SPRINGFIELD – Today Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) took the Oath of Office for her second term in the Illinois House Representatives. Wheeler and her colleagues in the General Assembly took their respective oaths this morning in Springfield, ringing in the 99th General Assembly and kicking off a new period in Illinois with new Governor Bruce Rauner having been sworn-in on Monday.
“It is very humbling to take the Oath of Office,” said Wheeler. “I want to thank the people of the 64th District for giving me the opportunity to serve them once more in Springfield. We have an historic opportunity with new Governor Bruce Rauner to bring sorely needed, and necessary, change to government in Illinois and I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with him over the course of the next couple years. For too many years our state has lacked strong and decisive leadership in the executive branch and with Governor Rauner I know this will not be a problem anymore.”
While Wheeler has highlighted her excitement at the prospect of changing the direction Illinois is headed by working with Rauner, she also noted some of her legislative initiatives for the upcoming 99th General Assembly. Since the conclusion of the veto session last year, Wheeler has been hard at work on new legislation to deter drunk driving and stop domestic sexual assault. Additionally, since Senate Bill 16 was effectively halted, Wheeler has also been working on new legislation for the education funding formula that will be equitable for all Illinois children.