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With no end to the budget impasse in sight, the courts have been asked to intervene. The result is court-ordered state spending of almost $14 billion to various state programs. This is in addition to the $18.4 billion being paid out for continuing, statutory, or enacted appropriations.
At current spending levels Illinois is projected to spend roughly $5 billion more than it brings in. I am urging Democratic lawmakers to discuss passing a balanced, reasonable budget with Republican legislators in the General Assembly and Governor Rauner. The passage of a balanced and responsible budget is crucial for the economic prosperity of our state.
Years of overspending and refusing to enact common-sense reform have come at a hefty cost, with both taxpayers and the state’s business climate feeling the strain. Recent figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the federal government show Illinois’ economy continuing to struggle compared to other states in the Midwest.
Your input is vital to the work I do. Please contact my office or myself with any questions or concerns. Make sure your voice is heard in Springfield! You can also visit my legislative website at brady.senategop.org
from Senator Jason Barickman 53rd District
September 25th, 2015
My chief duty as a State Senator is to represent my constituents and vote on legislation on their behalf in Springfield. In addition to my legislative duties, it is also my honor to serve as a conduit between my constituents and state agencies. Together, we are able to work on projects that really matter to the constituents of the district I represent in the Legislature.
Earlier this year, we worked with a resident from Woodford County, Paul Burton, who was putting together a new firearms program for 4-H members. Paul has been teaching Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety classes for 30 years, and 4-H shooting sports classes for 5 years. He was also recently inducted into the state’s 4-H Hall of Fame. We were able to work with Paul to get state approval to use IDNR learning materials as part of the curriculum for his new 4-H class. The end result is a better class to help our kids develop skills and become more responsible.
The reason I’m writing about this one particular story is that I want to remind everyone that this is part of what my office is here to do for you.
If there is anything my staff and I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact my Bloomington office at 309-661-2788, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 email@example.com. 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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