January 9, 2015

Grant Wehrli Says Goodbye

Grant Wehrli had nothing but kind words to say after being recognized by the city at his last council meeting.

“First off thank you, it’s been an honor to serve under your leadership, under city council, and I’ve worked with some fine councilman and women here along the way,” said Wehrli. “I’ve learned something from each and everyone of them that I will take with my life, whether it be in Springfield or elsewhere. I’d like to thank the voters of Naperville, these seats don’t belong to any individual, you put us here.”

After serving nine years on council, along with numerous boards and commissions throughout the community, Grant Wehrli will take a new seat, this time at the state level.

In November, Wehrli won the State Representative race for District 41, and is ready to take office, hoping to make bigger changes for the state.

“Naperville is a very well run city and I’m fortunate for my time here on city council, but the problems that I feel that we truly face are coming out of Springfield,” said Wehrli. “We manage our budget very well, and then you mirror that off the state and it seems that’s where most of our concerns are stemming from. I want to take the skills that I learned here on city council down to Springfield.”

First on his to-do list in Springfield, turn the state’s budget around, but without taking from popular well-to do areas.

“Well right now, Naperville and other communities, the collar counties, were looked at as the piggy bank for the state, for every dollar we send down to state in fees or taxes, we get 10 cents back,” said Wehrli. “Right now there seems to be a push to take even more away from those who have wealth and have managed their budgets well, which I’m certainly not opposed to helping those who need it, but we can’t just be seen as the bank for the rest of the state.

Wehrli hopes that funds can go toward something that will make a difference in people’s lives, and not just their pocketbooks.

“Education is important to me, social services, for those with special needs are very important to me, so I look forward to championing those causes,” said Wehrli. “But once again, all of those get back down to dollars, so it’s how we manage our finances with a priority on how we allocate the precious dollars we do have.”

While he may be moving up in the ranks, he takes with him fond memories of his time on the council.

“I am going to miss the most quite honestly, the interaction with staff. We have one of the best staffs I have ever worked with, public sector, private sector, anywhere. They’re professionals, they do their job extremely well, what started out as just a working relationship with many of the staff members across all departments, I now consider them my friends. I will truly miss interacting with them on a daily basis. There’s some phenomenal people working here,” said Wehrli.

Council has 60 days from Wehrli’s resignation date of January 14 to fill his seat. A permanent council member will be selected in the April 7 election.


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