Bryant E-News Week in Review January 8 2016

Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! This is the first edition of my email newsletter for 2016. My New Year’s Resolution is to keep my constituents informed of what’s happening in Springfield and to continue to provide top notch constituent service at my offices in Murphysboro and Mt. Vernon.

I want to start off this very busy New Year by thanking the dozens of churches, businesses, and charitable organizations that gave their time, money, effort, food, and needed supplies to those facing flooding and evacuations last week. A big thank you as well to our first responders, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Illinois National Guard and state, county, and local county emergency management personnel for their tireless efforts to keep us informed and safe during the rains and subsequent flooding. 

As the clean up continues, I want you to know that my office is available to assist with efforts to contact the Illinois Department of Insurance, and we also have access to a list of names and phone numbers for every insurance company that operates in Illinois. If you are in need of assistance, or items, or if my office can be of assistance in any of the clean up and restoration efforts, please contact my office at 618-242-8115 or 618-684-1100. 

Driver’s License Stickers – Online Sign up Required

After news reports this week indicated that more Illinoisans are failing to renew their driver’s license stickers on time, my office is reminding motorists that they can sign up for online notifications from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office as a replacement for the previously mailed reminders. You can read more about how to sign up by clicking here 

You can also visit to sign up. It is important to know that the Illinois Secretary of State’s office will no longer be mailing renewal notices.

Bryant backs bill to block politician pay if budget is not balanced

This week I signed on to be a chief co-sponsor of legislation that would require the Illinois Auditor General to certify that any budget passed by the General Assembly is truly balanced. If the legislature fails to pass a balanced budget on time the bill would stop politicians’ paychecks in Springfield until the budget is balanced.

The Illinois Constitution requires a balanced budget be passed. The problem is, there are no consequences now if this does not happen. The idea behind this bill is simple: I say, if the politicians don’t pass a balanced budget they should not get paid!

HB 4399 was filed on Friday. and I will be pushing for its passage upon my return to Springfield later this month. READ MORE HERE
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