Today, the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) released its first ever Lifetime Environmental Scorecard, and recognized State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) for an impressive 94.8% lifetime environmental score. Wehrli’s 94.8% score makes him the highest-ranked Republican from the House or Senate with regard to votes taken over the course of a career that protect the environment.
“I believe we have a responsibility as lawmakers to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink, and to take bold steps to ensure a healthier future for our children and grandchildren,” said Wehrli. “I’m proud of my voting record as it relates to environmental protection and appreciate this recognition from the IEC.”
Whereas the IEC typically releases a legislative scorecard during each General Assembly, this year was unusual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With fewer bills on which to judge lawmakers this year, the IEC instead chose to look at each legislator’s voting record over the course of their careers in Springfield. Legislators in the House and Senate were judged in four environmental content areas: Energy, Waste, Water, Conservation, and Agriculture. Wehrli earned perfect 100% voting scores for the votes he took that affect waste, water, conservation and agriculture.
“Representative Grant Wehrli earned top marks for his lifetime pro-environment voting record, using his power as a state legislator to protect and defend the people and environment in the 41st District, said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling. “Representative Wehrli is an environmental champion in the General Assembly, and the Illinois Environmental Council applauds his career-long legacy of protecting our environment in Illinois.”
Wehrli added, “My voting record on environmental issues reflects where I stand on the importance or taking action on climate change, fighting for clean air and water, and protecting our open spaces. I stand with the Illinois Environmental Council in making it a priority to protect our environment and the health and safely of the communities I represent in the General Assembly.”