Bryant E News – Happy New Year 2021!

I am happy to be coming to you for the final time in 2020 to share a message of hope for a Happy New Year 2021. 2020 was a year we will never forget. 

Many of our lives will never be the same after losing loved ones to COVID-19. Many lives will never be the same because of the economic fallout that has resulted from the pandemic and Executive Orders issued by Gov. JB Pritzker.

I am so very grateful to have been able to serve as your 115th district State Representative since 2015. I may be coming to you for the last time via this newsletter in 2020, but there is much more news that’s to come as the legislature heads back to work next week. I’m still in the House until January 13th when I’ll be sworn in as 58th District State Senator, and there is a lot of work to do!

Thank you for your continued readership of my newsletter “Bryant E News”. I wish you and your family a safe, happy, prosperous, and BETTER 2021!

Legislators Will Return to Springfield for Lame Duck Session on. Jan 8

After months of House Republicans demanding the legislature convene to help with managing of the State of Illinois’ response to the pandemic, a bit of good news came on that front just this week. 

House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Chief of Staff emailed legislators on Wednesday afternoon to inform us that the Illinois House will return to Springfield on January 8th through January 12th and will meet at the Bank of Springfield Center just like we did in May for the final days of the 101st General Assembly.

The failures of the administration in running critical functions of the government has gone on unabated for months. Illinois’ Department of Employment Security has mismanaged its response to the pandemic so badly, that legislators have been demanding hearings for months. Delays, fraud, and the fact that people can’t even get through to talk to someone about any of these things is inexcusable. 

The failure of the administration in processing FOID and CCLs has been an unmitigated disaster. Legislative oversight hearings are needed to identify issues and make the process work better and faster for our citizens. 

102nd General Assembly Inauguration January 13 in Springfield

All 118 members of the Illinois House of Representatives and several State Senators (including me) will take the oath of office in Springfield on Wednesday, January 13. It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve you in the Illinois House of Representatives. 

As I look toward serving in the Illinois Senate, I will continue to vote to protect and secure our Constitutional rights, balance the State’s budget and provide oversight to the governor and his administration as we continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and political fallout. 

I pledge to continue to bring you the news you need to know from Springfield and beyond. I truly appreciate your continued readership and your comments, concerns, and suggestions. Please keep them coming! 

Happy New Year 2021!