State  Representative Dan Brady will serve as a leading voice in the House Republican Caucus in the new 101st General Assembly.  Brady (R-Normal) was this week reappointed Deputy House Republican Leader by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.

“We have serious challenges ahead this spring and next. We must work together to pass a responsible, balanced budget plan, and we must continue to work to improve our jobs climate to get our state back on firm financial ground,” Rep. Brady said. “While I’m honored to have been selected for caucus leadership what I’m most grateful for is the increased opportunity it affords me to highlight the goals and needs of communities here in the 105th District.”

Representative Brady was first appointed Deputy Republican Leader in 2016. He served as Caucus Chair and as Assistant Republican Leader in previous General Assemblies.

Illinois State University will soon receive a major influx of cash for maintenance work at the Center for the Fine Arts, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and Deputy House Republican Leader Dan Brady (R-Normal).

“It’s good to see that our work has paid off and this long-awaited capital funding has been released,” said Senator Barickman. “This is a great use of capital funds that will help with much needed repairs and updates while providing an important boost to ISU, which is a powerful economic engine for our area.”

“This deferred maintenance money is vitally important to the University to get needed building repairs underway immediately. Securing its release was a cooperative effort of legislators in our area,” said Representative Brady. “Illinois State University still has other maintenance and repair needs to be funded, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work to on behalf of ISU in the new General Assembly.”

According to the two lawmakers, a total of $9.6 million in capital funds has been released by the Governor’s office and is now waiting to be paid by the Comptroller. The funds will be used for maintenance and repair efforts at the Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois State University.

Capital fund requests for state universities are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. ISU officials had recently listed work on the fine arts building as the highest capital need for the campus. The maintenance plans are part of a larger program that would eventually include new construction. The funding being released will only be used for maintenance, however and not any new construction. Both lawmakers said they will continue efforts to make sure ISU receives the rest of the planned funding.

Before family and friends, State Representative Dan Brady, Deputy Republican Leader, today took the oath of office to represent the 105th House district in the new 101st General Assembly. 
House members were sworn in at noon today at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The new 101st General Assembly will serve until January 2021. Representative Brady (R-Normal), who is beginning his 10th term representing local communities in the Illinois House, said each new General Assembly brings opportunity for a new beginning.

“It is truly an honor to serve families and communities here in Central Illinois,” said Representative Brady. “We are fortunate this year to have both returning legislators who bring experience to the table and also many new faces who will undoubtedly add some new ideas and perspectives into the mix. I’m ready to work with new and returning members on both sides of the aisle and our new governor to expand good job opportunities for our families. I will also be working to protect taxpayers from harmful tax increases that may be proposed this spring.”