Legislation to close a costly public pension double-dipping loophole in Illinois cleared its final legislative hurdle Monday and will soon head to the Governor for his signature. House Bill 418 was guided through the General Assembly by Representative Grant Wehrli and Senator Michael Connelly. The measure will prevent retired law enforcement officers collecting a police pension, who accept a new active-duty position, from being eligible for a second police fund pension.
 
“The loophole in current law that allows double-dipping into the police pension systems is costing municipalities and local taxpayers a fortune.  Retired law enforcement officers have earned their pensions, but they should not be entitled to multiple pensions that we can’t afford,” said Rep. Wehrli (R-Naperville).
 
“This is common sense legislation, and it’s time this costly loophole in the state’s pension system is resolved,” said Sen. Connelly (R-Naperville).
Statement of State Rep. Grant Wehrli on today’s State Board of Elections Vote:

“Today, the State Board of Elections voted to fine Auditor General Mautino $5,000, and then, on a four to four party line vote, decided to not forward their findings or information to the Attorney General or local States Attorneys for further investigation.  This ruling truly shows the Board to be nothing but a paper tiger…and today, it was a wet paper tiger,” said Representative Wehrli (R-Naperville).

“Through the course of this investigation it became clear that Frank Mautino walked into the Spring Valley Bank, cashed campaign checks totaling more than $69,000 over a two-year period, and walked out with cash in hand. No records were kept to account for where all of that cash went,” Wehrli stressed. “The partisan nature of this Board vote confirms that Democrats in Illinois refuse to stand up to corruption. Now is the time for Attorney General Lisa Madigan to finally take a firm stand against political corruption in Illinois and launch an investigation into this matter.”

Rep. Wehrli is the chief sponsor of House Joint Resolution 9 which would remove Auditor General Mautino from office. House Democrats have stalled the resolution in the House Rules Committee.
With the spring session clock ticking down to its final weeks, State Representative Grant Wehrli is calling for swift progress to enact a responsible, full-year state budget. Rep. Wehrli (R-Naperville) said legislators must immediately focus on two priorities: setting a realistic revenue estimate, and supporting and encouraging the ongoing comprehensive budget negotiations in the Senate.
 
Rep. Wehrli this week joined a bi-partisan group of House members sending a letter of support and letter signed by 30 Republican and Democrat Representatives reads in part:
encouragement to their Senate colleagues involved in their chamber’s ongoing budget negotiations. The
 
“We want to do what we were elected to do; govern the state. To do that we need to pass a budget. We understand a package from the Senate will be complex. Some parts may make members uncomfortable, and that’s not unusual in a negotiated deal.
 
We ask the Senators from both parties to pass the best negotiated package they can, and then we will take up their work in the House.”
At a hearing in Chicago today before the State Board of Elections, Illinois’ embattled Auditor General Frank Mautino continued his refusal to answer questions concerning campaign expenses that have sparked criminal investigations at the Federal and State levels. State Representatives Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) and Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) attended this morning’s hearing, and stressed that Mautino’s decision today to “plead the Fifth Amendment” to again avoid providing answers must result in his removal from office.
If you live in or near the Ashbury subdivision, please join Sen. Connelly and me on the 18th for an update on the state budget and other crucial issues being discussed in Springfield. We want to hear what’s on your mind.
$12 billion in unpaid bills. 20 months without a full year budget in place. There are many important numbers we need to keep in mind as the budget negotiations move forward in the General Assembly.  A few weeks ago, the Governor presented his budget parameters in his annual budget address. Now the most important number the General Assembly must deal with is 60-30-1 – that’s the combination of votes needed to pass a compromise budget into law (60 House members, 30 Senators and the Governor). Read more at Positively Naperville.
On the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Wehrli called for honest House negotiation of a responsible state budget solution, and called out his colleagues on the other side of the aisle for their continued  political "game playing" with the budget process during the stalemate:

Statement of State Representative Grant Wehrli on Governor Bruce Rauner’s Wednesday Budget Address:

“The Governor’s priorities are spot-on. We need a balanced, full-year budget focused on growing our economy and protecting taxpayers. And yes, we must do some things differently to accomplish those objectives,” said Rep. Wehrli “For years, Speaker Madigan and his enablers have ignored their Constitutional obligation to pass a responsible, balanced budget. That’s why we’re in the mess we’re in.  But finally, we have some bi-partisan consensus that reforms are necessary to fix it.  We need to build on recent progress made in the Senate and move forward together.”
Just a few weeks into our first spring session, the new 100th General Assembly cast one our most important votes of the next two years. Over the strong objections of House Republicans, the majority party passed the new House Rules that will govern how we conduct business in the chamber through January of 2019. With the budget, property tax reform and the many vitally important challenges facing us this spring, why is a technical vote on the rules so critical? Because it is through these House Rules that one Representative from Chicago has, over the past three decades, systematically stripped crucial rights and responsibilities from your elected Representatives to gain for himself complete control over the House chamber. Read more at Positively Naperville.
State Representative Grant Wehrli will be putting his experience as a former Naperville City Councilman and business owner to work this spring on the Illinois House Committees dealing with key legislation impacting Illinois’ jobs climate and our local communities. Representative Wehrli (R-Naperville) has secured coveted positions on the House Labor and Commerce, Personnel and Pensions, and Cities and Villages Committees.

“These committees play a crucial role weighing in on legislation that will impact our jobs climate, and our state and local budgets.  My participation ensures my constituents have a voice in these discussions throughout the process,” Representative Wehrli said.
Statement of Rep. Wehrli on Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Attempt to Block State Employees' Pay for the Remainder of the Budget Stalemate:

“Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s attempt to intervene in and influence the ongoing budget negotiations by blocking state employees’ pay does nothing to help us reach a resolution…in fact, it only throws gasoline on the fire. Halting employees’ pay will not move us closer to a solution. It just turns uncertainly into a full-blown, immediate financial crisis for tens of thousands of families throughout the state.
 
Since she’s basing her argument for this budget intervention on the State Constitution, I would also like to know why she has stood by silently for her entire tenure as Attorney General while previous General Assemblies and Governors have passed unbalanced budget after unbalanced budget in direct violation of that same Constitution.”
This year, the month of January has ushered in the 100th General Assembly in Illinois, and 191 new laws. Read more about those of which you and your family should be aware at Positively Naperville.


Surrounded by family and friends, State Representative Grant Wehrli Wednesday  took the oath of office to continue representing the 41st House district in the 100th General Assembly. Rep. Wehrli (R-Naperville) pledged during the next two years to continue his focus on passing a balanced, responsible state budget that protects taxpayers and on creating new and better job opportunities for Illinois families.

“These are the main ingredients to getting our budget and our economy back on track. In the previous General Assembly, one man, House Speaker Michael Madigan, stood in the way of compromise.  This week we have a new General Assembly and a chance to focus anew on working together on responsible, compromise solutions,” Rep. Wehrli said.
Local Cubs fans eager to see the team’s 2016 World Series trophy up close will get their wish this Saturday, State Representative Grant Wehrli announced today. The Cubs Trophy Tour, presented by State Farm, is coming to Naperville this Saturday, January 7th, giving fans the opportunity to see and take photos with the 2016 World Series Trophy.

“I, like thousands of other local Cubs fans, have waited a lifetime for this moment,” Rep. Wehrli said. “Growing up, my summers revolved around watching the Cubs at Wrigley or listening to the games on the radio. Seeing a Cubs World Series trophy up close will truly be a very special experience.”

The trophy will be at the Naperville City Hall, 400 South Eagle Street, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 7th.

Fans can follow the Cubs on Twitter and Instagram (@Cubs) for specific updates on the Cubs Trophy Tour using the #CubsTrophyTour hashtag. Team updates and fans' social media posts are also available at www.cubs.com/trophytour, along with a tentative schedule, highlights and more information about the World Series Trophy.