FRANKFORT – U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, was recognized Friday by area business leaders who presented the congressman with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” award.
Kinzinger, chosen for his pro-business voting record, accepted the award during a luncheon jointly hosted the U.S. Chamber and the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at the CD & Me banquet hall in Frankfort.
“Adam has been supportive of business through the course of his entire career,” Ben Taylor, congressional and public affairs executive director in the U.S. Chamber’s Great Lakes Region, told the crowd of business leaders from the region, including Will and Grundy counties.
The award is given to congressmen and congresswomen who vote “the right way” on business and tax policies in Congress, Taylor said. Kinzinger has a 94 percent lifetime record with the U.S. Chamber, he said.
Kinzinger talked about the recent passage of a long-term federal highway bill, which will allow for local businesses and governments to plan and invest properly in big road projects.
Mike Paone, vice president for the Joliet Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the Joliet Chamber met with Kinzinger during the group’s trip in October to Washington, D.C.
There, Kinzinger put his support behind a long-term transportation bill and the re-authorization of the export-import bank. The export-import bank, also known as Ex-Im Bank, provides financial services and loans to U.S. companies exporting American-made products.
Paone congratulated Kinzinger for receiving the award Friday.
“It’s great. He’s got such a tremendous voting record for the business community,” Paone said.