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Members of the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association today presented their “Legislator
of the Year” award for 2017 to State Representative Dan Brady, a former McLean County Coroner. The award was presented  by the President of the Association, Amy Winans, Christian County Coroner, at a Coroners’ meeting at Biaggi’s Restaurant in Bloomington. 

Representative Brady has been Chief Sponsor of several pieces of legislation that directly impact the operations of coroners’ and medical examiners offices across the State of Illinois, as well as the operations of Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network. 

Legislation included creating electronic filing of Death Certificates in Illinois as well as changes to the coroner inquest system, cremation permits processing, and legislation that directs funding for forensic equipment for coroners and medical examiners.  The new Coroners Training and Standards Board, which is the new certification program for coroners throughout Illinois, was also recent legislation sponsored by Representative Brady.  In addition, Representative Brady was Chief Co-Sponsor during this session of House Bill 1805 which allows 16- and-17 year olds to donate organs and tissue with the consent of their parents or guardians.  H. B. 1805 was supported by Gift of Hope, the Illinois Secretary of State, and the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association. 

Rep. Dan Brady speaks at the bill signing for HB 1805.
CHICAGO – State Representative Dan Brady on Tuesday joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers as Governor Rauner signed legislation into law at the University of Chicago Hospital that will help create more life-saving organ and tissue donation opportunities in Illinois. 

Representative Brady (R-Normal) served as Chief Co-Sponsor of House Bill 1805 that permits 16 and 17 year-olds to join Illinois’ First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or state ID card.

“This legislation will give new drivers a voice to express their wishes regarding organ and tissue donations, providing guidance to their parents who will continue to have the final decision until they are 18 years of age,” Representative Brady said.

Under the bill, 16 and 17 year-olds may sign up with the registry to donate their organs in the event of their death, but for minors under the age of 18 good-faith efforts must be made to notify parents or guardians who would still be able to make the final decision on the donation.
 
Nothing is more important to restoring Illinois’ financial stability for the long-term than growing new and better jobs. To do that, we must improve our jobs climate to make us competitive again with our neighboring states.
 
House Bill 4068 is a key component of the House and Senate Republicans' Capitol Compromise balanced budget package. It brings us closer to workers compensation standards in place in our neighboring states, reducing costs and making us more competitive while maintaining crucial protections to workers' benefits.

Upon returning to Springfield for special session on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin
(R-Western Springs),  Senate Deputy Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington),  Assistant Senate Republican Leader Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Senate Republican Caucus Whip Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles),  Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), Deputy House Republican Leader Dan Brady (R-Normal) and House Republican Conference Chairperson Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) offered a reminder that a compromise balanced budget with reforms is on the table and ready to be enacted.
  
Rep. Brady was proud to lead the Illinois House this spring  in honoring Fairbury native Leroy McPherson, who will retire from the position of City Superintendent at the end of June following decades of service to the community.

Leroy McPherson began his work with the City of Fairbury in May, 1972. Among his many contributions are assisting in the designing and building of the city's waste water treatment plant in 1977 and, as Public works Administrator, installing the city water tower in 1995. He also has been a  longtime leader on the Fairbury Fire Department, serving as a Chief and Assistant Chief. 

Representative Brady recently presented Leroy a copy of House Resolution 476 which passed the Illinois House unanimously, honoring and congratulating him for his dedicated service to the Fairbury community and wishing him the very best in his upcoming retirement.
Representative Brady on Thursday presented a resolution honoring  the sacrifice of U.S. Army Sergeant Joshua Rodgers of Bloomington who was recently killed in a raid on an ISIS compound in Afghanistan. All members of the House signed-on as co-sponsors of HR407.