August 25, 2022

Duckworth Touts Efforts to Support Working Families and Small Businesses at Southern Illinois Chamber of Commerce Roundtable


[CARBONDALE, IL] – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined a roundtable discussion led by the Southern Illinois Regional Chamber of Commerce with chamber members, local business leaders and state legislators to talk about her efforts to help working Illinoisans keep more money in their pockets and support small businesses in Southern Illinois and throughout the state. Duckworth underscored how the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will help create jobs, lower energy costs, cut inflation, save Americans money, reduce our deficit and make sure megacorporations finally pay their fair share in taxes. Photos of today’s roundtable are available here.

“My number one priority will always be looking out for Illinoisans to help make sure families and small businesses don’t have to choose between paying for rent and for groceries—or between paying for rent and paying their employees,” said Duckworth. “I’m so proud we got the Inflation Reduction Act done to build on our progress, which will finally make multinational corporations pay their fair share in taxes, encourage investment and development as well as rein in healthcare costs. This is a huge win for working families and small businesses—not special interests—across Illinois, and I’ll keep working to do more to ensure our economy works for everyone in the weeks and months ahead.”

For the last two weeks, Duckworth has touted her and Democrats’ efforts to make the Inflation Reduction Act law during her RV tour across Illinois. Among the many stops along the way, Duckworth visited Marquis Energy in Hennepin and One Earth Energy in Gibson City to highlight the importance of ethanol production and the federal government’s support of homegrown biofuels—including in the IRA—as well as her commitment to helping drive down gas prices, support our farmers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen our energy security and drive rural economic opportunity in Illinois.

Additionally, Duckworth visited both the family-owned Curry’s Family Pharmacy in Riverton and the family-owned Illini Clinic Pharmacy in Silvis to discuss how the IRA will help thousands of Illinois’s seniors afford life-saving prescription drugs and how, for the first time ever, will allow Medicare to negotiate for lower medication costs.