Hultgren Promotes Illinois Small Businesses and Universities at Stops throughout 14th District
Washington, DC — During the August Congressional District Work Period, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) traveled throughout the seven counties that make up the 14th District, meeting with small business and franchise owners, transportation officials, educators and other community leaders to hear about the challenges they face in an uncertain economy and unfriendly regulatory and taxation environment. The pictures below summarize some of the meetings he held with constituents.
“This District Work Period I was greatly encouraged by the innovation and entrepreneurship I saw when I visited our Illinois employers,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Even amid tough times and a less-than-friendly business climate, our businesses are digging deep to grow and expand.
“DeKalb County Board’s Economic Development Committee has put in the hard work in a new business incubator to provide space and support to enterprising residents with a great idea and the drive to see it succeed. I saw first-hand how Chicago-based Gogo—a leading in-flight broadband internet service—tests out their products at Aurora Municipal Airport and relies on this full-service facility. During a recent failure of the air conditioning system, air traffic controllers at the airport persevered through 100 degree conditions to keep planes safely flying in and out of the airport. Domino’s franchise owner Reece Arroyave is breaking out of the delivery-centric model by opening dine-in stores to attract new customers. Woodstock-based Doughtery Enterprises creates everything from keepsake jewelry to wedding venues to mobile ID systems. Members of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce are thriving, especially when the federal government gets out of the way. Educating our next generation of innovators and job-creators is happening at places like DeVry University with campuses throughout the Chicago area. They rely on a steady enrollment and flexibility from government mandates to ensure they can best serve the needs of their unique student population. In Congress, I have and will continue to support these career and educational opportunities for our residents.”
Among other efforts to help local small businesses and innovators succeed, Rep. Hultgren has introduced H.R. 5374, the Bring Small Businesses Back Tax Reform Act, which provides immediate tax relief and reduces administrative burdens for small businesses looking to grow and hire more workers.
For families planning to send their children to college and take out student loans, Rep. Hultgren has introduced H.R. 5838, the Transparency in Student Lending Act, which aims to provide more information to consumers by requiring the disclosure of the annual percentage rate at the time of application for a federal student loan. The APR helps borrowers understand the true cost of a loan so they can make good financial decisions. Currently, borrowers of private student loans receive this information, but borrowers of loans issued by the Department of Education do not.
Rep. Hultgren makes pizza during lunch hour at Domino’s Woodstock location.
MARR Chicago Pizza owns franchises throughout the 14th District, providing food and jobs to Illinois residents.
Rep. Hultgren shares lunch with owner Reece Arroyave at Domino’s new dine-in concept store. Among other issues, they discussed franchise laws, joint employers and responsibility for employees.
Rep. Hultgren cuts the ribbon with Illinois State Representative Tom Demmer, DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr., State Representative Robert Pritchard and DeKalb County Business Incubator Coordinator Mary Supple. The Incubator is a state-of-the-art facility aimed at encouraging and supporting the inception and growth of new businesses that innovate and create jobs in the area.
Rep. Hultgren visits the air traffic control tower at Aurora Municipal Airport, which averages 450 corporate flights daily and is the only Chicago-area airport with direct tollway access. Hultgren has been a leader in Congress fighting for air travel safety and fair hiring procedures for our nation’s air traffic controllers.
Gogo, a leading Chicago-based provider of in-flight broadband internet service, tests out their products at Aurora Airport.
Rep. Hultgren meets with DeVry faculty and staff at their Naperville campus. DeVry DeVry institutions serve more than 700 of 14th District residents online and at their Chamberlain College of Nursing and DeVry University campuses.