Small business now has a stronger voice in Springfield thanks toa recently formed Small Business Owners Caucus in the Illinois House of Representatives. Small business owner and State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has joined as a founding member.
“The needs and concerns of job creators need to be front and center to our efforts in Springfield,” Batinick said. “By reforming the state’s tax, regulation, and budget policies, we can spur private-sector job growth; empower the innovators and entrepreneurs who create opportunity for families in every corner of Illinois; and ensure that our students right here in the Kendall/Will County area can find competitive careers in the job market after graduation.”
The 20-member caucus has been created to bring together state legislators who are current or former small business owners to share similar entrepreneurial experiences. Activities will include caucus-backed legislative proposals and supporting individual caucus members’ legislative ideas, as well as holding subject matter focused business discussions with the constitutional officers, agency directors, legislative leaders, and pro-business organizations. Various business groups have already approached caucus co-chairman Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) with ideas of establishing an annual scorecard of pro-business legislation and nominating annual champions of the business community.