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In response to the leveling of a heinous death wish on the family of the House Republican Floor Leader on Tuesday, State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) moved today to utilize House Rules to have the Representative's hateful comments officially stricken from the House Record. Click here to view Representative Wehrli's floor comments.

Rep. Wehrli was named a Friend of Agriculture by the Activator Program for his strong support on the critical agriculture votes that were made this year.  His 88% support on these issues earned him the award.

From the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce:

The Illinois Chamber and the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce will award Illinois State Senator Michael Connelly and State Representative Grant Wehrli the Champion of Free Enterprise Award on September 26, 2018 at the NACC Legislative Forum at 11:30 A.M.

“While most Illinois lawmakers continue to provide lip service to the need for pro-growth reforms, these 47 lawmakers are committed to supporting and defending Illinois employers throughout the State.” said Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

In order to receive the award, a senator or representative must have received an average of 85 percent or better voting record over the previous two Illinois General Assemblies. Voting records are based on a legislator’s votes on measure the chamber deems important to the state’s business community.

“Local residents and businesses alike benefit from their commonsense approach to growing our tax base and reducing impediments to free enterprise.” said Colin Dalough, Director of Government Affairs and Business Development of the NACC.

State Representative Grant Wehrli has been selected to serve as a leading voice in the House Republican Caucus. Wehrli (R-Naperville) today was appointed Assistant House Republican Leader by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.

“Grant has never hesitated to fight loudly and strongly for what he believes in and what is best for his constituents, even when that means taking on the majority party head on,” said Leader Durkin. “I congratulate him and am proud to have him serve as Assistant Minority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives.”

Since his election to the House, Representative Wehrli has been a strong advocate for taxpayers and has worked to make elected officials more accountable to the families they serve. In the current 100th General Assembly, Representative Wehrli worked with colleagues in the House and Senate to adopt a state budget that curbs spending and funds priorities with no new taxes. He also led the fight against Democrat income tax increase proposals and filed several bills to help reduce families’ property tax burden. Representative Wehrli has passed a new law to stop costly public pension “double dipping”, and this spring filed measures to increase fines on elected officials who fail to file complete statements of economic interest or fail to comply with mandatory ethics and sexual harassment training.

“I’m honored by Leader Durkin’s confidence in my leadership abilities, but I am most pleased about the opportunity this provides to help advance issues important to families in my district,” said Representative Wehrli. “We’ve made some progress, but we still have a lot of work to do to improve our jobs climate and to get our state and our communities back on firm financial ground. I will continue to work on the fundamental reforms we need to succeed.”

Representative Wehrli, along with other DuPage Area State Representatives and Senators are joining forces through the entire month of September to help Loaves & Fishes obtain personal care items.

Loaves & Fishes is a non-for-profit food pantry that feeds up to 1,500 DuPage County families per week. Families in need can shop for free in a grocery store-like setting. Loaves & Fishes is experiencing a shortage of personal care items and in response area legislators are opening their offices to collect the needed items.

These items are:
Diapers & Wipes
Laundry Detergent
Toilet paper
Household Cleaning Products
State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) and State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville)  are teaming up to host a free Children’s Safety Expo in Naperville.

DATE:              Saturday, August 25, 2018
TIME:               9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION:     Frontier Sports Complex 3380 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville, IL

Wehrli and Connelly hope parents take advantage of this free and fun event. The expo promises to be fun for kids of all ages, while also providing parents with important information to keep their children safe.

Events taking place for the kids include the Traveling World of Reptiles Show and the “Touch a Truck” exhibit—featuring approximately 40 vehicles, face painting, and much more!

The reptile show begins at 10:30 a.m., and gives kids an up-close, live, and interactive experience with reptiles and amphibians from around the world.

Children participating in the “Touch a Truck” exhibit can get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicle and ask questions to those who operate the equipment.

For parents, public service representatives will be available to answer questions on health, bicycle safety, college savings plans, and more.

Additionally, complimentary refreshments will be provided along with a drawing for free giveaways.

The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) released its 2018 Environmental Scorecard this week. Representative Grant Wehrli has been honored with a perfect voting record. A total of 61 state
representatives received an award for their voting record during the 2018 legislative session.
“Representative Grant Wehrli demonstrated a commitment to environmental issues in Springfield this session,” said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling.
 The 2018 Environmental Scorecard included numerous legislative measures.  Specific priorities from the Scorecard include:
● SB2298: Industrial Hemp Act
○ This bill brings new opportunities to farmers as well as benefits to soil by opening new initiatives for sustainable agriculture.
● SB2773: Renewable Energy Financing
○ This measure enhances the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program by allowing Illinois to help communities access fund for clean energy projects.
● HB4790: Use of Compost
o This legislation increases the use of compost in transportation projects and helps create a market for compost use in Illinois.
“Representative Grant Wehrli voted 100% of the time with the environmental community on nine pieces of key legislation,” added Walling.  “The IEC is honored by Representative Wehrli’s dedication to Illinois’ environment and we look forward to working together in the future.”
IEC releases its scorecard in August of each year.
"I am proud to support important environmental issues in the House, and am proud to demonstrate that you can be both pro-environment and pro-jobs," Representative Wehrli added.
Legislation recently signed into law will better help protect employees in the area of discrimination and sexual harassment in Illinois. House Bill 138 was the result of numerous hearings and dozens of hours of testimony by the Illinois House Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Task Force.

 HB 138 include measures to:
• Make the office of Legislative Inspector General (“LIG”) a full time position and require public posting of the position when there is a vacancy. If the office is vacant for more than 6 months, complaints shall be directed to the Inspector General of the Auditor General.
• Extend the time to file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights from 180 days to 300 days.
• Allow the LIG to move forward with an investigation regarding a sexual harassment complaint without higher approval.
• Require the LIG or Legislative Ethics Commission (LEC) to report disapproval of an investigation request.
• Create optional comprehensive training for legislators and staff. The training would include such things as sexual harassment, workplace civility and discrimination; and clarify that the LIG and LEC continue to have jurisdiction over former members and staff.
• Ensure political State Central Committees implement a sexual harassment policy.
• Require annual reporting regarding statistics, not specifics from the state sexual harassment helpline.
• Create a House rule to encourage legislators to report incidents of sexual harassment to their respective ethics officers. (HR1165)

A full list of all of the reforms included in the bill can be found here.
State Representative Grant Wehrli and the vast majority of his House Republican colleagues today introduced new legislation opposing Democrat efforts to again raise taxes on Illinois working families – this time through implementation of a new “progressive income tax”. Wehrli and his colleague filed House Resolution 975 clearly stating their opposition to a proposed progressive income tax that would make a struggling state economy worse.

“According to WalletHub, Illinois families are already laboring under the highest effective state and
local tax burden in the country, and their family budgets as well as our state business climate and our economy are all suffering for it. If Illinois moves to a progressive tax, the suffering will increase and more families and businesses will leave the state, taking jobs and tax revenues with them,” Rep. Wehrli said.

Wehrli noted that studies have shown that states with progressive income taxes create even more of a tax burden on the middle class and dissuade economic prosperity.

“While this is always billed as a ‘tax on the rich’, make no mistake, middle income earners will pay more. We have seen this result time and time again in other states that have enacted similar proposals, including California, New York, and New Jersey,” said Rep. Wehrli. “Illinoisans have said no to this scheme before. With this resolution we’re standing up and loudly saying no again.”

"It was wonderful to welcome the 4th grade students from All Saints Catholic Academy to their state Capitol and to get a photo with them on the House floor today! Senator Michael G. Connelly and I enjoyed hosting this great group of students!"  -Rep. Wehrli

In a week at the State Capitol dominated by debate on gun reform initiatives, several Republican Lawmakers are pushing for a fair hearing on bills they stress would help keep our communities safe while also protecting the rights of law abiding gun owners. 

 “We need to pass legislation that focuses on solving the problem, not punishing tens of thousands of
law-abiding gun owners in Illinois; and if Democrats will work with us on common-sense gun safety reforms we can do that,” said Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville).

 Representative Wehrli was joined today at a Capitol press conference by Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) and other members of the House Republican Caucus to highlight gun safety reforms they will work to enact, including:

HB 4120 - This legislation makes it illegal in the State of Illinois to sell, manufacture, or possess bump-fire stocks, which is a device attachment for a semiautomatic rifle that allows it to fire faster, operating similarly to a fully automatic rifle.
·        HB 4218 & HB 4855 – The Illinois FOID Card Act requires hospitals to report mental health admissions to DHS, who in turn provide the information to the State Police. Current information from DHS suggestion some hospitals are failing to report admissions, and there is currently little recourse in the law to compel compliance with the reporting requirement. These pieces of legislation update the reporting requirement to ensure compliance and prevent firearm access for those considered a danger to themselves or others.
·         HB 4904 – This legislation updates the rules for sales at licensed gun shops and provides for video surveillance and a notification system to assist law enforcement in the case of a break-in.
·         HB 5475 – This legislation increases the penalties for unlawful possession of a machine gun.
“The recent shooting in Florida is another clear example that we cannot keep delaying action to address the link between mental health and gun violence,” said Rep. Wheeler. “One life lost because of a failure to report a mental health problem or because a firearm was unnecessarily modified is one too many; we need to close the gaps in our system immediately.”
“The tragedies we are seeing all too often cannot be solved with just increased firearm regulation.  The conversation on how we keep people safe must include better mental health screening, stiffer sentencing for crimes committed with guns and how we can improve security measures in public areas such as schools,” Rep. Wehrli said.

To view the Wednesday press conference, click the video below.




Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan's obsession with power has been well-documented throughout the years. But the recent news of how he handled sexual harassment allegations within his organization illustrates perfectly the Madigan playbook: punish those who dare to cross him, protect those who are willing to kiss the ring and sweep issues under the rug...

Read the rest of my guest column in the Daily Herald
In his State of the State speech Wednesday Governor Bruce Rauner singled out for praise new legislation introduced by State Representative Grant Wehrli to help protect property taxpayers from legislators’ conflicts of interest that may negatively impact their tax bills. Representative Wehrli has introduced House Bill 4435 that will prevent members of the General Assembly who make decisions on legislation that impacts property tax rates from also representing clients before a property tax appeals board in Illinois.

“Any legislator who is also a property tax appeals attorney has a vested interest in keeping property taxes high enough to generate appeals cases for his or her law firm. In my opinion, that’s a clear conflict of interest that hurts the very working families we were elected to represent and it needs to stop,” Representative Wehrli said.

“Two weeks ago, we issued an executive order that prevents legislators from practicing before the state property tax appeal board. And today Senator Oberweis and Representative Wehrli will introduce legislation that asks you to apply this same reform to every legislator who might practice before an assessment appeal board anywhere in the state,” Governor Rauner remarked in his speech to a joint session of the General Assembly.

“It’s long past time for this General Assembly to truly put the taxpayers first, and that will continue to be my priority in Springfield this year,” Representative Wehrli said.

Representative Wehrli said he will be working with members on both sides of the aisle to begin moving House Bill 4435 through the committee process in the House in the coming weeks so that it may receive a fair hearing on the House floor this spring.