Advocacy

"Architecture profoundly affects people. The work of architecture is essential to human well being, and architects must embrace their ethical obligation to uphold this public trust."

- AIA Directory of Public Policy and Position Statements
 

Whether at the local level working with the City of Chicago or local aldermanic offices, or through collaboration with the statewide chapter AIA Illinois, AIA Chicago works to advance nonpartisan perspectives to create partnerships, provide information, and assist in the development of policy and advocacy efforts to facilitate discussions of community design and professional integrity.


Recent Advocacy News

Legislative Action Alert from AIA Illinois

(May 14, 2014) The Prairie Grassroots bill to lower the highest LLC filing fee in the nation, SB 2776, was passed unanimously out of the Senate but has hit a snag in the House. The bill was expected to be called for a vote last week in the House Revenue and Finance Committee, but was not. 

Relying on the prospect that this bill may be included in a comprehensive budget package is problematic and we're seeking an up-or-down vote on SB 2776. 

AIA Illinois is working with representatives in the House to ask them to support a vote for this bill and encourages individuals to contact their representative.

Talking points:

Lowering Illinois' excessively high LLC filing fee encourages economic growth and will combat the perception that Illinois is a difficult place to own and operate a small business.
The revenue the state will lose each year by reducing this excessive fee is dwarfed by the amount of special tax breaks awarded to companies threatening to leave Illinois. 
The revenue loss will be offset by the increase in filings in Illinois.

 

Recent AIA Chicago Advocacy News

AIA Chicago and partners such as the Center for Neighborhood Technology and USGBC-Illinois played an instrumental role in the recent passage of the City of Chicago's Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance.