Bryant Elected Chair of Opportunities for At Risk Women Task Force

Springfield….On Tuesday, State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) announced that she has been chosen to serve as Chair of the bipartisan and bicameral Opportunities for At-Risk Women Task Force.

Rep. Bryant is the new Chair of the
bipartisan Opportunities for At-Risk
Women Task Force

“There are major issues facing at-risk women in the State of Illinois,” Bryant said. “As Chair of this task force I will see to it that its charge is carried out. That means hearing from experts on issues such as homelessness, drug addiction, domestic abuse, the health care industry, the law enforcement community and the criminal justice system and producing a comprehensive report of the task force’s findings.”

The bill creating the task force originally took effect in January 2016, after passing through the 99th General Assembly. Its members are appointed by leadership from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate. The rest of the task force is made up of appointees or designees of the Illinois Secretary of State, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and various agencies of the State including DCFS, HFS, DCEO, DES, the Illinois Community College Board, and the State Superintendent of Schools. Experts from various fields dealing in women’s issues are also appointed by the Governor.

The task force will hear from educators, prison officials, after-school tutoring programs, community service providers, higher education personnel, housing and health care officials, and addiction and recovery personnel quarterly over the next calendar year and subsequently submit a report for review to the Governor and the General Assembly.

Bryant says she is humbled to receive the votes of the task force members that were in attendance for the inaugural meeting in Springfield on Tuesday afternoon. She says she is eager to get started as Chair of the Opportunities for At-Risk Women Task Force.

“I’m a Republican chair of a very important task force,” Bryant said. “Women’s issues drive a lot of the narrative we find ourselves debating in our state and at the national level. In a Springfield that is dominated by Democrats, I think I was chosen to lead this task force because I have committed myself to being a champion for women in Illinois.”

Bryant feels she has spent her time in Springfield building consensus and solving problems. She notes that she believes the task force has great potential to drive positive results for at-risk women across the State.

“I am committed to making sure that this task force puts together a comprehensive report that will ultimately empower at-risk women to gain control of their circumstances and better their lives by improving access to education and economic opportunities for all women,” she said.