of the Illinois Redistricting Collaborative to advocate for fair maps in Illinois. The Collaborative is a non-partisan coalition of groups across the state that support the creation of an independent commission to draw representative boundaries and end the practice of gerrymandering. To learn more about the efforts of the Collaborative, click here.

SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, published an op-ed posted in the Daily Herald and Daily Herald Business Ledger, focused on why this issue impacts the small business community. Click here to read the full article.

Elliot Richardson Talks LLC Fee Reform on WVON

SBAC Founder & President, Elliot Richardson, was interviewed on WVON 1690’s ‘Middays with Perri Small’ show about the lowering of LLC fees in Illinois. Perri offered a personal and cautionary tale about her experience with the LLC structure in the past and highlights why this legislation is important to the small business community. Elliot also discusses the recent introduction of an ordinance to address non-structural window sign permits in Chicago. Listen to the full interview below:

Gov Rauner Signs Bill to Lower LLC Fees in Illinois!

Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 867, a bill to lower LLC filing and operating fees, into law. This big win for small business is the result of a robust coalition of local business advocacy groups, lead by the SBAC, and the commitment of key legislative champions in the General Assembly.



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Small Business Backed Ordinance Introduced to Simplify Chicago Sign Code

Today, Alderman Joe Moreno introduced an ordinance that would allow business owners to place non-structural signs and certain stickers on their windows for more than sixty-days without paying for a permit.  It would clarify current sign permit requirements and provide the opportunity for small businesses to address violations prior to being fined.

This marked a great step forward in the SBAC-lead advocacy effort to simplifying the sign code in Chicago and bring much-needed relief to entrepreneurs. Small business owners in Chicago want to comply with the law, but navigating the rules requires valuable time and resources that should be spent on serving customers and growing their businesses.