Illinois Manufacturers' Association News

Deposition transcript: Karmeier testifies he had no knowledge of State Farm support in ’04 election

By Record News | Aug 25, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – State Farm, defending a claim that it corrupted the Illinois Supreme Court by securing the election of Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004, has filed two bits of a deposition swearing he knew nothing of support from State Farm.

IMA: Budget must address pension obligations, work comp reform, tax code

By The Madison County Record | Feb 15, 2017

The IMA believes a final budget solution must address the root of the state's problems with structural reforms addressing our pension obligations and debt while restoring fiscal discipline and enacting real reforms that will create a vibrant business climate by attracting jobs and investments

High costs of work comp driving business out of Illinois, experts say

By Amanda Robert | Oct 25, 2016

CHICAGO - For organizations that advocate on behalf of business in Illinois, there’s no question – the high cost of workers’ compensation will continue to have dire consequences for the state and its economy.

Manufacturers oppose graduated income tax hike

By The Madison County Record | May 4, 2016

This is a $2 billion tax hike on successful job creators including many small and medium-sized manufacturing companies that pay taxes under the individual rate. This is exactly the wrong message to send to job creators when we need to grow our economy and create jobs for hard working men and women in Illinois.

Haine blames China, unfair trade for loss of manufacturing jobs

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 14, 2015

One Illinois lawmaker is blaming China for the state's massive job loss in the manufacturing sector.

Lawmaker: State can raise $3.9B without taxing most; But GOP, big business may not to rush to embrace plan

By Mark Fitton | Sep 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Rep. Jack Franks thinks he’s found a path to lead Illinois out of its budget wasteland or least get it well along the way. Franks, a Democrat from Marengo, says he’s working on a bill that could generate nearly $3.9 billion without raising taxes. “I think this is the path out,” Franks said.

Manufacturers' president required to testify at Bloomington asbestos trial

By Steve Korris | Oct 14, 2010

Radke BLOOMINGTON - Illinois Manufacturers Association president Greg Baise must testify at an asbestos conspiracy trial in Bloomington, though his lawyer is at "a bit of a loss" as to why.

Murnane vows to help state groups as new ATRA chairman

By Chris Rizo | Apr 9, 2009

Murnane The president of the Illinois Civil Justice League, Ed Murnane, as the new chairman of the American Tort Reform Association is vowing to help state organizations better fight their battles against lawsuit abuse.

There's a reason why SWA is still languishing

By Ed Murnane | May 25, 2008

Ed Murnane The Illinois Manufacturers Association, one of Illinois' oldest (115-years) and most respected business associations, distributes a weekly "Springfield Highlights" to its members every Friday when the Illinois General Assembly is in session.

ICJL cautions opponents of SB1296 to 'keep the powder dry'

By Ann Knef | Jun 4, 2007

While opponents of a controversial, trial lawyer-sponsored bill are hailing its apparent demise, a leading tort reform advocate cautions to "keep the powder dry."

SB1296 passes in House Committee

By Ann Knef | May 16, 2007

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) rolled a traveling billboard around the state capitol prior to Wednesday's committee hearing in protest of SB1296. The House Judiciary Committee has passed Senate Bill 1296, a proposal that in effect shifts the burden of compensation to the party with the most money rather than the most responsibility in tort cases.

'Money grab' bill up for debate May 16

By Ann Knef | May 11, 2007

A legislative proposal that shifts the burden of compensation to the party with the most money rather than the most responsibility in tort cases will be debated in a state House committee hearing on May 16.

'Money grab' bill passes in state senate

By Ann Knef | Mar 20, 2007

An "anti-business" bill that shifts the burden of compensation to the party with the most money rather than the most responsibility in tort cases easily passed in the state Senate Tuesday, despite fierce opposition from business groups.

Groups line up against plaintiffs' windfall bill

By Ann Knef | Mar 29, 2006

Ed Murnane A legislative proposal designed to provide windfall recovery to plaintiffs in personal injury litigation is an "affront to fairness," said the president of the Illinois Civil Justice League, Ed Murnane.

Proposed Rule 225: A new David & Goliath

By Judy Cates | Jan 30, 2005

Who will you find to represent the consumer with a claim of minimal value?

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