Legislative Advocacy

Fostering a Vibrant Local Economy

In 2013, the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce leadership embarked on a year-long process, led by retired business man Robert McClellan, to develop a new five-year strategic plan. The plan, which went into effect in January 2014, includes a shift in focus to government affairs activities, namely taking an active role in advocacy.

Creating a vibrant business environment requires the Ed/Glen Chamber's active participation in the legislative process - advocating for those issues that will benefit the business community and keeping our membership informed of legislation that will impact their business interests.
The chamber's government affairs committee (GAC) is charged with this responsibility. The committee researches and discusses a number of issues each month. The product of some of those discussions and additional resources are listed below.

Legislative Maps

After the 2010 census the legislative districts (state and federal) were re-drawn. These legislative district maps show the boundaries for U.S. Representatives and Illinois Senators and Representatives in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area.

Illinois Congressional District 12
Illinois Congressional District 13
Illinois Congressional District 15

Illinois Legislative District 108
Illinois Legislative District 111
Illinois Legislative District 112

Illinois Senate District 54
Illinois Senate District 56

Voter Guide

We at the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce believe it is important that chamber members exercise their right to vote. We also believe it is vital that chamber members be informed voters, particularly when it comes to issues that can affect the local business environment. With that in mind, the chamber's GAC sent a questionnaire to candidates in municipal races. Read the candidates' responses here.

Legislative Scorecard

At the end of each general assembly, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce rates Illinois legislators on their voting performance on business issues. Check out how Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area legislators were rated on the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's 2013-2014 Legislative Scorecard.

Prosperity Project

The Prosperity Project serves to educate, inform, involve, register & mobilize voters.
We invite you to explore the information on the Ed/Glen Prosperity Project site and make the most of its resources.

The Prosperity Project is your source for staying informed of current legislative issues impacting our state and local economies, the avenue for communicating directly with policymakers, and the tool for holding legislators accountable through the ballot box.

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Legislative Agenda

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce has adopted a 2015 Legislative Agenda.

Federal legislative concerns include: Affordable Care Act/health care costs, labor and employment law issues (NLRB, FLSA, FMLA), payroll taxes, FEMA (levees), and Scott Air Force Base.

State legislative concerns include: taxes, labor laws, minimum wage, Medicaid transition to managed care, pension reform pushdown, and workers compensation.

County legislative concerns include: infrastructure and property taxes.

Municipal legislative concerns include: District 7 impact of pension reform, downtown parking, business licensing/registration, I-55 Corridor Plan, ordinances impacting businesses, smart us of incentives, and overall business climate.