Turn Illinois Around
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
Honored to be endorsed by the Chicago Sun-Times From the Chicago Sun-Times: In 2017, Republican state Rep. Keith R. Wheeler of Oswego was part of a bipartisan group in the Illinois House that reformed the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit program for businesses. They improved it, in part, by making smaller[…]
Honored to be endorsed by the Chicago Tribune From the Chicago Tribune: If Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, shows up on your doorstep, be prepared for a lesson in budgeting. But don’t fall asleep. This is important. Decades of bad budgeting is how the state got into its financial mess. An appropriations committee on which Wheeler sits[…]
Honored to be endorsed by the Daily Herald From the Editorial Board: In two terms in Springfield, Republican Keith Wheeler, of Oswego, has staked out clear territory in the camp of General Assembly conservatives. He has a strong record fighting for spending controls, pension reform and property tax relief. At the same time, he also[…]
State Representative Keith Wheeler hosted a clinic to help residents lower the costs of their utility bills on Thursday, August 23 at 10:30am. The clinic aimed at reducing the costs of their gas, electric, and phone bills to the clinic. Attendees should brought their most recent utility bill with them to the Montgomery Village Hall[…]
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin appointed Rep. Keith Wheeler of Oswego to serve as House Republican Conference Chair. The appointed is extremely rare for a legislator in only their second term as a state representative. Wheeler released a statement saying, “This role will enable me to be an even more effective voice for Fox[…]
Representative Keith Wheeler introduced the Blue Collar Jobs Act on the Floor of the Illinois House.
Rep. Keith Wheeler penned a scathing op-ed printed in the Chicago Tribune today. He criticized Speaker Madigan and his Democratic majority in the legislature for failing to adopt a revenue estimate in this year’s budget negotiations. Wheeler was sworn in as a legislator in 2015 and the Illinois General Assembly has not met the constitutional[…]
Rep. Wheeler introduced HB5864, known as the Blue-Collar Jobs Act, which would give tax incentives to construction projects in Illinois. Wheeler was instrumental in uniting representatives from the business community, manufacturing, and organized labor to support the initiative. Since his time in the Illinois legislature, Wheeler has been a leading voice for bringing economic development[…]
For my entire tenure as a state representative in Springfield, the House has never adopted a revenue estimate as part of the budgeting process in spite of the fact that is required by state law. The Illinois State Constitution states the following in Article 8, Section 2, Subsection B: The General Assembly by law shall[…]
Congratulations to NFIB on 75 years! Full disclosure: I am a small business owner and NFIB member My father was a small business owner and NFIB member My grandfather was a small business owner and NFIB member In the resolution, it states that the policies of NFIB are member mandates – 70% agreement to advocate[…]