Grant Wehrli

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Grant Wehrli
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Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives, District 41
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolNaperville Central High School
Personal
ProfessionCity Councilman
Websites
Campaign website
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Grant Wehrli is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 41 of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Biography

Wehrli attended the Florida Institute of Technology and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale majoring in Aviation Management and Aviation Flight. His professional experience includes being a Councilman for the City of Naperville since 2005.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Wehrli's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

General Assembly pension reform

  • Excerpt: "In the state of Illinois members of the General Assembly are given a pension that is primarily funded by the taxpayers. The General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) provides a lifetime of benefits for what amounts to part-time work. This fund was almost 80% unfunded in FY2010 and is a glaring example of what is wrong within our state government. Serving the people of Illinois is an honor and a privilege, not a retirement plan. Grant will not participate in the GARS pension scheme if elected."

Job creation

  • Excerpt: "Grant has no higher priority than getting people back to work and creating a thriving business environment. With a state unemployment rate that leads the Midwest, job creation is critical. We can only improve the job market by championing business growth and free enterprise. Implementing a solid financial plan for the state, thoughtfully addressing our pension and borrowing models, removing the burden of unfair business regulations and reforming our oppressive corporate tax structure will receive his undivided attention."

Free enterprise

  • Excerpt: "Grant believes that there is no better solution for the state’s current economic issues than the advancement and support of free enterprise. When individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs are allowed to unleash American ingenuity and operate with greater freedom and less government intervention and restrictions, progress, prosperity, jobs and abundant opportunity are sure to follow. An Illinois economy that is prospering will lead to job growth, revenue growth and a bright future for all of Illinois!"

Protecting tax-payers

  • Excerpt: "The 67 percent income tax that was passed in 2011 by the Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to expire in 2015. Grant supports letting this tax expire and letting taxpayers decide on what to do with their savings. These savings are about equal to one week’s salary for every working man and woman. Grant is opposed to the implementation of a progressive tax structure. Without meaningful, substantial, respectful pension reform our $100 billion+ unfunded liability will continue to place massive and unsustainable pressure on Illinois taxpayers. Pensions need to be fair to both the pensioner and the taxpayer. The solution to the pension crisis is not to just simply pass it on to the taxpayer."

Ethics reform

  • Excerpt: "No other state in the nation needs ethics reform more than Illinois. The first step in these reforms must be enacting term limits for state elected officials. As a Councilman in Naperville, Grant voted to enact term limits thus maintaining that government is in the hands of the people and not in the hands of the career politicians who have accumulated power over their decades of service."
  • Excerpt: "Adoption of a non-partisan method of drawing legislative district boundaries would also insure that voters choose their representation and not the politician choosing their voters. Illinois has a long history of gerrymandering the drawing of districts to favor one political party over the voters and that must end. This is not about protecting one political party; it’s about all citizens having an equal voice in the process."

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Ed Agustin ran unopposed in the Democratic primary while Grant Wehrli ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Agustin and Wehrli will face off in the general election.[3][4][5]

Personal

Wehrli and his wife, Sharon, have two children.[1]

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