Â Stateâ€™s oldest and largest business advocacy group represents Illinois employers of all sizes from all sectors of the economy;
Â Kirk: â€œI am honored to earn the support of employers across Illinois who share my vision of lower taxes, fiscal discipline and economic growth.â€
CHICAGO, ILÂ – The Illinois Chamber of CommerceÂ has endorsed Congressman and Navy veteran Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate citing his commitment to pro-growth, pro-jobs policies that will turn the Illinois economy around and put people back to work.
Speaking in front of rolling printing presses at a small business on Chicago’s North Side, Congressman Kirk pledged to add private sector jobs with pro-growth, pro-employment policies that allow employees to succeed.
“You cannot talk about creating jobs without talking to Illinois job creators,” Congressman Kirk said.Â Â “I am honored to earn the support of employers across Illinois who share my vision of lower taxes, fiscal discipline and economic growth.Â Â We know that government does not create jobs – employers do.Â Â We need policies that help small businesses add employees rather than policies that add government spending and higher taxes.”
The Illinois Chamber is the state’s oldest and largest broad-based business advocacy group representing small and large employers across all sectors of the stateâ€™s economy.Â
â€œCongressman Kirk is as prepared for this position as anyone could be,â€ Illinois Chamber President Doug Whitley said. â€œIllinois Chamber members from Rockford to Carbondale, from Moline to Danville â€“ and everywhere in between â€“ want to support a pro-business candidate for Senate. With Congressman Kirk, we have someone who believes in a strong national defense and has a national view and a world view that is informed by years of military and public service.â€
In Congress, Mark Kirk led the effort to stop the Bridge to Nowhere, worked to end wasteful earmark spending and voted to cut taxes more than 40 times.Â Â He opposes a state income tax increase, opposes the death tax and opposes a Value Added Tax (VAT).Â Â Congressman Kirk recently proposed a Small Business Bill of Rights to protect small business owners from higher taxes, rising costs and increasing government red tape.Â Â A strong supporter of Illinois agriculture, exports and infrastructure, Congressman Kirk brings a proven record of working across party lines to stand up for Illinois jobs.
A recent study byÂ Chief Executive MagazineÂ found Illinois to be the 6th worst place to do business in America – falling from 17th best just five years ago.Â Â Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias supported 12 new federal taxes in the health care bill and a hefty increase in the state income tax that would further reduce Illinois’ competitiveness, driving more jobs out of state.Â Â Giannoulias also supports the death tax, refuses to take a position on a potential VAT tax and opposes a worker’s right to a secret ballot in union elections.
â€œThis was a clear choice for the Chamber board, which is impressed by the Congressmanâ€™s depth of experience, his pro-business proposals, military experience and extensive knowledge about international issues,â€ Illinois Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Calvin Butler said.Â Â â€œCongressman Kirk will use his knowledge and experience to work for policies that drive job growth and prosperity.â€
Following the announcement, Congressman Kirk toured Cardinal Colorprint Printing, a 50-year-old small business on the cityâ€™s northwest side, and greet employees.Â Â Cardinal, certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, has been lauded for its environmentally responsible â€œGo Green Initiative.â€
(From Kirk for Senate Campaign)