Category Archives: Media Coverage

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:

2018-June_A-Frame Ordinance Intro

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.


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.

2018-May Safe Haven HB5868


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:


General Assembly Passes SBAC Sponsored Bill Holding Agencies Accountable to Small Business

May continues to be a very busy month for the SBAC as legislative session winds down in Springfield. We are excited to report that among the action in the final weeks, HB 5253, legislation requiring regulatory agencies to examine the impact new rules and regulations will have on small businesses, passed out of both the Illinois House and Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. This bill now awaits the Governor’s signature.

HB 5253 was created and driven by SBAC and coalition member engagement and reflects our mission to bring positive change to the small business community in Illinois. For additional details about this achievement, please see the press release below: