Bryant E Newsletter May 16, 2015

Dear Friend,

On Monday I was honored to speak with Tom Miller on the WJPF morning newswatch. We discussed many topics, including action last week in the Illinois House. Speaker Madigan is up to his usual games in May, and offered up bogus amendments for votes on the floor for political purposes.

The amendments were largely regarding vital human services programs and their place in the upcoming budget. The bills included money for funding some really important programs like breast and cervical cancer screenings and the child care assistance program. I am a strong supporter of these programs.

The problem last week was that Speaker Madigan put these bills on the House Floor for votes without first ushering them through the normal committee process. Committee input on legislation is one of the most important structures of our democracy.

To listen to the clip of me on the morning newswatch, please click here:

Right to Work

We saw again this week the same type of political gamesmanship on the issue of Right to Work. I do not support Right to Work. I will not vote for Right to Work legislation. I received dozens of calls and emails from constituents urging me not to support Right to Work. I am representing that point of view in the vote that I took. I again rejected the idea of playing these political games. You didn’t send me to Springfield to be Mike Madigan’s puppet. I voted Present to protest the waste of time and the lack of seriousness of the bill.

To simply skip the committee process and force political show votes on the floor and play games with these kinds of programs and issues like Right to Work is divisive and shameful.

 My Republican colleagues and I are trying desperately to work in good faith and compromise with the majority party. The people of Illinois have elected a divided government, sending a clear message that cooperation is their desire. The political dog and pony show games played last week by the Chicago democrat super majority do not bode well for that spirit of cooperation to continue.

IDOT Projects Announced

A $17.9 million investment in critical infrastructure will be made during the upcoming Fiscal Year 2016 Road Plan. The plan will update and repair 10 roads and bridges for a total of 47.97 miles. I was happy to join Senator Luechtefeld in making these announcements this week.  The 58th Senate District is slated for a total of $65.63 million in road work in the upcoming six-year highway improvement program.


$750,000 for the resurfacing of 1.24 miles of Illinois 15 from 16th Street to Old Fairfield Road in Mt. Vernon.

$500,000 for the resurfacing of County Road 2275E from Illinois 15 to East Sunswept Road near Bluford.


$1,600,000 for the resurfacing of 4.72 miles of US 51 1.7 miles north of Illinois 154 to NCL of DuQuoin mile east of US 51 to the Franklin County Line.


$3,000,000 for the bridge superstructure of the Illinois 127 bridge in Murphysboro over the Big Muddy River.

$2,700,000 for the resurfacing of 10.81 miles of Illinois 4 from Illinois 151 to Illinois 127.

$2,800,000 for the resurfacing of 10.91 miles of US 51 from the Makanda Road to Illinois 146 in Anna.

Summer Reading Club Program Announced

This week my staff delivered flyers to various schools throughout the district that have elected to participate in my Summer Reading Club. If you have a child in K-4th grade and you want to sign them up for my “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading Club.

I am asking students to complete reading 8 books this summer, and I will pledge to do the same. Students that complete the requirements will be invited to an ice cream party in their area and will receive a special certificate of recognition from the House of Representatives. For more information or to print a flyer, please visit:

Senior Fairs

This summer, I will host two Senior Citizens Expos with my colleague Senator Dave Luechtefeld and Congressman Mike Bost. A flyer will be coming in the mail in June to announce the dates and times. Here is the advanced information. First, for Carbondale.

What: Carbonale Senior Citizens Expo

When: Tuesday, July 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Where: Carbondale Civic Center

I’ll also host a Senior Expo in Mt. Vernon.

What: Mt. Vernon Senior Citizens Expo

When:  Thursday, July 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where:  Rolland Lewis Building, Mt. Vernon