SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) has been named a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for his contributions “to the defense of free enterprise, and the furtherance of economic opportunities for all Illinoisans.”
“Being named a ‘Champion of Free Enterprise’ by the Chamber reflects an unwavering belief in the kind of economic policies that help employers, small and large, provide jobs for our communities,” Fowler said. “I understand what small business means to Illinois’ economy, and it is important that we give a voice to the small-business community of our state. I am honored to be considered a guardian of their needs in state government.”
The Illinois Chamber rated all members of the 102nd General Assembly based on each legislator’s votes on the key business-related legislation of the past two years. The bills of importance were determined by staff and the Illinois Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.
“Senator Fowler is a strong advocate for Southern Illinois. He is well-respected on both sides of the aisle and his pragmatism allows him to best advocate for his constituents,” Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch said. “You can’t talk to Senator Fowler without him mentioning some new project he is excited about in his district.”
The Champion of Free Enterprise award corresponds with the release of the Illinois Chamber 102nd General Assembly Legislative Ratings. With more than 10,000 bills and resolutions introduced in 102nd General Assembly, the votes in the Senate and House of Representatives were selected based on their potential impact on the Illinois economy and members of the business community.