It’s that time of the political cycle again, pre-election, when politicians pop-up their heads like whack-a-mole, hoping to secure enough votes to get re-elected. The current mole to pop-up in Naperville is former councilman Grant Wehrli. He has been sighted (where else) cruising up and down Wehrli Road admiring street signs named “Wehrli Road”. No doubt that Grant is a legend in his own mind. He has created the myth that he has accomplished something in Springfield, however no one seems to know what that ‘something’ is.
Since Wehrli can’t point to anything he has accomplished in Springfield, other than getting his expense reports submitted on time, his strategy is to manufacture something, in this case it’s introducing a House Bill which for all practical purposes has recently been submitted by another House Representative; banning Red Light Cameras.
When Wehrli was on the Naperville city council, he was one of the ‘yes’ votes for approving RLC’s pointing to their safety features of preventing accidents, however when their cost exceeded the revenue they generated, he voted to get rid of the RLC’s. He was no longer concerned about the safety feature.
To call Grant Wehrli a hypocrite is an understatement. Look up the word ‘hypocrite’ in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of Wehrli. The only reason to keep him in Springfield is to keep him out of Naperville. If he loses his Illinois House of Representatives election, he undoubtedly will turn up in Naperville like gum on your shoe on a hot August day trying to get elected to something.
The problem is what to do with Wehrli. Having him in Springfield is not good, having him back in Naperville is worse. If only there was a third option. Maybe he could be encouraged to relocate. How difficult would it be to get a road named after him in Two Dot, Montana; Grant Wehrli Circle has a symbolic, poetic ring to it.