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As the summer unfolds, I have continued to meet with constituents and attend events in my district-including the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade on August 13th - while the House of Representatives met for a brief legislative session and for another round of political games.
After the Senate unanimously approved legislation that would authorize the state to spend $5 billion in federal funds for social service programs two weeks ago, Democrats in the House of Representatives tried to attach a poison pill to the legislation. Speaker Madigan amended the bill to include $1.5 billion extra in spending, despite the fact Illinois still has no budget. The measure failed, as all House Republicans voted against the proposal. The House then approved a follow-up amendment nearly identical to the legislation that previously passed the Senate. The House measure is expected to pass the Senate this week, after which it will head to Gov. Rauner.
The unresolved budget is hardly a Springfield-only problem. A number of news items during the week proved the point – including the loss of hundreds of jobs specifically tied to Illinois’s poor business climate. I will continue to fight for much-needed reform, to bring jobs back to Illinois and fix the broken status quo. We must take the tough but necessary steps to return Illinois to sound fiscal footing.
Gov. Rauner signed a number of bills into law this week, including two pieces of legislation I sponsored in the Senate. One piece of legislation amends the Flag Display Act to enable the Governor to honor military members killed during active duty training exercises by lowering flags to half-staff statewide. My other piece of legislation designates pumpkin pie as the official state pie of Illinois.
The Illinois State Fair kicked off last Thursday, August 13th and will continue through August 23rd. I encourage you all to come to Springfield and take in all the fair has to offer!
You can also visit my legislative website at www.brady.senategop.org.
from Senator Jason Barickman 53rd District
August 14th, 2015
The Illinois Senate will reconvene on Wednesday afternoon.
The most important measure we are likely to take up is a bill to appropriating Federal dollars. The bill has already passed the Senate once unanimously, but it was amended in the house to include additional federal dollars. The Senate must now concur on the House amendment before the bill can be sent to the Governor.
Appropriating these Federal dollars is a common sense way to help the people of Illinois as the process of crafting a full state budget continues. However, passing the bill wasn’t without difficulty. The plan hit a snag last week when House Speaker Mike Madigan tried to push through an additional amendment that would have appropriated $585 million in state funds. Those additions would likely have made the process of crafting a full state budget even more difficult that it already has been, and had a major impact on the state’s ability to provide services to its citizens.
So why did he do it? It was more political gamesmanship. Speaker Madigan wanted to force lawmakers to go on record voting for, or against something that was never meant to be a final bill; legislation that would never pass. Eventually, House Democrats relented and the original bill, appropriating only federal dollars, was finally allowed to pass.
This is emblematical of the entire process this year. This kind of political gamesmanship is why we still don’t have a balanced budget or fundamental reforms to state government. Whenever compromise seems to finally be in sight, Speaker Madigan has forced a partisan wedge between lawmakers.
We are now a month and a half into a new fiscal year with no budget. These games have got to stop. This stalemate is hurting citizens across Illinois. It’s past time that Democrat leaders learn to finally stand up for the citizens of this state, instead of their own political best interest. Only then will we finally begin to turn things around.
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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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For more information phone 309.874.2174 or email firstname.lastname@example.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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