We already have snow, so we might as well have a celebration! Join us for the SBAC Chicago Holiday Party on December 13th at the Make Offices in River North. There is no fee to attend, but donations are appreciated! Click here to register. Interested in sponsoring the event? Click here!
These changes will play a key role in the shaping the political discourse and priorities on a federal, state and local level next year. However, we want to focus on one aspect that received little coverage: the massive amount of turnover in the Illinois General Assembly. Prior to the election, 32 House Members (15 Democrats, 17 Republicans) and 12 Senators (6 Democrats, 6 Republicans) retired, ran for a different office or lost their primary. An additional eight House incumbents and three Senate incumbents lost re-election, bringing the total turnover to 33% in the House and 25% in the Senate. For the total score count 29% of the districts in the General Assembly will have a new sitting legislator.
With so many new faces in the legislature, small business owners have the opportunity to work with and educate 40 newly elected officials on the priorities of small businesses. It is incumbent on us to reach out to call the new members and let them know about the SBAC and our priorities for small business. Below you can find information on all new appointments and recently elected officials.
Meet the New Faces of Springfield
Illinois Senate – 8th District (West Ridge, Lincolnwood, North Park, Morton Grove)
Priorities include: tax fairness, safe communities, education, minimum wage, healthcare, the environment, LGBTQ Rights, Women’s Rights College Affordability, Immigration, Anti-Hate.
Illinois Senate – 13th District (Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Chicago, South Deering)
Appointment Unfulfilled. The seat is currently held by Senator Kwame Raoul (DEM) who successfully won the race for Illinois State Attorney General.
Illinois Senate – 21st District (Naperville, Wheaton, Carol Stream, West Chicago, Bloomingdale) Laura Ellman (DEM)
Priorities include: Clean up Springfield, Fiscal Responsibility & Good Government, Rebuilding our economy, K-12 Education, Higher Education, The Environment, Protecting our healthcare, Gun Violence & School Safety, Working for people with disabilities.
Priorities include: Taxes & Government Spending, Education, Gun Violence Prevention, Healthcare, Good Government & Leadership, the Environment.
Illinois Senate – 27th District (Palatine, Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows) Ann Gillespie (DEM)
Priorities Include: Solving Illinois’ Fiscal Crises, Public Education, Infrastructure Investment, Healthcare, Responsible Gun Regulation, Protecting Our Environment, Making Elections Fair, Strong Unions & a Living Wage Build the Middle Class, Retirement Security for our Civil Servants, Invest in our Seniors, The LGBTQ Community, Serving Those Who Served.
Illinois Senate – 32nd District (McHenry, Fox Lake, Woodstock, Spring Grove, Harvard) Craig Wilcox (REP) *Appointed in October 2018*
Priorities Include: Property Taxes, Population Loss, Pension Reform, Transparency.
Illinois Senate – 33rd District (Huntley, Hampshire, West Dundee, Huntley, St. Charles, Geneva) Donald DeWitte (REP) *Appointed in September 2018*
Illinois House – 42nd District (Wheaton, Carol Stream, Naperville) Amy Grant (REP)
Priorities Include: Advance the Reform of Fiscal Decision Making, Restore the Full Faith & Credit of Illinois, Dedicate New & Improved Revenue Streams to Debt Reduction, Restore Our Standing as Leaders in Education from Preschool to Higher Learning, Higher Wages & More Tax Paying Employees, Reduce Regulations on Job Creators, Provide Incentives for Higher Learning Institutions, Expand Trade Education & Opportunities for Students.
Illinois House – 47th District (Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Westmont, Oakbrook, Western Springs) Deanne Mazzochi (REP) *Appointed in July 2018*
Priorities Include: Repeal the 32% Madigan Tax Increase, Rein in Government Spending & Balance the Budget, Stand up for our 2nd Amendment Rights, Replace Madigan by Enacting Term Limits, Reduce Taxes & Empower Businesses to Create Jobs, Fight for the Life of the Unborn.
Illinois House – 109th District (Carmi, Mt. Camel, Fairfield, Flora, Olney, Lawsonville, Newton) Darren Bailey (REP)
Priorities Include: Abortion, 2nd Amendment Rights, Education, Jobs, Transparency & Term Limits, Property Taxes, Income Taxes.
Illinois House – 110th District (Robinson, Marshall, Casey, Charleston, Mattoon) Chris Miller (REP)
Priorities Include: Term Limits First, Business First, Family First, Constitution First.
Illinois house – 111th District (Godfrey, Bethalto, Alton, East Alton, Wood River) Monica Bristow (DEM) *Appointed in 2017*
Priorities Include: Grow Number of Jobs, Secure Our Current Jobs, Mental Health Awareness.
Illinois House – 118th District (McLeansboro, Eldorado, Harrisburg, Carbondale, Metropolis) Patrick Windhorst (REP)
Priorities Include: Lower Taxes, More Jobs, Less Spending, Term Limits, Conservative Values, School Funding.
As you know, Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 24th. This nationally recognized event started in 2010 as a marketing campaign, but less than a year later, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of the day.
Obtaining a license to do business in Illinois should not create unnecessary barriers for entrepreneurs or be an overly burdensome process. An Illinois state license is now required for roughly 400 occupations. While public health and safety must come first, new licenses should not be created unless they are necessary to protect the safety and welfare of the public. New licenses that are established by the legislature should also be crafted in the least restrictive manner to achieve its objectives.
Please use this tool to contact your House Member and ask them to pass HB5212 during the fall legislative session. HB5212 will provide legislators a way to obtain objective information about any safety risks a proposed license will address and the economic impact associated with the license. This legislation, named the Regulatory Sunrise Review Act, will provide legislators with a process for receiving information and analysis from independent parties regarding whether a new license is warranted, the reasons for the license, how it will impact the economy and how to craft necessary licenses in the least restrictive way to ensure it is effective.
We ask you to contact your representative in the Illinois General Assembly and urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation to ensure legislators have the full picture before approving new occupational licenses for industries.
Last week, SBAC’s Director of Communications, Kimberly Brisky, went on AM 1160 to talk about the issues impacting small businesses. She was interviewed by Whit Brisky, an SBAC Member, partner at Mauck & Baker, LLC and her dad! The full audio can be heard below:
In November the SBAC Women in Business Group is hosting two events featuring marketing experts with tools to get your business ahead of the competition. There will be a panel discussion at the Hubbard Inn (Chicago) on November 7th and a networking luncheon with a guest speaker on November 14th at the Warehouse Eatery (Deerfield). Be sure to secure your spot today for these awesome events and connect with other dynamic entrepreneurs at the final Women in Business events of 2018.
November Education Luncheon
Wednesday, November 7th
Hubbard Inn, Chicago
Small business owners have many challenges, and one of the biggest is to determine what makes them stand out from the competition. Please join the Women in Business Committee for a panel discussion involving a group of influential subject matter experts who have successfully developed a competitive edge for their companies through branding and marketing innovation.
Everyone is selling, whether it’s a product or service, or ourself. So how do you make yourself standout in this busy, noisy world? Join us for an engaging conversation on how do you stand out.
The featured speaker at this is event is Alexis Gladstone. Alexis founded Intelead 14 years ago and has over 25 years of consulting, training, coaching and speaking experience. She works with clients in the areas of leadership, sales, and organizational change to maximize individual and company results.
Congratulations to Michael Hoffman, the CEO of Gather Voices, for winning the SBAC Venture Pitch Session, presented by UPS. Finishing at the top earned Michael $4000 in cash and prizes, including an annual SBAC membership.
Gather Voices is a Chicago-based software company that helps businesses, nonprofits and associations dramatically increase their digital engagement through video. The GV-One platform from Gather Voices makes it easy to collect, edit and publish videos from customers, donors, members, alumni and other stakeholders.
Interested in pitching your company in 2019? Contact Ryan Tolley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation licenses and regulates over 1 million professionals and firms in Illinois including a variety of healthcare related professions such as doctors, nurses, and veterinarian, as well as a variety of occupational professions such as CPAs, barbers, engineers, and detectives.
Streamlining, simplifying and clarifying the occupational licensing process, while be responsive to public safety concerns, is an important issue the SBAC will focus on during the upcoming veto session and as part of the 2019 advocacy agenda.
In addition to addressing vetoed bills, veto session is one last chance for legislation still under jurisdiction of the Rules Committee to move through the committee process and to the floor for a vote. One bill the SBAC is advocating for is HB5212, which will create a system to investigate the necessity of new state licenses over a previously unregulated profession or occupation. The goal of this bill is to provide a full picture of the economic impact of a potential new license prior to the legislature taking a vote. For additional information, view IDFPR’s press release below.
Join the SBAC Young Professionals on October 30th for a spooky good time! Connect with other goblins and ghouls, enjoy some tricks and treats (open bar and appetizers), and learn about what the SBAC is doing to fight the frightening student debt crisis. Come dressed to impress!