The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, chamber member JP Morgan Chase, and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce today presented the Champion of Free Enterprise Award to State Representative Mike Unes. The award was presented by Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Fleming at the chamber’s Business After Hours hosted by the Concorde Inn and Suites.
The award recognizes legislators in the Illinois General
Assembly who have made special contributions in the defense of free enterprise
and support pro-business legislative policies to further economic opportunities
for Illinois businesses and their employees.
“With unemployment in Illinois consistently higher than
the national average, state fiscal uncertainty, a crumbling transportation
infrastructure, and one of the highest corporate tax rates in the nation; no
state has a greater need for pro-business legislators than does Illinois. Every business manager and owner should
embrace and recognize elected officials who support the fundamental principles
of the free enterprise system and the legislative policies outlined in the Illinois Jobs Agenda to assure an
attentive and responsive state government for Illinois businesses,” explained
Doug Whitley, President and CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
“In our cities, states and across the country, there must be an
environment that allows businesses to do what business should do: Innovate, create new markets, jobs and
related revenue,” said Glenn Tilton, Midwest Chairman, JPMorgan Chase. “We
salute the elected officials that support the partnership between our private
and public sectors and understand its critical role in all of our competitive
success and our future.”
The Illinois Chamber’s Champion of Free Enterprise Award is awarded biennially to
recognize Illinois legislators that have made it a commitment to support and
defend the employers of Illinois and support the policies of a free enterprise
system to help Illinois’ economy grow and prosper. In order to be eligible for the award a
legislator must have received an average of 85% or better voting record over
the previous two General Assembly sessions as rated in the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating published at the
end of each General Assembly session.
The ratings are based
on legislators’ votes on the key business legislation of the 97th
General Assembly. The issues selected
for review were determined by staff and the Illinois Chamber’s Government
Affairs Committee. The votes in the
Senate and House are selected based on their impact on the business
community. In cases where more than one
roll call was taken on a bill, the vote that best demonstrates support for
employers’ vital interests was chosen.