Rep. Halbrook named Champion of Free Enterprise by Illinois Chamber of Commerce

State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) 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.

“Our local small businesses are the life’s blood of our communities. Supporting them supports our families, our schools, and all of the local services we depend upon every day,” Rep. Halbrook said.

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.

“Rep. Halbrook is a consistent conservative who always sticks to his principals,” said Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch. “He is pro-business in his district and in the statehouse and we are happy to give him this award honoring his commitment to free enterprise and the business in Illinois.”

The votes in the Senate and House are selected based on their impact on the

business community. None of the bills used in the report are weighted, as there were an adequate number of bills voted on during this General Assembly.

“It is our job to educate our members on the record of their representatives and hold them accountable for it,” said Illinois Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Clark Kaericher. “We believe the Chamber’s legislative ratings are an effective tool in determining that accountability and commitment to economic growth.”