Rep. Butler Dubbed ‘Champion of Free Enterprise’ for Work Advancing Economic Opportunities

State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) 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 recognition from the Chamber,” said Butler. “The entrepreneurial spirit isn’t simply part of the fabric of American life, it is also a force behind job creation and economic opportunity that we need right now more than ever. Maintaining this focus while working across the aisle and with local leaders has always been important to me, and I look forward to continuing to advance these opportunities with the Chamber and industries important to Illinois and the 87th district.”

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 legislators 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. Butler is a bright and dedicated legislator who is adept at working across party lines to get results for his district,” said Illinois Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch. “He has provided valuable leadership on issues relating to the business community, specifically in healthcare, and we are proud to honor his achievements and voting record with this award.”

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 was 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.”

For more information about the Illinois Chamber of Commerce legislative ratings, click here.