Oswego businessman Keith Wheeler has emerged as a community leader. He is the chairman of the Kendall County Food Pantry. He chaired the Kendall County Republican Central Committee in 2008. And he serves on the Bristol Township Board of Trustees.
Wheeler, 46, stands out as the best of a strong list of candidates vying to replace Kay Hatcher as the state representative in Illinois’ 50th District. The district covers much of southwest Kane County, as well as northern Kendall County.
Wheeler understands the concerns that owners of small businesses have, and he would represent them well. He identifies job creation as a top priority, creating a plan called Illinois Jobs for Illinois Families.
Among his opponents, Oswego resident Julie Cosimo works as an administrator at Benedictine University. Improving education is among her missions, as well as creating jobs, reducing spending and holding down taxes.
Aurora resident Beth Goncher has served for 12 years as a legislative aide to state Rep. Tim Schmitz, who is retiring. She knows the job. She would seek to reduce government spending and would aim to help create jobs in Illinois.
Sugar Grove resident Bill Keck, a former Kane County auditor, is the fourth candidate.
Wheeler is a proven leader with a strong business background. He is endorsed.