Wheeler Addresses Annual Conference of National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake), Illinois State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), provided the address by state legislators for Illinois at this year’s annual NFWL conference. The conference in Oklahoma City features women legislators and aspiring young women from around the country. Wheeler’s address provided the conference attendees a look at a legislative success story from this spring’s legislative session.

Wheeler’s address centered around House Bill 3533, recently signed by Gov. Rauner to curb repeat drunk driving incidents, “This year, Illinois enacted House Bill 3533 to ensure that the progress we’ve made in curbing intoxicated driving fatalities over the past few decades doesn’t start to rise again,” said Wheeler during her address. “Too often, repeat [DUI] offenders get around the requirement of their [in-car] breathalyzers by using a family members car instead of their own. To help stop this go-around, repeat offenders will now have to have a BAIID device installed in all their family’s vehicles, at their own expense, to ensure every vehicle they may commonly drive is protected from unsafe use.”

The NFWL annual conference began on Friday and continues through Tuesday, September 15. The conference features leading women in government from around the country and also provides programs to help the next generation of aspiring women leaders. Each year, the NFWL provides college bound young women with an all-expenses paid trip to participate in the conference and a $3,000 college scholarship.

“It was an honor to address this wonderful group of women leaders,” said Wheeler. “I hope the young ladies who won this year’s scholarships have been able to take full advantage of the leadership opportunities NFWL offers and I look forward to hearing of their successes as the next generation of leaders for our country.”