Press Release

Sente Establishes Legislative Group Representing Small Business Community


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Small business has a stronger voice in Springfield, thanks to state Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, and state Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, who recently formed the Small Business Owners Caucus in the Illinois House of Representatives.

“The bipartisan caucus will focus on drafting legislative policies and suggesting changes that spur economic development and send a message that Illinois wants entrepreneurs to succeed,” Sente said. “Engaged in small business operations at home and working with small business owners throughout the state, we will drill down into the issues affecting small businesses and generate the momentum necessary make our state more business-friendly.”

The 20-member caucus embodies Sente’s goal, as a small business owner, to bring together state legislators who 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 Sente with ideas of establishing an annual scorecard of pro-business legislation and nominating annual champions of the business community.

Pictured: Sente and the members of the Illinois Small Business Owners Caucus at the Capitol.