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Trio of local lawmakers recognized for pro-business voting record

September 5, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Three local lawmakers are among 47 statewide to be named a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for their pro-business voting records compiled during the past 2 years.

State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, and State Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Freeport, were on the list of award recipients announced Wednesday. Included were 13 members of the Senate and 34 members of the House of Representatives.

The lawmakers said their pro-business votes come from the belief that Illinois must grow and not tax its way out of a financial mess.

“We all know we need to grow our revenue base in Illinois, and the best way to do that is with job creation and retention,” Demmer said in a news release.

“I am proud to be one of those legislators fighting against job-killing policies and fighting in favor of smarter growth and development,” Stewart said.

To be eligible for the award, legislators’ voting records must average a minimum of 85 percent in support of issues the Chamber deems important to economic development and job creation. The average rating for both legislative chambers in the 100th General Assembly is 49 percent.  

The state Chamber continually rates lawmakers on how they vote on business issues so it easily can be tracked by small businesses and taxpayers.

“While most Illinois lawmakers continue to provide lip service to the need for pro-growth reforms, these 47 lawmakers are committed to supporting and defending Illinois employers throughout the state,” said Todd Maisch, Illinois Chamber president and CEO.

The report included bills targeting the income tax increase, workers’ compensation, minimum wage, utility rate increases, regulatory fees, technology and the revamping of the EDGE (Economic Development for a Growing Economy) tax credit.

Bivins announced last year that he would not run for a fourth term in the 45th District.

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