Turn Illinois Around
Budget Update from Springfield
Help Save Illinois
Our state has everything we need to be an economic powerhouse. We have some of the richest farm land in the world, a hardworking educated workforce, and our geographical location makes us a vital transportation hub of the entire nation. We MUST implement policies that will utilize these advantages to their fullest potential.
Lower Property Taxes
Illinois has the highest property taxes in the nation. Illinois is losing its retirees, college students, young professionals, and job creators to neighboring states. In order to expand our tax base, we must reduce property taxes which will prevent our best and brightest from fleeing this oppressive tax burden.
Reform State Government
Illinois should not ask citizens for one more additional penny of tax revenue until we make badly needed reforms to the way that money is being spent. I will fight for reforms to our workers compensation system, state employee pensions, and procurement among others.
The current legislative district maps are completely unresponsive to the will of the people. Voters should be choosing their legislators, not legislators choosing their voters. As your State Representative, I will continue to be a leading voice in favor of taking the map drawing responsibilities away from the politicians and given to an independent panel.
Countdown to Illinois Budget Deadline
Time Since Last Revenue Estimate
Mandates from Springfield have driven up the cost of doing business in the Land of Lincoln.
These mandates have affected government and non-government agencies alike.
Workers compensation (the program that compensates workers when they are injured at work) affects the employment costs of every employee in the state whether they work in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.
Unnecessarily higher employment costs lead to fewer hiring opportunities and a diminished economic outlook for a state that should be an economic leader.
Imagine decreased work comp costs for service providers who care for the developmentally disabled so they can budget for better services for their patients.
Imagine a growing manufacturing center providing high-paying jobs that support famiiies all throughout our state that, in turn, drive demand for construction and supporting services.
Property Tax Costs
Highest in the USA
Workers' Compensation Costs
7th Highest in the USA
3rd Highest in the USA
48th Best in the USA
Learn more about State Representative Keith Wheeler's background
Oswego 308 SB1 Funding Ad – Updated
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Rep. Wheeler calls on Attorney General Madigan to force legislators to comply with the balanced budget requirement
The Illinois General Assembly has ignored the balanced budget requirement of the Illinois Constitution for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The balanced budget requirement really shouldn’t be in dispute. The language in the Illinois Constitution is fairly clear: Appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available[…]
Happy Mothers Day!
Guest Column in the State Journal-Register: Want an Illinois budget? Adopt a revenue estimate! K-12 schools and state universities need a state budget. Social service providers need a state budget. The most vulnerable individuals and families across Illinois need a state budget. Then why don’t we have one? It is common sense that you cannot[…]