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Rep. Brady recently visited George L. Evans Jr. High School in Bloomington, serving as  “Principal for a Day” along side EJHS Principal Trevor Chapman. 
 
Rep. Brady spent time in  two different 7th grade social studies classrooms and had a wonderful time discussing the process behind passing laws and various other topics related to state level government. He also toured the building and visited several other classrooms talking with students and staff about many of the various educational activities happening in the building.  This included time in the school cafeteria mingling with students during lunch time. 

 
Sen. Althoff and Rep. Brady bring highly anticipated procurement reform measures to ILGA

After a year of working through and carefully evaluating Illinois’ onerous procurement process, a comprehensive reform package developed collaboratively by the Rauner administration, agency heads, legislative leaders and major stakeholders has emerged that has the potential to realize significant savings for Illinois taxpayers.   The legislative package, which will be filed concurrently in both the House and Senate by Rep. Dan Brady (R, Normal) and Sen. Pamela Althoff (R, McHenry) respectively, was unveiled during a press conference at the Illinois State Fairgrounds 4H building.
With college and university budgets stressed beyond their breaking point, State Representative Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) is filing legislation to deliver emergency relief. Brady will be Chief House sponsor of the proposal which will fund higher education, albeit with modest cuts, for the remainder of this fiscal year and fully-fund MAP grants for students at the FY 2015 level utilizing existing revenues.

“Our universities and community colleges are facing unprecedented financial pressure due to the delay in state funding, and the willingness by many to front costs for students’ MAP grants. They’re not approaching crisis level, they’ve passed it,” Representative Brady said. “This week we are proposing a plan that would give the governor the tools and the funding to provide help.”

Representative Brady talks about the ongoing state budget stalemate, cuts, taxes, and the way forward with WGLT's Charlie Schlenker. Click here to listen-in.
The ringing-in of the New Year on January 1st will also mark the start of 237 new state laws, State
Representative Dan Brady said today. Representative Brady said that in legislative session marked by partisan differences on the budget, several of the new laws adopted highlight what members of the General Assembly can accomplish when they agree to work together.

“We were able to come together across party lines on a number of important issues resulting in new laws that are about to go into effect; that gives me hope that we will soon also come together on a reasonable budget plan that restores crucial funding for local service organizations and our colleges and universities,” Representative Brady said.

Among the new laws about to take effect is the Right to Try Act (PA 99-0270) which may provide new hope to some battling a terminal illness. It will allow them, once they have considered all FDA-approved treatment options, to try new drugs or treatments in testing that have not yet been fully approved.

Also effective January 1st is a new law that expands the equal pay for equal work requirement to cover all Illinois employers (PA 99-0418), and new guidelines that allow private employers in Illinois to support our veterans by adopting a voluntary veterans preference policy for hiring (PA 99-0152).

In light of the fact that Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the nation lawmakers also adopted a four year ban on the creation of any new local government entities effective January 1 (PA 99-0353).

Representative Brady was the chief House sponsor of several new laws ready to take effect. The first (PA 99-0262) helps speed up the process to transfer lifesaving donor organs to the waiting recipient. It allows a permit signed by a licensed funeral director or embalmer to serve in place of more time-consuming documents issued by a registrar to transport a deceased organ donor out of Illinois for up to 36 hours to complete the donation procedures where they are needed.

 A second measure (PA 99-0354) will protect the quality of evidence specimens and the chain of custody in homicide cases. The new law sets new evidence handling guidelines for coroners that will benefit death investigations, and reduce time consuming mandates.

 PA 99-0226 helps ensure seniors and others living with chronic eye conditions will be able to obtain more timely refills of their eye drop medications by requiring insurance companies to refill eye-drop medications before the anticipated refill date for those with a chronic need.
College-bound juniors and seniors at Prairie Central High School and their parents are invited to explore their financial aid options at a special Financial Aid Night Meeting December 17th, State Representative Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) said today.

“College costs are continuing to rise. This is a great way for juniors, seniors and their parents to gather information about the financial assistance programs that are out there to help ease the burden,” Representative Brady said.

The Financial Aid Night Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 pm in the Prairie Central High School Library. It is being presented by Scott Seibring from Illinois Wesleyan University. Representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will be on hand to provide information on available tuition assistance and financial aid programs.

To participate, parents and students must register by the end of the day Friday, December 11th by calling the school Guidance office at 815-692-2355, or by e-mailing Secretary/Registrar Becky Webster at bwebster@prairiecentral.org, or Ann Egleton (students with last names A-L) at aegleton@prairiecentral.org or Mike Quinn (students with last names M-Z) at mquinn@prairiecentral.org.
Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office is suspending mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminders.

Those who want to continue receiving a reminder can sign up to receive e-notices through the Secretary of State’s web site www.cyberdriveillinois.com. A direct link to sign up for email alerts can be found on the home page of that site. Have your registration in hand so you have the information you need to sign up.

When making the announcement, White noted that suspending the paper mailings will save approximately $450,000 per month.