‘Illinois Jobs for Illinois Families’ roundtable discussion

By on February 20, 2014

SUGAR GROVE—With Illinois unemployment the highest in the Midwest and companies, jobs and families leaving Illinois, State Representative candidate Keith Wheeler is offering a plan to make Illinois more competitive.

Wheeler will host a discussion with local business leaders about the Illinois economy, and his plan “Illinois Jobs for Illinois Families,” at the Fireside Grille in Sugar Grove on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 until 6:30 p.m.

“We will discuss what can be done do to help Illinois’ struggling job economy,” he said.

Wheeler, who is the current chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business Illinois Leadership Council, is owner of his own I.T. business, Responsive Network Services LLC. He is also the current chairman of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

“This is definitely an issue that is personal for me. As a business owner, I feel like I can relate to the struggles of the community,” Wheeler said.

Illinois Chamber President and CEO Doug Whitley and NFIB/IL Director Kim Maisch are scheduled to attend and participate in the discussion.

Taxes are a very important topic for discussion at this event. Wheeler hopes to stop the progressive income tax, as well as lower taxes overall.

“The business community in Illinois just can’t afford the progressive income tax. If elected, I will work to create a better environment in Illinois for business to thrive,” he said. “When these business are thriving, they will produce new jobs that we need in Illinois.”

Wheeler also advocates for allowing the current 5 percent income tax rate to expire and return to the original 3 percent rate.

Illinois currently has the third highest unemployment rate in the country, and the highest unemployment rate among the midwest states.

“We need to create Illinois jobs for Illinois families, which can only be done by attracting more businesses to Illinois while growing the companies who already call Illinois home,” Wheeler said.

A broad range of topics that will be discussed at the roundtable include fixing the state pension system, the effect of Obamacare on businesses, state over-spending and bill payment delays.

“I am truly excited for the opportunity to hear from fellow business owners and to share my ideas with the community. We have to turn Illinois around and make it a great place for both employers and employees,” he said.

Wheeler’s “Illinois Jobs for Illinois Families” outline:
1. Make Illinois a more affordable place to do business and stop the proposed progressive state income tax that will drive jobs to other states.
2. Clean up the pension mess by finding a balance that our state can actually afford.
3. Perform a forensic audit of state spending to clear our waste, fraud, abuse and duplicative spending.
4. Restore state funding to local school districts to keep promise to kids and prevent further increases in property taxes.

For more information, visit www.keithwheeler.net or call (630) 566-0176.