2018 Advocacy Initiatives

SBAC is the voice of small business and your support is the key to our success. Our non-partisan advocacy agenda focuses on initiatives to promote a functional government, level the playing field for small businesses and encourage economic development.

Is there an issue impacting your business? SBAC Member insights drive our agenda, so please submit any policy proposals here.

 

Student Loan Repayment Benefit

The SBAC strongly supports the Employer Participation in Repayment Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to empower small businesses to compete for top talent and address the student debt crisis. According ...
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Net Neutrality

Over the past two decades, the internet has changed the way consumers communicate, access information, and participate in the economy. Just as consumer behavior is evolving, technology is creating new ...
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Marketplace Fairness Act

Marketplace Fairness Act/Remote Transaction Parity Act On June 22, 2018, the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. case, allowing states to collect sales tax ...
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Small Business Job Creation Act

According to the Small Business Administration, in 2018, Illinois small businesses employed 2.5 million people or 45.5% of the private workforce. Encouraging job growth to our state’s largest economic contributor ...
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Occupational Licensing Reform Passes Senate 55-0

Obtaining a license to do business in Illinois should not create unnecessary barriers for entrepreneurs or be an overly burdensome process. The number of businesses subjected to this state oversight ...
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Allow Local Communities to Address Local Licensing Issues

The SBAC partnered with a robust coalition in support of SB2436, to amend the archaic Liquor Control Act of 1934 which prohibited the sale of alcohol within 100 feet of ...
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Small Business Economic Impact Analysis

Many regulations imposed by state agencies disproportionately impact small business owners, causing many to make tough decisions on cutting employees and changing business procedures to comply with newly imposed regulations ...
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Pension Reform – Accelerated Benefit Program

Since introduction, the SBAC urged legislators to support a pension reform bill previously introduced by Representative Mark Batinick. Under this proposal, eligible retirees will be offered the option to take ...
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Small Businesses Support Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorder

The SBAC was proud to partner with A Safe Haven in support of HB5868, legislation to allow health insurance companies to cover state licensed community-based behavioral health care options, including residential ...
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Redistricting Reform

Gerrymandering is bad public policy and bad for small business.  Electoral maps drawn to ensure election of one political party result in uncontested elections and elected officials who are beholden ...
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Term Limits on Leadership

The SBAC urges legislators to support limiting a person’s total service in the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives, President of the Senate, Minority Leader of the House ...
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Workers’ Compensation Reform

The SBAC and several coalition partners have been advocating for a workers’ compensation proposal that charges arbitrators with apportioning damages and compensating injured workers to the extent a work-related accident ...
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Administrative Hearing Reform

Through the collective efforts of the SBAC and our City Coalition with the City of Chicago, we have: Modified the process for obtaining public way use permits; Clarified rules related ...
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Legalize A-Frame Signs

A-Frame or sandwich signs are significant and inexpensive marketing tools for small and local businesses. Small businesses with limited retail frontage need extra exposure and rely on A-frame signs in ...
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Comprehensive Sign Code Reform

The current sign code is burdensome, antiquated, and hampers the ability of local retailers to effectively brand and promote their business. Too often, area sign companies have been unable to ...
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