State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has been named a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for his 2017-2018 voting record in support of policy initiatives that support Illinois businesses and against measures that seek to over-regulate or overburden the state’s job creators.
Every two years the Illinois Chamber recognizes those legislators whose voting records most support the business community with their Champions of Free Enterprise Awards. “One of my primary focuses in the General Assembly has been promoting small business and job growth. It’s an honor to have that work recognized by the Chamber of Commerce,” said Breen.
“The Chamber’s legislative ratings let Illinois families, small businesses, and taxpayers know if legislators voted in favor of private sector job creation and a stronger economy, said Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “While many Illinois lawmakers provide lip service to the need for pro-growth reforms, Representative Breen is committed to supporting and defending Illinois employers throughout the State. Representative Breen's leadership on the 5G Internet legislation was extremely beneficial and ensures consumers throughout Illinois will stay on the forefront of wireless technology.”
The Chamber’s ratings are based on legislators’ votes on the key business legislation during the 100thGeneral Assembly. The votes in the Senate and House were selected based on their impact on the business community. In cases where more than one roll call was taken on a bill, the most significant vote impacting the resolution of the issue was selected for scoring.
When scoring, the Chamber was looking for a “no” vote on the 32% tax increase, proposed red tape for call center operators, an electricity rate increase, expensive regulations to Internet web site operators, a $15 minimum wage, a gross receipts tax on investment management services and insincere workers’ compensation reform. The Chamber was looking for a “yes” vote on legislation that bring Illinois to the forefront of 5G Internet, state preemption of autonomous vehicles, comprehensive procurement reform, and renewing the state’s EDGE tax credit. Click here to view a summary of all bills that were scored.
“Cutting government red tape and promoting business development are critical to growing a healthy, vibrant Illinois economy,” said Breen. “As a legislator, this is a policy area I take very seriously because business—especially small business—drives the Illinois economy. Our path toward future financial stability and prosperity depends on reining in our spending, reducing taxes and fees, and eliminating undue roadblocks to Illinois residents who are starting and building businesses.”
Legislators with Illinois Chamber ratings averaging 85% or better over the previous two General Assemblies have demonstrated their commitment to legislation that frees the entrepreneurial spirit and qualify for the award.