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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Dear Friend,

As you are aware by now, Hurricane Irma is a historic storm that's headed directly toward Florida and other Atlantic coast states. I have many friends and relatives that live in south Florida, and I wanted to use this space to offer my heartfelt prayers for safety for everyone in the path of the storm. With the states of Texas and Louisiana both still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the United States' charitable and disaster relief organizations are under severe stress.



If you want to know how you can help the victims of these disasters, please either visit the Red Cross of Central and Southern Illinois by visiting http://www.redcross.org/local/illinois/central-and-southern or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

State of Illinois Financial Update
This week, big news was made in regard to the State of Illinois' financial picture. As you know, the 2 years-plus budget impasse resulted in many problematic financial consequences for our state.

Many social service providers experienced deep cuts, or closed down altogether, health care providers are still owed billions of dollars (and some have been waiting more than 2 years for payment), and school districts have suffered because the State's officials have not had the legal authority (or the money) to be able to make regular distributions of money to keep them properly funded.The delay in payments to our schools even caused some to announce last month that they simply could not continue operating for the entire 2017-18 school year.

The passage of Illinois' budget in July and the recent signing of the historic education funding reform law (SB 1947) have caused a major change in regard to these problems. Two major announcements this week by the Governor and the Comptroller will help our State begin taking steps to fix two of our most pressing financial problems.

Bill Backlog News
One provision of the FY 18 budget allowed for the issuance of $6 billion in bonds to help consolidate payments and lower interest rates that are racking up as a result of our $15 billion bill backlog.  In Illinois, if a certain bill is more than 6 months old, the State is forced to pay the recipient up to 12% interest when the money is finally paid!

There is finally some good news on this subject. This week, Governor Rauner announced that he will issuing bonds to consolidate our debts means that taxpayers will pay less interest over time and our state's cash-flow situation will improve. Paying the debts we owe to the aforementioned health care providers and social service providers, which are often small businesses, will also mean continued service and/or restoration of some services that might have already been lost.

One of the main reasons Illinois needed a budget in place was that our social service provider network was on the ropes from a financial standpoint. Losing these vital services also means losing the jobs that go with them.

In Southern Illinois, we need to do all we can to keep services and keep jobs for our people. Consolidating our state's backlog and lowering the interest that YOU as a taxpayer ultimately pay is a good move that will save jobs and save money. I applaud the Governor and thank him for taking this action.

School Funding News
Good news came on Thursday morning, as Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced the release of more than $800 million in funding for Illinois' K-12 schools. For weeks, I have used this space to urge legislators to come together with the Governor to finally put a fair and equitable funding formula into place.

As you know, last week Governor Rauner signed that bipartisan compromise legislation into law. The release of this funding means schools can in fact stay open all year. The education funding reform law also means that Illinois' poorest schools and communities will finally receive an adequate level of funding.

For too long, Illinois was the land of the haves and the have-nots when it came to education funding. I am so proud to have supported SB 1947 because it means the unfair system of the past will end. I pledge to work to make sure Illinois KEEPS the promises we have made in the school funding agreement.

Town Hall Meetings Next Week
I am happy to announce that I will be providing a legislative update at two town hall meetings next week. See below for details.

Ava Town Hall Meeting
When: Tuesday, September 12th 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
Where: Ava Community Building, S. 3rd Street in Ava

Bluford Town Hall Meeting

When: Thursday, September 14th 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Bluford Elementary School, 901 6th Street in Bluford

If you have any questions or if you need assistance prior to these meetings, please contact my office at (618) 242-8115. I hope to see you there!

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!


Dear Friend,

After years of negotiations and months of debate in the legislature, a compromise agreement was reached, and this week the Governor signed the new education funding formula into law. In addition to stopping the threat of public school closures, the new education funding distribution formula will result in the equal and fair treatment of all of Illinois schools and students.

Every school in the 115th district will benefit financially from the new evidence-based funding formula model. No school gets a special deal in this compromise agreement. The new law will result in more than $5 million in total new funding for schools in my legislative district. I voted YES on SB 1947 and I am proud that my colleagues in the House and Senate found a way to work together for the betterment of every Illinois student's education.

The evidence-based funding model is based on research of best practices on teaching and learning. Now Illinois will structure school funding around what is best for kids and teaching and learning.

To read more news coverage on the historic passage of SB 1947 you can visit the links below:

The Southern Illinoisan: Illinois governor signs sweeping school funding changes

Belleville News Democrat: New school funding formula means you could pay less in property taxes

WPSD Local 6: Illinois school funding plan expected to help local schools

Illinois Department of Employment Security Announces Streamlining Measures in Carbondale
On Wednesday, I was happy to attend a press conference with IDES Director Jeff Mays, Senator Schimpf, Senator Fowler, and Rep. Severin at Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at SIU in Carbondale. The purpose of the press conference was to allow IDES to announce that it is streamlining computer systems to make it easier for Illinois businesses to pay unemployment taxes and file required paperwork.
Rep. Bryant addresses the media during the press conference.
The change will take place for all businesses on September 11th. The new computer system will mean less redundancy and red tape for businesses when they file reports and pay their unemployment taxes to the state.IDES Director Mays was on WSIL TV Wednesday morning to explain the change. You can click here to watch and learn more!

Meeting on Route 57 Safety Measures
Also on Wednesday, I joined Senators Schimpf and Fowler and Representative Severin in Carbondale for a meeting with Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police officials for a meeting to discuss efforts to improve safety on Route 57. As you may know, fatal crashes have jumped significantly during 2017 on the stretch of I-57 between Mount Vernon and Marion.



We all have a stake in keeping our highways safe. Please remember to follow the speed limit, wear your seat belt, make sure that young children are properly secured in a car seat that is appropriate for their age and size, and AVOID DISTRACTED DRIVING. Thank you to the ISP and IDOT for taking the time to explain their increased safety measures and for all the work they do year-round to keep all of our roads safe.

Jackson County Farm Bureau Legislator Breakfast
Last weekend I was thrilled to join Congressman Mike Bost and members of the Jackson County Farm Bureau for the annual Legislator Breakfast at Kinkaid Lake Marina. I joined JCFB board and to hear and provide updates at the state and national level about agriculture and many other topics. Thank you to the Jackson County Farm Bureau for hosting us and thank you to everyone for a productive round table (chair) discussion!


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!

Springfield….“The status quo is simply unacceptable.” That’s what State Rep. Terri Bryant
(R-Murphysboro) had to say on Monday following a House vote to change Illinois’ broken school funding formula.  Indeed, Illinois ranks at the bottom of all states in regard to equity in the laws that govern how tax dollars are distributed to Illinois’ 852 school districts.

“I am proud to report that I voted Yes today for historic and positive changes to the way we fund public schools in Illinois,” Bryant said. “The bill I supported replaces a two-decades-old model with a compromise plan that implements an evidence-based model. The evidence-based model allows for reduced class sizes, full day kindergarten, teacher training, and special education services and adequate funding for impoverished schools.”

Bryant credited the sponsors of the legislation and the legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle and from both chambers of the General Assembly for compromising, negotiating, and stopping the threat of public school closings.

“I applaud the leaders and the rank-and-file legislators from both sides of the aisle for coming together to form a bipartisan compromise,” Bryant said. “SB 1947 as amended represents concessions from lawmakers from both parties and both legislative chambers. What’s more important though, is that the leaders and legislators have finally agreed to treat all 852 school districts fairly and provide historic funding levels for all Illinois school districts.”

Dear Friend,

This week I want to provide you with an update on the latest news on SB 1 and the fight to fix Illinois’ broken school funding formula. Also, I’ve got tips on how you can be sure you’re ready to view the total solar eclipse on Monday. The Union County Fair also kicks off this weekend and I'll provide a comprehensive list of events. As always, thank you for continuing to read this column and for the invaluable feedback you provide on issues that are important to you.

Update on SB1 –
The Illinois House returned to Springfield this week to consider legislation regarding school funding reform. You may recall that Governor Rauner recently amendatorily vetoed SB 1, a bill that contained a massive bailout for the city of Chicago’s public school pensions. On Sunday, the Illinois Senate voted to override the Governor’s changes to SB 1. I strongly disagreed with this action, but because the vote to override was successful, the bill has moved to the House for consideration.

On Wednesday, instead of taking action on SB1 so that the process can move forward, House Democrats opted to play games, putting a phony bill that they never intended to allow to pass up for a vote. The bill was an admitted sham and even the sponsor of the amendment that became the bill, Will Davis (D-Homewood), voted NO on his own bill. (SB 1947)

Many schools in Illinois have either already opened or will next week. As the uncertainty of whether some schools can stay open for the entire school year builds, and with no resolution to this issue in sight, Speaker Madigan has announced that no action will be taken on SB 1 until Wednesday of NEXT week.

I have argued for weeks that Speaker Madigan and the majority party should be working with Republicans to reach a compromise on this issue. We must avert the possibility of schools shutting down in the middle of the year! NO child should miss a single day of school because Mike Madigan wants to play political games.

When we return to Springfield, I will continue to urge my colleagues to get back to work on a compromise solution that treats all Illinois schools and children the same. NO bailout for Chicago. Enough is enough!

ECLIPSE PREPAREDNESS!
As you may well know by now, Monday will mark the first total eclipse of the sun, viewable throughout the United States in 99 years. Authorities are estimating more than 150,000 people will visit Illinois’ southern tip, which is expected to enjoy an especially long path of totality.

This past Tuesday, I was honored to join residents at Prairie Living of Carbondale for an afternoon of conversation. I also supplied the residents with some official “eclipse viewing glasses". See above!

The area around Carbondale and Makanda, Illinois, will fall dark for more than 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Illinois has seen eclipses before, including a dramatic annular eclipse in May 1994, this will be the first daylight moment in 148 years in which a section of Illinois will fall completely dark.

Authorities are urging folks that live in the area to stay home to help keep traffic congestion to a minimum. Here is a list of items prepared by the Rend Lake Tourism Council to help you stay safe and ENJOY the eclipse on Monday!


137th Union County Fair Opens this Weekend!
The  2017 Union County Fair opened last night in Anna last night! This year the fair will run from August 18 through August 27th. For a full schedule of this year's events, please CLICK HERE

DuQuoin State Fair Starts Friday August 25th
The DuQuoin State Fair will kick off on Friday, August 25th and runs through Labor Day. Each year, the Fair hosts a Twilight Parade to proudly announce the opening of the eleven day annual showcase in Du Quoin.  This year's parade will be held on Friday, August 25th at 6 PM. You can learn more about this year's DuQuoin State Fair by CLICKING HERE

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!

Dear Friend,

For the past several weeks, I have used this space to support Governor Rauner’s plan to fix Senate Bill 1, the school funding formula bill, using his amendatory veto powers. This week in Springfield, the Governor followed through on his promise to eliminate provisions that allow a bailout of Chicago school pensions and a block grant for transportation and other services that no other school in Illinois gets.

Now that the bill has been changed by the Governor, the responsibility to ensure that schools open on time and stay open all year falls to Chicago Democrats Mike Madigan and John Cullerton.

The Republican plan to fix the school funding formula is presented in the form of the Governor’s amendatory veto. But, Democrats don't want to accept our plan. Many are either too beholden to Speaker Madigan’s political agenda, or they truly believe that Chicago deserves a pension bailout, even though Chicago’s public school system has totally mismanaged their pensions by skipping payments for years.

I feel strongly that if Democrats can’t accept the Republican plan to fix the formula, they need to propose their own alternative that bridges the gap between SB 1 and the Governor’s veto. So far they've refused to do that. Time is running out, as many Illinois students start back to school either next week or the week after. It is time to accept the Governor’s changes to SB1 and stop using school kids as pawns in this political blame game.

I 57 Safety Efforts

As you may know, Route 57 between Mt. Vernon and Marion has been the scene of more than 30 fatalities caused by vehicle accidents just this year. A new story about a major wreck closing down a section of the interstate is a seemingly weekly occurrence. Awareness is increasing. 

One post that I made to Facebook regarding an accident was viewed more than 11,000 times. The same post was filled with dozens of comments detailing drivers’ frustrations with certain issues, and suggestions for increasing safety. Please know that I am working with my fellow Representatives and Senators from Southern Illinois

I want to take this opportunity to help the State Police with their education program on the “Fatal Four” of driving. These items are known to police to be contributing factors in fatal accidents. Please, as you head out on the highways, pay attention to these aggravating factors and do all you can to improve roadway safety for you and for other drivers.

1.      Speeding – speed is often the number one contributing factor to fatalities in car accidents

2.      Distracted driving – talking on the phone, texting and driving, eating, etc. Anything that takes the driver’s eyes off the road contributes to crashes.

3.      Driving under the influence – Just. Don’t. Do. It. You have the choice of driving safely or going to jail. A DUI in Illinois can now cost you more than $10,000 in fines and increased insurance rates.

Occupant restraint
– This goes without saying.  According to Illinois Law all vehicle occupants, regardless of seating position, are required to use a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt. Fines start at $25 and may vary depending on associated court costs and number of violations. The Child Passenger Protection Act was enacted to further protect the most vulnerable occupants of vehicles, young children. The fine for failing to properly restrain a child is $75 for the first offense and $200 for the second offense.

Mt. Vernon Senior Fair
We thoroughly enjoyed Thursday’s Senior Health Fair in Mt. Vernon. Senator Paul Schimpf and I want to thank the more than 3 dozen vendors, and the hundreds of seniors that came out to enjoy the event. Here are some photos. I hope to see a great crowd there again next year!








Associated Firefighters Association Award
Sen. Paul Schimpf and I joined our hosts, the Desoto, Illinois Fire Dept. , and many other southern Illinois fire department on Thursday night for a special awards presentation.

Sen. Schimpf and I were awarded helmets making us Honorary Fire Chiefs! Special thanks to the Illinois Firefighters Association and Margaret Vaughn for visting southern Illinois to make the presentation. I sincerely appreciate this special honor!




Eclipse Preparedness
The Rend Lake Area Tourism Council has put together a fantastic list of items to note to help prepare you for the coming total solar eclipse event. Thousands of people are expected to descend on Southern Illinois to view the eclipse. These tips can help you be ready! Click the picture below for more information. 

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!
Dear Friend,

Three days of the Governor's Special Session to address the issue of school funding has come and gone with no progress whatsoever. House and Senate Democrat leaders have said they will transmit SB 1 (with the Chicago bailout provisions included) to Governor Rauner on Monday. The Democrats are stalling in order to cause panic and uncertainty for children, families, and school districts across the State.

They're attempting to ratchet up pressure to try to force the legislature to accept the unacceptable. Chicago public schools pensions are underfunded because of decades of gross mismanagement and skipping payments.

I am standing strong in my opposition to this egregious attempt to put pension payments for Chicago ahead of funding for Southern Illinois schools.

Under the Governor's plan, the Chicago bailout language would be eliminated, and that money would instead be fairly and equitably distributed to the rest of the state's public schools. Every school in the 115th legislative district that I represent would receive more funding under the plan that the Governor has proposed. I fully support this.

The time for stalling and playing politics with our children's education is over. Please call Senate President Cullerton in Springfield at  (217) 782-2728 or Chicago a t(773) 883-0770 and tell him to send SB 1 to Governor Rauner so he can fix it. Our children, their families, our teachers, and school districts all deserve the certainty of knowing that school will open on time and stay open all year.

SB 1 News Links - Links to Interviews and Newspaper Stories on SB 1 this week listed below!

Opinion: Terri Bryant and Dave Severin Support Governor's Fix for SB 1

WJPF Radio Interview with Tom Miller on July 28

Governor Signs Bill to Stop Politician Pay Raises - I was a co-sponsor of HB 643!
Shortly before Special Session convened on Wednesday, Governor Rauner signed HB 643 into law. I was proud to co-sponsor and vote YES for this measure in the House. HB 643 eliminates cost of living adjustments and mileage and per diem hikes for Illinois lawmakers.

This is a fundamental issue of doing what is right. Illinois lawmakers are already among the highest paid in the country. With the record of debt and deficits racked up by the Democrat majority over the last four decades, there is no justification for higher pay or higher reimbursement levels for politicians.

Illinois state law requires that the General Assembly must act in order to forgo cost of living adjustments and per diem and mileage increases. The provision in law is related to the fact that the Illinois General Assembly is automatically granted cost of living increases through a continuing appropriation.

I have now voted to eliminate my own pay raise all three years I've been in office. I was also a strong and vocal proponent of “no budget, no pay”.

A total of $74,434 has not been included in the base salary received by a member of the Illinois General Assembly from FY10-FY18.  If the COLAs had been added to the base salary each year, the base salary would currently be $79,243.

Mt. Vernon Senior Fair Coming up Thursday August 3rd!
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!

Springfield….Shortly before a Special Session of the Illinois General Assembly began, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB 643 into law. The bill, co-sponsored by State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) eliminates cost of living adjustments and mileage and per diem hikes for Illinois lawmakers.

Bryant says she was proud to help the measure reach the Governor’s desk as a co-sponsor and a ‘Yes’ vote for the bill.

“This is a fundamental issue of doing what is right,” Bryant said. “Illinois lawmakers are already among the highest paid in the country. With the record of debt and deficits racked up by the Democrat majority over the last four decades, there is no justification for higher pay or higher
reimbursement levels for politicians.”

Illinois state law requires that the General Assembly must act in order to forgo cost of living adjustments and per diem and mileage increases. The provision in law is related to the fact that the Illinois General Assembly is automatically granted cost of living increases through a continuing appropriation.

Representative Bryant has now voted to eliminate her own pay raise all three years she has been in office. Rep. Bryant was also a strong proponent of “no budget, no pay” for months.

A total of $74,434 has not been included in the base salary received by a member of the Illinois General Assembly from FY10-FY18.  If the COLAs had been added to the base salary each year, the base salary would currently be $79,243.

Rep. Bryant is in Springfield this week for Special Session called by Governor Rauner to address the issue of school funding.

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Mt. Vernon....State Senator Paul Schimpf and State Representative Terri Bryant will once again host a Senior Health Fair at the Rolland Lewis Building, 800 S. 27th St., Mt Vernon, IL on Thursday, August 3rd. The event will feature over thirty vendors that will assist with a variety of health screenings and provide information on various services available to area Seniors.

Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. and the event lasts until 11:00 a.m. Door prizes and refreshments will be available.

For those Seniors wishing to participate in blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, please note that an 8 hour fast is required in order to receive testing.

For more information, please call Sen. Schimpf and Rep. Bryant's offices at 618-242-8115.

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Dear Friend,

To begin this week's email newsletter, I want to share with you my thoughts on Senate Bill 1 and the fight to fix the school funding distribution formula. As you may know, Senate Bill 1 would establish a new way of funding public schools in Illinois. For too long, Southern Illinois schools with lower property tax bases than our neighbors to the north have been shortchanged when it comes to financial assistance from the State of Illinois.

Senate Bill 1 as it was originally drafted was based on something called the "evidence based model". The model is based off of evidence that suggests there are 27 elements of successful schools. The essential elements are the 27 evidence based components that ensure student needs are incorporated into the funding formula.

These include costs for class size ratios (20 students per classroom, for example), full day kindergarten, teacher training, and special education services. Each district has a unique cost for these essential elements based on the student needs of that district.

After many months of negotiations, SB 1 was taking shape to the point where many believed a fix for the school funding formula was in sight. That was until Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent his lobbyist to Springfield in late May to twist some Democrat arms. As a result of pressure from the Mayor of Chicago, SB 1 was amended to include a bailout for Chicago public schools.

Under SB1 & SB6 (the budget bill) there is an additional $778M invested in K-12 Education. Under the amended SB 1, CPS would receive $495M of that $778M. That is 64% of all new money! Keep in mind that CPS has only 19% of the students in Illinois public schools.

Also, $215 million of the $495 million allocated to Chicago in the current version of SB 1 would be used to pay Chicago teacher pension system payments in perpetuity. That redirection of state funding would be unprecedented and is not something we can support. That pension payment, in combination with the block grant that Chicago Public Schools gets for special education and transportation services, along with regular general state aid payments to CPS would give Chicago schools 3 bites at the funding apple. That is fundamentally unfair.

The plan that I can support eliminates that extra $215 million payment to CPS pensions and allows that money to be redistributed through the new evidence based model formula. In order to fix SB 1 to reflect the right priorities for public schools in Illinois, I am supporting a plan offered by Governor Rauner that includes a “re-write” of SB 1 via the amendatory veto tool that the Governor has. Eliminating those extra pension payments for Chicago would result in a more fair and equitable distribution of funding to K-12 schools.

My representative district is home to dozens of public schools. Using the most up to date analysis made available by the Illinois State Board of Education, almost all public schools in the 115th district is considered to be in the category of those most in need of additional state funding. Applying the Governor’s proposed fix to SB 1 would mean that all of the schools that I represent will receive more funding than if the bill becomes law with the Chicago bailout language included.

I am urging that Senate President John Cullerton to release his hold on SB 1 and allow the Governor to amendatorily veto SB 1. This will ensure our schools will open on time and that Chicago does not get a bigger piece of the education budget than they should. We need a deal that is fair to all taxpayers. The right plan is Governor Rauner’s plan to fix Senate Bill 1.

Annual Senior Health Fair in Carbondale
We enjoyed a great turnout at the Annual Senior Health Expo in Carbondale. This year I co-hosted the event with State Senator Paul Schimpf. 
I want to say a special thanks to Mayor Mike Henry and the city of Carbondale for having us and providing a first rate facility at the Civic Center! 

The city of Carbondale is busily preparing the City Hall and the Civic Center for the upcoming solar eclipse. It was very nice of Mayor Henry and the great staff at the Civic Center to make such great accommodations for the event!




In all, 57 vendors were on hand to provide blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, vision and hearing tests, blood pressure screenings, and information on a wealth of other services available to area seniors.

Thanks to everyone who attended for coming and thank you to our vendors who provided some fantastic door prizes for the attendees. I look forward to seeing everyone next year!




Jefferson County Youth 4 H Auction
This week I was very happy to support Jefferson County 4H. This year Rick and I purchased a hog raised by Sarah King of Woodlawn, Illinois. Congratulations on a job well done Sarah!

2017 Nubability Summer Camp Parade of Champions


Rick and I stopped by DuQuoin High School this past Sunday afternoon to witness the Parade of Champions for the 2017 NubAbility Camp. These wonderful campers,who are limb different, are coached and compete in their chosen sport. Look at these smiling faces. I want to say a big thank you to Sam Kuhnert, Jana Kaye Kuhnert and all the volunteers who work so hard to make this such an awesome experience for these kids and their families.

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!

Springfield....Following Thursday’s vote to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a package of balanced budget bills, State Representative Terri Bryant issued the following statement:
“Small businesses that are performing services for the state are being put into bankruptcy because of our failure to pay them. K-12 schools may not be able to stay open all year or may not open at all.

SIU is on the brink of losing its accreditation and its bonds are considered junk status because of the failure of the legislature to enact a balanced budget. Health care providers, children with autism, and victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence will all be helped by this balanced budget enacted today.

I understand that some may argue that a 1.2 percentage point tax increase is not fiscally conservative, but our current ‘government-by-court-order’ system is already costing the State of Illinois hundreds of millions of dollars more than what it takes in every month.

SB 6 is a bipartisan balanced budget bill that restrains spending. Since the impasse began, I and many other leaders at the Capitol have acknowledged that a mix of cuts and revenues would be necessary to balance the budget. SB 6 contains nearly $3 billion in state spending cuts. It is balanced and it will be a key to stabilizing the fiscal ship of the State of Illinois. The financial consequences of failing to act on a balanced budget at this point in our history were just too severe. I believe our action today will save the State of Illinois.”

Rep. Bryant also offered the following information to help explain what is contained in Illinois’ first balanced budget in more than 15 years:

* Balanced $36.5 billion dollar budget. (includes $3 billion in spending cuts)
* $800 million less than the Governor's introduced budget
* Includes a 1.2 percentage point increase to the State’s individual income tax rate to balance the budget and begin paying down past due bills.
* The new 4.95% income tax rate is the same rate the Governor Rauner signed off on in May and is less than the 5% rate that expired in 2015
* There are NO new service taxes or cable TV taxes included
* Funding for K-12 Education and local schools
* Universities will begin the long process of repairing reputations
* Hospitals, doctors, dentist, pharmacies and health departments will begin to get paid for services provided

Springfield….With the State of Illinois teetering on the brink of insolvency, and two days into its third fiscal year without a budget, State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphsyboro) voted Sunday evening for Illinois’ first balanced budget in more than 15 years.

Bryant acknowledged on the House floor during her remarks on Senate Bill 9 that she would likely face political retribution for her vote. SB 9 raises the personal income tax rate from 3.75% to 4.95%, still lower than the previous 5% rate in effect until 2015.



In a statement following the vote, Representative Bryant referenced the widespread harm caused by the years-long budget impasse.

“Small businesses that are performing services for the state are being put into bankruptcy because of our failure to pay them,” Bryant said. “K-12 schools may not be able to stay open all year or may not open at all. SIU is on the brink of losing its accreditation and its bonds are considered junk status because of the failure of the legislature to enact a balanced budget. Health care providers, children with autism, and victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence will all be helped by this balanced budget.”

Bryant says she understands that some may argue that a tax increase is not fiscally conservative, but she says our current ‘government-by-court-order’ system is already costing the State of Illinois hundreds of millions of dollars more than what it takes in every month. Bryant says the issue of overspending is addressed in SB 6.

“SB 6 is a bipartisan balanced budget bill that restrains spending,” Bryant said. “Since the impasse began, I and many other leaders at the Capitol have acknowledged that a mix of cuts and revenues would be necessary to balance the budget. SB 6 contains nearly $3 billion in state spending cuts. It is balanced and it will be a key to stabilizing the fiscal ship of the State of Illinois. The financial consequences of failing to act on a balanced budget at this point in our history were just too severe. I believe our action today will save the State of Illinois.”

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Dear Friend,

So far this week, the House has held three Special Sessions in accordance with Governor Rauner's proclamation calling the General Assembly back to Springfield to finally pass a balanced budget.

In typical fashion, the obstruction of Mike Madigan and House Democrats continues. House Republican leaders and the Governor have put a plan on the table that balances the budget and provides important economic and political reforms. The General Assembly should be given the opportunity to debate and vote on this package. Instead of writing about the 'action' we've seen this week, I'm going to refer you to the videos listed below for the updates.

Video 1 - Day 2 of Special Session.


Video 2 - Day 3 of Special Session.


Spoiler alert! Nothing has been done. The Speaker controls which bills are called for votes in Committees and in front of the full House. This week Speaker Madigan did not allow votes on bills that would address the following critical issues:

- Budget
- Education funding
- Property taxes
- Workers' compensation reform
- Term limits

Media Appearances
On the first day of the Special Session, I joined Tom Miller on WJPF Radio and Will Stephens on WXAN for interviews to preview what I thought was coming up this week.  Please click the links below to listen.

June 21  - Terri Bryant on the Morning Newswatch with Tom Miller on WJPF Radio

June 21 - Terri Bryant on the Will Stephens Show on WXAN 

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!
Dear Friend,

In this week's edition I offer my reaction to Governor Rauner's Special Session Proclamation. This week House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and many of my colleagues in the House held a press conference to announce their support for a balanced budget and a packet of reforms to make Illinois a better place to create jobs. I am anxious to return to Springfield to get to work on these critical issues.

This week I also joined the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a press conference to announce a new direction for Rend Lake Resort. There are photos and news links so you can learn more on that topic as well.

I have also included two opinion pieces I've drafted regarding two major issues. The first is regarding my NO vote on SB 1 (the school funding formula change legislation), and the second regards the Department on Aging's Community Reinvestment Program (CRP).

I am the minority Spokesperson for the House's Committee on Aging. I wrote the op-ed piece on the CRP in response to some unfair criticisms leveled by the Aging Committee's chairwoman Anna Moeller of Elgin. Rep. Moeller's piece ran in several outlets statewide and I felt a fact-based response to her heavily rhetorical and critical op-ed was necessary.

Thank you for your continued readership. At this pivotal point in our state's history, the participation of the citizens in petitioning their government and demanding action on a balanced budget is critical.

GOVERNOR CALLS SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS TO ADDRESS BUDGET IMPASSE

When the House adjourned on May 31, Speaker Madigan claimed we would be in ‘continuous’ session. However, aside from a couple of budget hearings in Chicago, the House has not met at all since that time. That is hardly ‘continuous’ session.

I applaud the Governor for taking the necessary step to call the legislature back into Session. I have maintained for two years now that we should be meeting every single day until a balanced budget is achieved. The Governor's proclamation demands the legislature stay in session until June 30, which is the end of this fiscal year.

Additionally, House Democrats and Speaker Madigan would do well to begin the hard work of compromise on issues relating to important economic reforms. Illinois needs the stability of a balanced budget and a more attractive jobs climate to ensure its long term financial viability. Time is running out to get this done. Speaker Madigan needs to compromise for the benefit of the citizens of Illinois.

Department of Natural Resources Working to Reopen Rend Lake Resort 

I was happy to stand with my colleagues from the House and Senate at a Wednesday press conference at Rend Lake Resort. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced a new request for proposal (RFP) to find new leadership at Rend Lake's lodge and conference center.

Rep. Bryant addresses the media and assembled crowd alongside Senator Dale Fowler and
 State Rep. John Cavaletto

Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center is a valued tourist attraction in Southern Illinois.  This announcement marks a new beginning. I want to encourage folks to invest their time and money in to making these amazing attractions an economic engine for the region once again. 

You can learn more by following the news links below:

WSIL TV
The Southern Illinoisan
Mt. Vernon Register-News 

Op Ed Pieces on Two Major Issues

As I mentioned above, I have included links this week to two opinion pieces I drafted in response to two major issues. Please click the links below to read more about the reason for my opposition to Senate Bill 1 and why I believe the Department on Aging is doing the right thing in implementing the Community Reinvestment Program to assist Senior Citizens in attaining a greater quality of life.]

SB 1 - Understanding the bill and why I voted NO!

Why Illinois Needs the Community Reinvestment Program

Solar Eclipse Update
The total solar eclipse will be seen in Illinois on August 21, 2017.  The “path of totality,” the ribbon of the Earth’s surface in which the sun will be completely blocked by the Moon, will pass over much of far southern Illinois.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit Illinois’ southern tip, which is expected to enjoy an especially long path of totality.  The area around Carbondale and Makanda, Illinois, will fall dark for more than 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  While the Land of Lincoln has seen eclipses before, including a dramatic annular eclipse in May 1994, this will be the first daylight moment in 148 years in which a section of Illinois will fall completely dark.

The eclipse will move from west to east as the earth spins on its axis.  Illinois county seats well within the line of totality will include Chester, Murphysboro, Vienna, and Golconda.  Another total solar eclipse will cross far southern Illinois in 2024.  

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!