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.”