Kim Clarke Maisch is the state director in Illinois. NFIB has the distinct honor of representing 11,000 small-business owners in Illinois and continues to put their agenda front and center before the Illinois General Assembly.
Before joining the NFIB team, Maisch was the director of communications for Illinois Comptroller Loleta Didrickson and press secretary to U.S. Congressman Jerry Weller. Her legislative background also includes working for the Illinois House Republican staff as a member of the press staff. Maisch has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
As state director, the majority of her time is spent educating state lawmakers on the problems and priorities that small business owners face in Illinois. Current key legislative issues include the high cost of health care, workplace mandates such as raising the minimum wage and fighting to keep the government bureaucrats from raiding the unemployment insurance trust fund for expanding paid benefits. Maisch also helps small business owners through the massive web of red tape known as state government and often serves as a liaison between the employer and the agency.