Springfield, Ill. – Illinois State Representative Tom Morrison 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.
“Illinois has been hamstrung by many ill-thought policies, but it remains an economic powerhouse in the Midwest and around the world because of its innovators, industries, and talented, hard-working people. With local and state government so heavily reliant on the private sector to fund public services and a social safety net, elected officials must ensure that businesses—large, medium, and small—can not only survive in a competitive marketplace but actually thrive,” Morrison said.
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.
“Rep. Morrison is a collaborative legislator who fights for a better Illinois,” said Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch. “He works across party lines to get things done to improve the business climate in his district and Illinois as a whole. We are proud to recognize his contributions to free enterprise in 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 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.”