Illinois Business Leader Illinois Business Leader Dec 2016 : Page 2

DI D Y OU K N O W ? Regular Fire Sprinkler Testing is Required by the International Fire Code Chapter 9, Fire Protection Systems of the 2015 International Fire Code requires water based fi re protection systems to be inspected, tested and maintained at regular intervals in accordance with NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. Regular testing is also required through the Illinois Offi ce of the State Fire Marshal’s adoption of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code, Section 9.75 (2000 edition). All automatic fi re sprinkler systems, standpipe systems and fi re pumps must be inspected and mantained in accordance with NFPA 25. Illinois state law, 225ILCS 317/15 (h), requires a copy of all fi re sprinkler system inspection reports to be submitted to local fi re offi cials having jurisdiction. Also, all inspectors are required to be NICET II certifi ed or trained through an approved apprentice program. Are you checking these items before work begins? Stop any job violating this state law and/or call the state fi re marshal. Battalion Chief Joris Lillge, Grayslake Fire Protection District For more information: Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board 708-403-4468 ©2016, Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board. All rights reserved. A not-for-profi t organization.

President’s Message

Todd Maisch

An incredibly divisive election is now behind us. There are many reasons that I, and most of you I presume, are incredibly happy about that. (Mostly) gone are the personal insults, the abandonment of core principles by both parties, the willingness to say anything – in any kind of communications channel – to make a point.

In elections, contention is not a bad thing. This is democracy after all and large issues that impact our lives and the lives of our grandchildren are at stake. What has been different in recent years is that the elections never seem to end. Too many of those elected are focused on the next election from day one, and not on what needs to happen to move our state and the nation forward.

This election has provided an opportunity to put an end to that. The Illinois Chamber sees this election as the chance to finally pivot back to a focus on actual governing by those elected.

This issue of the Business Leader will lay out many of our policy priorities. But know that as we pursue those priorities, we will be guided by the following principles:

Demanding Action. Realistically, gridlock in Springfield and Washington must loosen at first before it comes to an end. In Illinois, we face the threat of another year without a normal state budget. If that happens the Governor’s office estimates that our state budget deficit will reach $13.5 billion by July. Our unfunded pension debt has ballooned to nearly $130 billion. Yet, majority leaders in the legislature are predicting no new budget until after the 2018 election. That should be simply unacceptable to anyone who cares about Illinois.

Defending Our Principles. Calling for action means support for compromise, but it does not mean abandoning pro-employer principles. In Springfield, we will continue to make the case that a return to fiscal sanity must include emphasis on economic growth. In Washington, we need to aggressively defend policies that were convenient political targets in the election, namely trade, immigration reform and financial regulation.

Looking for Common Ground.

The Chamber believes that part of the answer to breaking policy gridlock is to look to new areas for bipartisan agreement. We have had very good success working on both sides of the aisle to roll back burdensome regulations. We should also look to workforce issues, including criminal justice recidivism and inner city job creation.

Supporting Policymakers That Are Willing to Stand Up for Change.

Finally, we come full circle, back to elections. Elected officials that are willing to make hard choices in support of employers will face voters again in 2018 and employers need to stand up for them. The Chamber supported legislators on both sides of the aisle in this last election, often to criticism from each opposing party. The common thread in those races was a willingness to support employers and a change in the status quo.

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