Bryant E News – July 29 2019

Dear Friend,

This week’s e-news highlights a recent visit to Carbondale by Illinois Manufacturing Association’s President and CEO Mark Denzler. Mr. Denzler was in Carbondale at International Polymer Group last week to promote several key business reforms secured by House Republicans at the end of the 2019 spring Session. Small and large businesses alike will benefit from the reforms.

In the waning hours of the 2019 spring Session, House Republican leaders and rank-and-file Republican lawmakers demanded the inclusion of key economic reforms. I voted to support SB 689, legislation that contains the language of these badly needed job creation reforms.

Key Business Reforms in SB 689 include:
Creation of the Blue Collar Jobs Act – which will attract large-scale construction projects.

Creation of a Data Center Tax Incentive – which will enhance the state’s ability to locate data centers in Illinois by providing tax incentives.

Reinstatement of the Manufacturer’s Purchase Credit to encourage further investments in manufacturing in Illinois.

Elimination of the antiquated Illinois Franchise Tax.

Elimination of cap on the Retailer’s Discount.

Tabling of Senate Bill 1407 – a bill that aimed to impose wage and regulatory requirements on refineries, ethanol plants, and chemical facilities.

Carbondale Senior Fair 2019 a Great Success!
More than 80 vendors were on hand to provide important health care and legal information to seniors. I want to thank our hard-working health care professionals for their dedication and service to the senior citizens of Southern Illinois. The event was a great success and I look forward to another terrific event next summer!


Your student still has time to submit their completed “I Heart Reading” Summer Reading program flyer. The deadline is THIS WEDNESDAY JULY 31! You can scan and email completed forms to

Mt. Vernon Senior Fair 2019 –Coming up on Wednesday, August 14th

SIU Hosts SMASH Program for STEM Students
A big thank you to SIU Carbondale for hosting a group of minority young people from all over the state of Illinois who excel in math and science!
The SMASH summer training program is opening doors and creating opportunities for outstanding students from across Illinois.

From the SMASH website: “SMASH Academy is a three-year STEM-intensive residential college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Every summer, scholars are immersed in tuition-free studies at leading universities throughout the country. “

You can read more on this program by clicking here:

Stay Connected!
If you have any questions, concerns, or if you wish to provide your input on pending legislative matters, please do not hesitate to contact my office in Murphysboro at 618.684.1100 or Mt. Vernon at 618.242.8115.