2019 Advocacy Initiatives

 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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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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Funding for Business Permitting Portal

Funding for Permitting Portal In 2015, legislation was signed into law requiring the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity to create and maintain a website to help businesses with permitting ...
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Regulatory Sandbox

Since opening the Chicago Board of Trade in 1848, Illinois has been a leader in the financial industry ranking among the top cities in the world. As a result of ...
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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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SBAC Economic Development Ordinance Passes in City Hall

One of the SBAC's signature legislative victories in 2018 was the passage of SB2436, which amended the archaic Liquor Control Act of 1934 that previously prohibited the sale of alcohol ...
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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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