Next week, the House will return to Springfield for week one of Veto Session. The Veto Session gives Representatives and Senators a chance to exercise a ‘check and balance’ on the Executive Branch.
As the direct representatives of the people, the legislature is called upon by the Constitution to draft and pass legislation. The Governor then either signs bills that pass into law, vetoes them in their entirety, or offers an amendatory veto that makes certain changes to the underlying legislation. The General Assembly then decides whether to override or accept any changes the Governor has made to each vetoed bill.
This coming year, every member of the House of Representatives and the Governor will be on the ballot for re-election. During election years, Speaker Madigan historically has chosen to stifle progress on major issues to try to avoid controversy for his members. This year though, the dynamic of the personal and professional relationship between Speaker Madigan and Governor Rauner is likely to take center stage, as speculation has it that highly dramatic and divisive votes will be taken during the Veto Session.
I write this to simply offer fair warning that we can expect an increase in the number of attempts by Speaker Madigan to try to embarrass and harm Republicans and the Governor by pushing divisive wedge issues and wildly radical progressive legislative items.
As of now, the legislature is scheduled for Veto Session Tuesday, October 24th through Thursday, October 26th of next week and will return Tuesday, November 7th through Thursday, November 9th.
As I have done in the past, I will keep you updated on the status of important bills as they move through the legislative process. This Veto Session will be one to pay close attention to, as it will serve as an indicator of the political tone you should expect to see during the regular Session that begins in January of 2018.
PETITION DRIVE – No Taxpayer Funding for Barack Obama’s Library!
Getting a budget was just the first step on the long road to economic recovery for the State of Illinois. The impact of the budget impasse was far-ranging and the economic mountain we have to climb is incredibly high. To ensure long-term stability and viability, the State of Illinois must stick to a strict fiscal diet in the coming years. With that being said, we must remain vigilant and opposed when Speaker Madigan tries to spend money that we don’t have. That time is now!
Just last week, Madigan again suggested that taxpayer dollars should be diverted for the purpose of funding the Barack Obama Presidential Library project in Chicago. Join me and tell Mike Madigan “No Tax Dollars for the Obama Library.”
In the News
Murphysboro IYC Repurposing Project
Many of you may be aware that I have been working very hard to get the former Illinois Youth Center reopened in Murphysboro and repurposed as an adult offender re-entry program facility. The news media has commemorated the one-year anniversary of Governor Rauner pledging to open the facility with a news story that broke just this morning.
I want to assure my constituents that I am in constant contact with officials from the administration and officials within the Department of Corrections in regard to the reopening of this facility. I am pushing hard to get the facility reopened as soon as possible. The closure of the IYC at Murphysboro was just one of former Governor Pat Quinn’s major blunders. It is time to fix his mistake and help put people back to work in Southern Illinois. To catch up on the latest news on the Murphysboro facility reopening, please visit the link below:
Teacher Tax Credits
Another story from The Southern Illinoisan this week highlights a tax credit available for public school administrators and teachers in the State of Illinois. Did you know that Illinois teachers can earn a tax credit of up to $250 when using their own money to purchase supplies for their classrooms?
The credit is available to teachers, principals, and teacher’s aides that work at least 900 hours in an Illinois public school. Click here to read the story!
IDES Veterans Job Fair comes to Mt. Vernon
The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced that it will host a job fair for veterans on Thursday, November 2nd in Mt. Vernon.
This is a great opportunity for businesses to connect with individuals that are looking for a job. It is also a great opportunity for veterans to connect with employers that have job openings. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please find details listed below.
When: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Where: Rolland Lewis Community Building
800 Block of South 27th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL. 62864
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 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com – Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!