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Grant Wehrli

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Grant Wehrli is a lifelong Naperville Resident and former Representative in the Illinois House of Representatives and Naperville City Councilman.

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Reflections of a public servant

This marks the final column I will write as your State Representative. It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve as your...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Making a difference for Little Friends

Some call it “pork,” and others call it “member initiative” money. Whatever you call it, the FY 2020 budget (7/1/19 – 6/30/20) included funds...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Ethics matters

Ethics matter always. If you know me, you’ve heard me say this. And if you don’t, you’ve certainly seen me write about ethics in...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – RIP RBG

As I write this month’s column, the nation is mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Yes, she was a staunch...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Navigating Challenges

As I write this column, I am noticing a gradual uptick in coronavirus positivity rates and hospitalizations for DuPage County. I want to again...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Madigan and Ethics

I have written about the dire need for ethics reform in Illinois many times in this column. The most recent bombshell, which ties House Speaker...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Thank you, Cindi Swanson

I often use this column to highlight greatness within our community. This month I want to acknowledge a tremendous community leader and fierce advocate...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Session wrap up

I try to keep these columns positive, but putting a positive spin on the legislature’s recent four-day session is a challenge. Bad votes and...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – A Return to a New Normal

Everyone is asking when things will get back to normal in Illinois. We’re tired of the isolation in our homes and we want to go...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Naperville shines in times of crisis

Above / Right here at home, the Downtown Naperville Alliance and the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce organized Naperville Helps!, an initiative that funds...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Phantom money has no place in Illinois Budget

The 2021 Fiscal Year begins on June 1, 2020. The vote on the Constitutional Amendment to change Illinois from a flat tax state to...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Another Task Force, Another Failure

At the end of the 2019 spring session, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1932 to create the Property Tax Relief Task Force. Sounds...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – More Taxes, Few Reforms

At the end of January, Governor Pritzker will deliver the annual State of the State Address. I have no doubt he intends to take...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – A happy season of giving from my family to...

Above / Illinois State Representative Grant Wehrli is pictured in December 2018 during the dedication of the "Laughing Lincoln" sculpture in Central Park, one...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Can police and fire pensions be consolidated?

In a recent survey of the 41st House District, 72 percent of the respondents listed high taxes and the need for pension reform as...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Marijuana legalization

The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation in May to legalize the recreational use of marijuana effective January 1, 2020. The bill, HB 1438, also allows...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – What some state elected officials are doing with COLA

Hidden in the Illinois State Statutes is a dirty little law that guarantees legislators an automatic annual cost of living adjustment (COLA). Our State Constitution...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Ethics to Guide

Ethics – it’s the moral compass that guides our decisions and behavior. And when people seek public office, they should be held to an...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – New taxes in Illinois

When I meet with people in and around the 41st District, the issue that comes up most often is taxes. Residents are shouldering an...

Naperville’s Pulse in Springfield – Improved Revenue Outlook

In mid-April, lawmakers received some very welcomed news. We learned that the state’s income tax receipts for April were $1.5 billion higher than projected...

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