SPRINGFIELD – Small business owner and sixth-generation Kendall County resident Keith Wheeler was sworn in as the new State Representative for Illinois’ 50th District on Wednesday, replacing retiring Rep. Kay Hatcher. All 118 members of the House of Representatives took the oath of office for the inaugural of the 99th General Assembly at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium in a noon-time ceremony.
A small business owner for 24 years and former Chairman of the Illinois Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Rep. Wheeler brings a lifetime of hands-on experience and real world knowledge of the most pressing challenges facing entrepreneurs and job creators in Illinois. He has also served locally as a former Board Chairman for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“Restoring Illinois’ competitiveness in the job market and expanding opportunity for local families is my top priority,” Rep. Wheeler said. “We can achieve this by embracing the needed budget and spending reforms that will get government off the backs of the small business men and women who are the true catalysts of economic growth. Simply put, we need to create Illinois jobs for Illinois families.”
Elected in November 2014, Wheeler serves the 50th District, which includes portions of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville. Rep. Wheeler (R-Oswego) and state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) have teamed to offer constituents a joint District Office in North Aurora, located at 959 Oak Street just east of Orchard Road. A phone number for Rep. Wheeler’s office will be announced in the coming days. Constituents may also e-mail Rep. Wheeler through his website at www.repkeithwheeler.com.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rep. Wheeler is an Oswego native and Oswego High School alum. He has been chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kendall County Food Pantry since 2008 and is a former treasurer of the Oswego Bears Youth Football.
Rep. Wheeler and his wife, Lisa, reside in Oswego with their three children.
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