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Dear Friend,

This week was another busy one in the 115th district. Throughout  my travels, I have been glad to hear from so many of you as you express your concerns and opinions on the workings of State government. The number one issue I am currently hearing about is the recent signing of HB 40, which makes taxpayer funded abortion the law of the land in Illinois. As you know, I am adamantly pro-life, and I completely oppose the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortion services. Please read below to learn about steps the House Republicans are taking to repeal key provisions of the recently signed law. I have news on that issue and more in this week's E News. Thank you for reading!

Sponsoring a Bill to Repeal Taxpayer Funded Abortions  
This week I signed on as a chief co-sponsor of HB 4114. The bill would repeal taxpayer funding for abortion procedures in Illinois.

I am proud to stand behind HB 4114 as a chief co-sponsor in the House. The use of taxpayer funds to assist in partial birth abortions, or abortion procedures of any kind at any time of pregnancy for any reason is abhorrent. I've heard from hundreds of my constituents that have reached out to me to express their utter disgust at the signing of HB 40 and the use of taxpayer funds for procedures that many folks, including myself, find immoral and reprehensible.

The "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" is based on the model of the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions other than in cases of rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother. Abortions under these circumstances constitute roughly 1% of all abortions. Federal law already requires states to provide Medicaid abortions under these three conditions, and the proposed Act recognizes those federal provisions.

When we return to Springfield, I will be urging my colleagues in the majority party to allow HB 4114 to be voted on. I will keep you updated on this issue as Veto Session approaches.

PFC Tyler Iubelt Memorial Highway Ceremony
On Wednesday, I was extremely humbled and proud to have the opportunity to address residents of Tamaroa, greater Perry County, and students from St. Ann's Catholic School in Nashville and Tamaroa Grade School, as well as the family of fallen hero PFC Tyler Iubelt today at a very special ceremony.

I joined Senator Paul Schimpf and Representative Jerry Costello in presenting a Resolution renaming a section of Rte. 51 as the PFC Tyler Iubelt Memorial Highway. PFC Iubelt gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country in Afghanistan in November of 2016.

Thank you to everyone that came out to honor this brave hero and his family. May he rest in peace. God bless our service men and women and their families. Thank you all for your service to our country.



DuQuoin Community Service Program
I joined DuQuoin High School Seniors as they prepared to spend the day picking up trash all over DuQuoin. The students are required to complete 15 hours of service in their community in order to graduate.

This is a great program and I want to applaud the school and the students for the pride they are taking in the DuQuoin community.



Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com - Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!


Murphysboro….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) announced on Thursday that she has signed on as a sponsor of HB 4114. The bill would repeal taxpayer funding for abortion procedures in Illinois. Recently, Governor Bruce Rauner became the first governor in the history of the United States of America to lend his signature to a law legalizing taxpayer funded abortions at any stage of pregnancy for any reason.


"I am proud to stand behind HB 4114 as a chief co-sponsor in the House," Bryant said. "The use of taxpayer funds to assist in partial birth abortions, or abortion procedures of any kind at any time of pregnancy for any reason is abhorrent. I've heard from hundreds of my constituents that have reached out to me to express their utter disgust at the signing of HB 40 and the use of taxpayer funds for procedures that many folks, including myself, find immoral and reprehensible."



Bryant says the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" is based on the model of the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions other than in cases of rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother. Abortions under these circumstances constitute roughly 1% of all abortions. Federal law already requires states to provide Medicaid abortions under these three conditions, and the proposed Act recognizes those federal provisions.

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Dear Friend,

I want to take this opportunity to celebrate a blessed personal milestone in my marriage. My husband Rick and I celebrated our 36 year wedding anniversary this past Tuesday. Rick and I are the proud parents of two great kids and grandparents of 4.

To show Rick just how much I truly love and appreciate him as a husband, father, and God fearing man, I want to share with you a "then and now" picture of us. I love you, Rick. Happy Anniversary!

Traveling the 115th District
This week I was all over the district attending a variety of events.

During this break from the legislative Session, it is important for me to visit with my constituents face to face to hear them out and help them along with any problems they are having with how State government is working for them. I look forward to seeing you out in the district and hearing what you have to say! Stay tuned for announcements on more town hall meetings coming up next week!

Veto Session is now just a couple of weeks away, with speculation growing in advance of tough votes yet to come this year. I will provide a Veto Session preview and update as the action unfolds.

Bald Eagle Injured on 9/11 Makes Recovery and is Released
For those of you who have been following the story of the bald eagle that was struck by a car a few weeks ago at Crab Orchard Lake, there is great news to share. She has recovered from her injuries and I had the pleasure of attending her release ceremony. Although she was a little apprehensive at first, this majestic bird eventually found her bearings and soared to the tree tops. I want to offer a special thanks to Scott Ballard from IDNR and the special ladies at Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation in Carterville for nursing the eagle back to health and handling her release.




Dix Traveling Office Hours - Traveling Help Desk Series


My traveling help desk series continued in Dix on Monday. We actually had an impromptu town hall meeting and legislative update as well! Thank you to those residents that came out to hear more on the issues we are facing as a state. I will be announcing more opportunities for you to attend my Traveling Help Desk series throughout the rest of 2017!

Principal for a Day - Bluford and Waltonville
I had a fantastic time spending the day with elementary students in Bluford and Waltonville this past week as I served as "Principal for a Day".

I did morning announcements, explained to the students how a bill becomes law, and took questions from them on a wide range of topics.

You never know what students are going to ask so you have to be on your toes! October is actually National Principal's Month. If you have a moment, take time this month to tell the principal at your child's school "Thank You!" for all they do to provide a safe and fun learning environments for our school children. Thank You principals!


Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com - Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!


Murphysboro....State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) issued the following statement on Thursday, after Governor Rauner announced that he will sign HB 40 into law.

“By announcing his intention to sign HB 40, the Governor will make taxpayer funding of abortion at any time for any reason the law of the land in Illinois. This news is both surprising and highly disappointing.

During a meeting last spring in the Capitol, I and many of my House Republican colleagues were given personal assurances by Governor Rauner that he would veto HB 40 if it ever reached his desk. So, today’s announcement is a direct contradiction to what I was previously told by both the Governor and his staff.

The proponents of HB 40 and the supporters of this law do not share the same value set that I do. I believe life begins at conception and that no one has a right to take that life. The sanctity of life is the ideal I hold most dear as a Christian, a mother, a grandmother, and as a public official.

Protecting the life of the unborn should be the number one moral imperative that we have as a society. Instead, the law in my beloved State of Illinois will be changed to allow elective abortion procedures, including the abhorrent and sickening practice of partial birth abortion, and the Governor’s announcement today puts all Illinois taxpayers on the hook to pick up the tab.”

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An open letter to my constituents and the media:

Toward the end of last April, as the budget impasse was dragging through its second full year, I rose on the House floor to voice my total opposition to a bill that would vastly expand access to elective, taxpayer-funded abortions. The bill in question was HB 40, sponsored by Democrat State Representative Sara Feigenholtz of Chicago. During a more than hour-long debate on the bill, many of my House Republican colleagues joined me in speaking forcefully against the bill. We cited our faith in God, our love and compassion for the unborn, and the potential burdensome financial cost to the taxpayers of the State of Illinois as our main reasons for opposing the bill.

My opposition to HB 40 also goes to the core of my faith. I believe a life begins at conception and no one has a right to take that life. The sponsors of HB 40 routinely introduce legislation and support bills to use Medicaid dollars to help the most vulnerable among us. The same value set that drives those votes does not square with using Medicaid dollars to terminate the lives of the weakest, most helpless, and vulnerable of those among us, the unborn.

Under questioning from House Republicans on the House Floor that day, Representative Feigenholtz confirmed that HB 40 does in fact seek to expand the use of Medicaid to pay for elective abortions. The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) has estimated that if the bill is signed into law, it could result in an extra $60 million of Medicaid spending to cover the costs related to abortive procedures per year. This added cost would come at a time when Illinois has its first budget in more than two and a half years, and while we currently still have $16 billion in unpaid bills.

The bill’s sponsor also admitted that the measure allows women to choose abortions for any reason, during any stage of pregnancy. If they happened to be a Medicaid recipient or a State employee covered under the state’s group health insurance plan, that would mean HB 40 would make taxpayer funded abortions available on demand. The sponsor also admitted that the bill would allow for taxpayer funding of partial birth abortions as well.  I cannot in good conscience support this attempt to expand Illinois taxpayers’ already heavy financial burden to fund this barbaric practice.

Despite our objections, HB 40 passed both the House and Senate. During that time, a spokesperson for Governor Rauner publicly declared that the Governor intended to veto the bill. After that statement was made, an immediate hold was placed on the bill by the Senate sponsor.
On Monday of this week, State Senator Don Harmon released the parliamentary hold that had been placed on HB 40. The bill has now been sent to the Governor. The Governor has 60 days to either sign the bill or veto it.

I have implored Governor Rauner to veto HB 40 in its entirety. He had previously assured me and my House Republican colleagues that oppose the bill that he would in fact veto the measure. The purpose of this editorial is to both educate the people of my district on the moral and financial pitfalls of HB 40, and to once again publicly call on Governor Rauner to issue a total and complete veto of this bill.

Terri Bryant
State Representative – 115th District

Dear Friend, 

This week was absolutely jammed packed with action. So let’s get right to it!

Governor Signs Bill to Assist Volunteer Firefighters
On Monday, I sent out a press release announcing that Governor Rauner has signed HB 771.  I was proud to be the chief sponsor of this legislation in the House.  The law will allow volunteer firefighters to purchase one set of tires every three years at a discounted price using their fire station’s purchasing agreement. There is currently a shortage of volunteer firefighters in Illinois. This bill will hopefully help to incentivize more folks to join their local volunteer fire department.

Senator Schimpf and Rep. Bryant are pictured here with officials
from the Illinois Firefighters Association after being named 
Honorary Fire Chiefs for their dedication to issues important to firefighters.


I want to thank Senator Schimpf for carrying this bill in the Senate and I want to sincerely thank Governor Rauner for signing this important piece of legislation into law.

CLICK HERE TO READ MY PRESS RELEASE ON THE SIGNING OF HB 771!

Transportation for Illinois Coalition Meeting in Mt. Vernon
On Tuesday, I met with leaders from across the state of Illinois to discuss the future of transportation funding and the need for improvements to our interstate, highway, and bridge infrastructure. Representatives from the Midwest Trucking Association, highway engineers, and representatives of union contractors were all in attendance.

Officials from South Central
Transit and the Illinois Public
Transportation Association were also on hand to discuss ways to improve transportation in all parts of southern Illinois for individuals traveling to work, doctor’s appointments, and more. 

One disturbing fact that emerged from the meeting is that Illinois has seen a dramatic drop-off in the number of man hours being spent building and repairing our roads and bridges. Engineering and planning efforts have also seen dramatic declines. Illinois needs a long term plan to improve and repair our aging infrastructure. Meetings like these help me understand the needs of this vital industry. Safe roads improve public safety and help reduce accidents.  

Rep. Bryant answers a question from a constituent
at Thursday's Town Hall in Bluford
Town Hall Meetings in Ava and Bluford
As I told you last week, I hosted two town hall meetings this week. The agenda for the meetings covered the status of the state’s financial condition and the budget that was passed in July. We also discussed the school funding formula bill. I was happy to meet with education officials in both towns and to answer their questions on the new funding formula.
I will be hosting more town hall meetings throughout the rest of this calendar year in advance of the new legislative session that begins in January. Please stay tuned to find out more details on where and when these events will be!

Thank you to everyone that showed up to ask questions and get informed on the latest happenings in Springfield.
Bluford Grant Presentation
Before Thursday night’s town hall meeting, I was pleased to join Bluford Mayor Mike Bullard and members of the Bluford village staff for a presentation of a check for grant funding for a new weather siren.

I was happy to lend my support to the village of Bluford’s efforts to secure a $25,000 federal grant to install the new siren. Thank you to Mayor Bullard and his staff for hosting me and for their service to the residents of Bluford!

Mt. Vernon Prayer Breakfast

On Friday morning, I joined Senator Schimpf and leaders from throughout Jefferson County for the Annual Mt. Vernon Prayer Breakfast. The turnout was fantastic once again this year. Senator Schimpf and I were glad to host our Mt. Vernon office director Karri Fisher and one of our previous interns Caleb Rhoades of Mt. Vernon for the breakfast.



Murphysboro Apple Festival Kicks Off with Prayer Breakfast
Every year, the Murphysboro Apple Festival kicks off with a prayer breakfast. This year’s event was hosted by the Murphysboro Ministerial Alliance, sponsored by Southern Illinois Healthcare, and served by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Praise God for all those who attended and served at this awesome event.
A huge crowd was on hand to kick off the prayer breakfast marking
 the start of this year's Murphysboro Apple Fest
Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You can find me on Facebook to keep up with my travels throughout the district. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com - Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!
Murphysboro....State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) has announced that Governor Rauner has signed HB 771, a bill she sponsored that will provide assistance to volunteer firefighters with purchasing tires for their vehicles.

Bryant says that in the face of budget cuts, and a shortage of volunteers to join fire departments across the state, the signing of HB 771 will provide another incentive and much needed financial assistance.

State Rep. Terri Bryant and Sen. Paul Schimpf were recently named “Honorary Fire Chiefs” and were each presented with a white chief helmet engraved with their names by the Illinois Firefighters Association at a meeting of the Coal Belt Fire Protection Association.  The legislators are surrounded by members of the DeSoto Fire Department and officials from the Illinois Firefighters Association.
"In Illinois, 70 percent of all firefighters are volunteers," Bryant said. "This law will allow a volunteer firefighter to purchase one set of tires for their vehicle every three years at a reduced price per the fire district's joint purchasing agreement. The goal is to provide a little bit of help to the folks that volunteer to fight fires and keep us safe. I’m particularly thankful to Senator Paul Schimpf for his advocacy and for sponsoring this bill in the Senate.”

Earlier this year, Representative Bryant and Senator Schimpf were named ‘Honorary Fire Chiefs’ by the Illinois Firefighters Association in recognition of their advocacy on issues of importance to firefighters across the State of Illinois. Margaret Vaughn is the Illinois Firefighters Association’s Director of Government Affairs. She offered her thanks to Representative Bryant and Senator Schimpf.

“Volunteer firefighters save our state millions of dollars annually which otherwise would have to be made up with tax revenue,” Vaughn said. “These volunteers are on call on their own time and often use their own vehicles to respond to an emergency. The Illinois Firefighters Association greatly appreciates all the hard work Rep. Bryant and Sen Schimpf put into getting this important legislation passed and thanks Governor Rauner for signing the measure into law.”

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