Friday, December 16th, 2016
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: December 16

Budget – FY17 ·         As year-end deadline approaches, talks are suspended.  Many facets of state spending are moving towards limbo with the approach of New Year’s Eve.  December 31 is…

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: December 9

Budget – FY17 ·         Leaders meetings do not generate budget agreement.  With the “stopgap” six-month budget for the first half of FY17 scheduled to expire on December 31, pressure is…

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: December 2

Budget – FY17 ·         Governor Rauner renews call for property tax freeze and term limits. Substantial segments of Illinois state spending are scheduled to run dry with the expiration of…

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: November 18

General Assembly – Veto Session ·         First week of veto session held in Springfield.  The Constitution of Illinois asks State lawmakers to spend two session periods of three days each…

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: October 28

Budget – Unpaid Bills ·         State of Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills hovers above $9 billion.  As of Wednesday, October 26, the State was in possession of more than $9.1…

Friday, October 21st, 2016
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: October 21

State Government – Cutting the Red Tape Initiative ·         Governor Rauner issues executive order creating Illinois Competitiveness Council.  Governor Bruce Rauner has announced a comprehensive plan to promote economic growth…

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: October 14

Budget – Debt Refinancing ·         Underwriters agree to help refinance some Illinois debt.  The $600 million in variable-rate bonds that will be refinanced are stapled to a set of “crocodile”…

Monday, October 10th, 2016
In the News: Lawmaker wants tougher punishment for stealing from charities

By Susan Sarkauskas The Daily Herald Tears come to the eyes of state Rep. Keith Wheeler when he talks about how as much as $200,000 is missing, presumably stolen, from…

Friday, September 30th, 2016
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: September 30

Children – Teenage Concussions ·         Health care providers report sharp increase in official diagnoses of concussions among many Illinois teenagers.  The diagnosis count increased 83% from 2010 to 2015 among…

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Rep. Wheeler’s Weekly Roundup: September 23

Budget – Unpaid Bills ·         Backlog of unpaid bill hits $8.6 billion.  The unpaid-bill count, tracked on a day-to-day basis by the office of Comptroller Leslie Munger, hit more than…

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