Bryant’s Bulletin: March 13, 2024

Bryant Unveils Constitutional Amendment to Ensure U.S. Citizenship Required to Vote in Illinois

In response to growing efforts to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections, State Senator Terri Bryant has unveiled Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 14, which would eliminate perceived vagueness that activists have capitalized on to push voting for non-citizens.

While state and federal law clearly require U.S. citizenship to vote in State and Federal elections, recent proposals to allow non-citizens to vote in local and municipal elections have gained traction in the news.

A city ordinance proposed in the liberal enclave of Evanston would allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections for mayor and city council. Another proposal filed in the Illinois Senate would extend voting rights to non-citizens in school board elections.

Bryant’s constitutional amendment would remove the words “in State elections” from the third article of the state constitution to make it abundantly clear that U.S. citizenship is required to vote in any election in Illinois.

Senator Bryant says that choosing our leadership and the direction of our nation, state and community by voting is one of the most important rights – and responsibilities – that we as citizens of the United States have, and recent efforts to expand those rights to non-citizen is not what the drafters of our state’s constitution had in mind.

As a proposed amendment to the constitution, SJRCA 14 would need to be approved by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly by May 5. It would then be placed on the November 5, 2024, General Election ballot to be approved by voters before becoming part of the state constitution.

Illinoisans in favor of Senator Bryant’s constitutional amendment can sign a petition to show their support here

Bryant named IAPA’s Legislator of the Year

This week, Senator Bryant was presented by the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association (IAPA) with their Legislator of the Year Award at their annual conference in Springfield.

Senator Bryant said she was truly honored to accept the award and humbled by the recognition.

The Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association is a nonprofit trade association composed of Hot Mix Asphalt producers serving the Illinois market and affiliated companies. Since their founding in 1938, IAPA has been serving as an industry resource and a vital communications channel for those involved in virtually every facet of the asphalt industry in Illinois.

Republicans Push Back Against Another Gerrymandered Map

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Last week, Illinois Senate Republicans stood up against the unfair process of gerrymandering by unanimously voting against legislation to enact a gerrymandered Chicago School Board map favored by Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and his special interest allies. Senate Republican members heard from concerned parents and Chicago community activists who testified against a map that they said empowered special interests instead of Chicago students, especially those from minority communities. The witnesses raised concerns about a lack of transparency in the map process that they believe will disenfranchise voters in their community.

Senate Republicans also joined opponents in voicing concerns about the influence that Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and other special interests had in the map process. 

Senator Bryant says that she supports maps drawn by independent commissions as they do in many other states, rather than politicians influenced by special interest groups.

Senate Republicans Push for Transparency on Noncitizen Spending

Governor JB Pritzker’s non-citizen welfare policies have exhausted state resources and helped create the largest migrant crisis in the Midwest. The Governor’s financial gimmicks and loopholes make it impossible to know exactly how many taxpayer dollars he has used to fund his invited migrant crisis. This lack of transparency is even more egregious considering Governor Pritzker has proposed nearly $1 billion in tax hikes on Illinois families to continue to pay for the migrant crisis he created.

In response, State Senator Terri Bryant cosponsored legislation to give Illinois taxpayers much-needed transparency on the migrant crisis Governor Pritzker has created. Senate Bill 3170 would require the Illinois Department of Human Services to work with relevant State agencies, to prepare an annual report to the General Assembly identifying all state spending on services and resources for migrants. It would also be available to the public on the department’s website.

The report would include details of services and resources provided by various state entities, including but not limited to the State Board of Education, Department of Human Services, Department of Public Health, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security, Department of Central Management Services, Department of Labor, and Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

The report is required to include the following information concerning expenditures:

  • Total amount spent on noncitizen and asylum-seeking populations in the previous fiscal year.
  • Specific appropriations authorizing the spending.
  • Any transfers among line-item appropriations associated with noncitizen and asylum-seeking populations.
  • Total number of families or individuals impacted by each service or resource.
  • Funding sources of the service or resource.
  • Contracts awarded to organizations providing services or resources in various categories such as emergency shelter, food, health screenings, legal services, job readiness support, enrollment in public schools, long-term housing, mental health assessments, and other related spending.

Further, the legislation requires the Governor to include a detailed accounting of all proposed spending on noncitizen populations in future state budgets, providing an additional layer of transparency to the people of Illinois.

Senator Bryant says that the people of Illinois deserve to know how much of their tax dollars are being spent on migrant services, especially when the Governor is trying to raise their taxes by $1 billion.

You can watch the press conference discussing this new legislation here. Join us in saying NO to Governor Pritzker’s tax hikes by signing Senator’s petition here.

March is Women’s History Month

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The month of March is designated to acknowledge and commemorate the many great achievements made by women. This month-long celebration is also used to inspire and encourage the next generation of female history makers.

In 1982, Congress requested that President Ronald Reagan declare Women’s History Week as the second week in March. The idea of expanding this to Women’s History Month was petitioned to Congress by the National Women’s History Alliance in 1987.

Lottie Holman O’Neill, a Republican, was the first woman elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1922. She served a total of 40 years, and her service has been commemorated with a statue in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol.

The Illinois Senate Republican Caucus was the first caucus in Illinois to elect a woman to its highest position, with former Senator Christine Radogno serving as Minority Leader from 2009 until 2017. The women of the caucus continue to work to pass important legislation, from advancing the state’s energy sector to protecting the rights of citizens and families.

For ways to celebrate women-owned business in Illinois, visit the Enjoy Illinois website at

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