State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) has been awarded the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the nation’s leading small business association for his perfect voting record on behalf of small businesses in Illinois. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) bestowed the honor to Connelly, who has received the award for the 4th consecutive time since taking office in 2009.
“I am honored to receive this award again from the NFIB,” said Sen. Connelly. “Small businesses provide thousands of jobs across the state and are a key component of a thriving economy.”
NFIB issues the award to lawmakers who have made efforts to help small businesses thrive by advancing legislation that supports the growth of jobs in Illinois. The award is given every other year to legislators whose small business voting record is 80 percent or higher.
Sen. Connelly received a 100 percent rating from the group, meaning he supported the small-business position on key pieces of legislation 100 percent of the time.
“Illinois’ economy has been struggling for years, making it hard for small businesses to stay afloat,” said Sen. Connelly. “That’s why it’s so important to pass legislation to help small businesses succeed.”
NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes and protects the rights of business owners to operate and grow their businesses.