·        Durkin appoints Leadership Team for 101st General Assembly.  On Wednesday, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin announced the appointment of his Leadership team for the 101st General Assembly. Congratulations to this dynamic group of leaders: 

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
Assistant GOP Leader
Rep. Keith Wheeler
State Representative Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, was appointed to the post of Assistant House Republican Leader today for the new 101st Illinois General Assembly. Wheeler, a 28-year small business owner and sixth generation Kendall County resident, was first elected in 2014 to represent the 50th District, which includes portions of Kane and Kendall Counties. 

The role of Assistant Leader is to advocate for caucus positions on legislative issues and build coalitions in support of legislation pending on the House Floor. Representative Wheeler's appointment was announced by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, on Wednesday. 

"I am truly honored to accept the appointment as Assistant Republican Leader," Wheeler said. "I am grateful to Leader Durkin and the entire House Republican Caucus for this opportunity.  I stand committed to working with Republican and Democratic leaders from both the House and Senate to make much-needed reforms to state government and to help create Illinois jobs for Illinois families." 

·        Inauguration of 101st General Assembly.  The new session of the state legislature will be the first group of lawmakers to meet in Illinois’ third century.  The House elected Jim Durkin as House Republican Leader, and the majority chose Michael J. Madigan to be the returning Speaker of the House.  In his remarks to the newly-convened House, Leader Durkin pledged to uphold Republican principles and to work together with newly-elected Gov. J.B. Pritzker whenever possible for the good of the State of Illinois. 

The newly-convened 101st General Assembly faces challenging problems of governance, including Illinois’ structural budget deficit, underfunded tax-supported pension systems, and a growing pattern of out-migration to other states by young, ambitious adults eager for success in the private sector.  House Republicans are determined to make Illinois a good place for hard-working people to live and raise families.
Inauguration of the 101st General Assembly in Springfield.
Small business owner and sixth-generation Kendall County resident Keith Wheeler was sworn in for a third term as State Representative of the 50th District serving portions of Kane and Kendall Counties on Wednesday, joining all 118 members of the Illinois House of Representatives for the inauguration of the 101st General Assembly held at the Sangamon Auditorium.

A small business owner for 28 years and former Chairman of the Illinois Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Wheeler brings a lifetime of hands-on experience and real world knowledge of the most pressing challenges facing entrepreneurs and job creators in Illinois. He has also served locally as a former Board Chairman for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. 
“Restoring Illinois’ competitiveness and expanding opportunity for Fox Valley families is my top priority,” Representative Wheeler said. “We can achieve our goal of creating Illinois jobs for Illinois families by working together across party lines to embrace the needed reforms that will get government off the backs of the small business men and women who produce most of the new jobs across the state.”