In recognition of votes taken in 2015-2016 that affected Illinois’ small businesses, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has been named a “Guardian of Small Business.” In an independent review of his voting record on bills that impacted small businesses, Morrison earned a perfect 100%.

The award, given every two years by the non-partisan National Federation of Independent Business/Illinois (NFIB), judged lawmakers on their votes on 11 key bills during the 99th General Assembly. The bills included: HB 6162, SB 2964, HB 3887, HB 1285, SB 162, HB 1287, SB 2933, HB 4036, SB 11, HB 5576 and HJRCA 26. Lawmakers who received an 80% or higher rating received the award.

According to Kim Clark Maisch, State Director of NFIB/Illinois, Morrison’s commitment to Illinois’ small businesses was evident through his voting record during the 99th General Assembly. “Representative Morrison’s 100% voting record with the NFIB indicates his willingness to fight on behalf of small businesses in Springfield,” she said. “He has been a true champion of the small business community, and understands how government intervention keeps these primary job creators from thriving.”

Morrison said it was an honor to be recognized for his support of the Illinois small business community. “At a time when businesses are fleeing our state in search of better business climates in other states, we have an obligation as lawmakers to ease the pressures that currently make Illinois an unfriendly place to own a business,” said Morrison. “Small businesses are the centerpiece of the Illinois economy, and if we are going to grow jobs and ease the tax burden for Illinois citizens, we must support our business owners.”

NFIB/Illinois includes over 11,000 small business members from across the state. A link to a summary of the 11 key business bills and an overall tally and ranking of all Illinois State Representatives and Senators can be found at: http://www.nfib.com/pdfs/Illinois-Voting-Record.pdf.