State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) today said Springfield was turned into a circus for the second week in a row as the Democratic Majority in the House once again forced an extraneous vote on legislation not meant to become law. This time, the phony legislation was in relation to Gov. Rauner’s proposed “right to work” zones.
“My constituents sent me to Springfield to right the sinking ship that is the financial situation of our state,” said Wheeler. “Instead, for the second straight week the House has been turned into a circus with lopsided committees of the whole and doomed bills that are disrupting the progress we have been making in negotiations toward a budget deal.”
Various stake holders have been meeting with working groups that include Senators and Representatives from both parties over recent weeks to work out the details of various budget proposals, including the issue of right to work zones. However, no agreement has yet been struck between the involved parties. As with last week’s bogus legislation that claimed to restore human services funding, Wheeler voted present to highlight the irregular and purely partisan nature of today’s action.
“I realize that the 64th District has a diversely employed population, many in various types of unions, and I was sent here to represent every person in the district, not just one group,” said Wheeler. “Make no mistake, today’s vote was for mail pieces, not about making the changes we need.”
Wheeler continued, “We are billions of dollars in debt, and $100 billion in the hole on our pension liabilities. This is unacceptable and the current design of the system is failing everyone from the trade union member to the small business owner to the individual property taxpayer. Today’s debate was an orchestrated opportunity for one party to pander to the middle class, despite the fact the status quo is causing the middle class to suffer in Illinois.”
State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has asked the Chairwoman of the Illinois House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee to reschedule an ill-timed hearing into the feasibility of the State Board of Education taking over the functions of the Illinois High School Athletics Association (IHSA).
The Elementary & Secondary Education Committee, chaired by Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) has scheduled a meeting for 4:00 PM Friday, October 3 at a Chicago south-side high school to gather testimony on the issue. This is a blatant example of political shenanigans at its finest,Â said Wheeler, a member of the committee. This is a late Friday afternoon on a football Friday during Homecoming season. All schools are going to be all hands on deck with their local sporting events and will be unable to send representation to the hearing.
House Resolution 895, approved on April 7 in a 55-51 vote, directs the Elementary & Secondary Education Committee to hold hearings on the administration and funding of high school sports, the safety of athletes, the systems and protocols of the IHSA, the costs associated with the administration of high school sports and the feasibility of transferring the duties and functions of the IHSA to the State Board of Education. Chapa LaVia was the Chief Sponsor of the resolution.
They could not possibly have made this hearing more inconvenient for the major stakeholders who stand to lose the most,Â said Wheeler. Families, coaches, volunteers and players will be busy that night with local sporting events, but I believe it is by design. I must wonder if they want to shut the major stakeholders out of the discussion.Â At the time of this posting, Chapa LaVia had not responded to the request for a meeting date and time change.