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A Push For Pension Reform in the QCA

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"Now is the time to engage. Let your elected officials know how important this is to you."

These are the words of Tara Barney - CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. 

While the Illinois pension crisis is causing major woes for state employees - she says it's hitting home for QCA businesses as well. 

"It challenges the state of Illinois to be a good business partner. It can't borrow money, it can't pay its bills on time, it's credit rating is dropping."

And when a business is looking for a place to start or expand - they are looking for a state with stability.

Something Illinois isn't offering right now.

That's why the Chamber started using a system called Voter Voice.

It's a system that breaks down issues from the state level and lets Quad City businesses contact their legislators directly. 

Telling them how problems - like the pension crisis - affect their business directly.

"Business "X" may want to remind their elected official of their work force it how it (pension crisis) affects them," Barney explains. "Another may want to tell them about the financial aspects and they can send their own message."

Since the QC Chamber started using Voter Voice - hundreds of businesses have gotten involved. 

And with the pension crisis - over 100 area companies have contacted their Illinois lawmakers - asking for a resolution during this weeks special session.

"We know the power of an aligned business community is to be able to speak with a unified voice from time to time and now is one of those times."