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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.

Budget
This week House Appropriations Committees continued to take testimony on the Governor’s proposed budget. More than 30 of the Governor’s funding proposals for agencies have been heard in committees with testimony from the agency directors.  The hearing process will take two or three more weeks before legislation emerges on these proposals.

Meanwhile, discussions are also continuing on the so-called “Grand Bargain” budget bills in the Senate, but there was no floor action in recent weeks on bills that comprise the plan. So far, about half of the bills involved have been passed. All of the bills in this package would need to be passed and signed into law for any of them to become effective.

In addition, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) this week added a new challenge into the mix, reporting that revenues are currently falling short of projections by approximately $800 million.

New Proposal for Cost-Saving Pension Reforms
With our growing budget challenges in mind, House Republicans today introduced a comprehensive pension reform proposal consistent with the “Grand Bargain” measures in the Illinois Senate. The new proposal is estimated to provide taxpayer savings of approximately $2.25 billion that would help us achieve a balanced budget while also saving our struggling pension systems.  I hope Speaker Madigan will help us move this important discussion forward.

There’s no question that with $130 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and billions in annual costs, the current pension systems are unsustainable. Components of our reform proposal include:
• Senate President John Cullerton’s “consideration model” that would require a choice between receiving an annual 3% COLA or having future raises counted as pensionable. This concept previously received union support by the We Are One Coalition
• Closes new member participation in GARS
• Offers Tier 1 TRS, SURS, SERS and GARS employees the option to participate in a defined contribution (DC) plan
• Creates a voluntary Tier 3 Hybrid defined benefit/defined contribution plan for new Tier 2 employees under TRS, SURS, and certain SERS members who do not participate in Social Security

We have gone far too long without a balanced budget. Now is the time to take action to reform our pension systems, break the budget impasse and pass a truly balanced budget for the people of Illinois.