Rep. Wilhour Selected for Personnel & Pensions Committee; Personnel Code Subcommittee

Last week, State Representative Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City), a member of the Personnel & Pensions Committee in the Illinois House, was selected to serve on the Personnel Code Subcommittee as well. The first piece of legislation to be reviewed will be House Bill 175 that would give preference in hiring to low-income and unemployed applicants.

“I am very pleased to be able to serve on the Personnel & Pensions Committee because everything the state funds is ultimately tied to the pension obligations and long-term debt obligations that keep adding up year after year,” said Rep. Blaine Wilhour. “Hearings on proposed new laws give everyone the opportunity to voice their opinions either for or against and issue and help us to make the best decisions. I encourage citizens, business owners, and community leaders to engage in the process on issues they care about by connecting online at”

This first proposal would amend the Personnel Code to require State agencies, when hiring for full-time, temporary positions with an expected tenure of 12 to 24 months for the position, to give preference to a qualified applicant who is from a low-income household or has been unemployed for 6 months or more. It would also require State agencies, when hiring for internships, student assistant positions, and summer positions, to give preference to a qualified applicant who resides in a low-income household, is up to 21 years old, and is currently attending high school.

In addition to the Personnel & Pensions Committee, Rep. Wilhour has also been assigned to the Adoption & Child Welfare Committee; Judiciary – Criminal Committee; Labor & Commerce Committee; and Transportation: Vehicles & Safety Committee for the 101st General Assembly.

Please remember to connect to Rep. Wilhour at and to follow the actions of the legislature online at