Bryant E News – February 3 2018

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This week has been jam packed with big news. Governor Rauner delivered his fourth State of the State address to a joint gathering of the House and Senate on Wednesday. I have provided links below to my reaction video and press release as well as links to audio and news clips from interviews I conducted with local news outlets.

There is also big news regarding the reopening of the shuttered Murphysboro IYC. Read on for news on these items and more in this week’s Bryant E News!

State of the State Address Reaction Press Release

Springfield…State Representative Terri Bryant issued the following statement today following Governor Bruce Rauner’s fourth State of the State address.

Rep. Bryant and Senator Paul Schimpf (R – Waterloo) look on
during Governor Bruce Rauner’s 4th State of the State address
on Wednesday.
“I am happy that the Governor worked to strike an optimistic tone,” Bryant said. “The Governor rightly pointed out that Illinois is the home of past Presidents of the United States, innovators, inventors, builders, artists, athletes, and brave service men and women. It is clear that we must once again tap into the great potential of the people of Illinois to change the direction of the State.

The Governor offered strong arguments for why we need to enact policies that will help our economy grow.  We need to unleash the potential of the private sector in our State. We simply must grow more good paying jobs in Illinois or our State will continue to lag behind our neighbors.

It is my hope that as the new Session begins in earnest that the Chicago Democrats that control the legislature will see how desperately we need to take the boot off of the neck of job creators.

We must also change our political culture. The Governor has been a champion for term limits and fairly drawn legislative maps. I agree with both of these concepts and believe that real political reform can be the first step to signal to job creators that we are serious in Illinois about providing incentives to locate here and that we are working to stamp out the corrupt politics of the past.

Illinois has great potential. We need real reforms to our political and economic systems to truly change our state’s direction.”


Murphysboro IYC Repurposing ProjectMany 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. I even hosted a press conference two years ago in front of the facility to introduce legislation that would have reopened the center.

Well this week there was a major development on this story.

You can catch my remarks on the reopening of the facility by following this link to a radio interview I did on the topic with Will Stephens on WXAN

Training is now underway at the former youth center! I received confirmation from the Illinois Department of Corrections that the building will now become a minimum security male facility. Roughly one hundred jobs will be created, with just over sixty of them being Department of Corrections officers. This is a big news on the jobs front for the hard working men and women of southern Illinois.

The reopening of the Murphysboro facility is corrective action, because Pat Quinn foolishly shuttered the facility years ago as a way to maximize political pressure on local leaders. There will be more news made on this front, including determining an exact date for reopening. As always, I will keep you up to date on the latest developments!

Radio Interviews
I joined Tom Miller on the Morning NewsWatch on WJPF radio and Will Stephens of WXAN radio in Ava on Thursday morning to provide my reaction to the State of the State address, and to break the news on the reopening and re-purposing of Murphysboro’s IYC. You can listen in by following the links below:

Terri Bryant on WJPF Radio Thursday February 1 2018

Terri Bryant on WXAN Radio with Will Stephens on Thursday February 1 2018

In the News
Please find links below to recent news articles on various topics covered by local media outlets!

Task forces issues recommendations to fix Community Care Program

Highway proposal to the Metro-East gains traction

Chocolate for a good cause: Women’s Center ninth annual Taste of Chocolate fundraiser is Feb. 9

Illinois Governor Stops in Carbondale following State of the State Speech

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 4:00 PM. 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!