GRAYSLAKE — Working together with local business leaders and colleagues in the Illinois Senate toward a more business-friendly Illinois, state Sen. Melinda Bush is pushing several pieces of legislation to lower fees, showcase small employers and retain businesses that border other states.

Senate Bill 1427, sponsored by Bush, clarifies the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s ability to issue EDGE tax credits to businesses that choose to remain in Illinois. Other states count retained employees toward the tax credits, something this proposal formalizes.

“As we work to ensure businesses stay in Illinois, we want to use every tool available,” Bush said. “Other states count retained workers toward tax credits. This helps us stay competitive.”

Senate Bill 680 would lower filing fees for limited liability companies (LLCs) in Illinois. Currently among the highest in the nation at $500, the filing fee would be reduced to $39 for LLCs. The $750 filing fee for series LLCs would also be reduced to $59. Bush is chief co-sponsor of the legislation.

“We need to bring Illinois in line with surrounding states,” Bush said. “We can’t be competitive when, just to start a venture, our small business owners must pay more than ten times what they do in neighboring states.”

Senate Bill 659 establishes a website that will bring all applications and documents necessary for starting a company in Illinois into one place. Currently, those applications are scattered across several sites, and some aren’t available online. Bush is chief co-sponsor of the legislation.

“As a species, we have mapped the genome and landed a probe on a comet,” Bush said. “As a state, Illinois can make its business applications available in one convenient place, without having to drive to an office to pick up a physical sheet of paper.”

Senate Resolution 53 declares the week of May 4, 2015 as High School Innovators Week, in recognition of a University of Illinois awards program that celebrates the innovative students. Bush is chief co-sponsor of the resolution.

“I’m proud to support a resolution that will help encourage our next generation of business owners and inventors,” Bush said.

The proposals head to the full Senate for a vote.

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