Bryant E News April 30 2016

Dear Friend, 

This week’s email newsletter comes after a week’s long break from legislative action in Springfield. Every year, the legislature takes a break while the Passover season is recognized. I took the opportunity to meet with several constituents at my two offices, and attended tours, events, and certificate presentations for some truly extraordinary and deserving individuals. 

The House heads back to Springfield on Tuesday, May 3 when Senate bills will start to move through the Committee process. A push to find a compromise on social and human service funding programs is likely in the works, and I will have more news on that in next week’s edition. 

Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce Certificate Winners
Each year the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce hands out special recognition to deserving individuals that have made a positive impact on the community.
I was happy to meet with this year’s winners and present them with official certificates of congratulations from the Illinois House.

Pictured here are Rep. Bryant and Mike Tyler
of Tyler Toyota Buick GMC, the winner of this
year’s Small Business of the Year Award

Pictured here are Rep. Bryant and
Robert “Bob” Brown. 
Bob was honored as
this year’s Citizen of the Year

by the Mt. Vernon Chamber.

Pictured here are Rep. Bryant and Holly Kruep, of Karco
in Mt. Vernon. Holly was this year’s Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce
Young Professional of the Year

Uncle Joe’s BBQ Sauce Gains National Recognition

Terri presents Joe Wilkerson with a certificate of
congratulations for achieving national recognition
for two of his famous sauces. 
Terri reads HR 1197 congratulating Good Samaritan Hospital’s
Auxiliary on its 50th Anniversary. 

I was especially excited to stop by Uncle Joe’s Deli in Ina this week to present Joe Wilkerson with a House Certificate for his outstanding achievements at a recent National Barbecue Sauce competition. Uncle Joe’s ALl Purpose Sauce XXX Hot took the title of Illinois Champion in the National BBQ Sauce Competition Sponsored by the Illinois Barbecue Society. Uncle Joe’s Also received a bronze medal for  its Sweet Mustard Sauce.

Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary Celebrates 50th Anniversary
I was honored this past week to join supporters of the Good Samaritan Hospital’s Auxiliary for a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Auxiliary. Earlier this month, the Illinois House passed a Resolution congratulating Good Sam’s Auxiliary. Text of the resolution can be read here.

Here’s an excerpt from the Resolution:

The Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary enriches the community and supports the healing mission and values of SSM Health by creating opportunities for people to experience the joy of serving others while ensuring an exceptional experience for those who serve; and through a variety of volunteer opportunities including customer service and hospitality, administrative duties, assisting nursing staff, pastoral care visits, and working in non-clinical support areas, the Good Samaritan
Hospital Auxiliary contributes goodwill and support to the community at large in a major way. 

Stay Connected!
The House will return to Springfield on May 3rd. We have much work to do. 

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