Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) has been named a Champion of Free Enterprise, an award given by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to legislators who have made special contributions to the defense of free enterprise, and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinoisans.
“The need to support pro-jobs and pro-growth reforms is now more critical than ever for Illinois’ business community which has faced unprecedented challenges recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fowler. “It is an honor to be an advocate for our business community and to support reforms
that encourage growth and investment in Illinois.”
The Illinois Chamber rated all members of the 101st General Assembly based on legislators’ votes on the key business legislation as determined by staff and the Illinois Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.
The Champion of Free Enterprise Awards are given biennially to members with Illinois Chamber ratings averaging 85 percent or higher over the previous two General Assemblies who have demonstrated their commitment to legislation that frees the entrepreneurial spirit.
“Senator Fowler understand the unique needs of his district and will do whatever it takes to increase economic opportunity for his constituents,” said Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch. “Nothing is more evident of his commitment than this month’s announcement that after many years, he had finally secured funding for the Cairo Port Project that will create approximately 500 permanent jobs in his district, in an area that has long suffered from a lack of opportunity. We are proud to have worked with him on the Rebuild Illinois infrastructure package that made this project possible and to honor him with this award for his hard work on behalf of businesses throughout Illinois.”
The votes in the Senate and House are selected based on their impact on the business community. None of the bills used in the report are weighted, as there were an adequate number of bills voted on during this General Assembly.
“It is our job to educate our members on the record of their representatives and hold them accountable for it,” said Illinois Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Government Affairs Clark Kaericher. “We believe the Chamber’s legislative ratings are an effective tool in determining that accountability and commitment to economic growth.”
Click here to view the 101st General Assembly Legislative Ratings.