Former Naperville city councilman Grant Wehrli has had an easy path to getting elected until this year. He used his family name Wehrli (as in Road and football Stadium) to slide into Naperville city council in 2006 through 2014. In a horse race, where the top four finishers win, it’s easier to win, than a one-on-one race.
Wehrli is the incumbent for the 41st District in the Illinois House if Representatives. In 2014 he ran against a less-than-enthusiastic candidate, in 2016 he had no opposition, and in 2018 he ran against a candidate ruled to be ineligible. Even with that, Wehrli barely won by a margin of 52% – 48%. To say that Wehrli has had it easy is a gross understatement. This year is a different story, he is against a genuine candidate, democrat Janet Yang Rohr.
It’s a challenge watching TV without seeing Wehrli getting pounded by his opponent. She is accusing Wehrli of wanting to eliminate funding for Meals-on-Wheels and in-home health care, implying Wehrli is giving senior citizens a choice between having food and medicine, or staying safe.
Wehrli is ripe for defeat. During his six years in Springfield, he has accomplished very little other than filling out his expense reports. He has ascended to the position of assistant minority leader, which as a Republican is equivalent to being the assistant manager at Ace Hardware. The difference being the guy at Ace Hardware can provide you with more benefit, than Wehrli can in Springfield.
If Wehrli wins, he can do less damage in Springfield, than if he losses and comes back to Naperville. So for the good folks of Naperville, it’s better that he wins and stays in Springfield.