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The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Invites you to attend Business Day at the Capitol, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Springfield, IL

IMA’s Business Day offers you the opportunity to meet with your elected officials to deliver our message of job growth and prosperity, and to help our legislators understand the impact of their actions on Illinois manufacturing.

Register here

Schedule of Events:

11:00am – Registration

Ballroom, DoubleTree Hotel

Noon – Luncheon and Program

Keynote Remarks: Gov. JB Pritzker

Panel Discussions:

Data Privacy (1:15 to 1:45 p.m.): Data breaches, biometrics, social media, and the collection of consumer data. Data privacy is a hot topic in the United States and across the world. Illinois employers are in a unique situation where they collect and disseminate data and technology to benefit their customers. The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled against an Illinois employer that collected fingerprint scans under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and there are more than dozen legislative proposals before the General Assembly.  Attorney Aaron Tantleff is a nationwide expert advising companies on how to handle technology, privacy, cybersecurity, and intellectual property issues.

Aaron Tantleff, Foley & Lardner LLP

Recreational Marijuana (1:45 to 2:15 p.m.): Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana after authorizing the use of medicinal marijuana in 2013. Ten states and the District of Columbia current allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. The chief sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, will discuss the proposal while attorney Scott Cruz will talk about the impact on the manufacturing sector, including the ability to drug test and maintain safe & drug free workplaces.

Representative Kelly Cassidy, D-14th District, and Scott Cruz, Clark Hill PLC

Graduated Income Tax (2:15 to 2:45 p.m.): Governor JB Pritzker is proposing a significant change in the Illinois Constitution that will eliminate the current flat income tax and replace it with a graduated income tax structure. Under the plan that will reportedly raise $3.4 billion in new taxes, Illinois corporations, pass-thru entities like Subchapter S corporations, and individuals will pay significantly higher taxes at a top rate of 7.95 percent (not including the corporate personal property replacement tax). Jared Walczak, senior policy analyst with the nonpartisan Tax Foundation will discuss the negative impact of graduated taxes while Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax & Budget Accountability, a union-backed think tank will advocate in support of the measure. 

Jared Walczak, Tax Foundation and Ralph Martire, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

3:00 – 5:00pm – Lobby Your Legislator

State Capitol

5:00 – 8:00pm – Gala Reception

IMA Headquarters

Cancellations must be made in writing and received by April 24, 2019. Refunds cannot be made after that date.

Additional sponsorship opportunities:


Includes your company name on promotional materials, one ad in packet, and 10 registrations to events


Includes your company name on promotional materials, one ad in packet, and five registrations to events


Includes your company name on promotional materials and two registrations to events


Includes your company name of promotional materials and one registration to events


HOTEL INFORMATION – For hotel reservations, call the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 866-788-1860.

For questions regarding Business Day, please contact Christine Sisk at (217) 718-4213, or email

A special thanks to our sponsors: