By Stephanie Lulay
U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert talked small businesses and job creation with a group of Aurora business leaders Wednesday.
Biggert, a Republican from Hinsdale, said the goal of the meeting was to update local leaders about what's being done in Washington, D.C., that may impact them. The Aurora Chamber Legislative Group met at the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce offices in downtown Aurora.
"We plan to really reform taxes in order to increase our economic growth," Biggert said Wednesday.
Tax cuts made in 2001 and 2003 should stay, she said, adding that raising taxes won't balance the budget.
"In a recession, we shouldn't raise taxes," Biggert said. "Just like a business -- when you're in trouble you don't increase the cost of the goods. You keep them down."
She told local leaders that at times it's been difficult to work together to find solutions. She said dozens of bills the U.S. House has passed to the Senate have not been voted on.
"There are really good bills that could be solutions," she said. "The Jobs Act bill and Small Business Tax Cut Act of 2012 bill would give (business owners) some relief."
Biggert will be running against Democrat Bill Foster in the general election for the new 11th Congressional District, which includes Aurora, Naperville and Joliet.
She encouraged local business owners to voice their concerns to their representatives.
"We want to hear from them when things are coming up," she said. "(Business owners) are concerned that the (federal) budget spends too much, and we're concerned with that, too."