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Dear Friend,

A blur of activity marked this Valentine's week in Springfield. The Governor gave his 3rd budget address, a judge denied Lisa Madigan's attempts to stop paying state employees, and I am announcing the release of my 2017 Legislative Survey! Your opinion counts, so keep reading to find out how you can tell me more about the issues most important to you.

I passed a bill to help volunteer firefighters out of Committee this week. Also, a controversial abortion bill is starting to move in the General Assembly. I will have a legislative wrap-up, my reaction to the stories mentioned above, and more, all in this week's edition of Bryant E News.

Budget Address Reaction
Addressing a joint committee of the legislature for the 2nd time in a month, Governor Rauner delivered his 3rd "Budget Address" on Wednesday. The Governor called on the General Assembly to move in a new direction. The Governor acknowledged that the General Assembly has failed to pass balanced budgets in the last decade, but, his overall message was less about the past and more about his vision for better funded schools and strong economic growth in the future.

The Governor was realistic about the financial picture we are facing, but, he also pointed out that Illinois has a lot of unfulfilled potential. I totally agree. That’s why we have to have economic reforms as part of any balanced budget solution. Those reforms will help grow jobs and ease the burden on working families. There is a lot of hope that a "Grand Bargain" can be negotiated to finally balance the budget and help our economy grow.

Judge Denies AG Madigan's Bid to Stop Paying State Workers
As you may have heard, a St. Clair County judge denied Attorney General Lisa Madigan's motion to stop paying state employees on Thursday afternoon. I want to offer my thanks and gratitude for this decision, but state employees should be aware that AG Madigan has pledged to appeal the judge's ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court.

As I’ve said from the beginning, there was no rhyme or reason to AG Madigan’s timing on this motion.  The judge was right to deny this attempt to stop employee paychecks and force a government shut-down. Furthermore, I would discourage any further attempts by the Attorney General to spend tax payer dollars fighting a losing and dangerous legal battle.


I am supporting a bipartisan effort to take state employees off of the political chessboard and it is my hope that negotiations on that legislation will continue to move forward, even in light of this decision. We have to take the necessary steps to protect the working men and women that provide critical public services.

Legislative Issues Update
Volunteer Firefighters Tire Purchase Bill Passes Committee
This year I am carrying HB 771, a bill that will allow volunteer firefighters to use district funds to buy one set of tires every three years for the vehicle they use to respond to emergencies. The bill provides that any expenditure must be approved by the Fire Chief. This is a great bill to show our appreciate to the brave men and women that join volunteer fire departments across Illinois.

I am proud to report that the bill passed the Fire & Emergency Services Committee 5-0 this week.

Opposing HB 40 - A bill to allow taxpayer funding of abortions
One of the main priorities I have as your State Representative is to protect the sanctity of human life in any way that I can. HB 40 is a bill being sponsored by a pro-choice legislator from Chicago to expand the Medicaid and the State Employee Insurance Acts to cover all abortions for those receiving this assistance. The bill would enshrine into law the use of taxpayer dollars being spent to perform abortions. The bill would also eliminate Illinois' “trigger law,” that says if Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion would become illegal in Illinois. As a staunch pro-life supporter, I am in wholehearted opposition to this bill.  I will continue to fight the effort to pass this bill and I will fight to protect the rights of the unborn.

2017 Legislative Survey Available Online!
Once again, I am sponsoring a survey at my website to gather your opinions on the pressing issues of the day.

You can find my 2017 Legislative Survey Online by Clicking Here!

Stay Connected
My office in Mt. Vernon is staffed Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is staffed 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!

Springfield....State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) issued the following statement following a St. Clair County court's decision to deny Attorney General Lisa Madigan's motion to stop state employee paychecks.

"I want to offer my thanks and gratitude in regard to a St. Clair County Court’s decision to deny Attorney General Madigan’s motion that would have stopped state employee paychecks.

As I’ve said from the beginning, there was no rhyme or reason to AG Madigan’s timing on this motion.  The judge was right to deny this attempt to stop employee paychecks and force a government shut-down. Furthermore, I would discourage any further attempts by the Attorney General to spend tax payer dollars fighting a losing and dangerous legal battle.

I am supporting a bipartisan effort to take state employees off of the political chessboard and it is my hope that negotiations on that legislation will continue to move forward, even in light of this decision. We have to take the necessary steps to protect the working men and women that provide critical public safety, mental health, and other necessary services to Illinois taxpayers."
Springfield….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) says Governor Rauner called for a new way forward as the State deals with unprecedented financial challenges.

“The Governor called on all of us to move in a new direction today,” Bryant said. “I want to join with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to change the economy so we can bring back job creators.”

The Governor acknowledged that the General Assembly has failed to pass balanced budgets in the last decade, but, Bryant says the Governor’s message was less about the past and more about his vision for better funded schools and strong economic growth in the future.

“The Governor was realistic today about the financial picture we are facing,” Bryant said. “But, he also pointed out that Illinois has a lot of unfulfilled potential. I totally agree. That’s why we have to have economic reforms as part of any balanced budget solution. Those reforms will help grow jobs and ease the burden on working families.”

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Dear Friend,

As you may know, Sunday, February 12 is the day Illinoisans celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Today is a state holiday commemorating our 16th President. I want to encourage any of you that can to make plans to visit any (and all) of the historical sites in Springfield dedicated to Mr. Lincoln.

You can find more information on historical Abraham Lincoln sites in central Illinois by visiting the Land of Lincoln Section of Enjoy Illinois' Website - a division of the Illinois Office of Tourism

Legislative Action
This week the legislature returned to action to begin considering  a large number of bills in Committee. As you may know, I was appointed last week to several House Committees that will consider legislation important to Southern Illinois. As a third-term State Representative, I was afforded the opportunity this Session to take a leadership role as Minority Spokesperson on the House Committee on Aging.

I will also be a standing member of these other Committees: Health Care Licenses, Higher Education, Judiciary-Criminal Law, and Tourism, Hospitality and Craft Industries.

I am also working to advance several legislative measures. During my first full-term, I was successful in being the chief sponsor of six bills to be signed into law. This session, I have introduced bills on the following subjects:

- Making state employee pay a continuing appropriation to ensure state employees are not used as pawns in political games over the budget

- Allowing volunteer fire fighters the opportunity to buy a set of tires for their vehicles once every three years using fire department funds. Any purchases would have to be approved by the fire chief.

- Allowing golf cart use in state parks on paved surfaces for travel to and from designated activities

- Changing the property tax process for disabled veterans to remove red tape and duplication of effort.

Please click here to visit the Illinois General Assembly's website and read more about my legislative agenda,

Edna Smith 100th Birthday Resolution

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege and honor of presenting Ms. Edna Smith with a 100th birthday congratulatory resolution at a party held for her in Mt. Vernon. Edna has an amazing story.

After losing her husband shortly after they were married, Edna went to work for Sears Roebuck and Company in Chicago and served as executive assistant to Mr. Roebuck himself, working in the famous Sears Tower.

Thank you to Edna's family for making me aware of her story and for providing me with the opportunity to make this special presentation to her.

If you know someone that is celebrating a special birthday, anniversary, or accomplishment, please contact my office to inquire about congratulatory resolutions


Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is staffed Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is staffed 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!







Dear Friend,

Another busy week has come and gone. In this week's E News, I reveal my recent Committee assignments, and discuss a bill that I'm sponsoring to keep paying state employees.

My legislative agenda is also taking shape. To follow my legislation as it moves through the House and Senate, please visit the Illinois General Assembly's website at www.ilga.gov.

To express your opinions on my legislative agenda, or if you have opinions on other bills as they start to move through the legislative process, please contact me using contact form at my website by CLICKING HERE

House Committee Assignments
The 100th General Assembly will feature 58 standing Committees. You can review these Committees by clicking here. As a third-term Representative, I was afforded the opportunity this Session to take a leadership role as Minority Spokesperson on the House Committee on Aging.

I will also be a standing member of these other Committees: Health Care Licenses, Higher Education, Judiciary-Criminal Law, and Tourism, Hospitality and Craft Industries.

Legislative Agenda and State Employee Pay Issue
This week, I signed on as a co-sponsor of HB 1787. The measure would create a continuing appropriation to ensure that state workers continue to receive their paychecks on time and in full, regardless of whether or not a larger state spending plan has been passed.

Last week I told you about Attorney General Lisa Madigan's attempts in court to stop paying state workers. I vehemently oppose this move by the Attorney General. Now is NOT the time to blow up negotiations by forcing a crisis. The employees that could be adversely affected by this legal maneuver are providing necessary public safety, health care, and a host of other vital services to the State of Illinois. Click here to read my full statement on HB 1787

Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon has a new location! Our new address is 2929 Broadway, Suite 3. The office is staffed Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is staffed 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) joined several of her colleagues yesterday in signing on to a bill that would ensure state employees continue to be paid on time and in full for their service to the state of Illinois.

Under HB 1787, a continuing appropriation would be created to ensure employees receive a paycheck while a state budget is not in place.
“We’re at an awfully delicate time in our state’s history. Now is not the time to blow things up by taking away state employee paychecks,” Bryant said. “I strongly disagree with Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Comptroller Mendoza for supporting the motion to stop paying folks that provide vital services to our citizens. I am sponsoring this legislation to take employees off the political chessboard and get them their well-earned paychecks.”
HB 1787 was filed with the House Clerk on February 1. Bryant says she’s hopeful Speaker Madigan will let the bill out of the Rules Committee for a fair hearing.
“We’ll see if the Speaker and House Democrats are serious about governing responsibly,” Bryant said. “This is their opportunity to join Republicans in making state employee paychecks a priority. Too much harm can be done to our communities if our workers aren’t being paid. We need to move fast on this bill. I’ll be working the other side of the aisle very hard to gain their support.”

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Dear Friend,

This week has been jam packed with news coming from Springfield.  First, I voted NO on Mike Madigan’s onerous and oppressive House Rules, the Governor delivered his 3rd State of the State Address, and Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion in court to halt state employee paychecks.

I also have photos and stories from my travels during the last couple of weeks to share. As always, thanks for reading!

I voted NO on Madigan’s House Rules
This week I voted NO on House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed Rules of the House. I have many issues with the iron grip on power exercised by the Speaker every year. Speaker Madigan’s attitude on budget issues is that he has the monopoly on good ideas. But, fixing the financial disaster facing the state will take teamwork and bipartisan problem solving.

Before a bill gets assigned for a Committee hearing in the House, it must first pass the Rules Committee, which is a 5 member panel consisting of three of Speaker Madigan’s top deputies in the House.

There is also insufficient public notice of when the Rules Committee is going to meet and the public does not receive adequate notice of the business that is to come before the Rules committee. If a bill doesn’t make it out of Madigan’s Rules Committee, it dies. Madigan’s House Rules establish order and set procedures in the House; but, they also ensure one-man, one-party rule over the legislative process, and that’s just wrong. Far too much power is concentrated in the Speaker’s hands under the new House Rules.

Governor Strikes Optimistic Tone in State of the State Address
For the 3rd time, Governor Rauner addressed a joint committee of the House and Senate to deliver his “State of the State” address.  I thought the speech was a positive way to start the business of the newly-seated 100th General Assembly.
Taking questions from media after the Governor's speech.

The Governor pointed to areas where we’ve made progress during his first term. For example, the state has invested $700 million more in public education, and $100 million more in early childhood programs. The number one task facing the new General Assembly will be to pass a balanced budget; but it was clear to me that more investment in education will be a major priority of the Governor going forward, and, I fully support that.

I was pleased to hear the Governor reiterate his support for facilities and programs that help reduce violence against Correctional employees, decrease the rate of recidivism, and alleviate prison overcrowding. One of my major priorities is to reopen the shuttered Murphysboro boot camp, so I was thrilled to hear the Governor specifically mention re-purposing the facility to turn it into a life-skills, educational, and vocational training facility. The goal will be to alleviate overcrowding and reduce recidivism, which are major problems in the Department of Corrections today.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan Wants to Stop State Employee Paychecks – I Say NO WAY!
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion in St. Clair County Court to stop state employees from receiving paychecks until the state passes a budget. This move is blatantly political and very dangerous.

This interference by yet another Constitutional officer in the budget process may sabotage ongoing budget negotiations. The Senate went home this week following Committee hearings on a possible budget deal to hear from their constituents. I am very disappointed in the timing of this action.  Pieces are starting to move to get to a compromise and a balanced budget. So, the Attorney General's attempt to stop state employee paychecks is as dangerous as it is puzzling.

I support state employees receiving their paychecks on time and in full. We need to take steps to ratchet down the crisis we're facing. This step by the Attorney General is unnecessary and provocative.

Traveling the 115th District: 
Special Olympics Indoor Softball Tournament
Great fun at the girls indoor softball tournament in DuQuoin, Illinois. The tournament benefits Special Olympics. Sheridan Coleman of Carbondale was one of the Special Olympians serving as an honorary team member.
Washington County Farm Bureau Dinner
Great time last week with Senator Luechtefeld and Representative Charlie Meier at the Washington County Farm Bureau's Annual meeting held at St. Anthony in Lively Grove on January 18, 2017. 






Rep. Meier, Rep. Bryant, and retired Senator Dave Luechtefeld

Touring Pepsi in Marion with Senator Schimpf
Took the opportunity to to visit one of our region's biggest employers this week alongside our new State Senator
Paul Schimpf. Thank you to Pepsi Mid-America in Marion and Mt. Vernon!
Stay Connected! New Mt. Vernon Office Location!
My new office in Mt. Vernon has a new location! Our new address is 2929 Broadway, Suite 3. The office is staffed Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is staffed 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!