Wheeler warns Pritzker tax hike will 'hit you hard'
Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) believes Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker’s policies would be painful for most Illinoisans.
"Small business owners don’t hide their money in offshore, overseas accounts," Wheeler recently said during a press conference with other Republican lawmakers. "They pay taxes and create jobs, and they do the little things in our communities that make a difference, like sponsor that baseball team or promote a dance recital, so if you’re a small business owner, or you work for a small business, pay close attention. J.B. Pritzker's tax increase is going to hit you, and it's going to hit you hard.”
Pritzker’s potential policies will not only destroy job creation, but will also stifle small-businesses in the state, Wheeler said.
“When a small business moves to another state, closes its doors, it never even opens, because the entrepreneur can’t see a way to make ends meet because our taxes are too high and still going up,” he said. “Well then that real-life toll on the family in Illinois that loses that job or never gets that opportunity, that’s real impact, so make no mistake: The Pritzker-Madigan tax increase will crush Illinois small businesses and kill Illinois jobs."
Wheeler, a small business owner for about 25 years, was named House Republican Conference chairman last summer, having won a second term in the 50th District State House seat in 2016.
Wheeler ran unopposed for a third term during the Republican primary in March and faces Democrat James Leslie in November's general election.
The 50th District includes portions of Kane and Kendall counties, including Montgomery and Yorkville.