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Wheeler named 'Champion of Free Enterprise' by Illinois Chamber of Commerce

State Rep. Keith Wheeler
State Rep. Keith Wheeler

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce named State Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, a “Champion of Free Enterprise” for his voting record during the 2017-18 legislative session.

The Illinois Chamber’s Legislative Rating tracks votes important to the state’s business community and grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues during the two-year legislative session.

Among bills included in the report that the Chamber opposed are the 32 percent tax increase, proposed red tape for call center operators, an electricity rate increase, expensive regulations for internet website operators, a $15 an hour minimum wage, a gross receipts tax on investment management services, and fake workers’ compensation reform.

However, not all was bad, according to the Chamber. Also included were votes on legislation that will bring Illinois to the forefront of 5G internet, state pre-emption of autonomous vehicles, comprehensive procurement reform, and renewing the state’s EDGE tax credit.

“I am proud to stand with the men and women of our state and local business community,” Wheeler said. “They are the catalysts of growth and innovation here in the Fox Valley. Together, we can create Illinois jobs for Illinois families in the midst of a strengthening economy.”

To be eligible for the “Champion of Free Enterprise” award, a lawmaker must have received an average of 85 percent or better voting record over the previous two General Assemblies with the Illinois Chamber. Wheeler scored a 97 percent rating during that period. The average score for both legislative chambers during the current 100th General Assembly was 49 percent.

“The Chamber’s Legislative Ratings lets 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, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “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.” 

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce will be visiting the Fox Valley this autumn to present Wheeler with his “Champion of Free Enterprise” award at a local chamber event.

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