BY: BHAVANA RAVALA
On November 28th, 2017, the Bloomington-Normal Chapter of Next Generation Politics had the opportunity of hearing from an elected official: Illinois state representative Dan Brady. Rep. Brady has represented the 105th district in the Illinois House since 2001, and he has also taken upon the role of Deputy Minority Leader. As such, he had much to share with us about government and politics.
Talking to high school students like ourselves was certainly no new task for Mr. Brady. He is constantly out and about in the community connecting with his constituents. As a state representative, his term in the Illinois House is a short two years, meaning he and many other representatives are pressed for time to make a change. In his time in office, Rep. Brady has focused on local issues such as the education system. The very school we met in, University High School, has been impacted by his work in the Illinois House. During the upcoming spring session, he hopes to continue focusing on higher education in Illinois, the state budget, and other pressing issues.
Over the course of his career, Rep. Brady has learned the importance of bipartisanship, which he was more than