State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) was sworn into a third term in the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday at a noon ceremony held in the Sangamon Auditorium on the University of Illinois’ Springfield campus.
During the hour-long ceremony, Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago) was re-elected Speaker of the House and Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) was re-elected House Minority Leader. Wehrli’s first vote in the 101st General Assembly was against Mike Madigan as Speaker of the House. “I have every intention of working in a bipartisan manner, but the constituents of the 41st District deserve better than the failed policies forced upon them by Speaker Madigan through decades of poor leadership,” said Wehrli. “We need fresh ideas and a new approach.”
The House of Representatives of the new 101st General Assembly is comprised of 44 Republicans and 74 Democrats. Wehrli will represent approximately 110,000 residents from Naperville and Woodridge in DuPage and Will Counties. “While Republicans will be serving in the super-minority, I am optimistic that opportunities for bipartisanship will allow us to move Illinois in a positive direction,” said Wehrli. “Especially on issues where we share common ground— and there are several, we can really move the needle in the right direction if we set political agendas aside and work collaboratively,” Wehrli said. “Our best work will take place if we focus our policy discussions on balanced spending, support of those who create jobs in our state, and providing safe communities for families.”
As the 118 members of the new General Assembly begin their work, Wehrli is finalizing a comprehensive 2019 agenda. Residents of the 41st District can learn more about legislation sponsored by Wehrli during the spring legislative session on his web site at www.repwehrli.com.