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About Kim Maisch

NFIB/Illinois State Director Kim Clarke Maisch is the state director in Illinois. NFIB has the distinct honor of representing 11,000 small-business owners in Illinois and continues to put their agenda front and center before the Illinois General Assembly. Before joining the NFIB team, Maisch was the director of communications for Illinois Comptroller Loleta Didrickson and press secretary to U.S. Congressman Jerry Weller. Her legislative background also includes working for the Illinois House Republican staff as a member of the press staff. Maisch has a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. As state director, the majority of her time is spent educating state lawmakers on the problems and priorities that small business owners face in Illinois. Current key legislative issues include the high cost of health care, workplace mandates such as raising the minimum wage and fighting to keep the government bureaucrats from raiding the unemployment insurance trust fund for expanding paid benefits. Maisch also helps small business owners through the massive web of red tape known as state government and often serves as a liaison between the employer and the agency. @KimMaisch

ILLINOIS SESSION EPIC FAIL ON PENSION REFORM & JOBS AGENDA

Really lawmakers only had to get one thing done this session – at least from a fiscal standpoint – and that was to pass major pension reform.  And, after six months and lots of discussion and a few votes, the … Continue reading

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STATE NOW WANTS PRIVATE SECTOR RETIREMENT DOLLARS

In the 15 years I have been lobbying it always seems Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and New York are the “test cases” for liberal policy. The center left groups tend to use our states as incubators, trial balloons and the “let’s … Continue reading

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POLITICIANS COULD LEARN FROM SANDWICH MAKER

“If I started Subway today, Subway would not exist.” Fred Deluca, founder of Subway restaurants, made this statement on CNBC this week and caused a shudder throughout America.  Some because they love those tasty sandwiches, but most because it is … Continue reading

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