Rep. Barbara Wheeler Chosen as “Guardian of Small Business” by Independent Business Owners’ Group

State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has been named a “Guardian of Small Business” in recognition of votes taken in Springfield during 2015-2016. In an independent review of her voting record, Wheeler scored 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, Wheeler showed unwavering support of small business during the 99th General Assembly. “Small business is an extremely important part of Illinois' economic engine, and Representative Barbara Wheeler’s 100% voting record with the NFIB demonstrates her commitment to helping small businesses succeed in a very tough environment,” she said. “Small businesses are our primary job creators, and Representative Wheeler stood up on behalf of these businesses time and time again in her representation of Illinois’ 64th District.”

Wheeler said it was an honor to be recognized for her support of the business community. “There were several bills during this General Assembly that represented an attack on small business owners in Illinois, and as lawmakers who recognize the importance of small business, it was our responsibility to fight these anti-business initiatives,” said Wheeler. “Small business owners are the people who have the power to improve our economy and we need to do everything we can to support them.”

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: