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State lawmakers recognized for supporting Illinois manufacturing

The Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) based in Schaumburg, Ill., presented its 2022 Champion of Small and Mid-Size Manufacturers Award to 44 state lawmakers that demonstrated their support for TMA members’ best interests during the 102nd General Assembly.

“In today’s difficult business climate, these legislators have been steadfast in their support of small and mid-size manufacturers,” said Dennis LaComb, TMA’s Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff. “They know manufacturing is the backbone of Illinois economy, and their votes in Springfield recognize that fact. We very much appreciate their efforts.”

The legislators receiving the Champion Award scored 70 percent or higher on the TMA’s annual Legislative Scorecard. The Scorecard highlights ten votes of significance to the TMA in the 102nd General Assembly. TMA’s position on these ten issues was designed to protect or advance small and mid-size manufacturing in Illinois. TMA represents 800 companies in Chicagoland and throughout the state.

“Deserving TMA’s recognition is no small feat,” LaComb said. “It takes an intentional effort to support our members’ concerns in the manufacturing field. It takes communication with these legislators so they know the unique challenges we face in Illinois. And these legislators have listened, voted, and acted with support to our small and mid-size manufacturing community.”

Since 1925, the TMA has provided resources, information, training, and advocacy for small and mid-size manufacturers.

The list of legislators receiving TMA’s 2022 Champion Award includes:


  • State Representative Chris Bos
  • Deputy Republican Leader, State Representative Dan Brady
  • Assistant Republican Leader, State Representative Tim Butler
  • House Republican Leader, State Representative Jim Durkin
  • State Representative Amy Elik
  • State Representative Jackie Haas
  • Assistant Republican Leader, State Representative Deanne M. Mazzochi
  • State Representative Tim Ozinga
  • State Representative Daniel Swanson
  • Republican Floor Leader, State Representative Mark Batinick
  • Assistant Republican Leader, State Representative Thomas M. Bennett
  • Assistant Republican Leader, State Representative Avery Bourne
  • State Representative Dan Caulkins
  • State Representative Andrew S. Chesney
  • Assistant Republican Leader, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer
  • State Representative Randy E. Frese
  • State Representative David Friess
  • State Representative Amy Grant
  • State Representative Norine K. Hammond
  • State Representative Paul Jacobs
  • State Representative Charles Meier
  • State Representative Chris Miller
  • State Representative Thomas Morrison
  • State Representative Mike Murphy
  • State Representative Adam Niemerg
  • State Representative Keith P. Sommer
  • State Representative Joe Sosnowski
  • Assistant Republican Leader, State Representative Ryan Spain
  • State Representative Dan Ugaste
  • State Representative Tom Weber
  • State Representative Blaine Wilhour
  • State Representative Patrick Windhorst


  • Assistant Republican Leader, State Senator Donald P. DeWitte
  • Senate Republican Leader, State Senator Dan McConchie
  • Assistant Republican Leader, State Senator Jason Plummer
  • State Senator Darren Bailey
  • State Senator Dale Fowler
  • Assistant Republican Leader, State Senator Chapin Rose
  • State Senator Brian W. Stewart
  • State Senator Win Stoller
  • Republican Caucus Whip Dave Syverson
  • Republican Caucus Whip Jil Tracy
  • State Senator Sally J. Turner
  • State Senator Craig Wilcox

Founded in 1925, the Technology and Manufacturing Association is an independent trade organization exclusively focused on assisting and promoting small and midsize manufacturers by providing a diverse portfolio of benefits and services, including community, information, training, resources, and advocacy. TMA has nearly 1,000 members representing over 35,000 manufacturing employees and more than 25 million square feet of manufacturing plant.

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