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Dear Friend,

I had a great time and ran into many friends at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this year. The State Fair in Springfield is always filled with plenty of news making events, and this year didn't disappoint. I am happy to report that two bills that I helped sponsor were signed by the Governor

SB 3072:
The State Fair Board of Trustees performs a vital service to help guide the Springfield State Fair and the DuQuoin State Fair especially. But, like many boards and commissions in the State of Illinois, it is not always easy to fill all the positions on the board that are required by the law. SB 3072 will trim the State Fair Board of Trustees from 20 down to 15. Every little bit of streamlining helps when it comes to the State of Illinois. Thank you to Governor Rauner for signing this legislation. I enjoyed Ag Day alongside State Rep. Dave Severin, Grant Hammer of the IL dept of Ag, and Congressman Mike Bost.


Governor Signs BLAZE PINK Hunting Bill
A big thank you again to Governor Rauner for signing legislation this week to legalize "blaze pink" in addition to blaze orange for hunting attire in Illinois. House Bill 4231 permits hunters to wear blaze pink clothing in addition to blaze orange. Both colors of clothing are equally visible to the human eye, however, deer are believed to be color blind to red and can see very little orange or pink.

The following information comes directly from the Governor's press release following the signing of HB 4231.

“We want to make sure that Illinoisans are able to hunt and enjoy the outdoors safely,” Rauner said. “The new legislation provides more variety in hunting gear while preventing tragic hunting accidents in Illinois.”
Blaze orange clothing has been credited for a reduction in hunting-related injuries and deaths. Wisconsin, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York and Virginia have also authorized fluorescent pink as an alternative color to orange.

"Blaze pink laws have already passed in several other states, so this change in the law sends the message that our hunting laws put safety first,” said Rep. Dave Severin, R-Benton, lead House sponsor of the bill. "This action gives the consumer a choice, and though I'm no fashion expert, I believe blaze pink will look good on sportsmen and women in Southern Illinois."

"As a lifelong hunter and supporter of the Second Amendment, I was proud to help sponsor this important safety measure," said Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, House co-sponsor of the bill.

"Though I am quite partial to the color pink, the scientific research I have seen shows that people see the color pink better than the color orange. I am grateful that the governor recognizes the importance of hunting safety and that hunting is an important part of the culture and a tourism driver for Southern Illinois."

The initiative is supported by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Committee Hearings and Task Force Meetings - From Chicago to Springfield
In addition to my time at the State Fair for bill signings, I also traveled between the district, Springfield, and Chicago to attend Committee and task force meetings.
First up was a quick trip to downtown Chicago on Wednesday for a hearing on SB563 in front of the Judiciary Criminal Law Committee. This bill deals with those who make false bomb or shooting threats. It has a component that would permit law enforcement to seek a mental health evaluation prior to releasing the adult or juvenile that makes the threat. This was a subject matter hearing only, so no vote taken on this bill.

At Risk Women's Task Force

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the Chairwoman of the House At Risk Women’s Task Force. On Thursday, we toured Lincoln Correctional Center to see first hand the special programming being conducted at Lincoln CC. Programs designed to reduce recidivism of incarcerated women. Big thanks to Warden Glen Austin and his staff for an excellent tour. Pictured here with members of the task force.

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Dear Friend,

This week was another busy one spent traveling between Springfield and the 115th district. There was also news made on the legislative front this week and I have an announcement on new trooper training for prospective Illinois State Police troopers. Thank you for reading!

Governor Signs My Bill to Assist Mental Health Patients with Receiving IDs Upon Release
On Friday, Governor Rauner signed legislation that I proudly sponsored earlier this year that will aid mental health patients by providing individuals released from Department of Human Services facilities with a valid State ID. I am thankful to Gov. Rauner for signing SB 2903 and for recognizing the necessity of the legislation.

I urged the Governor to sign the bill because it is important to support a ‘continuum of care’ for people dealing with mental health issues.

Improving mental health care outcomes is a major issue facing our country and our state. SB 2903 will improve outcomes for mental health care patients in Illinois. When a person has completed treatment and has been cleared to leave a state supported facility, either fully released or under supervision, I believe they should be provided with a proper identification if they do not have one. It helps people get off to a better start.

SB 2903 cleared the Illinois House and Senate without garnering a single 'No' vote. The unanimous support for the bill from the legislature and the Governor's signature signals a societal recognition of the importance of continuous care for the mentally ill.

There is significant momentum behind the movement to improve overall outcomes for mental health care patients that leave the state’s care. Individuals that complete treatment at State run mental health facilities often need a hand up when they are ready to return to society. A valid ID can help someone find housing, transportation, and work. Maybe it is a small step, but I feel it is an important one, and I thank my colleagues in the General Assembly and the Governor for their support for this legislation.

Do you have what it takes to be an Illinois State Trooper? ISP Now Accepting Applications
The Illinois State Police Merit Board is currently processing applications for Cadet Class 129, tentatively scheduled for April, 2019. In order to be considered for Cadet Class 129, the Merit Board must receive a completed application and required documentation by August 15, 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity for a service minded person to be a part of something bigger than yourself, to join an elite law enforcement unit, and to serve your country, state, and community.

Applicants may apply online at:

Also, take a few minutes to check out this cool ISP Recruitment Video -

Director of Illinois Dept. of Aging Visits Carbondale
I had a wonderful time on Tuesday at The Landings in Carbondale. I was joined by the Director of the Illinois Dept. on Aging, Jean Bonhoff.
We had lunch, took a tour, and visited some awesome people. They have everything anyone could want in retirement living. 

We also had the chance to be there for the kick off of registration for the Autism walk. Big thanks to the staff and residents for making it such a special day.

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Dear Friend,

Good Saturday morning to you! I am blessed to say that I spent time this week traveling throughout Southern Illinois meeting with friends and talking about big policy changes at the national level that are leading to more good paying jobs for working families in Illinois. Here's what went on this week!

President Trump Visits Granite City Steel Works
President Donald Trump visited Illinois for the first time since taking office this past Thursday. He made the trip to Granite City to visit the newly reopened Granite City Steel Works. After being shuttered due to economic policies imposed by the Barack Obama administration, Granite City Steel Works is now back in business, employing hard working people in good paying jobs. 

Thank you to President Trump for his leadership and for his focus on making America's economy great once again! This past week, new job numbers show record growth for the economy, with an astouding 4.1% GDP growth in the previous quarter.

Senior Citizens Health Fair in Carbondale
I had a great time visiting with seniors at the Carbondale senior citizens health fair this past Wednesday morning. State Senator Paul Schimpf, Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and I are proud to host this annual event together!

Seniors are able to receive select health screenings, take home important information, and win prizes. Thank you to all the vendors that provide health care services to seniors in southern Illinois for attending, and thank you to all the seniors that participated!

Thank you to the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives!
This week, I was honored to be invited to Springfield to receive an award for public service from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. I was honored to meet with area representatives from local electric coops. Thank you to all those electric cooperatives out there that work so hard for constituents that live in rural and under-served areas. 

Fraternal Order of Police Host Convention in Mt. VernonLast Sunday, I was given the opportunity to attend the State Convention of the Fraternal Order of Police held at the Double Tree in Mt. Vernon. I was honored to be able to address the assembly and to witness the swearing in of the executive board.  As with many organizations, their auxiliary plays a vital role in what they are able to accomplish. 
Pictured here is the swearing in of the Auxiliary Executive Board. My friend Cindy Draege is second from the right. Congrats to all!
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Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!

Dear Friend, 

This week I was busy traveling the 115th district meeting with my constituents. Take a look at what I was up to!

Supporting Youth Agriculture and Ag Education!
I had a great time Wednesday at the Jefferson County 4H Auction. This year, my husband Rick made it very clear that I should not come home with yet another goat. So, I bought 3 rabbits from Miss Tinsley and a hog from Miss Marlow, though no livestock came home with us.

Jefferson County is home to world class agricultural education opportunities and some of the most dedicated 4H and FFA students in the world! I am blessed to represent you!

NubAbility Sports Camp in DuQuoin
I was so honored to be invited to attend and say a few words at the opening ceremony of the NubAbility Sports Camp in DuQuoin on Friday.

The camp gives kids who are “limb different,” a chance to learn and compete in their chosen sport.

I met some very special new friends and had the chance to catch up with folks I've seen every year at NubAbility Camp. Thank you all for making me feel welcome and have fun!

There are 2 rules at the NubAbility Camp:

1. Leave all excuses outside the gate;

2. If you say I can’t you do 50 push ups.

Please take the time to visit their website and check out this amazing organization @

Carbondale WalMart Renovates and Donates
I had a great time visiting with employees at Walmart in Carbondale as they celebrated the store finalizing renovations. I enjoyed the ribbon cutting and talking with the folks that make Walmart work!

Walmart has also generously donated $20,000 to the upcoming Veterans' Honor Flight and $1,000 to Carbondale's Thomas Elementary School. Thank you to Walmart for your generosity and service to the community!

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My office in Mt. Vernon is open Tuesday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Wednesday and Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at or at

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Murphysboro…State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) reacted today to the signing of House Bill 2354 and Senate Bill 3256, two pieces of legislation that slap further regulations on 2nd Amendment protections.

HB 2354 would allow family members to get court approval to remove firearms from loved ones they believe could hurt someone or themselves. Bryant says she opposed the legislation.

“I did not support HB 2354 during the legislative Session this year,” Bryant said. “I believe that the bill unfairly limits due process and could potentially make criminals out of law abiding citizens. Quite simply, the bill goes too far and allows for actual confiscation of legally owned weapons.”

SB 3256 establishes a “72 hour waiting period” while background checks are performed on gun purchasers. Bryant says the 72-hour waiting period bill is another example of Chicago Democrats playing to a radical anti-gun base.

“This bill creates yet another layer of bureaucracy to place at the altar of Chicago Democratic-base politics,” Bryant said. “This legislation really strikes at some beloved traditions in Southern Illinois and will harm gun dealers and gun and knife trade shows. Unfortunately, every day that the legislature is in Session in Illinois, pro 2nd Amendment legislators like myself must be vigilant and work to protect our constitutionally guaranteed rights.”


Dear Friend,

This week was filled with news made at SIU, and with fun interactions and presentations with folks from all over the 115th district. Between meetings with constituents at my two district offices and appearing at different functions, my tires were as hot as the Southern Illinois summer weather. It is my honor to represent you, and I am blessed to say that I truly love being your State Representative.

Here's what happened in the 115th district this week!

Dunn Agrees to Resign as SIU President, Dr. Dorsey to be named interim President
Last night, news broke that on Monday, Randy Dunn will resign as SIU President at a special meeting of the SIU Board of Trustees. I issued the following statement in light of last night's announcement that SIU President Randy Dunn is stepping aside.

"This evening's breaking news that President Randy Dunn plans to step down as the head of the Southern Illinois University system is welcome news. It also signals and end of one era and the beginning of another. The next president of the Southern Illinois University system should remember that they are charged with protecting and preserving the health of the entire University system as a whole. I want to take this opportunity to wish Dr. Dorsey all the best as he begins this new chapter for himself and for the University. Although this action took much longer than I wish it would have, ultimately Mr. Dunn took the appropriate action and stepped aside for the good of all of Southern Illinois University."

Governor Visits Bluford to Celebrate Debt RetirementOn Thursday evening, I was honored to join Governor Rauner, and Bluford Mayor Mike Bullard and Bluford village officials for a special ceremony to celebrate the retirement of the village's debt! The village of Bluford was celebrating the payoff of more than $400,000! Congratulations to the village of Bluford, Mayor Bullard, and all village officials on this amazing accomplishment. It was my honor to celebrate this momentous occasion with you!

The Village of Bluford celebrates being 'debt free' at a special ceremony with Governor Rauner on July 12, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Hoffman on Retiring!

Many of my constituents in Jefferson County no doubt know who Dr. Daniel Hoffman is.

Dr. Hoffman served the health care needs of Jefferson County and Southern Illinois practicing internal medicine and geriatrics for 37 years. Dr. Hoffman was honored by friends, family, associates, and former patients with a retirement party at Schweinfurth House in Mt. Vernon on Thursday night. I was privileged to present Dr. Hoffman with a congratulatory Resolution from the House that details his amazing career. Thank you to Dr. Hoffman and his family for allowing me to be a part of your special evening. Best wishes on your retirement!

You can read the full text of the resolution by clicking here!

Visiting with SIU-C Ag Students for the Collegiate FFA!
This past week the SIUC Ag Dept. Hosted the Collegiate FFA.

On Wednesday evening I visited with  several of the students to talk about the greatness of southern Illinois and Southern Illinois University.

We also talked about Illinois politics and government. It was great hearing and learning from these fine students and future ag leaders!
The 2018 Collegiate FFA Convention was held at SIU-Carbondale on Wednesday!

Stay Connected!
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Murphysboro….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) is once again calling for SIU President Randy Dunn to be fired or to resign immediately. Bryant took to the floor of the Illinois House back on Thursday, May 17 as the first sitting legislator to publicly call for Dunn’s resignation. Following her speech, at least 3 more legislators have also called for Dunn to resign.

Bryant’s original call for Dunn’s resignation came as a result of the release of information obtained through FOIA revealed that in emails to the SIU-E Chancellor, Dunn had referred profanely to individuals from Carbondale that opposed his plan to shift $5 million from SIU-C to SIU-E and that he was purposely misrepresenting the rules for shifting funding in order to quiet any dissenters.

The Friday, June 29 edition of the Southern Illinoisan has now revealed damning information that contradicts Dunn’s own public statements in regard to the proposed cost shift and in regard to proposed legislation that would have split up the 3-part Southern Illinois University system into separate pieces.

“When I called on the SIU Board of Trustees and Chair Amy Sholar to release all documents related to Randy Dunn’s collusion with officials from SIU-E, I did so knowing that what was found might be disturbing,” Bryant said. “I hate to say that my hunch was right. Evidence reveals that Randy Dunn has worked to undermine SIU-Carbondale and has lied to me and to the public about it. Working behind the scenes in a collusive manner with SIU-E officials is not the capacity that Randy Dunn was hired to serve in.”

Bryant then reiterated her call for Dunn to be removed or resign immediately and issued a challenge to the SIU Board of Trustees.

“The President has lost my confidence and the confidence of at least 4 of the members of the Board of Trustees,” Bryant said. “It is time for Randy Dunn to be done as the SIU President. It is the Board’s duty to act in the best interest of the University system as a whole. This is a time for leadership and I believe Chair Sholar must step up and lead. I believe the sooner Randy Dunn is removed and replaced, the better it will be for everyone involved.”