During the last couple of weeks, I have been very busy traveling the 115th
district for various events and meetings. This week’s e-news will focus on my travels as well as my thoughts on the ongoing saga surrounding SIU President Randy Dunn’s tenure and the future of the University.
I gave my thoughts to WSIL TV 3 and The Southern Illinoisan on this topic on Friday and links to those interviews will be available early next week. We have pictures and links and more below. Make sure to read all the way to the end for a special birthday announcement as well!
Thank you for reading!
John Croessman Square Dedication and Resolution Presentation
Last Friday June 15, I was honored to join folks from the city of DuQuoin for a special dedication ceremony. Once again, I was impressed with just how special the city of DuQuoin and its community members are. I joined Mayor Alongi and other guests in sharing a few words and a House Resolution that I passed in May to honor the work and life of John Croessman. You can view the full text of the resolution by clicking here.
The city of DuQuoin dedicated a new outdoor gathering area in John’s name. John was unable to attend as he is still recovering from a stroke, but a multitude of friends and family were in attendance to celebrate his many contributions to DuQuoin. Thank you to John and to all of those in attendance and to those that made this special event possible. It was indeed my honor to be a part of it! You can read more about the ceremony and John Croessman’s contributions to the news industry in Southern Illinois and to the city of DuQuoin by clicking the link below.
SIU Board of Trustees Meet to Consider Dunn’s Future – Approves Release of 1000 Pages of Documentation
You may recall that a couple of weeks ago on June 8th, SIU Board of Trustees members Phil Gilbert and Joel Sambursky called for a special meeting of the executive committee of the board to consider whether to place SIU President Randy Dunn on administrative leave, pending an investigation into documents and emails related to a plan to shift funding from SIU-C to SIU-E and regarding legislation that would have split the SIU system into separate parts.
That executive committee meeting was eventually canceled and replaced by a full meeting of the Board of Trustees that took place this week on Thursday, June 21. The purpose of the meeting was two-fold. First, the trustees were to consider whether to place Dunn on leave and second whether to release documents and emails related to the aforementioned issues.
As for placing President Dunn on administrative leave, the Board was deadlocked at 4-4. The Board of Trustees did however vote to release documents related to these matters. I am looking forward to reviewing the documents and understanding just how much work was done behind the scenes to undermine SIU-Carbondale. Keep in mind, I called for Randy Dunn to resign his position back in April after a Southern Illinoisan op-ed revealed that Dunn had referred to representatives of the Carbondale campus as “bitchers” because they opposed his plan to shift funding away from SIU-C to SIU-E.
As a thorough review of the documents takes place over the next several days, I expect more news to be made on this subject. When news breaks, I will keep you up to date with analysis and reaction. I will never stop fighting for a healthy, in-tact SIU system!
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY TO MY HUSBAND RICK BRYANT!
This weekend, my loving and wonderful husband Rick will celebrate his 60th
birthday! I am so proud to call him my husband and to call him the father of our two kids and four grandchildren.
Love you more every day, Rick and I’m looking forward to celebrating with the family this weekend, Southern Illinois style!
If you’re in Murphysboro, give me a shout and maybe you can stop by to try out the 100 foot slip and slide!
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!