SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner’s budget address delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly today.

“As a small business owner, I understand the importance of matching revenue with expenditures and paying bills on time. Today, for the first time in over a decade, we got an honest assessment of the state’s budget challenges and a blueprint moving forward to overcome them. An important element in achieving long-term success is enacting reforms that make us more competitive in attracting new innovators and entrepreneurs to Illinois and keeping the good jobs we already have thanks to the hard work of our small business men and women here in the Fox Valley region and throughout the state.”
ELBURN – State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) participated in and was the “top shopper” in the Kane County Farm Bureau’s 14th annual Food Check-Out Challenge Shopping Spree at the Batavia Jewel on Monday, securing a donation of $1,249.53 to benefit the Elburn Food Pantry.

Rep. Wheeler competed on behalf of the Elburn Food Pantry against fellow House freshman Rep. Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) representing the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. Contestants had five minutes to fill their carts with as many nonperishable food items as they could. The items were then rung up and the contestant with the highest amount of retail value in his cart was named the winner. Rep. Wheeler prevailed with a total of $1,249.53 and was presented with a large check made out to the Elburn Food Pantry in that amount.
By Ashley Sloboda
Kane County Chronicle

As State Rep. Keith Wheeler listened to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address midday Wednesday, he noticed similarities between the governor’s comments and his beliefs.

“It almost seemed like he was using similar language to what I used in the campaign,” said
Wheeler, R-Oswego. “If you take the perspective I ran on – creating Illinois jobs for Illinois families – I thought the governor did an impressive job of how he sees Illinois’ lack of competitiveness about being a problem for job creation.”

Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) reacts to the "State of the State" at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield. Click the image to watch.

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner’s State of the State address delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly today.

“Today, Governor Rauner gave an honest assessment of our state’s financial situation, perhaps the first in over a decade. Everything he said today is geared towards fighting the biggest fight we have – creating jobs, improving our economy and bringing manufacturing jobs back to Illinois. The Governor mentioned the expected closure of the Sealy Mattress plant in Batavia this spring to illustrate the impact of losing good jobs to neighboring states like Indiana. We have the ability to restore Illinois’ competitive advantage and start bringing good jobs back to the Fox Valley region. The next step is to put together a clear blueprint for how to achieve these goals on a bipartisan basis.”

Rep. Wheeler serves the 50th District, which includes portions of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.

NORTH AURORA – Small businessman and State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) has received his committee assignments for the 99th General Assembly with the legislative session set to resume on February 4.

A small business owner for 24 years, former Chairman of the Illinois Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and former Board Chairman for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Wheeler has won a spot on the Labor & Commerce; Consumer Protection; Public Utilities; and Transportation: Regulation, Roads and Bridges Committees, respectively, in addition to the Special Committee on Restorative Justice.