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A prospective deal to bring hundreds of new, well-paying jobs to McLean County is closer to reality this week following approval by the McLean County Board and the McLean County Unit 5 School Board. State Representative Dan Brady today thanked members of both boards for focusing on the big, long-term gain the tentative deal to bring the Canadian-based Brandt Group of Companies to the area will mean for local families and communities.

“Brandt coming to our community will provide tremendous long term gains, starting with 300 to 500 good jobs returning to our community by 2025. While the agreement abates some of Brandt’s property taxes, that abatement only lasts a few years. The jobs, on the other hand, are a tremendous ongoing revenue generator for our entire area – for local businesses and also for local services and schools as more families can afford to shop, eat out, and to buy homes and join the property tax rolls,” Rep. Brady said.

Representative Brady noted that in addition to the jobs, Brandt plans to invest more than $20 million in improvements to the plant site over the next 10 years.
By unanimous vote the Illinois House this week approved renaming a section of Veterans Parkway in Bloomington and Normal in honor of Army Ranger Sergeant Joshua P. Rodgers of Bloomington who gave his life for his country on April 27. The resolution was sponsored by State Representative Dan Brady (R-Normal).

“Josh Rodgers joined the Army after graduating from Normal Community High School because he wanted to serve his country and his community. He was a decorated soldier, but he was also a loved and loving son, grandson, brother and friend. He made everyone who knew him proud, and we in turn are proud to honor him with this memorial highway designation,” Representative Brady said.

House Joint Resolution 84 designates Veterans Parkway from the intersection of Interstate 74 to the intersection of Interstate 55 as the Army Ranger Sergeant Joshua P. Rodgers Memorial Highway, and directs the Illinois Department of Transportation to erect the appropriate signage.

Having passed the House, the resolution now awaits final approval in the Illinois Senate.
Normal, IL...State Representative Dan Brady (R-Normal) was today presented the 2017 Partners in Quality Award by LeadingAge Illinois. The award is presented each year to legislators who show exceptional commitment to advancing quality in older adult care and services.

"Ensuring the best quality of life and care for those who have cared for us is paramount, and working with local seniors and advocates will always be one of the most important things I do as a Representative," Rep. Brady said.

The Partners in Quality Award was presented to Representative Brady during a visit to the McLean County Nursing Home in Normal.

"The Partners in Quality Award recognizes Representative Brady's personal commitment and dedication to the advancement in quality in older adult services not only in his district but throughout Illinois. He has an open door policy for providers and annually visits our members to ensure he is educated on the latest issues and challenges," said Jason Speaks, Manager of Policy and Communications for LeadingAge Illinois.

 In response to Illinois’ growing problem of more and more students attending college outside of the state and several public universities seeing steep enrollment declines, State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Normal) will file the Higher Education Strategic Centers of Excellence Plan, legislation that overhauls the state’s higher education system.

Their plan would make the state’s higher education system more efficient, having each university focus on its strengths and make applying for and getting into public universities easier for students, with the goals of getting more Illinois students to study at Illinois public universities and saving taxpayer dollars.

For example, from 1991-2014, enrollment at Illinois public universities and community colleges has declined by 50,000 students. Since the 1960’s, Illinois has been a net negative exporter of college students in the country, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“The structural problems of higher education far transcend the last couple of years during the budget impasse,” Rose said. “Every student we lose is another student who will most likely take their talents and knowledge elsewhere, hurting Illinois in innovation, jobs, and economic impact. This drain of students is a direct drain on the state. This legislation is a thoughtful and methodical approach to reform, but make no mistake, higher education in America is facing unprecedented challenges and changes are needed for a strong and dynamic vision for our cherished institutions. We must carefully, but swiftly, move to protect our strengths.”

“Students deemed most ready for college - we’re talking high GPA and high ACT test scores - generally have higher outmigration rates. We are losing the best and brightest to other states. The consequences of this are devastating. Local economies are hurt. The state’s budget is hurt. Job creators aren’t attracted to locate here. Communities are not growing,” Rose concluded.

“We have world class colleges and universities in Illinois, yet more and more Illinois students choose to leave our state to continue their education. This ‘brain drain’ can’t continue,” said Brady, Spokesman on the House Appropriations-Higher Education Committee. “With this legislation, we’re offering real solutions that will help us keep our best and brightest here to get their degree and, hopefully, to put their talents to work in our communities.”
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.