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US EPA's Next Generation Compliance: Why Industry Should Pay Attention

Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) : October 29-30

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is pleased to announce the first annual Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference scheduled for October 29-30 in Chicago. Together with our partners in the other Region 5 states, we have an all-star line up that includes key stakeholders from each state’s environmental regulatory agency and leadership from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Registration is now open. Regulated facilities that are IMA members will receive a discount from the standard rate – please use special code IMA. We also offer reduced rates for businesses sending 3 or more attendees.

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Evolution Of The Revolution: The Sustained Success Of Retail Electricity Competition

After more than a century of a universally accepted vertical monopoly model, the idea of retail electricity competition (“Customer Choice”) that emerged in the 1980s was indeed revolutionary. To succeed, a revolutionary idea must evolve to reflect changed conditions and lessons learned. Measured against objective criteria over almost two decades, Customer Choice has met that test.

The Constellation regulatory and analytics team have published a white paper that speaks to the effects and statistics associated with the overall impact the open market has had. CLICK HERE to download the PDF.



Denzler named to The Edgar Fellows Class of 2015

URBANA—Forty emerging leaders from throughout Illinois have been selected as 2015 Edgar Fellows in the fourth year of an initiative to inspire bipartisan, inter-regional cooperation in addressing major challenges for the state in the years and decades ahead. View a list of the Edgar Fellows Class of 2015 here (PDF).

The women and men, chosen from more than 140 nominees, reflect the regional, political, racial and ethnic diversity of Illinois. They include elected and appointed officials from all levels of government as well as individuals who have made their mark in the business world and civic engagement.

“Since we launched this initiative in 2012, we have seen Democrats, Republicans and independents, from the neighborhoods in Chicago to the rural areas of deep southern Illinois, discover they have much in common even as they develop an appreciation for other viewpoints,” former Gov. Jim Edgar said. “I am confident this class of fellows also will form bonds that will serve them and our state well as they climb the leadership ladder.”

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Key Manufacturing Legislation that did not pass General Assembly

In the 2015 spring legislative session, lawmakers introduced a total of 6,375 individual pieces of legislation and nearly 1,800 amendments were filed.  At the end of May, the General Assembly successfully passed 495 bills to the Governor’s desk for action but thousands of bills failed to advance. 

Here is a summary of key bills impacting manufacturers that did not pass the General Assembly:

Budget, Tax Policy & Pension

 HB 144 (Walsh): Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Provides that each taxpayer who employs a long-term unemployed person during the taxable year is entitled to an income tax credit of: (1) $500 in the taxable year in which the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer; (2) $750 in the first taxable year after the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer; and (3) $1,250 in the second taxable year after the long-term unemployed person is initially hired by the taxpayer. No action taken.

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