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Naperville, IL…Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) and AT&T Illinois recently announced that KidsMatter is the winner of an “AT&T Investing in Illinois Award” and a contribution of $2,000 from AT&T.

“KidsMatter makes a tremendous positive difference in the lives of thousands of local youth each year through their events, programs, Youth in Action workshops, coalition building and much more,” said Rep. Wehrli. “They are a very worthy recipient of this award in recognition of their ongoing commitment to shape and inspire the next generation of young people.”
Pictured left to right are: AT&T Illinois representatives John Quinn and Steve Selcke, Rep. Grant Wehrli, and IdaLynn Wenhold, Executive Director of KidsMatter.
(Naperville and Elmhurst, Ill. – October 29, 2015) – Edward Hospital, in Naperville, and Elmhurst Hospital will each host a Diabetes Awareness Fair on Saturday, November 14, 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

The Fairs, in conjunction with National Diabetes Awareness Month, will be held at:

Edward Hospital, Heart Hospital Lobby, 801 S. Washington St. in Naperville

Elmhurst Hospital, East Lobby, 155 E. Brush Hill Rd.

The Fairs will offer screenings, including blood pressure, BMI (body mass index), diabetes finger­stick (requires a 12­hour fast) and foot assessment, and DiabetesAware, an online screening tool which checks your risk for diabetes.

There will be exhibits on health and wellness as well as healthy refreshments. Diabetes educators will be on hand to answer questions. An Edward­Elmhurst Health physician will begin each Fair at 9 a.m. with “Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Pre­Diabetes and Diabetes.” The screenings and vendor exhibits will open at 9:30 a.m. at both locations.

To register, call (630) 527­6363 or visit www.EEHealth.org/classes­events. For more information about diabetes care, visit www.EEHealth.org/services/diabetes.

From a Rotary Club Press Release:

Our goal is to collect and district 1,000 winter coats to Homeless Veterans in the Chicago area. 

Stand Down Day is a special day for homeless veterans in which they receive support from many

This will be Rotary’s fourth year participating in the event that has been held and organized for the past 22 years by the veterans.  We expect to serve approximately 1,000 homeless veterans on November 10 as they gear up for the harsh winter months ahead.  
Rep. Wehrli is speaking out this week on the use of state tax incentives to relocate 400 jobs from Naperville to Chicago.

"...Wehrli said the Naperville-to-Chicago move is part of a larger agreement that will provide ConAgra EDGE tax incentives for relocating their corporate headquarters to Chicago from Naperville and Omaha, Nebraska....

“We all want to bring new jobs here from other states; but when the deal, brokered with tax incentives, costs an Illinois community 400 jobs, then it’s a hollow victory. Governor Rauner needs to work equally hard to ‘back fill’ those jobs leaving Naperville. The governor’s office cannot just create a hole and walk away,” said Wehrli...

Read the rest at Positively Naperville.

(from a City of Naperville/Naperville Police press release)

The Naperville Police and Fire Departments invite all residents to attend the annual Public
Safety Open House taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 3 at Naperville’s Public Safety Campus, located at 1380 Aurora Ave.

Bring the whole family for this fun and informative day, which features a variety of activities and demonstrations by Naperville’s finest. Attendees can view a police K9 demonstration at 10:45 a.m., followed at 11:15 a.m. by a training exercise in which the Air Methods helicopter lands and emergency personnel perform an auto extrication with a simulated intoxicated driver arrest.

New this year is the Naperville Police Department Special Response Team’s tactical demonstration showcasing the talents of the unit at 12:30 p.m. Firefighters will demonstrate just how quickly a fire spreads with a flashover demonstration at 1:15 p.m., after which children will be given the opportunity to squirt real fire hoses. The demonstrations culminate at 2:00 p.m. with the crowd-pleasing, high-energy firefighter and police gear uniform show.
"For months you have been reading and hearing about our state budget impasse. It’s no surprise that most of the media coverage has focused on the lack of an overall agreement, and what specific programs and services are not being funded as a result.

What may surprise you to learn is that the vast majority of our state budget spending is continuing uninterrupted without an approved budget in place, and the General Assembly has very little actual control over most of it..." Read the rest of Rep. Wehrli's column in Positively Naperville.
State Representative Grant Wehrli authored and passed House Resolution 714 congratulating Phil Maughan on being elected State Commander of the Illinois VFW. Phil Maughan is a decorated U.S. Army Veteran and a longtime member of Naperville's Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873. Read the resolution here.

State Representative Grant Wehrli is building a strong record in support of protecting our environment according to the Illinois Environmental Council. In his first spring session as State Representative for the 41st District, Representative Wehrli earned a perfect 100% score from the Council for his votes in the Illinois House on initiatives crucial to protecting our environment.

“In Illinois we’re blessed with wonderful natural diversity including forests, wetlands, prairie, and the best farmland in the country. I want to protect those resources for my children and their children for generations to come and I’m proud to be among the Council’s 2015 Environmental Champions,” Representative Wehrli said.
State Representative Grant Wehrli is teaming up with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk for a joint mobile office hours availability on September 16th at the Nichols Library in Naperville. Staff from both Representative Wehrli and Senator Kirk’s offices will be on hand to help answer constituents’ questions and to provide information on programs and services that may be helpful.

“When a constituent has a problem, it can sometimes be unclear whether they need help from my office at the state level, or if they need to contact their Congressman or Senator. Teaming up with Senator Kirk for mobile office hours allows us to provide local families and seniors with ‘one stop shopping’ for help whether their concern is state or federal,” Representative Wehrli said.

State Representative Wehrli and U.S. Senator Kirk’s joint mobile office hours will be held:

• 10am-1pm, Wednesday, September 16th

• Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Avenue, Naperville

No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

Constituents can always reach Representative Wehrli’s Naperville office by e-mailing 41districtdirector@gmail.com, by calling (630) 696-4160 or by visiting his website at www.repwehrli.com.
Via City of Naperville press release:

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The City of Naperville and the Naperville-Lisle Townships Triad is pleased to present the “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise” 2015 conference for area senior citizens on Friday, September 18 from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.

This informative, engaging conference is a free opportunity for independent living seniors to learn more about services available to them from experts in various fields. The morning begins at 8 a.m. with a lively and fun musical journey featuring Mayor Emeritus A. George Pradel and Naperville Senior Task Force co-chair Bev Patterson Frier. Frier and co-chair Karen Courney will provide an overview of community resources available to seniors at 9 a.m. followed by noted author and inspirational speaker Jamie Lee Silver sharing “Lessons for Living Longer, Healthier and Happier Lives” at 11:15 a.m.
State Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Wheaton) and State Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) are hosting a Children’s Safety Expo at the Frontier Sports Complex on August 22 from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

The free event is open to all area families and is geared toward a younger audience. Children will be
able to participate in several “kid-friendly” events including “Touch a Truck,” the “Traveling World of Reptiles” show at 10:30 A.M. and multiple area first-responder displays. A face painting booth will also be available. Frontier Sports Complex is located at 3380 Cedar Glade Drive in Naperville.
Informational booths at this year’s expo include: Naperville C.E.R.T, Faces4, and several state and local law enforcement agencies. Also, the LIFESTAR Chicago medical helicopter will be there from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

More than 40 “Touch-a-Truck” vehicles will be at the Safety Expo, and kids are invited to see, touch and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicles. Local professionals will be available to answer questions about the equipment and the work they do.

Expo participants include  ComEd, CPR, Naperville Police Department, DuPage Children’s Museum, DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk, DuPage County Crime Stoppers, DuPage County Health Department, DuPage County Highway Department, DuPage County Office of Homeland Security, DuPage County Regional Office of Education, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, Edward Jones, Elite Sports Complex, Hruska Insurance, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Life Span, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Juice Plus, Lifestar Chicago, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Office of the Illinois Comptroller, Office of the Illinois Treasurer, Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, PACE, Sparkles Entertainment, Traveling World of Reptiles, and several other area agencies. 

For more information, contact Sen. Connelly’s office at (630) 682-8101, or Rep. Wehrli’s office at (630) 696-4160.

"For years it’s been clear that the party in charge of the Illinois General Assembly looks at our situation through rose-colored glasses to avoid seeing the true magnitude of the crises they have created. After serving in the House for more than six months now I’ve come to understand that many on the other side of the aisle also suffer from another serious vision problem: short-sightedness.

This short-sighted problem is most evident this year in the way the majority party has chosen to deal with the state budget...." Read the rest of Rep. Wehrli's column in Positively Naperville
Physicians Assistants and licensed nurses will now be enabled to deliver prescription medications for hospice patients in their care thanks to a new law sponsored by State Representative Grant Wehrli. Wehrli said the change will provide homebound patients an important option to ensure they will receive their needed medications on schedule.

The measure signed Tuesday by Governor Rauner (Senate Bill 689) will permit Physicians Assistants, Advance Practice Nurses, Practical Nurses or Registered Nurses who provide hospice or home health care services to be in possession of and deliver a prescribed medication, including a scheduled narcotic, to a patient in their care. Representative Wehrli noted that under previous law, they could have faced drug charges if stopped by law enforcement with a patient’s prescription medication in their possession.

“These are the professionals who are giving these patients comfort and providing for their healthcare needs on a daily basis, including supervising and administering their medications. It just makes sense that they should also be able to bring the medications to the patient’s home if needed,” Rep. Wehrli said.

"If you’re a baseball fan you know that any player with a batting average of .333 is considered a great success at the plate. Even though he’s only getting a hit in one out of every three at-bats, when the level of difficulty and other players’ averages are taken into account, that’s pretty darn good … in baseball.

In my first spring session in the Illinois House, I have learned that under the rules and procedures Speaker Madigan has put in place, if even a few of the bills you have introduced receive a hearing in a House committee, you’re batting well above average..."

Read the rest of Rep. Wehrli's column in Positively Naperville
Continuing to fulfill his pledge of fiscal responsibility, State Representative Grant Wehrli has returned to the state more than $3,500 dollars that had been appropriated to help run his constituent services office in Naperville.

“We know that this year’s state budget, when we eventually come to an agreement, will include some difficult cuts. Returning this money won’t solve our problems; but it would be unthinkable for me to ask agencies and organizations who rely on state funds to make-do with less and not do the same myself,” Representative Wehrli said.
Clothing donations are needed for the Homeless Veterans Quad County Stand Down being held on August 20th and 21st at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. You can drop off gently used or new clothing at the Naperville Township office at 139 Water Street or at VFW Post 3873 at 908 West Jackson. The clothing drive will run through August 14th.

Ideas include: 
    Interview appropriate attire (suits, slacks,
    dress shirts, ties, dress shoes, etc.)
    Sweat pants

Remember that accessories are important:

State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) today said he is proud to be one of 40 emerging leaders in Illinois chosen as a 2015 Edgar Fellow.

The Edgar Fellows initiative, now in its fourth year, strives to inspire bi-partisan and interregional cooperation among elected and civic leaders to tackle the challenges facing Illinois. Representative Wehrli and this year’s 39 other participants were selected from more than 140 nominees which included elected and appointed officials and others who have made strides to improve our communities and our state.

“Since we launched this initiative in 2012, we have seen Democrats, Republicans and independents, from the neighborhoods in Chicago to the rural areas of deep southern Illinois, discover they have much in common even as they develop an appreciation for other viewpoints,” former Governor Jim Edgar said. "I am confident this class of fellows also will form bonds that will serve them and our state well as they climb the leadership ladder.”
State Representative Grant Wehrli said final legislative passage Thursday much-needed controls on Community College administrators’ contracts and severance agreements is an important first step to ensuring transparency and accountability in the colleges’ spending of taxpayer dollars.

“Spending abuses at the College of DuPage have been widely reported in recent months. They’re certainly not the only ones in the state abusing the system, but they’re a perfect example of why we need to put some common-sense protections in place,” Rep. Wehrli said.

By an overwhelming majority, the House Thursday concurred with a minor Senate amendment to House Bill 3593, clearing the bill’s path to the Governor for his signature. The measure, initiated by Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), limits rolling contracts with administrators and others not collectively-bargained to three years. Contracts with specific start and end dates are limited to four years. The contracts must be renewed or extended during an open meeting of the Community College Board.
The information below was put together by the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to answer state employees' questions about pay and benefits while no state budget is in place.

FAQs for Budget Situation

We understand state employees have questions on how their benefits will be impacted as the state budget is no longer in place beginning July 1. The following Q&As were designed to help answer any questions you may have.

Employee Benefits

Q.  Will an employee's health, dental or life insurance be affected?
A.  No. Group insurance coverage during a budget situation will not be impacted. If paychecks are delayed, and as long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, insurance premiums will be taken accordingly. The missed payroll deductions will be taken once paychecks are issued.

Q.  What will happen to an employee's contributions to any flexible spending accounts (i.e., MCAP, DCAP) during the budget situation?
 Employees enrolled in MCAP will not be impacted. ConnectYourCare debit cards will continue to work. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, deductions should be taken accordingly. If MCAP deductions are missed, they must be made up when the budget situation is resolved.
 Employees enrolled in DCAP may be impacted as reimbursements are limited to the available account balance contained in their DCAP account. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, and once all payroll deductions are deposited into the DCAP account, reimbursements can be made for eligible expenses up to the available account balance.

Q.  What will happen to an employee's Commuter Savings Program benefit?
A.  Employees enrolled in the Commuter Savings Program will continue to receive the benefit under this program. Employees will owe any underpaid amount upon their return to payroll.

Workers' Compensation Program

Q.  Will an employee's Workers' Compensation benefits be affected?
A.  No. In the event of a budget situation, Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Permanent Total Disability (PTD) and survivor death benefit payments under the Workers' Compensation Act will continue through July. Work-related injuries should continue to be reported through the procedures in place today.

Deferred Compensation Program

Q. What will happen to an employee's Deferred Compensation contributions during the budget situation?
A.  As long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, payroll deductions for Deferred Compensation should be taken accordingly. Deferred Compensation contributions can only be made through payroll deduction. The employee cannot deposit money directly to his or her fund to catch-up the contributions.

Q.  If an individual is currently receiving a distribution from their Deferred Compensation account, will that distribution continue during the budget situation?
A.  Yes. Current distributions and changes to distribution amounts will continue to be processed. To make any changes in distribution, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770.

Q.  Will hardship distributions/loans from an employee's Deferred Compensation account be available during the budget situation?
A.  A loan provision is available at any time and allows a participant to have one outstanding loan and borrow a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 or 50% of their account balance over a five year period. The interest you pay goes back to your account along with the principal amount each month as you repay the loan through Automatic Clearing House (ACH) deductions from your bank. Employees would likely not qualify for a hardship distribution as they will be made whole of any missed payrolls when the budget situation ends.

Q.  How do I borrow from my Deferred Compensation account?
A.  To apply for a loan from your account over the phone, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770 to speak to a Representative. There is a $75 processing fee and you will need to supply bank routing and account information for your checking/savings account numbers to set up the automatic ACH deduction. Participants are allowed one outstanding loan at a time. You may repay the full loan balance amount at any time through the same phone number at T. Rowe Price.

State Employee Compensation

Q. What options exist if certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees?
A. State employees will be paid for their work. If certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees, there may be an opportunity for employees to get bridge loans from local financial institutions. Credit Union 1, for example, has already agreed to offer no-interest loans for qualifying members of the credit union should salary payments for state employees be delayed. To be eligible to receive 0% interest loans from Credit Union 1, participants must have been members on or before May 1, 2015. Employees who have become members of Credit Union 1 since May 1, 2015, can apply for a loan, subject to normal criteria, rates and terms.
The Illinois House is in session in Springfield again this week as the clock ticks down on putting a 2016 budget in place.

Representative Wehrli, along with fellow House Republican freshmen Keith Wheeler, Steven Andersson and Mark Batinick ask "Why can't reasonable people come up with a budget?"  Click here to read their take in the issue.
As Democrat leaders in the Illinois General Assembly “double down” on billions of dollars in deficit
spending, State Representative Grant Wehrli today said Governor Rauner is doing the right thing by initiating budget management steps to bring the budget back into balance.

“We have a mountain of debt created a decade of fiscal mismanagement. We need to be responsible about our spending. We need to live within our means. Since it’s clear that Speaker Madigan and President Cullerton are unwilling to negotiate a responsible budget, it’s up to the Governor to bring spending back in line with revenues. I’m glad we have a governor who’s up to the job,” Representative Wehrli said.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton this spring abandoned the bi-partisan budget working group set up by the Governor, and in recent weeks pushed through the General Assembly a budget that spends $4 billion more than the state is expected to bring in in revenue in the new fiscal year that begins in July.

Governor Rauner this week announced the initiation of budget management steps that will immediately cut $400 million in state spending in the coming year to begin to bring the Democrats’ spending plan back into balance.

On President John F. Kennedy's birthday Friday, Representative Grant Wehrli urged his colleagues in the Illinois House to heed Kennedy's advice on the importance of bi-partisan cooperation. Wehrli says Kennedy's words ring as just as true today as they did in 1958. Watch here.
State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) today voted ‘No” on more sham budget bills pushed through the Illinois House by Speaker Madigan and the Majority Democrats. Wehrli said the Democrats’ proposed budget, crafted behind closed doors, spends $4 billion more than the state will bring in in revenue in Fiscal Year 2016, a clear violation of the Illinois Constitution, and a slap in the face to Illinois voters who in November demanded change.

“In November, voters sent a clear message to Springfield demanding an end to the failed policies that got us into this mess. In response, Speaker Madigan and House Democrats today gave them…more of the same failed policies that got us into this mess,” Representative Wehrli said. “When will the majority party understand that they can’t continue to spend money we don’t have? It gives false hope to those who truly rely on state services, and it’s a slap in the face to families across the state who have demanded change.”

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Sharing a press release from the City of Naperville seeking nominations to honor those who help members of our community living with disabilities...

The Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities (ACD) is proud to announce the inaugural Community Contributors Awards. This program seeks to recognize Naperville individuals, businesses and organizations who contribute to the independence of people with disabilities. Nominations are now open and all materials must be received by no later than September 1, 2015.

There are four categories for which individuals, businesses and organizations can be nominated. They are: Employer of the Year Award for a local business that provides authentic work opportunities for people with disabilities; Accessibility Award for businesses or organizations that exceed the legal standards in making their facilities accessible; Employee of the Year Award for citizens whose employment attests to their individual talents; and Leadership Award: Adult for a disabled citizen 21 years of age or older who is a leader in the area of athletics, art, education, employment or community advocacy.
State Representative Grant Wehrli today joined his House Republican colleagues in voting present to protest  sham property tax “freeze” measures brought to the floor by House Democrats.

‘The property tax freeze legislation pushed by Democrats today isn’t real. It is not a well-developed
plan. It did not come from the bi-partisan working groups. It is a sham meant to derail ongoing negotiations and to provide political cover to the City of Chicago that’s dealing with a ‘junk’ credit rating and billions of dollars in unfunded pension obligations.  More than a decade of Democrat control created our budget problems. It’s disappointing that with just over two weeks left in our scheduled spring session, they would rather play political games than work with us on real solutions,” Representative Wehrli said.
WBBM TV has aired an investigative report that does a great job illustrating why we need to end costly public pension double dipping in Illinois. Watch it here!

This spring Representative Wehrli won House approval of HB 1320 that would end police pension double-dipping.
State Representative Grant Wehrli said House Democrats today did an “end run” around the state budget process by pushing for House passage of hundreds of pages of appropriations bills totaling billions of dollars without committee or public input.  Rep. Wehrli voted “present”.

“Just a few short months ago on Inauguration Day Speaker Madigan pledged to work with us and
with the new administration to solve our budget crisis. So much for promises,” Rep. Wehrli said. “There are currently three sets of working groups meeting and carefully discussing these very budgets.  This disingenuous move undermines that process, and undermines any attempt to work toward responsible, bi-partisan solutions. It’s a sham. Our families and our communities deserve better.”

16 amendments to HB 4141 were introduced in the House mere hours before the votes denying Republican lawmakers, groups impacted by the funding, and the general public any opportunity to  read or offer input on the amendments before they were rammed through on a series of partisan votes.
State Representative Grant Wehrli today said Governor Rauner’s restoration of $26 million in grant funding for human service programs in the 2015 state budget is an important step in the right direction. The Governor’s decision to restore funding is based on new revenue estimates from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) that show the state can expect an additional one-time revenue increase of $300-$500 million for the current fiscal year.

“I’m very glad that additional revenues will allow funding to be restored to programs that help many families in our communities. This is very good news,” said Representative Wehrli. “I’m also very glad that it was done in a responsible way – making sure we will have the money before we spend it. That’s a big step in the right direction as we work to get our state budget and our finances back on track”

In all, more than $21 million in grants will be restored to programs administered by the Department of Human Services including funeral and burial for the indigent, autism and epilepsy services, and addiction prevention. $4.5 million will be restored to Department of Public Health services including the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and project Safe Sleep (SIDS).

There’s no question that to truly get Illinois back on firm financial ground we will need to address
one of our largest annual expenses – pensions. While the constitutionality of comprehensive reforms passed in a previous General Assembly is tested in the courts, there are specific common-sense reforms we can and should advance; including putting an end to pension double-dipping. Read more here
Rep. Wehrli explains HB 1320 in House floor debate
Springfield, IL…Today, State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) took lead by passing responsible pension reform legislation in the House with a vote of 88-20. House Bill 1320 would prevent the occurrence of double dipping from happening in the downstate law enforcement pension system.

House Bill 1320 as passed in the House, amends the Downstate Police Article of the Illinois Pension Code. The   legislation prospectively eliminates a provision that has allowed some retired police officers to receive an annuity from a Downstate Police Fund, while, at the same time, receiving a full salary serving as a chief of police. Further provides that, prospectively, a retired police officer cannot return to active service as a full-time police officer of any municipality without first suspending their pension.

“The states pension liability is the biggest burden, which we as taxpayers have had to carry on our shoulders. This is a long-term fix towards solvency that can prevent the act of double-dipping pensions for future hires,” said Wehrli.

HB 1320 is considered prospective, which means it only applies to the new members who join the downstate law enforcement pension system after the law takes effect. HB 1320 also allows for exemption for any town or municipality that has a population of 6,000 or less. The reason for this is exemption is to ensure that smaller populated areas would have the opportunity to hire an experienced police chief, even if retired, since the actual compensation is minimal in most cases.

Currently, retired police officers are able to receive an annuity while serving as a full-time police officer in another municipality, or as a part-time police officer in the same (or different) municipality where they were an active duty officer.

“The purpose of earning and collecting a pension is for financial compensation and well-being at the completion of one’s service. If you've chosen to retire, it should not mean that you can come back to earn more towards a taxpayer funded pension,” said Wehrli. “Double-dipping is a huge problem within our pension systems. If we don’t look at measures to tie up these loose ends then we will continue to put ourselves at further risk by growing the states pension liability.”

After passing with a favorable vote of 88-20 in the House, House Bill 1320 will now await consideration in the Senate.

House Bill 4107 Amends the Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Act. Repeals a provision that requires the Department of Human Services to enter into contracts with public or private agencies for the establishment and continued support of resource, training and counseling centers, which shall be known as Lekoteks, for families with children with special needs.

Today, was a day of reflection in the General Assembly of the 150 year remembrance of the death of Illinois' greatest son, President Abraham Lincoln. It was an honor and privilege to be apart of such a moment and have the opportunity to share with my fellow colleagues the incredible accomplishments that President Lincoln brought not to just our state but our nation.

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Since leaving his seat on the Naperville City Council, Grant Wehrli has become the State Representative for District 41.

About four months into his two-year term, Wehrli has had productive beginnings, working on bills on the house floor to allow the life-saving drug Narcan into schools, reforming police pension cases and updating state laws.

“I really enjoy my new role, I take pride in where I’m from and I’m trying to show that good government can work,” said Representative Wehrli. “I think we do things on the up and up and we have good government around here and in Springfield it’s changing that mindset.”

Wehrli’s biggest focus is on turning the State’s budget around and using what he’s learned in Naperville to help him do so.

Report Credited to NCTV17's Alyssa Bochenek.
State Representative Grant Wehrli presents first bill in committee with DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen

Springfield, IL…Today, State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) moved his first bill in committee earning unanimous support with an 8-0 favorable vote. DuPage County Coroner Dr. Rich Jorgensen joined Rep. Wehrli in committee as a witness to offer supportive testimony on HB 438 a bill that would allow schools to administer an opioid antidote in the event that a student overdoses due to the usage of an opioid.

“I am very encouraged to see committee movement on this legislation. Heroin usage has become an epidemic not just in the home but also in the schools. Overdosing from opioids, most commonly used heroin, has become a very real reality in DuPage,” said Wehrli. “One opioid antidote is already administered by emergency first responders for overdose victims. Providing schools with this antidote and the proper training can mean saving a student’s life while waiting for emergency responders to arrive.”

House Bill 438 would allow school nurses and trained personnel to administer opioid antidotes to students, staff members, or visitors at a school or a school activity if the nurse or trained personnel believes in good faith the person is experiencing a drug overdose. It has the potential to save the lives of those suffering from a drug overdose.

Upon the administration of the antidote, the school district or school must immediately activate the EMS system and notify the student’s parent, guardian, or emergency contact, if known.

“Often adolescent drug usage starts with pills and they typically wait to leave the home before they take it. For this reason, I believe schools should have available to them a way of prevention using proper preparedness to administer this antidote in the case that the young person overdoses,” said DuPage County Coroner Dr. Rich Jorgensen.  

Jorgensen added to his testimony that DuPage has already saved 44 lives because of legislation passed by legislators in 2010 that allowed for training and preparedness of emergency first responders to administer this antidote.

Under current law the Drug Overdose Prevention Program, only allows for an opioid antidote to be administered by a health care professional or a trained emergency first responder.
Naperville, IL…Please join Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) at his official Office Grand Opening for the new 41st House District office of the 99th Illinois General Assembly.

Saturday, March 7th
1:00pm – 3:00pm
55 S. Main St, Suite 383, Naperville
(In the Main Street Promenade on the 3rd floor to the right of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce)

The new 41st Representative District office is located at 55 S. Main St, Suite 383 Naperville. The office working hours are 10:00am – 3:00pm, Monday – Friday.

All residents who would like to express their opinions or concerns on policy are encouraged to contact Rep. Wehrli via email at Wehrli@ilhousegop.org or contact Maureen in the district office at 630.696.4160.

It’s the end of February, which for many means Spring is just ahead and say goodbye to Winter for another year but for the Illinois General Assembly it means session has convened and Springfield is open for business. Since January’s inauguration, many events have occurred from receiving committee assignments to getting a first glimpse of the Governor’s budget turnaround plan, where I had the opportunity to have guests of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce join me in the state capitol.

At the beginning of February, I was excited to receive my first committee appointments for the new 99th General Assembly. The appointments were to the Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development Committee, Appropriations Committee on Higher Education, House Special Committee on Special Needs & Services, Consumer Protection Committee, International Trade & Commerce Committee and the Public Utilities Committee.

To me, these appointments present a great opportunity to investigate the issues that have plagued our economic and education funding goals. I look forward to hearing ideas from local residents, the private sector and small businesses to develop a plan that can restructure the state’s failing economic agenda and its heinous budget cuts to education.

Days after my committee appointments were released, we got a glimpse of Governor Bruce Rauner’s agenda starting with his State of the State Address. The Governor spoke strongly about job creation, education and giving opportunity back to the people of Illinois. Many issues that he touched on were the very issues I campaigned around. He offered us a very real assessment of our state’s financial situation, calling on us to meet our challenges head-on together. I applaud the Governor for the honesty and commitment he showed.

I was excited to have had the opportunity of welcoming special guests Rosemarie Bresky-Garvey and Nicki Anderson from the Naperville Chamber of Commerce to Springfield for the Governor’s Budget Address. I took advantage of this opportunity by interviewing Rosemarie and Nicki on the budget the following morning regarding the potential prospects that were addressed by the Governor and the potential economical benefits that could be afforded to the 41st District. The full interview will be aired in the coming days on NCTV17 and available to watch on my website at www.repwehrli.com
Members of the 2014 National Intercollegiate Flying Association
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Illinois House of Representatives will honor the nation’s best intercollegiate flight team, the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Flying Salukis, later this week in Springfield. 
Members of the 2014 National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship team will receive a resolution honoring their achievement at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the House chamber. University officials, including SIU President Randy Dunn, will be among those present during the ceremony. The 2014 championship marked the second in four years, and the ninth in the program’s history.
State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Raleigh, is the resolution’s chief sponsor, with Reps. John Bradley, D-Marion, Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, and Grant Wehrli, R-Naperville, as co-sponsors. Wehrli, elected to the Illinois House in November, attended the university’s aviation management and flight program. 
The team will watch the proceedings from the Speaker’s gallery behind the podium. There will also be a reception in House Room 402A after the resolution is presented. 
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Springfield, IL…Today, State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) proposed legislation that would amend the Public Community College Act to change the length of an elected trustee’s term from six years to four years.

House Bill 3135 would provide that elected trustees of a community college district in 2017 shall be elected to serve a 2-year term and members elected in 2019 and thereafter shall be elected to serve 4-year terms.

“In light of the recent lucrative buyout approved by the College of DuPage board members to former C.O.D. President Robert Brueder, I believe we need to address this concern by holding trustees accountable for their actions,” said Wehrli. “The best way to hold an elected official accountable is at the ballot box and by lessening the length of term it would allow voters more opportunity to vote for people who will be accountable to them rather than their own self-interests.”

Currently, the Public Community College Act allows for a six year term for elected trustees to Community College boards.

“To me, it’s concerning that this elected position can be retained for the same period of time as a Circuit Judge or even a U.S. Senator with no real qualification parameters,” said Wehrli. “The reality of decisions made by community college trustees can largely impact resident’s pocketbooks.”

House Bill 3135 is one of several pieces of legislation filed in response to the College of DuPage fiasco. DuPage House Republican members continue to spearhead these reforms with bipartisan support in order to ensure greater transparency and accountability.
Springfield, IL…Today, Governor Rauner presented his budget outline, addressing the many fiscal challenges facing the state.

“Today, was a refreshing look into what the Governor has planned to turn Illinois around. He has set a revenue number of $32 billion dollars with a clear directive to make that number work and I believe we can. Now it’s our time to review this budget and its impact on our constituents, making recommendations as to our priorities,” said Wehrli. 

“Perhaps for the first time in a decade, we’re starting the budgetary process grounded by the reality of matching revenues with expenditures while paying our required obligations. The State’s budgetary challenges are no secret, but for the first time they are actually being acknowledged. I understand that this is not going to be an easy task but to continue with the same old budgetary practices, while expecting a different result, isn’t going to accomplish anything.”

Recently, I was bestowed an incredible honor by the people of the 41st House District. On Wednesday, January 15, 2015, I was officially sworn in as a new member of the 99th Illinois General Assembly at the traditional inaugural ceremony that was held at the University of Illinois Springfield campus.
For starters, I’d like to thank my predecessor, retired Rep. Darlene Senger. Senger’s commitment and service to our community continues as a foothold for me as I head down to Springfield to work alongside my new colleagues. Thank you again for everything you have done, Representative Senger. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!
As a former Councilman in the City of Naperville, I am not new to the legislative practice and I plan to champion many of the same fiscal concepts in Springfield that proved to be quite successful during my service on the Naperville City Council.
I’m excited and very thankful to join the Illinois House of Representatives, but I’d like to reflect on my service as a councilman under the leadership of Mayor George Pradel. There are not enough words to express my gratitude for the Mayor and his selfless commitment to the Naperville community. Thank you, Mayor Pradel!
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 “Today, Governor Rauner gave what I would consider to be a very real assessment of our state’s financial situation, calling on us to meet our challenges head on together. The Governor spoke strongly about job creation, education and giving opportunity back to the people of Illinois. Many of the initiatives he spoke of today were what I campaigned around,” said Wehrli.

“I applaud the Governor for his honest presentation of the state’s current status and I support his proposal to merge the offices of comptroller and treasurer. Merging these two elected offices would add to an annual savings of $12 million for taxpayers, also reducing redundancies between the two offices. I thank the Governor for addressing these crucial issues as well as the work of his staff and await the upcoming budget speech where we expect to hear a more detailed assessment of the Governor’s plan,” Wehrli added.
Saying they don't want a repeat of the $762,868 buyout the College of DuPage board is giving outgoing President Robert Breuder, suburban Republican legislators are proposing measures they say will prevent such costly agreements in the future while ensuring greater transparency.

The proposals include limiting severance packages to no more than the retiring educator's yearly salary and benefits, cutting off state money for some retirement deals, moving school board elections to the fall, and limiting the naming of buildings after educators.

State Reps. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, Peter Breen of Lombard and Ron Sandack of Downers Grove were joined by other lawmakers Monday as they announced several proposals aimed at taxpayer-funded severance packages.

The news conference in downtown Chicago came less than a week after the COD board voted 6-1 for a second time to approve the severance package with Robert Breuder. It calls for Breuder to be paid nearly three times his base salary when he retires on March 31, 2016, about three years earlier than his contract calls for.

"Over 400 residents, teachers, students and taxpayers came together last Wednesday night for over three hours to speak against the board and the generous buyout of Dr. Breuder's contract," Ives said. "Many questions remain surrounding the board's sudden decision."

Ives, who praised COD Trustee Kathy Hamilton for casting the only "no" vote against Breuder's deal, said the proposed laws, which haven't all been finalized, would "make it easy to distinguish and empower the principled and the honorable over the opportunistic and the unethical."

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Naperville, Illinois – State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) lands committee assignments
that put economic growth agenda first. Wehrli will have the opportunity to put his small business experience and fiscal accountability background as a former city councilman to work with his new appointments to the Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development Committee and Appropriations Committee on Higher Education.

“These appointments present a great opportunity to investigate the issues that continue to plague our economic and education funding goals. I am looking forward to hearing ideas from the residents, the private sector as well as the small businesses to develop a plan that can restructure the state’s failing economic agenda and its heinous budget cuts to education. I plan to utilize my small business experience and local government background to champion ideas that will increase economic growth that will provide proper education funding,” said Wehrli.

Wehrli’s experience as a small business owner and former city councilman gives him a wealth of knowledge to start off the 99th legislative session. Wehrli’s background also earned him appointments to the House Special Committee on Special Needs & Services, Consumer Protection Committee, International Trade & Commerce Committee and the Public Utilities Committee. The emphases of these committees are geared towards budgetary issues and economic growth but also monitoring safeguards for consumers and residents.

“As I am very anxious to get started, I believe I am well equipped to serve the 41st House District and people of Illinois in my newly appointed roles,” said Wehrli. “I’d also like to thank House Leadership for these opportunities and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve the state’s economic outlook.” 
Naperville, IL…After being sworn into the 99th General Assembly, Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) kept his promise to residents of the 41st House District by refusing to accept his legislative pension and healthcare benefits.

After refusing the pension and benefits, Wehrli took an additional step in providing solutions to the state’s broken pension systems by signing on as a Chief Co-Sponsor of HB 138, a bill prohibiting any new members of the General Assembly from collecting a taxpayer-funded pension.

“We have a real serious problem with the state’s pension systems and I intend to bring solutions to the table, not add to Illinois’ financial shortcomings,” said Wehrli. “I made a promise to my district’s residents that I would refuse a legislative pension, and that’s what I did.”

When a new member of the General Assembly is inaugurated they can choose to either accept or refuse the pension and healthcare benefits. Once a decision is made to refuse a benefit; the legislator is no longer eligible to enter the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS).

HB 138, as proposed, would eliminate the GARS opportunity to any new member of the General Assembly after the 2016 elections. “Illinois is on a path to destruction and it will only worsen if something is not done,” said Wehrli. “Our pension systems are failing and in order to protect the pensioners and taxpayers responsibly we will have to make tough decisions.”

As a former Councilman in the City of Naperville, Wehrli championed this same concept and was able to eliminate elected official pensions in one of the largest cities in Illinois. “If we are applying these concepts at the local levels to attain financial stability, we should certainly take a lesson and apply them to the state level,” said Wehrli. “I was sent to Springfield to be a public servant. Somewhere along the way we lost our path. We are here to serve the people, not ourselves.”
SPRINGFIELD – Former Naperville City Councilman Grant Wehrli (R, Naperville), was sworn in today as State Representative to replace retiring Rep. Darlene Senger of the 41st House District. Understanding the financial crisis Illinois faces, Wehrli has already shown his commitment to serve the people of the 41st District honorably and responsively by refusing his legislative pension and will utilize his municipal and leadership experience to find solutions solving the many pressing issues facing Illinois.

"There are many challenges facing our state that continue to burden the taxpayers," said Wherli. "For Illinois to succeed, we must reduce the size of government, increase economic opportunity and manufacturing expansion and harness strong leadership; I plan to champion policies that uphold these concepts at every turn.”

Wehrli took his oath to serve the people of Illinois along with newly acquainted colleagues at the 99th Illinois General Assembly ceremony held at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

As a member of the Naperville City Council, Wehrli has been a champion of implementing sound financial and budgeting practices, limited government, transparency and free enterprise showing unwavering commitment to the taxpayers' bottom line, which played an integral role in the city maintaining its highest bond rating possible. Wehrli plans to focus on implementing a solid financial plan for the state, while thoughtfully addressing our pension and borrowing practices and reforming our oppressive corporate tax structure and unfair business regulations.

“Without proper budgeting policies in place to craft a solid financial plan for the state and meaningful pension reform, respectful to both pensioners and taxpayers, liability will continue to place massive and unsustainable pressure on Illinois residents,” said Wehrli.

The 41st House District resides completely within DuPage County encompassing the south-west portion of Naperville to the far north, including a small section of Warrenville.

“The solutions that are needed are not simple, but we have the resources to turn the state around. I believe we can become a leading state that affords opportunity and encourages growth. I want our residents to be proud to call Illinois their home.”