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Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational licenses are often necessary to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public. However, when these licenses are revisited by legislators, it is important they have accurate and unbiased information before determining whether and how to maintain such a license.

Regulatory Sunset Review - HB5576

This legislation amends the Regulatory Sunset Act to require the existing sunset report process collects and provides comprehensive and specific information about the need for licensure, the licensing process, and the equity concerns arising from personal qualifications, such as the cost of training and continuing education and whether such requirements are suitably addressing public safety. The bill provides guidance for the report’s recommendations of modifications to licensing rules that will lower barriers for applicants but still address genuine public safety concerns, including a list of regulatory tools other than licensure, like registration or certification, disclosures, or insurance requirements. The bill does not usurp legislators' ability to make the final determination regarding a license.

License Information Task Force - HB5575

This legislation creates a task force that includes representatives from low- and middle-income licensed occupations along with a mix of academics, advocates, administrators, and legislators. The goal of the task force is to collect, centralize, and analyze data from IDFPR about low- and middle-income licensed occupations and evaluate licenses using an equity and access lens. The legislation provides that a final report will be published and provided to the General Assembly with recommendations about increasing equity and economic opportunity. With this comprehensive information, legislators can target reform efforts to preserve public safety while removing unnecessary requirements.

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Logan Square Activation Ribbon Cutting

By jake@sbacil.org | July 1, 2022

Thank you Logan Square Chamber of Commerce for having us! The SBAC and our Neighborhood Revitalization Coalition had the pleasure of attending the Solidary Triangle Plaza Activation hosted by the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce. We spoke with some of the great people of Logan Square about our goals to revitalize, empower and connect Cook…

Cook County Assessor Candidate Forum

By jake@sbacil.org | June 22, 2022

SBAC Presents: Cook County Assessor Candidate Forum 2022  The SBAC and a robust number of business organizations held a candidate forum for Cook County Assessor.  You can watch the forum and hear from Cook County Assessor Friz Kaegi, Commissioner Kari Steele and Mr. Tsatsoulis the individuals running for Cook County Assessor here! We have marked…

Illinois Republican Gubernatorial Meet the Candidates Series

By diego@sbacil.org | June 20, 2022

The SBAC hosted a meet the candidate series for the republican candidates running for Illinois Governor.  You can listen to the discussions here! Mayor Richard Irvin  Senator Paul Schimpf Max Solomon Jesse Sullivan Gary Rabine Senator Darren Bailey The primaries will be held on June 28th. SPONSORS Fifth Third Bank Saul Ewing Arnstein Lehr Inland…

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