The Streeterville Business Alliance advocates on behalf of the local business community through the Government Affairs Committee (GAC). This group is open only to Chamber members and meets on the third Thursday of every month, in the Chamber’s Board Room, to address issues of importance. Issues include urban planning, transportation, real estate development, construction, taxation, and state and regional legislation that impact the business community.
The GAC has hosted prominent leaders and speakers from a number of leaders and government entities, including the Office of Aldermen Brandon Reilly and Alderman Brian Hopkins, Senator Kwame Rauol and many more. It provides a crucial forum for members to understand what is going on in the City of Streeterville and it’s surrounding region.
The GAC makes recommendations on select legislative and policy issues to the Chamber’s Board of Directors, which has the final authority to take official positions on behalf of the Chamber.
Streeterville Business Alliance is one of the leading business organizations in Chicago and is the premiere organization representing the Streeterville business community.
In the City of Chicago and State of Illinois there are hundreds of laws governing how businesses can operate, from zoning and public use permits to marketing and promotion. In an effort to help small businesses in Chicago understand those laws, we’ve compiled a list of key legislation and friendly reminders about some of the most unknown laws. Have a question about a City or State law? Contact us at any time
As the premier business organization in the Streeterville community, it is the Alliance’s role to create and develop policies that will guide effective pro-business legislative and local policy representation for our membership. Streeterville Business Alliance’s Government Affairs Committee will utilize the following principles to develop policy recommendations to the Board of Directors and to articulate positions on behalf of Chamber membership when meeting with elected officials:
Stimulate economic development by prioritizing business retention and growth in the region
Recognize and promote Entertainment, Tourism, Retail, Restaurant, Financial, Healthcare industries as the base core industries
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CAPS stands for Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. This successful program is a partnership between the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and local communities. CAPS, which began in 1993, “brings the police, the community, and other City agencies together to identify and solve neighborhood crime problems, rather than simply react to their symptoms after the fact.” Read more about CAPS at the CPD website.
Acknowledge Streeterville’s’ interdependence in the global economy and the importance of addressing state and national economic policies and issues impacting the Streeterville business community
Seek accountability in all forms of government operations, and where applicable, periodic measurement of programs
Ensure all government agencies maintain policies that promote an efficient and equitable market economy. Government programs and regulations should be developed to correct market inefficiencies and not to further complicate existing market inadequacies.
Support tax policies that ensure regional competitiveness for all industries.
Promote infrastructure necessary to support commerce and business growth such as sound regionally based transportation policies.
Streeterville Business Alliance’s policies highlight the importance of a strong economy for Streeterville. The Alliance will promote all public policy that encourages economic development through tax based incentives, minimized regulatory burdens, and increased financing at all levels of government. The Chamber supports all of the following initiatives:
Promote Streeterville as a “clean and safe” place to visit and do business
Promote “quality of life” issues to ensure that Streeterville remains a place where people want to visit, work, shop, dine, live and raise their families
The Alliance is strongly committed to promote Streeterville as the premier local, national, and international tourist destination as well as encourage policies that provide investment in the growth of tourism.
The Alliance knows that a safe and inviting atmosphere for business, its employees, clients, customers, and families is imperative to promoting and enhancing economic development in Streeterville. Streeterville has world-class fire and police departments, with top national rankings and response times. Businesses benefit from quality public safety, and the City’s public safety departments benefit from the strong local economy that contributes over 75% to the City’s general fund.
Streeterville Business Alliance recognizes the importance of our educational system and supports innovative efforts to better our educational system, both public and private. The Chamber specifically supports the following:
Public education decision-making authority at the local level; and
The support of parental involvement in education, believing that parents need to work with and support the professional educators to ensure an outstanding school system and high academic achievement.
Streeterville Business Alliance strongly believes that an effective and efficient transportation infrastructure is pivotal to the economic success of the Streeterville community and the Chicago area.
Access to quality health care is essential for all Americans. It is critical that working men and women be provided access to basic health care through the business community. The Alliance supports any reforms that include flexibility and promote integrated delivery systems that control costs, increase efficiency and maintain quality such as those policies that emphasize prevention. Funding for health care should be equitably based and avoid an undue burden on business. Any system should incorporate viable processes that control costs and reduces administrative overhead to improve efficiency.
The Alliance supports the reduction of unnecessary government regulations and limiting the creation of new regulations. The Alliance supports streamlining governmental regulatory policy by removing duplicate and overlapping regulations. When appropriate, the consolidation of regulatory administrative entities should be sought to achieve economies of scale or synergy. The Alliance supports “one-stop shopping,” where several permits or licenses are required. Streeterville Business Alliance believes that all government fees and costs should be thoroughly analyzed to determine their need and how they will be dedicated. Furthermore, their impact on commerce and placing regionally based businesses at a competitive disadvantage should be taken into account. The Alliance encourages government employees to respect the interest of the business community and when appropriate to exercise their duties in a timely or flexible manner to prevent undue economic hardship on entrepreneurs.
A legal system that is based on fairness and discourages frivolous lawsuits
The use of arbitration and mediation to settle disputes
The reform of our Federal and State product liability laws
A limit on punitive damages
Reform of workers’ compensation system to reduce fraud and waste;
Oppose workers’ compensation reform which unnecessarily creates burdensome and inefficient cost to employers
Laws which promote worker safety without producing undue regulatory costs
The concept of “equal pay for equal work” with the decisions on the level of compensation left to the marketplace
Fair and honest wages for all employees
HOTEL & RESTAURANT INDUSTRY
The Alliance recognizes the value and significance of hotels and restaurants in Streeterville. Hotels are the largest contributors to the City coffers, which in turn maintains the quality of life Streeterville cherishes, e.g. superior school system, rapid police and fire response, etc.