Representative Sullivan Named “Guardian of Small Business” by Non-Partisan, Independent Group
Did you know that 98.2% of Illinois’ businesses are small businesses? These businesses and the entrepreneurs who create them are the drivers of the Illinois economy, and as a State Representative I feel it is our job to support them.
Last week I was pleased to be named a “Guardian of Small Business” for votes I took in the House of Representatives in 2015-2016. This is the third time I have been recognized for my voting record in this area, and in an independent review of my voting record on bills that affect small businesses in the 99th General Assembly, I earned a perfect score of 100%.
The award, given every two years by the non-partisan National Federation of Independent Business/Illinois (NFIB), judged lawmakers on our votes on 11 key bills over the last two years. The bills included: HB 6162, SB 2964, HB 3887, HB 1285, SB 162, HB 1287, SB 2933, HB 4036, SB 11, HB 5576 and HJRCA 26. Lawmakers who received an 80% or higher rating received the award.
As legislators, we must do all we can to ease the regulations that impede our small businesses from growing and expanding. These are the people who have the ability to put Illinoisans back to work. With unemployment numbers in Illinois still lagging behind neighboring states, I am committed to doing what I can to improve our economy. You can read a summary of the 11 key business bills and view an overall tally and ranking of all Illinois State Representatives and Senators at: http://www.nfib.com/pdfs/Illinois-Voting-Record.pdf.
Illinois Payroll Drops by 8,200 Jobs in August
In spite of efforts by some lawmakers to support our job creators, Illinois posted a significant drop in jobs last month. The monthly jobs and unemployment report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) showed a 30-day of 8,200 in Illinois’ seasonally-adjusted nonfarm payroll jobs. This key employment number declined from 6,016,900 in July 2016 to 6,008,700 in August.
More than one-half, or 4,400, of the new job losses were posted by the manufacturing sector. The making and supporting of goods assembled or packaged in factories now accounts for less than one-tenth of Illinois’ total nonfarm payroll jobs. In August 2016, 568,400 workers labored in or around Illinois factories, less than 9.5% of Illinois’ total employment of 6.0 million. Parts of the August job losses posted by Illinois in manufacturing, construction, mining and other sectors were made up by continued job growth in leisure, hospitality, professional services and business services. These sectors have done well in past months in Illinois and continued to add new jobs in August 2016.
The overall unemployment rate dropped in Illinois in August 2016 from 5.8% to 5.5%. Much of the decline was attributed to “discouraged workers” dropping out of the labor force or leaving Illinois entirely. Approximately 20,000 Illinois residents dropped out of the labor market in August 2016. Illinois’ unemployment rate continued to be significantly higher than the nationwide unemployment rate of 4.9% for the same month. The IDES jobs report was released on Thursday, September 15.
Coat Drive and Sale Kicks Off September 30
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Libertyville thrift store is seeking new or gently used coats and jackets for a coat sale Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2. All coats, while supplies last, will sell for $3 each regardless of brand, size and style. Proceeds from the sale will go to the thrift store emergency voucher program, which provides individuals and families in Cook and Lake Counties with clothing, furniture, or other goods at no charge in a confidential and dignified way. Coat donations can be dropped at 1125 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. The society is funded through community donations and net proceeds from its thrift stores, which operate with all donated materials. Visit http://svdpchicago.org/ for store hours and contact information.
Explorer Applicants Wanted
The Lincolnshire Police Department is seeking people between the ages of 14 and 21 to join its Explorer program. Participants learn about law enforcement. For more, email Sgt. Jamie Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.