Chicagoland Chamber Applauds Mayor's Plan to Create Jobs Now

Proposed ordinance reduces city head tax by half right away

Oct 05, 2011, 13:32 ET from Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce applauds Mayor Emanuel for introducing an ordinance to reduce the Chicago Employer's Expense Tax, also known as the Head Tax, from $4 to $2 per employee per month at today's city council meeting.

"This is precisely the type of action we have pushed for from city hall to spur hiring in Chicago," said Jerry Roper, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber.

The Chicagoland Chamber is a longtime advocate of eliminating Chicago's Head Tax and recently worked with Alderman Tom Tunney (44th Ward) Chairman of the City Council Committee on Economic Development to introduce an ordinance to eliminate the tax on employers.

In July, Mr. Roper testified at a Joint-Committee meeting of Finance and Economic Development in support of Alderman Tunney's ordinance.

"I firmly believe that Mayor Emanuel's plan is a step in the right direction and the message the business community needs to hear now," Mr. Roper reiterated. "The city council should quickly pass this ordinance right away to accelerate job growth immediately."

About The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Founded in 1904, we are a private, non-profit business assistance and economic development organization. With 2,600 members, representing over 1.3 million individual employees in the six-county Northeastern Illinois region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry & Will), we are the largest Chamber of Commerce in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation. Our mission is to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America and to enhance our members' success through aggressive advocacy, member benefits, services, and actionable information.


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SOURCE Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce