Bryant E News February 14, 2016 – Happy Valentine’s Day

Dear Friend,

This week was indeed an historic one in Illinois, with President Obama making an address to a joint session of the Illinois Legislature on Wednesday. President Obama is the 4th sitting President to address the Illinois General Assembly, joining Presidents William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, and Jimmy Carter as the only other Presidents to do so.

This week I was busy traveling back and forth to Springfield and attending events and meeting people all around my district. Bitter temperatures are expected to lift late next week. Here’s to hoping they are gone for a long while! We return to Springfield next week for more session and there is much work to be done. Illinois is in its 8th month without a budget. We have to get to work on passing a balanced budget with an eye toward reforming the way our broken state treats job creators.


Please read below for more information on my travels in the 115th district this week, and until the weather breaks, STAY WARM!

Also, I want to take a moment to wish my wonderful husband Rick a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you all get to spend the day with someone you love! 

Vergennes Receives Grant Notification to Build New Water Tower

On Monday, I was pleased to join the Vergennes village board for their monthly meeting. An announcement was made that the village had received notice that they were awarded a grant to build a new water tower.

I am proud to say that by working together and urging on the Capital Development Board, the village was selected for the funds. When they receive the money a new water tower will be built.This is exciting news for the village!

I want to congratulate the Mayor and the village board members on their hard work to help the good people of Vergennes have access to safe, clean water!

John Kabat and Adrian Austin of Mt. Vernon Township High School’s FFA Honored with Resolution

Rep. Bryant is pictured here with John Kabat and Adrian
Austin of the Mt. Vernon High School FFA

As some of you may know, the Mt. Vernon Township High School’s Future Farmers of America program is one of the best in the entire State of Illinois. Mr. John Kabat is an outstanding teacher, and leader of the FFA at MVTHS. Last year, Mr. Kabat received the National Agriculture Service Citation Award in New Orleans at the National Association of Agriculture Educators Conference.

Only 6 people in the United States are selected for this honor every year. Congratulations to Mr. Kabat on this incredible award. I honored his hard work and years of dedication to the FFA in Mt. Vernon with a House Resolution that passed last week. You can read the Resolution Clicking Here!

Rep. Bryant reads a resolution to Adrian Austin congratulating
her on success at the 2015 National FFA Convention.

Another House Resolution that passed last week honored Mt. Vernon High School Senior Adrian Austin for  earning top marks at the National Future Farmers of America Convention. Adrian Austin won first place in the nation in reasons evaluation on all species of livestock during the 88th National FFA Convention held last year. Congratulations to Adrian! You can read her Resolution Here!

Shawnee Forest Quarter Launch Event

I was excited to be in attendance for the launch of the new Illinois Quarter. The new quarter features Camel Rock in Shawnee National Forest. The Shawnee National Forest is just a few miles from my house and I could not be more proud to represent an area that is home to such a beautiful natural treasure!

Representatives from the US Mint and Forestry Service, as
well as other 
honored guests from around the country

WJPF Radio Interview

I was honored to speak with Tom Miller on the WJPF morning news watch this week. We talked about the President’s address and many other topics. Please click here to listen in!

Stay Connected!

My office in Mt. Vernon is staffed Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is staffed Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 to 4:00 PM. You can find me on Facebook to keep up with my travels throughout the district. You can email me directly at or send me a message through the contact form on my website.

Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!