Statement of State Representative Grant Wehrli on Governor Rauner’s budget address to the General Assembly:

“The Governor today proposed two very different paths to get us to the balanced budget we need; one includes structural reforms that will help us control spending, the other option involves deeper cuts. I believe reforms are needed for a true, lasting fix to our budget problems, but either way, the Governor has again demonstrated his desire to get this done and his willingness to compromise.”
I love Chicago. It’s home to the Blackhawks and the Cubs. It’s also home to the best restaurants, best cultural attractions, best entertainment and best shopping of any major city in the country.

Sadly, Chicago is also mired in a huge financial mess.

Chicago city pension systems that cover city employees, teachers and police and firefighters are in real danger of sinking into insolvency and Chicago Public School teachers have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike over benefits and wages. Rather than embracing meaningful and substantial fiscal reforms, however, Chicago leaders continue to look to taxpayers here in the suburbs and across the state to bail them out.

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Rep. Wehrli was honored to host Governor Rauner and Lt. Governor Sanguinetti in Naperville Friday to announce legislation stemming from the bi-partisan consolidation task force.

" Efficient, transparent, cost effective delivery of service is cornerstone to all Naperville units of government. I thank the Governor for choosing Naperville as the spot to announce these much needed legislative changes that allow better service delivery opportunities by units of government across our great state!" Rep. Wehrli said.

Four new bills were announced today based on the task force's recommendations. Click here to read more about them.