Illinois State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) has been named a Champion of Free Enterprise, an award given by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to legislators who have made special contributions to the defense of free enterprise, and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinoisans.
"I am honored to receive this receive this recognition from our business community, because it is the private sector, not the government, that is is our primary economic engine, and the Illinois Chamber gives a voice to all of our businesses throughout the state," said Schimpf.
The Illinois Chamber rated all members of the 101st General Assembly based on legislators’ votes on the key business legislation as determined by staff and the Illinois Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.
The Champion of Free Enterprise Awards are given biennially to members with Illinois Chamber ratings averaging 85 percent or higher over the previous two General Assemblies who have demonstrated their commitment to legislation that frees the entrepreneurial spirit.
“Sen. Schimpf has long been an independent voice for the 58th District,” said Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch. “His moderate, commonsense approach to fiscal issues has allowed him to work across the aisle to get results for his district and the business community throughout Illinois. We will miss his partnership in the legislator but wish him well in his future endeavors.”