Bryant E News September 2 2017

Dear Friend,

After years of negotiations and months of debate in the legislature, a compromise agreement was reached, and this week the Governor signed the new education funding formula into law. In addition to stopping the threat of public school closures, the new education funding distribution formula will result in the equal and fair treatment of all of Illinois schools and students.

Every school in the 115th district will benefit financially from the new evidence-based funding formula model. No school gets a special deal in this compromise agreement. The new law will result in more than $5 million in total new funding for schools in my legislative district. I voted YES on SB 1947 and I am proud that my colleagues in the House and Senate found a way to work together for the betterment of every Illinois student’s education.

The evidence-based funding model is based on research of best practices on teaching and learning. Now Illinois will structure school funding around what is best for kids and teaching and learning.

To read more news coverage on the historic passage of SB 1947 you can visit the links below:

The Southern Illinoisan: Illinois governor signs sweeping school funding changes

Belleville News Democrat: New school funding formula means you could pay less in property taxes

WPSD Local 6: Illinois school funding plan expected to help local schools

Illinois Department of Employment Security Announces Streamlining Measures in Carbondale
On Wednesday, I was happy to attend a press conference with IDES Director Jeff Mays, Senator Schimpf, Senator Fowler, and Rep. Severin at Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at SIU in Carbondale. The purpose of the press conference was to allow IDES to announce that it is streamlining computer systems to make it easier for Illinois businesses to pay unemployment taxes and file required paperwork.

Rep. Bryant addresses the media during the press conference.

The change will take place for all businesses on September 11th. The new computer system will mean less redundancy and red tape for businesses when they file reports and pay their unemployment taxes to the state.IDES Director Mays was on WSIL TV Wednesday morning to explain the change. You can click here to watch and learn more!

Meeting on Route 57 Safety Measures
Also on Wednesday, I joined Senators Schimpf and Fowler and Representative Severin in Carbondale for a meeting with Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police officials for a meeting to discuss efforts to improve safety on Route 57. As you may know, fatal crashes have jumped significantly during 2017 on the stretch of I-57 between Mount Vernon and Marion.

We all have a stake in keeping our highways safe. Please remember to follow the speed limit, wear your seat belt, make sure that young children are properly secured in a car seat that is appropriate for their age and size, and AVOID DISTRACTED DRIVING. Thank you to the ISP and IDOT for taking the time to explain their increased safety measures and for all the work they do year-round to keep all of our roads safe.

Jackson County Farm Bureau Legislator Breakfast
Last weekend I was thrilled to join Congressman Mike Bost and members of the Jackson County Farm Bureau for the annual Legislator Breakfast at Kinkaid Lake Marina. I joined JCFB board and to hear and provide updates at the state and national level about agriculture and many other topics. Thank you to the Jackson County Farm Bureau for hosting us and thank you to everyone for a productive round table (chair) discussion!

Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You can find me on Facebook to keep up with my travels throughout the district. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at – Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!