SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) issued the following statement today after Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans to restore $26 million in state funding for social service and public health grants; including those for autism services, assistance for the homeless, maintaining the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, funeral and burial assistance for the poor; and other important social services. The Governor’s announcement comes in response to new forecasts showing the state estimated to bring in an extra $300 – $500 million in revenue for this year than previously anticipated.

“I applaud the Governor for taking action today to restore grant funding for initiatives that serve some of the neediest individuals and families in Illinois,” Rep. Wheeler said. “The uptick in the state’s economy generating the extra revenue to make this restoration possible is an indication that the Governor’s pro-growth policies have already begun to make a difference in changing the jobs climate in Illinois. Creating more Illinois jobs for Illinois families will enable us to continue to prioritize funding for essential human services and public health initiatives like the Governor did today.”

SPRINGFIELD – Small business now has a stronger voice in Springfield, thanks to State Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, and State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, who recently formed the Small Business Owners Caucus in the Illinois House of Representatives. 

“Small business is the backbone of our state and local economy, accounting for over 60% of all new private-sector jobs created in America each year,” Rep. Wheeler said. “This new bipartisan caucus will bring together small business owners from every region of Illinois to formulate policy reforms that will make our state more competitive and help to attract and retain quality Illinois jobs for Illinois families.”
SPRINGFIELD – Taking aim at costly and burdensome overregulation of small business, the Illinois House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bipartisan bill introduced and sponsored by State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) requiring a full-scale review across every state agency of rules, regulations and permitting processes.

The measure, HB 3887, aims to identify all state regulations that are unreasonable, unduly burdensome, duplicative, or onerous to small business so they can be streamlined or eliminated. The first review would have to be completed within one year of the bill becoming law, with subsequent reviews to take place every 5 years thereafter.

“Small business men and women are the backbone of our state and local economies,” Rep. Wheeler said. “They create 64% of all new private-sector jobs in America and provide literally millions of good-paying career opportunities for hardworking families in Illinois and across the country each and every year. As a state, we have the ability to conduct a thorough review of every rule and regulation and identify the ones that make it harder for start-ups, entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses to create and sustain new jobs right here in the Fox Valley and beyond.”
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday mourning the death of former Kendall County Board member Jessie Hafenrichter, who passed away in late February. The resolution, HR 334, was introduced and sponsored by State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego).

“Jessie Hafenrichter truly made a difference for Kendall County,” said Rep. Wheeler. “Having been born in Oklahoma less than 40 years after the legendary Land Rush, Jessie brought that same pioneer spirit to Kendall County as a young woman who blazed her own trail and inspired future generations of women leaders to pursue public service. Jessie’s warmth, humor, and her life’s work will endure in the community and in the many lives she touched over the years.”
KIRKLAND - The Kirkland Fire Department has been and will continue to be the drop off center for ALL donations for the folks effected by Thursday’s tornado. Due to the overwhelming response of donated items, the Fire Department is now limiting the drop off times for donations from 8:00am to 5:00pm until further notice.

Items Needed:

27 gallon totes; gift cards; work Gloves; flashlights; heavy duty garbage bags; shrink wrap; tarps; masks;safety goggles; packing and duct tape;tape wrap;shrink wrap; first aid kits (in gallon ziploc bags if possible); Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve; hand sanitizer; toiletries; sunscreen; lip balm; aloe vera gel; burn cream; skin care cream; batteries (AA,D), plastic silverware, no cook prepak meals, granola bars, snack pack of crackers, pre-made pudding snacks, and can openers.

They no longer need any further donations of blankets, towels, wash cloths, clothes, paper products or water. Any pets previously found by first responders have been sent to the local animal control.

Monetary Donations

An Official Go Fund Me account has been established at Alpine Bank in Kirkland for anyone looking to make monetary donations. Please click the link above to donate to the Relief Fund. Alpine Bank has graciously offered to absorb all the administrative costs associated with the fund so that all the monies collected will be distributed to the families.

Alpine Bank will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Kirkland Food Pantry to help serve the victims of Thursday’s tornado in Fairdale. Between now, and Friday April 17 – please help us fill several boxes for these families. Boxes will be located at Alpine Bank Branches at E. State, Belvidere Downtown, Highcrest, and Kirkland. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

CHICAGO – At a special ceremony celebrating the commissioning of the U.S.S. Illinois attended by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, Governor Bruce Rauner and other dignitaries Wednesday at Navy Pier, State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) presented the ship’s captain with an official copy of the Illinois House resolution honoring him and his crew. Rep. Wheeler introduced and sponsored the resolution, HR 200, which was adopted on February 26.

The resolution applauds the commissioning of the United States Navy's newest nuclear-powered submarine, the U.S.S. Illinois, and congratulates Commander Jesse Porter and his crewmembers on their appointment to the ship. The U.S.S. Illinois is the United States Navy's newest nuclear-powered submarine scheduled to be commissioned later this year and the first ship to be christened in the state’s name since 1897.