On Tuesday, State Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) was recognized for his co-sponsorship and support of SB 3041 during the 2018 legislative session. SB 3041, 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 an 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.
The Association for Individual Development (AID), a not-for-profit that assists developmentally, intellectually, physically and mentally disabled individuals, hosted Wehrli and other lawmakers who championed the bill as it moved through the legislative process. Shown in the photo above are (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), Retiring AID President Lynn O’Shea and State Representative Grant Wehrli.