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State Representative Grant Wehrli has been selected to serve as a leading voice in the House Republican Caucus. Wehrli (R-Naperville) today was appointed Assistant House Republican Leader by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.

“Grant has never hesitated to fight loudly and strongly for what he believes in and what is best for his constituents, even when that means taking on the majority party head on,” said Leader Durkin. “I congratulate him and am proud to have him serve as Assistant Minority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives.”

Since his election to the House, Representative Wehrli has been a strong advocate for taxpayers and has worked to make elected officials more accountable to the families they serve. In the current 100th General Assembly, Representative Wehrli worked with colleagues in the House and Senate to adopt a state budget that curbs spending and funds priorities with no new taxes. He also led the fight against Democrat income tax increase proposals and filed several bills to help reduce families’ property tax burden. Representative Wehrli has passed a new law to stop costly public pension “double dipping”, and this spring filed measures to increase fines on elected officials who fail to file complete statements of economic interest or fail to comply with mandatory ethics and sexual harassment training.

“I’m honored by Leader Durkin’s confidence in my leadership abilities, but I am most pleased about the opportunity this provides to help advance issues important to families in my district,” said Representative Wehrli. “We’ve made some progress, but we still have a lot of work to do to improve our jobs climate and to get our state and our communities back on firm financial ground. I will continue to work on the fundamental reforms we need to succeed.”

Representative Wehrli, along with other DuPage Area State Representatives and Senators are joining forces through the entire month of September to help Loaves & Fishes obtain personal care items.

Loaves & Fishes is a non-for-profit food pantry that feeds up to 1,500 DuPage County families per week. Families in need can shop for free in a grocery store-like setting. Loaves & Fishes is experiencing a shortage of personal care items and in response area legislators are opening their offices to collect the needed items.

These items are:
Diapers & Wipes
Laundry Detergent
Toilet paper
Shampoo
Toothpaste
Household Cleaning Products
State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) and State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville)  are teaming up to host a free Children’s Safety Expo in Naperville.

DATE:              Saturday, August 25, 2018
TIME:               9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION:     Frontier Sports Complex 3380 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville, IL

Wehrli and Connelly hope parents take advantage of this free and fun event. The expo promises to be fun for kids of all ages, while also providing parents with important information to keep their children safe.

Events taking place for the kids include the Traveling World of Reptiles Show and the “Touch a Truck” exhibit—featuring approximately 40 vehicles, face painting, and much more!

The reptile show begins at 10:30 a.m., and gives kids an up-close, live, and interactive experience with reptiles and amphibians from around the world.

Children participating in the “Touch a Truck” exhibit can get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicle and ask questions to those who operate the equipment.

For parents, public service representatives will be available to answer questions on health, bicycle safety, college savings plans, and more.

Additionally, complimentary refreshments will be provided along with a drawing for free giveaways.

The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) released its 2018 Environmental Scorecard this week. Representative Grant Wehrli has been honored with a perfect voting record. A total of 61 state
representatives received an award for their voting record during the 2018 legislative session.
 
“Representative Grant Wehrli demonstrated a commitment to environmental issues in Springfield this session,” said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling.
 
 The 2018 Environmental Scorecard included numerous legislative measures.  Specific priorities from the Scorecard include:
● SB2298: Industrial Hemp Act
○ This bill brings new opportunities to farmers as well as benefits to soil by opening new initiatives for sustainable agriculture.
● SB2773: Renewable Energy Financing
○ This measure enhances the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program by allowing Illinois to help communities access fund for clean energy projects.
● HB4790: Use of Compost
o This legislation increases the use of compost in transportation projects and helps create a market for compost use in Illinois.
 
“Representative Grant Wehrli voted 100% of the time with the environmental community on nine pieces of key legislation,” added Walling.  “The IEC is honored by Representative Wehrli’s dedication to Illinois’ environment and we look forward to working together in the future.”
IEC releases its scorecard in August of each year.
 
"I am proud to support important environmental issues in the House, and am proud to demonstrate that you can be both pro-environment and pro-jobs," Representative Wehrli added.
 
Legislation recently signed into law will better help protect employees in the area of discrimination and sexual harassment in Illinois. House Bill 138 was the result of numerous hearings and dozens of hours of testimony by the Illinois House Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Task Force.

 HB 138 include measures to:
• Make the office of Legislative Inspector General (“LIG”) a full time position and require public posting of the position when there is a vacancy. If the office is vacant for more than 6 months, complaints shall be directed to the Inspector General of the Auditor General.
• Extend the time to file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights from 180 days to 300 days.
• Allow the LIG to move forward with an investigation regarding a sexual harassment complaint without higher approval.
• Require the LIG or Legislative Ethics Commission (LEC) to report disapproval of an investigation request.
• Create optional comprehensive training for legislators and staff. The training would include such things as sexual harassment, workplace civility and discrimination; and clarify that the LIG and LEC continue to have jurisdiction over former members and staff.
• Ensure political State Central Committees implement a sexual harassment policy.
• Require annual reporting regarding statistics, not specifics from the state sexual harassment helpline.
• Create a House rule to encourage legislators to report incidents of sexual harassment to their respective ethics officers. (HR1165)

A full list of all of the reforms included in the bill can be found here.
State Representative Grant Wehrli and the vast majority of his House Republican colleagues today introduced new legislation opposing Democrat efforts to again raise taxes on Illinois working families – this time through implementation of a new “progressive income tax”. Wehrli and his colleague filed House Resolution 975 clearly stating their opposition to a proposed progressive income tax that would make a struggling state economy worse.

“According to WalletHub, Illinois families are already laboring under the highest effective state and
local tax burden in the country, and their family budgets as well as our state business climate and our economy are all suffering for it. If Illinois moves to a progressive tax, the suffering will increase and more families and businesses will leave the state, taking jobs and tax revenues with them,” Rep. Wehrli said.

Wehrli noted that studies have shown that states with progressive income taxes create even more of a tax burden on the middle class and dissuade economic prosperity.

“While this is always billed as a ‘tax on the rich’, make no mistake, middle income earners will pay more. We have seen this result time and time again in other states that have enacted similar proposals, including California, New York, and New Jersey,” said Rep. Wehrli. “Illinoisans have said no to this scheme before. With this resolution we’re standing up and loudly saying no again.”