Southwest Illinois Day at the Capitol Delegation Meets with Governor, Legislators

by Charlie Hinderliter | Mar 24, 2017
A delegation of private and public sector executives and leaders traveled to Springfield, IL on March 15th as part of Southwest Illinois Day at the Capitol.  The St. Louis Regional Chamber joined with 11 partner organizations and local chambers of commerce to discuss a shared policy agenda with Governor Bruce Rauner and leaders in both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate.  In addition to the partners from Southwest Illinois, the lunch and reception were co-hosted with the Quad Cities Chamber.

The delegation conveyed the partners’ shared policy priorities, which are a part of the Regional Chamber’s 2017 Agenda for Regional Prosperity.  Policy priorities included improving Metro East safety and security, supporting Scott Air Force Base, passing a state budget and a capital bill, and passing workers’ compensation reform.  These policy priorities continue the Chamber’s advocacy of forward-thinking economic policies that will create jobs and grow the regional St. Louis economy.  

In addition to meeting with Governor Rauner, the delegation met with Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House Tim Mapes, as well as legislators from the region and across the state.  Much of the conversation focused on the ongoing budget stalemate and the recent “Grand Bargain” proposed by Senate leadership.

More information on the Chamber’s policy agenda can be found on the blog. You can view additional photos from the day on the Chamber's Flickr page.

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 Southwest Illinois Day at the Capitol delegation of business and civic leaders at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.  Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), outlines "pro-growth, pro-job" economic agenda.
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Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R - Lemont) and Sen. Paul Schimpf (R - Murphysboro) chat with the delegation. Senate President John Cullerton (D - Chicago) and Sen. Bill Haine (D - Alton) talk about the "Grand Bargain" and its prospects.
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 Rep. Jerry F. Costello, II (D - Smithton) talks about the Chamber's priorities. Joe Reagan, President & CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber addresses delegates during lunch at Arlington's.
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Sen. Heather Steans (D - Chicago), Chair, Appropriations Committee, discusses budget complexity and challenges.  (from left) Rep. Katie Stuart (D - Edwardsville), Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D - Chicago), Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D - East St. Louis) address the delegation.