Latest News families can read more about the state’s stopgap budget, state funding increases for local school districts and other important issues from this year’s legislative session here on State Representative Dan Brady’s website. Rep. Brady has posted his Session Review online to keep local residents up to date without the costs associated with a mailed newsletter.

“Throughout the summer I have attended events across the district giving updates on our budget situation, school funding, funding for our colleges and universities and other major challenges we have worked on this year. Posting the Session Review on my website will make updated information even more accessible to local families.” Rep. Brady said.

Representative Brady said the Session Review is readily accessible here on his website by clicking the Session Review 2016 icon in this story, or in the top right hand margin of the homepage. The Review is also printable.

“Anyone with computer access can read and print the Session Review. I do understand that there are some without computer access who may be interested in the information and they are welcome to contact my district office at 309-662-1100 or stop by at 104 W. North Street in Normal for a copy,” Rep. Brady said.
State Representative Dan Brady is teaming up with Congressmen Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood to host a Senior Resources Fair to help connect seniors with local, state and federal services that can assist them.

“I am excited to join with Congressmen LaHood and Davis for this senior fair. It’s a  great opportunity for senior citizens to take advantage of ‘one stop shopping’ to learn about services offered at both the state and federal level that can help with a variety of issues from reducing medical costs to preventing scams and identity theft,” Representative Brady said.
The Senior Resources Fair, "Connecting Seniors to Services" will be held August 11, from 9:30am to 11:30am at ARC, located at 600 East Willow Street in Normal. 

From 9:30am to 10:30am there will be presentations by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Social Security Administration, and Medicare. 

From 10:30am to 11:30am seniors will enjoy a resource fair with local, state and federal agencies and organizations providing information on services and programs of interest. Local participants include state and federal agencies, townships, police and fire departments, libraries, and many more.
“In addition to all of the important information that will be available, this is also a great opportunity for seniors to let me and the Congressmen know what’s on your mind and what we can do to help. I hope to see you all at ARC on August 11th,” Representative Brady said.
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, along with State Representatives Bill Mitchell and Dan Brady, were in Clinton Friday to discuss efforts to save the Clinton Power Station. They were joined by more than 100 Exelon employees in support of keeping the plant open.

Last month, Exelon announced its decision to close the Clinton Power Station, which provides 700 good-paying jobs and another 1,200 indirect jobs, and more than $13 million in local tax revenue to area schools and local governments. Meanwhile, negotiations continue on legislation that would place Illinois nuclear plants on a level playing field with renewables such as wind and solar, which are heavily subsidized by Illinois ratepayers.

“The Clinton Power Station is critically important to the region’s economy and generating capacity for our state,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). I am here today to say I stand with Central Illinois families who depend on the plant for good-paying jobs and for reliable, cost-efficient power. I will continue to work with my House colleagues and the Governor to push for a solution to keep Clinton open.”

State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), who represents Clinton and DeWitt County, thanked Leader Durkin for coming to Clinton to show his support for the community.

“For the people of Central Illinois, there is no more important issue than the lack of good-paying jobs,” said Rep. Mitchell. “If Chicago were to suddenly lose 125,000 jobs, which is the equivalent of the potential job loss for Central Illinois from the Clinton closure, there would be an outcry from Chicago politicians demanding that we take immediate action. There is still time for the General Assembly to address this crisis and we will keep fighting to make that happen.”

“The Clinton facility is important to our local communities and to our families. We’re here today to show our solidarity with Exelon employees, and to let them know that we will be doing all we can to get this legislation called for a vote in the House,” said State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Normal).

“It was encouraging to hear Governor Rauner say last week in Champaign that talks are ongoing with Exelon,” added Rep. Mitchell. “Just this week, Exelon announced plans to buy a nuclear plant in New York, which has a Zero Emissions Standard that was supported by Governor Cuomo. We need new energy policy in Illinois to preserve our nuclear plants and protect jobs for working families.”
A new state law guided through the House by State Representative Dan Brady requires Health Organizations operating in Illinois to meet the same high standard of financial reporting as other insurers. Rep. Brady says the new guidelines provided in Public Act 99-0542 help ensure HMOs and other Health Organizations remain financially able to meet members’ needs.

“In a nutshell, this new law provides the Department of Insurance another tool to help ensure HMOs and other Health Organizations have the financial resources on hand to meet their obligations to families that depend upon their coverage,” Rep. Brady said.

During the House floor debate on Friday, State Representative Dan Brady stood up to join House Republicans in calling for a commitment toward a budget solution and compromise. Brady stood in support of remaining in Springfield through the weekend to continue working toward a bipartisan solution to our State’s budget impasse. 

Rank and file members, including Rep. Brady,  have been participating in working groups aimed at bridging the gap and coming up with both reforms and budgetary compromises, but Speaker Madigan continues to dismiss these efforts saying they haven’t made progress. He's wrong.

Representative Brady is committed to reaching a responsible, bipartisan budget compromise.
Despite action by Speaker Madigan to derail bi-partisan budget negotiations, State Representative Dan Brady on Wednesday stressed the need for rank and file legislators to continue to work together to reach a responsible budget compromise.
New Higher Education stop-gap funding proposal signed into law

I’m pleased to report that finally emergency funding is on its way to universities, community colleges, and students waiting for their MAP grants.

The new plan passed last week and signed into law Monday is a bi-partisan effort on which I worked diligently. It will provide $600 million from the Educational Assistance Fund to fund a four- month emergency appropriation to universities and one semester of MAP grants.  The money is available, and Comptroller Munger said she will begin processing payments immediately.

After ten months without funding, our universities were drowning, but last week we worked together to throw them a $600 million lifeline. It’s not a permanent solution, but it is a solid emergency funding plan to get needed dollars to universities and ensure students get their MAP grants while we continue to negotiate a full budget.  I sincerely hope this spirit of bi-partisan cooperation will carry over to those negotiations.

Comptroller Munger issues order delaying lawmakers’ pay 

Based on the continued lack of a balanced budget for FY16, Comptroller Munger has directed her staff to move the issuance of paychecks for elected State officials from a group of bills that are paid immediately and on schedule, to a separate group of bills that are paid after a delay.  The move affects pay for all constitutional officers in statewide elective positions, including herself, and affects pay for the 177 members of the Illinois General Assembly – 118 House members and 59 senators.