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
A simple Facebook post about Illinois’ high property taxes draws impassioned responses from frustrated Illinois homeowners who have had enough. My high school classmate and neighbor wrote: I wish my taxes were $4100 😒 – our entire extended family are considering leaving Illinois soon. Our parents cannot continue to pay a “mortgage” for their taxes[…]
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[…]
Welcome to National Small Business Week! Small business has been called the backbone of the American economy for good reason. Small businesses create more than 2/3 of the net new jobs and employ more than half of the country’s workforce. Unfortunately, the environment for small business and entrepreneurial growth was filled with uncertainty. That resulted[…]
Watch this 3 minute video to learn how the Revenue Estimate Requirement of the Illinois State Constitution protects your hard-earned money:
How we get started on an authentic budget process for Illinois:
Debate on the House Floor regarding HB695, which would require the Illinois General Assembly website to be translated to Spanish, took a decisive turn when State Rep. Keith Wheeler pointed out that there was another way to approach the problem using Google Translate. The bill failed on the Floor and was placed on postponed consideration. […]
State Representative Keith Wheeler and Kendall County Board Candidate Jerry Bannister invite you to a special event at RKA Gun Range & Gallery in Plano this Saturday! Here are the details: October 1, 2016 5:00pm to 8:00pm RKA Gun Gallery & Range 3029 Eldamain Rd. Plano Picnic $25/individual $40/couple Win raffles and door prizes! We’ll[…]
State Representative Keith Wheeler filed HB6599 to increase penalties on those convicted of stealing from not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Wheeler said “We need to stiffen the criminal penalties for anyone convicted of misusing funds or in any way stealing from a nonprofit organization. These nonprofits do so much incredible and important work in the community, serving[…]