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News from the Capitol
by State Sen.Bill Brady, 44th District 

Last week Governor Rauner introduced a legislative package that would freeze property taxes; enact term limits; eliminate partisan gerrymandering; and advance pro-jobs economic reforms. This comes after weeks of frustrating, contentious negotiations with Democratic leaders who have been more interested in political gamesmanship than participating.
Governor Rauner is trying to enact real, business-friendly, responsible reforms that will move Illinois in a better direction and create a stronger, more vibrant future for the citizens of our state. I am more than happy to be co-sponsoring this legislation. Rather than participating in good-faith negotiations, the Democrats are pushing the same kind of irresponsible, dishonest budgets and tax hikes that will keep Illinois from thriving. The difference is clear: we must dig ourselves out of this hole rather than digging the hole deeper.
In other legislative business, the Senate passed legislation that would create a hunting and trapping season for bobcats in Illinois. Illinois is currently only one of seven states without a bobcat hunting season. Additionally, legislation further protecting senior citizens from exploitation heads to the House of Representatives after unanimously passing the Senate.
Your input is vital to the work I do. Please contact my office or myself with questions or concerns. Make sure your voice is heard in Springfield!
You can also visit my legislative website at www.brady.senategop.org.

Statehouse Update
from Senator Jason Barickman 53rd District
July 16th, 2015
The battle over the state budget continued this week as House lawmakers returned to the Capitol.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Democrats in his chamber muscled through an unbalanced and unconstitutional one-month budget, though they still refuse to work with Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Republicans on pro-jobs economic reforms that the Governor and his Republican colleagues say must be part of the budget discussion.
Also this week, a Chinese delegation visited Springfield to meet with lawmakers and tour some of Springfield’s most historic sites; and wheat farmers are making steady progress, despite soggy fields.
The standoff continued between reform-minded Republicans and status-quo Democrats in the Legislature during the week, amid questions and lawsuits about what the state can – and can’t – spend in the absence of a budget. On July 8, Gov. Rauner introduced legislation once again aimed at improving the state’s business climate and finding compromise with the Democrat legislative leaders.
Incorporating specific requests from President John Cullerton and Senate Democrats, Rauner introduced revised legislation for a property tax freeze – which includes Democrat language to change school funding in Illinois, and an updated compromise bill on workers’ compensation reform.
 Rauner also introduced an updated version of pro-jobs legislation that would cut down on frivolous lawsuits and renewed his call for a vote on redistricting reform and term limits. However, instead of returning to the negotiating table or offering compromise of their own, the House instead passed a one-month spending plan that includes none of Rauner’s reforms.
Because their overall spending plan runs nearly $4 billion ahead of expected tax revenues, it will inevitably lead to one of two options: state services and programs running out of money long before the year’s end; or the immediate need for more money in the state’s coffers. Both Gov. Rauner and Republican lawmakers have said that any discussion about a tax hike shouldn’t come before structural reforms that create jobs and boost the economy.
As the 2016 Fiscal Year began July 1 without a state budget, many have questions regarding what state services and programs will be impacted if the budget stalemate continues.
Schools will start on time, as Gov. Rauner did sign the education funding portion of the budget. The education appropriation was the lone piece of the Democrats’ budget proposal that he signed into law. Rauner vetoed the majority of the budget, saying it was $4 billion out of balance. 
Emergency services will remain intact and function fully, such as the Illinois State Police and emergency management personnel. Prisons will remain open and prison guards will be on duty like normal. Local governments will continue to receive their normal funding transfers from state income taxes, sales taxes, and motor-fuel taxes.

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News from State Rep. Dan Brady
Thank you for your confidence in me
I would like to say thank you to all the very generous and kind individuals who have emailed, called or stopped me to convey their confidence in me to represent them in the United States Congress. I also thank those who reached out to me to say they thought I should remain as State Representative in the 105th Legislative District to work on the many challenges facing the State of Illinois.
After much discussion with my family, friends, supporters, advisors, and others, I have made my decision not to place my name on the ballot for the special election for the vacancy in the 18th Congressional District.
There were many factors involved in my decision, including my family, my present responsibility as State Representative and my business partnership as Funeral Director at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Funeral Home.
I also wish to thank the citizens of the 18th Congressional District, Republicans and Democrats alike. There are many gracious people-some I have known for years and others whom I just had the chance to meet. The kindness and offers to help will never be forgotten.
This exploration has taught me much in a short time and I will not rule out any future elective office. I am thankful for the privilege to serve the people as State Representative of the 105th Legislative District and I look forward to continuing my work in the State House.Thank you for your confidence in me

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Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal.  For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information visit us on-line at

For more information phone 309.874.2174 or email info@sugargrovenaturecenter.org. Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information visit us on-line at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org.


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