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.