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PEORIA… “Earlier this Spring, I listened intently to heartfelt testimony in the Human Services Appropriations Committee about families that cannot afford enough diapers for their children,” said Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) on Friday. “Many people don’t realize that programs like WIC and SNAP do not pay for diapers, rash creams or other infant supplies. Diapers are an essential and often overlooked need for families struggling financially around the holidays.”

Recognizing this significant need in the community, State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) announced on Friday that he will be hosting a Holiday Diaper Drive beginning Monday to address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep infants in need clean, dry, and healthy. The Holiday Diaper Drive will run from November 13 through December 11. Donors may drop off unopened packages of diapers (all infant and toddler sizes and brands welcome), baby wipes, and diaper rash cream to State Representative Ryan Spain’s Peoria District Office (located at Illinois Central College North Campus, Arbor Hall, Suite B, 5407 N. University St., Peoria). Diapers will be donated to local food pantries and diaper pantries throughout the 73rd Legislative District to help those in need this Holiday Season.

Rep. Spain continued, “many families need help with basic needs like diapers to ensure the best start for their children. My wife Ashley and I are blessed to be expecting our second child any day now and we couldn’t think of anything better than to celebrate our new addition than helping families in need this holiday season. I felt compelled to act on behalf of these hardworking families trying to do best for their children but in need of a helping hand.”

Children under the age of 5 comprise 13 percent of the State’s SNAP recipients and more than 25% of WIC recipients are infants. Diapers cost an average of $18 per week or $936 per year. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, low-income families report a shortage of 50 diapers per month. Donations to Rep. Spain Holiday Diaper Drive are encouraged through December 11 in order to get the diapers to pantries and to families before the holidays.
PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) announced on Monday the release of his Legislative Session Newsletter, highlighting the major actions taken by the Illinois General Assembly during this year’s regular legislative session.

Rep. Spain also used this newsletter as another opportunity to lead by example, by drastically cutting costs with the release of the newsletter electronically instead of a mailing to area residents.

“While I was aware legislators could use taxpayer funds to publish legislative update newsletters, I discovered that we could save over $10,000 per year in postage costs by releasing this update online-only,” said Spain.

“While the reach may not be as far for this newsletter by releasing it this way, it’s important that all of our elected officials lead by example when it comes to cutting state spending,” said Spain.

Spain’s newsletter is available online at A limited number of copies were printed for those who do not have internet access. If you do not have internet access and would like to be sent a printed copy, please call Rep. Spain’s Peoria District Office at 309-690-7373.

“Providing top-notch constituent service and communicating with those I serve in Springfield is my top priority,” said Spain. “I encourage all Illinoisans to stay informed about how their state government is performing and how we can improve that performance.”

PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) announced today that Fiscal Year 2018 Project Next Generation grants are being processed and paid right now.  Brimfield Public Library District is the recipient of a $19,460 grant.

“I am grateful that a library in my district, especially one the caliber of the Brimfield Public Library, has been selected to receive this funding,” said Rep. Spain.  “I have been working with area libraries since being sworn in in January to partner for my annual Summer Reading Club as well as recently hosting “Open Office” Hours at the Chillicothe Public Library.  Our libraries are a great community asset for all ages.”

The grants are administered through State Librarian, Secretary of State Jesse White.  The project grants are intended to bridge the technological divide of residents within communities and are based on community need.

Springfield, IL (Sept. 28, 2017) – In recognition of September as Hunger Action Month, the Walmart Foundation celebrated the donation of $301,000 in grants to five hunger relief organizations from across Central Illinois at a check presentation ceremony this afternoon. 

• $120,000 to the Peoria division of Midwest Food Bank. Nationally, Midwest Food Bank serves over 1,200 local nonprofits 
• $51,000 to Decatur-based Northeast Community Fund, which distributes food baskets with fresh produce, dairy products and meat 
• $50,000 to Urbana-based Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF), which distributes donated and discounted food throughout a 17-county service area 
• $45,000 to Springfield-based Illinois Coalition for Community Services (ICCS), a statewide organization which works to identify and alleviate hunger in low-income, food-insecure communities • $35,000 to Mattoon-based Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (SBL), which works to provide homedelivered meals to seniors in a 14-county region of Central Illinois 

“We appreciate Wal-Mart’s understanding that there is not only business needs in our community but personal needs as well,” said Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder. “Springfield is a great city but what will make us even better is to ensure that all of our residents have access to the daily necessities including food. This donation will help our youngest residents receive the nourishment that every child deserves.” 

“I am honored to join the Walmart Foundation today to present over $300,000 in grants to help fight hunger across central Illinois,” said State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-99th District). “The Foundation’s commitment to fighting hunger is inspiring to see and I know that these grants will go a long way towards supporting families across central Illinois who are struggling through hard times.” 

"The Walmart Foundation's donation to the Midwest Food Bank and other Illinois hunger relief organizations is heartwarming. This is much needed support coming up on a season when help is needed the most. Hunger is a daily reality for too many Illinois families and that's why donations like the Walmart Foundation's are so important to the communities they serve," said Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria). "Their contribution is to be commended." 
PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) will hold ‘Open Office’ Hours in Chillicothe on Tuesday, October 17th.

“These ‘Open Office’ Hours are an opportunity to bring constituent services out into the communities I serve in the Illinois House in Springfield,” said Rep. Spain. “Whether you simply want to pass along an opinion about state issues, are seeking assistance with a state agency problem, or simply want to say hello, I look forward to seeing you.”

Rep. Spain’s ‘Open Office’ Hours will run from 10:00am until 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 17 at the Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Ave., Chillicothe.  No appointment is necessary.

“I am thankful to the Chillicothe Public Library for providing a venue for area residents to meet with those who serve them in elected office.  It’s one of the many great services the Chillicothe Public Library is providing to the community,” said Rep. Spain.

PEORIA… An initiative proposed by State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) to allow volunteer work to be performed at Illinois State Parks was signed by the Governor of Illinois late Friday afternoon. This was the first bill Representative Spain passed through the Illinois House after having been sworn-in in January 2017.

“This is common-sense legislation that allows volunteers to create an Adopt-a-Trail program as well as allow volunteer work at State Parks and trails," said State Representative Ryan Spain. 

This legislation attempts to resolve a long-standing problem at many State Parks and facilities where volunteers are being told they are not permitted to help keep trails clean and maintained. Currently, those individuals are able to assist with removal of trash and litter. Spain continued, “my intention has not been to take away work historically done by State employees, but rather to allow supplemental efforts to help keep our state natural resources in even better shape for future generations.”

In advocating for the bill, highlighted by the Governor in his State of the State speech, Spain said, “we should want our citizens to be engaged in our state parks and facilities. We should want them enjoying these trails and parks with their families and taking personal ownership in seeing them kept in the best shape possible. This legislation will clarify and allow for better care of our parks and trails.”

Representative Spain sponsored House Bill 3455, a measure suggested to him by trail riders at Jubilee State Park in rural Brimfield and negotiated with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and other stakeholders. The legislation attracted bipartisan support and co-sponsorship and achieved unanimous support in both the House and Senate. Testifying in support of the bill were the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as well as the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois.
State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) will host a Senior Citizens Fair on Wednesday, August 2 at Snyder Village from 9am-11am. Snyder Village is located at 1200 E. Partridge Street in Metamora. The fair will feature numerous vendors and include free blood pressure screenings, door prizes, and refreshments.

“I am very excited to be hosting this fair in Metamora.  I encourage seniors and their families to attend and learn more from a variety of vendors and services available to them in their community,” said Rep. Spain.

Booths representing the Illinois Treasurer, Comptroller, Attorney General and Secretary of State will participate, as well as over 20 other community services and organizations. 

“We hope that our senior citizens will take advantage of the many services provided free of charge to help them stay healthy and active.” said Sen. Weaver.

Admission is free. Free donuts, cookies, fruit and coffee will be available for guests to enjoy while they speak with the vendors and local elected officials.