Chamber of Commerce Legislative Lunch

An Illinois state official made a visit to Naperville to discuss the current financial crisis at the capitol.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka recently addressed Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce members at their December Legislative Committee meeting.

Topinka emphasized that something needs to change down state and in Washington because the Illinois deficit is growing by $12,000,000 each day.

“What we need to do is exactly what the federal government needs to do: go through all the laws, go through all the rules, all the regulations and get rid of the things that don’t work,” said Topinka. “[We need to] get rid of the things that impede and clean up the system so that you are cleaning up the structure and therefore you won’t be doing the same things over again.”

Topinka’s remarks wrapped up with a question and answer session.

At the same meeting, chamber officials presented their findings on the most productive way to elect the city council.

“The chamber continues to feel strongly that the at-large systems worked well,” said Patrick Skarr, Vice President of Advocacy, Economic Growth, and Quality of Life for the chamber. “Most importantly a hybrid ward system leads to higher debt and higher taxes to the tune of 15 to 60% based on academic studies.”

Those findings were similar to a 2010 study also done by the chamber when Naperville voters passed the move to a ward system, but was reexamined because in April, citizens have the opportunity to vote to revoke that decision.

The study was approved by members at the meeting and will now be presented to the entire chamber at a future meeting.

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