SPRINGFIELD, MO (KFVS) - State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) has announced a petition drive aimed at stopping legislative attacks on Southern Illinois University Carbondale by members of the Illinois House Democrat caucus, led by Speaker Mike Madigan.
"Though the deadline for substantive bills has passed, as I stated two weeks ago, no bad idea is ever truly dead in Springfield," Bryant said. "And this week the deadline to pass the 'Attack SIU Carbondale' legislative package was extended until May 31. Rumors in Springfield are that Rep. Hoffman plans to call the legislation for House floor votes as early as Wednesday."
Bryant has made news recently by speaking out during a House Perfunctory Session against HBs 1292, 1293, and 1294.
Last week, Bryant also publicly called for SIU President Randy Dunn to resign, following revelations that Dunn had referred to he and Bryant's shared Carbondale constituents as, 'b*******.'
"For the health of the University system and to preserve the future of SIU Carbondale we must defeat these attacks on SIU-C by Mike Madigan and his lieutenants in the House," Bryant said. "I am urging all my constituents, and every Saluki alumni across Illinois and across the nation to join me and sign the online petition opposing the 'attack SIU-C package," Bryant said.
The online petition can be found at www.ilhousegop.org/siupetition.