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State Rep. Brandon Phelps to resign

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UPDATE: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 4:40 p.m.

HARRISBURG, Ill. – State Rep. Brandon W. Phelps, D-Harrisburg, released the following statement on Friday:                                                                        

 “It has been my honor to serve the people of the 118th District as their state representative. I have worked to represent Southern Illinois to the best of my ability.

“Together in bipartisan manner, we worked to pass concealed carry, protect our state’s transportation funding, support our state’s agriculture, save 9-1-1 services, and expand the use of coal, oil and gas for our region. Since day one, I’ve given it everything I have, because our communities deserve a strong voice to speak up for our values and protect our way of life. Now in the interest of my personal health, it is my intention to step down effective today, Sept. 1.

“I want to thank all of those who worked alongside me, both in our communities and in our Capitol, as well as all my friends and loved ones. It has been my privilege to serve the people of the 118th District. My heart will always reside in Southern Illinois.”  
 

ORIGINAL STORY

WSIL -- After nearly 15 years in Springfield, top Democratic officials confirm that State Representative Brandon Phelps will step down tomorrow due to health concerns over his eye, which he injured in a hunting accident years ago.

Phelps has held office since 2003, representing the state's 118th District, which covers parts of 11 counties in southern Illinois. 

But problems with his eye have caused him to miss time in the General Assembly over the past couple of years.

He is best known for working to pass the state's concealed carry act in 2013.

Constituents have mixed reactions to Phelps' pending resignation, with several, like Harrisburg resident Angie West, saying they disagreed with his decision to vote for a tax increase earlier this year.

"I would like to see more support come this way instead of sticking around the Chicago suburban areas up north," West said. "It just seems like everything's getting done up that way and nothing's getting solved around here."

Others say they're sad to see the longtime lawmaker go.

"I think its very upsetting for us Southern Illinois people here in the district," said Kevin Wallace. "It's going to be heartbreaking for for me and my family and friends."

Wallace says he's voted for Phelps several times, and thinks his legacy will stretch beyond just politics.

"He's just a very loyal and honest person," said Wallace. "Loyalty means a lot to us."

We reached out to Phelps, who said he would send a statement soon.

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