URGENT: IEZA supports SB-1633 & HB-1442

The Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA) supports passage of Senate Bill-1633 or House Bill-1442 which seek to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is a proven economic development partnership between the State of Illinois and local units of government and has a documented history of making the difference for projects seeking to locate in Illinois. The incentives allowed under the Enterprise Zone Program have enabled both existing companies and new ventures alike to make decisions regarding job creation, job retention and capital investment resulting in a stronger Illinois economy.

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IEZA Supports HB-6900: Urgent

URGENT TO MEMBERS OF THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA) supports passage of House Bill-6900 which seeks to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is a proven economic development partnership between the State of Illinois and local units of government and has a documented history of making the difference for projects seeking to locate in Illinois. The incentives allowed under the Enterprise Zone Program have enabled both existing companies and new ventures alike to make decisions regarding job creation, job retention and capital investment resulting in a stronger Illinois economy.  View complete article by clicking here.

20-year Extension Bill Advances out of Senate

Senate Bill 3659 has been passed by the Illinois Senate and has now moved to the House for consideration.  This bill is an agreed bill with bi-partisan support and provides for Illinois Enterprise Zones to have the ability to extend their termination dates by an additional 20 years.  The bill has also been given the firm promise in the Senate that no Prevailing Wage mandate will be attached.  The Officers and Board of IEZA have worked with both sides of the aisle in Springfield and others to bring this measure that preserves the viability of the Enterprise Zone Program for an additional 20 years.  Please use the linked IEZA Position Paper when contacting your legislators to seek their support.

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Sample Opposition letter posted

Dear Members:

Please find attached a sample letter with suggestions for you to use in defeating SB43 & HB63.  We suggest that you get every mayor, city council, county board chair, and county board members along with any industry and commercial property owners to send these letters to your senators and legislators.    Please add your own sample of what would happen to a project or projects in your zone.    It is very important that you pay close attention and make sure that you send letters right away.  Please do not delay, this may well be the most important opposition letter you have ever written.  I am faxing and mailing my letters to all senators and representatives in the state.

Both the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Development Council have sent members a notice of these bills and they are supporting our efforts to stop this adverse legislation.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact John or myself.

Betty J. Steinert, President                      John Thompson, VP                                        
bsteinert@whiteside.org                           dcchamber@essex1.com

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