Illinois is proud to be a Purple Heart state! Last May I was honored to meet some Purple Heart Veterans at a senior fair in Springfield. We discussed moving legislation to officially declare Illinois a Purple Heart state, and I was happy that my colleagues both in the House and Senate supported me in this endeavor. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces for wounds suffered in combat. The Purple Heart symbolizes courage, devotion and extraordinary sacrifice from those who protect and serve our country. Thank you to all of our veterans for their service.
I also had the honor of sponsoring a resolution to designate a section of 9th Street as Officer David Tapscott Memorial Street. Officer Tapscott was responding to a disturbance call when his vehicle was involved in an accident, ultimately resulting in his untimely death. Thank you to Rep. Tim Butler and our colleagues for supporting this resolution to honor Officer Tapscott, his family and friends and the sacrifices he made in the line of duty.
As we head back to Springfield next week, I expect that discussions will continue in the Senate next week on a budget framework, while on Wednesday Governor Bruce Rauner will lay out his vision for Illinois during his third annual State of the State address.
Also, the Governor this week signed an important bill to protect schoolchildren from lead in drinking water and taxpayers are getting ready to file their tax returns.
It is important as a public servant to obtain feedback from constituents, so please let us know how we can best keep you informed as we move forward in the legislative session. Updates are available on my website, Facebook and Twitter.
And as always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our offices in Bloomington or Springfield.
Senator Bill Brady