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