Today I was appointed to serve on the Illinois House Republican Leadership Team as Assistant Minority Leader for the 101st General Assembly. I am truly honored, and I look forward to working within our caucus and across the aisle to move Illinois in a positive direction!

Leading our caucus for the 101st General Assembly are:


Deputy Republican Leaders
Rep. Dan Brady
Rep. Tom Demmer

Assistant Republican Leaders
Rep. Avery Bourne
Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer
Rep. Norine Hammond
Rep. Michael McAuliffe
Rep. Grant Wehrli
Rep. Keith Wheeler

Rep. Tim Butler will serve as Conference Chair
Rep. Mark Batinick will serve as Floor Leader

In response to ongoing delays and other service disruptions along Metra’s BNSF Line, State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) is hosting a town hall meeting on January 26 where information will be shared and residents can ask questions. The town hall meeting will take place from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM at the Naperville Municipal Building (Council Chambers). The municipal building is located at 400 S. Eagle Street in Naperville.

“I hear almost daily from constituents who are displeased with the quality of Metra rail service along the BNSF line,” said Wehrli. “Delays have become the norm rather than the exception, and for those who live in the 41st District and rely on Metra to get them to and from work every day, frustration is extremely high.”

At the meeting, Wehrli will be joined by a panel of experts from BNSF Railway and Metra. A short informational presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

“The BNSF Line is Metra’s busiest commuter line, and those rails run straight through the 41st District,” Wehrli said. “Thousands of my constituents are negatively affected by unreliable and late trains, and we need to get to the root of this problem so we can start formulating solutions. This town hall meeting brings key players together to ensure we are working toward reestablishing commuter train reliability in this area.”

RSVPs are not required for this meeting. For additional information, please contact the Wehrli office at (630) 696-4160.
State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) was sworn into a third term in the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday at a noon ceremony held in the Sangamon Auditorium on the University of Illinois’ Springfield campus.

During the hour-long ceremony, Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago) was re-elected Speaker of the House and Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) was re-elected House Minority Leader. Wehrli’s first vote in the 101st General Assembly was against Mike Madigan as Speaker of the House. “I have every intention of working in a bipartisan manner, but the constituents of the 41st District deserve better than the failed policies forced upon them by Speaker Madigan through decades of poor leadership,” said Wehrli. “We need fresh ideas and a new approach.”

The House of Representatives of the new 101st General Assembly is comprised of 44 Republicans and 74 Democrats. Wehrli will represent approximately 110,000 residents from Naperville and Woodridge in DuPage and Will Counties. “While Republicans will be serving in the super-minority, I am optimistic that opportunities for bipartisanship will allow us to move Illinois in a positive direction,” said Wehrli. “Especially on issues where we share common ground— and there are several, we can really move the needle in the right direction if we set political agendas aside and work collaboratively,” Wehrli said. “Our best work will take place if we focus our policy discussions on balanced spending, support of those who create jobs in our state, and providing safe communities for families.”

As the 118 members of the new General Assembly begin their work, Wehrli is finalizing a comprehensive 2019 agenda. Residents of the 41st District can learn more about legislation sponsored by Wehrli during the spring legislative session on his web site at www.repwehrli.com.
New Year Brought New Laws to Illinois Statutes
On January 1, 253 new laws took effect in Illinois. These laws have wide raging impact. Just a few of them include: 
  • Children under the age of 2 years old must be restrained in rear facing car seats unless they weigh 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall. 
  • Government employees who have been fired for misconduct can no longer receive severance packages. Severance packages for all other employees is limited to no more than 20 weeks of pay. 
  • Qualified students can enroll in an unlimited amount of dual credit courses and earn an unlimited amount of academic credits from dual credit courses with certain provisions. 
  • When purchasing any firearm, the buyer must wait 72 hours from the time of the purchase to receive the gun. Under prior law, the 72-hour waiting period only applied to handguns. 
  • Every Illinois school is required to conduct at least one law-enforcement led active shooter drill each year. School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year. 
  • Nursing mothers will be exempt from jury duty upon request. 
  • Stalking laws are expanded to include messages sent through social media. Additionally, businesses, places of worship and schools can seek restraining orders against stalkers. 
  • The Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act was enacted opening the door in Illinois for new treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. 
  • All children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and ninth grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination. 
Read the complete list.

Rep. Wehrli to Host BNSF Service Reliability Town Hall Meeting on January 26
I hear almost daily from constituents who are displeased with the quality of Metra rail service along the BNSF line. Delays have become the norm rather than the exception, and for those who live in the 41st District and rely on Metra to get them to and from work every day, frustration is extremely high. 

On Saturday, January 26 I’m bringing together a panel of experts from BNSF Railway and Metra for a Town Hall Meeting. A short presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

I hope you’ll join me for this informational session, which will be held from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM on January 26 at the Naperville Municipal Building (Council Chambers). The municipal building is located at 400 S. Eagle Street in Naperville.

Lawmakers Prepare for Start of 101st General Assembly
Next week on January 9 the newly-elected members of the 101st General Assembly will take their oath of office and begin work in the 2019 Legislative Session. While members of the Illinois Senate will take their oath in a ceremony held at the Illinois Capitol, we in the House will attend a swearing-in ceremony at the Sangamon Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. As we begin our work, the House Republican Caucus will include 44 members in the 118-member House of Representatives.

The House Republican Caucus will be led once again by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). It is my distinct honor to serve on the nine-member House Republican Leadership Team as Assistant Republican Leader. Together with my other colleagues on the leadership team, we will set the agenda for House Republicans in 2019. As inauguration approaches, I am finalizing my own legislative agenda for 2019. I will highlight these bills in a future newsletter. As always, I welcome your input and suggestions for legislative initiatives. If you have an idea for legislation that would be beneficial for the 41st District or for the State of Illinois, please don’t hesitate to email me through the contact form found at www.repwehrli.com, or call my office at (630) 696-4160.

Wehrli Recognized for Co-Sponsorship of Bill that Assists Disabled Persons
Shortly before the holiday break I joined some House and Senate colleagues for a recognition event hosted by the Association for Individual Development (AID), a not-for-profit that assists developmentally, intellectually, physically and mentally disabled individuals. We were honored for our leadership in getting SB 3041 approved and signed into law. 

The bill, now listed in the Illinois Statutes as Public Act 100-1129, provides municipalities and townships with the option of an additional funding source for programs and services for the developmentally disabled. Specifically, the new law permits municipalities and townships through ordinance to place a referendum before voters for a question of a 0.1% property tax to secure revenues for the care of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The new law also provides that voters may put forward the referendum question through a petition signed by 10% of the votes cast in the last general election.

I’m shown in the photo above with (from left to right): Incoming AID President Lore Baker, State Representative Jeff Keicher, State Senator Pamela Althoff (retired), State Senator Linda Holmes, AID Client Jim Royster, State Representative Anna Moeller, State Senator Karen McConnaughay (retired), and Retiring AID President Lynn O’Shea.