Office of the Governor
Bruce Rauner

For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Catherine Kelly

Governor Signs Federal Funds Pass Through Bill

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 2042 today, which appropriates money for the pass through of federal dollars without adding to the state’s budget deficit. The clean bill allows the state to provide some services to the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Governor Rauner supported and signed this clean pass through bill because it will help those in need without adding to the state’s budget deficit,” Director of Communications Lance Trover said. “While the Governor continues to work on passing a balanced budget with structural reforms to maximize how much we can invest in our schools and important social services, some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens will be able receive additional support.”

Bill No.: SB 2042
An Act Concerning Appropriations
Action: Signed
Effective: Immediate


Dear Friend, 

This week was a busy one in Springfield as Illinois continues on without a balanced budget in place for the seventh week of the new fiscal year.  I am working hard to preserve and protect social service programs important to seniors, children, the disabled, and working families as we progress through this turbulent process.

This has been a frustrating summer. With a budget nearly vetoed in its entirety, there are those of us on both sides of the aisle who fully recognize that before a discussion of new revenues can begin, Illinois needs reform. Unfortunately, the Chicago Democrats that control the legislature can't seem to admit that something needs to change to keep jobs here in Illinois. We can’t afford another massive tax increase, just as we can’t afford to keep losing jobs.  

Springfield....State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) joined colleagues in the House this week in calling for more time to comment on proposed federal regulations on capping carbon emissions for coal fired power plants. Rep. Bryant has signed on as a co-sponsor of HR 687, a measure that urges the federal government to increase the comment period on the draft Stream Protection Rule to 180 days. 

“Barack Obama pledged as a candidate to bankrupt and destroy the coal industry,” Bryant said. “Under the guise of curbing man-made ‘climate change’, Obama is taking direct aim at good paying jobs and working to eviscerate the average working family’s budget by causing, in his own words, “electricity prices to necessarily skyrocket.”

The Federal Government’s Department of Interior has proposed a new draft Stream Protection Rule which seeks to amend or change 450 different regulations on coal mines. The proposed rule changes are 2000 pages long and seek to change everything about the way surface and underground mines operate. Bryant says this type of overreach by the Federal government is a jobs killer.

 “Illinois is unique in its position in America in regard to coal,” Bryant said. “Illinois has America’s largest reserves of bituminous coal, enough to provide electricity to the entire continental United States for 50 years,” Bryant said. “I will continue standing up against Barack Obama’s attacks on sustainable and affordable energy production. We have to have more time for Illinoisans to give their input on these ridiculously overreaching and jobs killing proposed rules.”

Bryant has consistently supported policies that would provide for growth in the fossil fuels industry in southern Illinois, citing the need for the affordable energy and good paying jobs that coal mining provides.

“The average coal mining salary is $85,000 in Illinois,” Bryant said. “The folks that do this work earn their money and we can’t afford to lose the good paying jobs or the energy sustainability that coal provides.”

From April 16, 2015. Rep. Bryant offers HB 3797 for
consideration in the House. The measure received
unanimous support in the Illinois House and Senate
and was signed into law this week.
Springfield….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) announced Wednesday that Governor Bruce Rauner has signed HB 3797 into law. Bryant sponsored the bill to help widows and widowers cut the cost of expensive transfers of car titles. Shortly after being inaugurated, Bryant was approached by her constituent Marilyn Feldman, who experienced financial hardship upon the death of her husband.

“I introduced HB 3797 to help cut down on the expensive transfer of a vehicle title when someone’s spouse dies. Right now, this costs the surviving spouse $95. I worked hard with the Secretary of State’s office and we were able to drop that fee down to $15, making it much more affordable,” Bryant said.

Bryant says she is thankful to her colleagues for unanimously supporting the bill. She also thanked the Governor for adding his signature Tuesday, making the bill a law.