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Rep. Brady was  pleased to have Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday sign  HB 246 into law, a bill he co-sponsored to designate December 23rd of each year as "Scott's Law Day" in Illinois.

 This day will honor all public safety workers and remind motorists to slow down, change lanes away from a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, and proceed with due regard to safety and traffic conditions.

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze utility bills at a free clinic sponsored by State Representative Dan Brady to help McLean County residents save potentially hundreds of dollars each year.
 
“This is a great opportunity for the residents of my district to make sure that they are paying for service without incurring extra costs,” stated Representative Dan Brady (R-Bloomington). “I highly encourage all to attend this event.”
 
Consumers should bring their gas, electric and phone bills for a free, one-on-one consultation with a CUB expert, who will search for ways to lower their utility costs.
 
CUB’s utility-bill clinic, co-hosted by state Rep. Dan Brady, is:

11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 25
Normal Public Library – Community Room B, 206 W College Ave. Normal, IL 61761
Note: Please register by calling 312-263-7872
Our summer session at the capitol is continuing each week. So far, there doesn’t appear to be significant progress on an agreed, balanced budget.  I’ll keep you posted.

As always you can contact my office at 309-662-1100, or you can message me from this website.

Dan


Democrats send unbalanced partial-month budget to the Governor

As the State of Illinois entered the third week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, the Democrat majority continued to take a piece-meal approach to the budget crisis.

On Wednesday, the Illinois Senate concurred with House changes to Senate Bill 2040, an unbalanced partial month budget, and sent it to the Governor.  The plan is basically a partial-month slice of the budget passed earlier in the spring by Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton that, in total, spends more than $36 billion - $4 billion more than we expect to bring in in revenue.

Meanwhile, the Speaker this week tried but failed to pass yet another unbalanced temporary budget (House Bill 4142).

Year after year of spending money the state doesn’t have is how we got into this mess in the first place. Living within our means is the only way we’ll get out.


State workers’ paychecks go out as court fight continues

Comptroller Leslie Munger has forged ahead with plans to send out full paychecks to state workers this month despite an ongoing court battle over whether public employees can be paid while state government operates without a budget.

Checks went out to 6,800 employees who were due to be paid Wednesday for work performed in the first two weeks of the state's budget year. Others in Illinois' roughly 60,000-person state government workforce are on different pay schedules, and their checks aren't due until later this month.

Following Comptroller Munger’s decision to issue paychecks to state employees, Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed an emergency motion for direct appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

In the House, my Republican colleagues and I have for two weeks pushed for passage of two bills, House Bill 4235 and House Bill 4245, to make state employees’ pay an ongoing appropriation, making sure no one will miss a paycheck. Speaker Madigan has refused to allow either bill to even be debated on the floor.

Summer is here and temperatures and humidity are expected to continue to rise. As part of his Keep Cool Illinois campaign, Governor Rauner has announced 120 state facilities that are available as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days. Below is a list of cooling centers around the McLean and Livingston County areas:
            All government offices in Livingston County
Illinois Department of Human Services, 501 W. Washington St., Bloomington 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Illinois Department of Human Services, 207 S. PROSPECT Rd, Bloomington 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Public Libraries
Shopping Malls
Village Halls

Click the link here http://www.illinois.gov/KeepCool/SitePages/CoolingCenters.aspx and enter your zip code to find out information about local cooling centers near you.

If you do not own a cooling system, The Salvation Army of McLean County is distributing fans to people without air conditioning from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Aug. 28 at the Corps Community Center, 611 W. Washington St., Bloomington. Those who wish to donate new or gently used fans or window air conditioners may do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Corps Community Center.
In addition, here are some helpful tips to stay cool during the summer:
Check daily on neighbors, friends and family members who may be at greater risk of heat-related illness
Stay hydrated (drink plenty of water, fruit juice, Gatorade)
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing; wear a hat or use an umbrella for shade.
Avoid activity during the hottest part of the day

Keeping this in mind let’s have a safe and fun summer!
The information below was put together by the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to answer state employees' questions about pay and benefits while no state budget is in place.
 

FAQs for Budget Situation

We understand state employees have questions on how their benefits will be impacted as the state budget is no longer in place beginning July 1. The following Q&As were designed to help answer any questions you may have.

Employee Benefits

Q.  Will an employee's health, dental or life insurance be affected?
A.  No. Group insurance coverage during a budget situation will not be impacted. If paychecks are delayed, and as long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, insurance premiums will be taken accordingly. The missed payroll deductions will be taken once paychecks are issued.

Q.  What will happen to an employee's contributions to any flexible spending accounts (i.e., MCAP, DCAP) during the budget situation?
A.
 Employees enrolled in MCAP will not be impacted. ConnectYourCare debit cards will continue to work. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, deductions should be taken accordingly. If MCAP deductions are missed, they must be made up when the budget situation is resolved.
 Employees enrolled in DCAP may be impacted as reimbursements are limited to the available account balance contained in their DCAP account. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, and once all payroll deductions are deposited into the DCAP account, reimbursements can be made for eligible expenses up to the available account balance.

Q.  What will happen to an employee's Commuter Savings Program benefit?
A.  Employees enrolled in the Commuter Savings Program will continue to receive the benefit under this program. Employees will owe any underpaid amount upon their return to payroll.

Workers' Compensation Program

Q.  Will an employee's Workers' Compensation benefits be affected?
A.  No. In the event of a budget situation, Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Permanent Total Disability (PTD) and survivor death benefit payments under the Workers' Compensation Act will continue through July. Work-related injuries should continue to be reported through the procedures in place today.

Deferred Compensation Program

Q. What will happen to an employee's Deferred Compensation contributions during the budget situation?
A.  As long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, payroll deductions for Deferred Compensation should be taken accordingly. Deferred Compensation contributions can only be made through payroll deduction. The employee cannot deposit money directly to his or her fund to catch-up the contributions.

Q.  If an individual is currently receiving a distribution from their Deferred Compensation account, will that distribution continue during the budget situation?
A.  Yes. Current distributions and changes to distribution amounts will continue to be processed. To make any changes in distribution, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770.

Q.  Will hardship distributions/loans from an employee's Deferred Compensation account be available during the budget situation?
A.  A loan provision is available at any time and allows a participant to have one outstanding loan and borrow a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 or 50% of their account balance over a five year period. The interest you pay goes back to your account along with the principal amount each month as you repay the loan through Automatic Clearing House (ACH) deductions from your bank. Employees would likely not qualify for a hardship distribution as they will be made whole of any missed payrolls when the budget situation ends.

Q.  How do I borrow from my Deferred Compensation account?
A.  To apply for a loan from your account over the phone, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770 to speak to a Representative. There is a $75 processing fee and you will need to supply bank routing and account information for your checking/savings account numbers to set up the automatic ACH deduction. Participants are allowed one outstanding loan at a time. You may repay the full loan balance amount at any time through the same phone number at T. Rowe Price.

State Employee Compensation

Q. What options exist if certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees?
A. State employees will be paid for their work. If certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees, there may be an opportunity for employees to get bridge loans from local financial institutions. Credit Union 1, for example, has already agreed to offer no-interest loans for qualifying members of the credit union should salary payments for state employees be delayed. To be eligible to receive 0% interest loans from Credit Union 1, participants must have been members on or before May 1, 2015. Employees who have become members of Credit Union 1 since May 1, 2015, can apply for a loan, subject to normal criteria, rates and terms.


The Office of State Representative Dan Brady will hold mobile office hours this summer. Upcoming visits will include the towns and villages of Chenoa, Gridley, Colfax, Lexington, Hudson, and Towanda. 

Rep. Brady’s 105th Legislative District includes these six towns and villages, as well as other towns and villages in Livingston County and Eastern McLean County.  Constituents should feel welcome to meet with office staff, sharing opinions and ideas. In addition, a survey form on several timely topics will be available for completion.

Visits will be on June 30th in Lexington and Colfax, followed by visits on July 1st in Hudson and Towanda, then on July 2nd in Gridley and Chenoa. Residents are welcome to stop by and no appointment is necessary. 
Several initiatives spearheaded by State Representative Dan Brady this spring are poised to become law. Four bills Representative Brady guided through the General Assembly this spring are headed to the Governor’s desk for final approval. The measures set new statewide standards for DNA evidence handling and coroner training, and help expedite organ donor transport and needed eye medication refills.