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State Representative Ryan Spain issued the following statement following the Governor’s State of the State/ Budget Address on Wednesday, February 20:

“Illinois desperately needs economic growth.  We must also stop the exodus of people from our state as families seek better opportunities in other locations.  Unfortunately, the Governor’s message focused on raising taxes yet again on the hard-working people of Illinois,” said Rep. Spain following the Governor’s speech on Wednesday.

Rep. Spain continued, “I was disappointed that the Governor did not mention Downstate Pension Consolidation as a way to save management fees and reduce costs for Downstate Public Pension systems.  I have sponsored a package of bills backed by cities and villages across Illinois to do just that.  I don’t agree with every element the Governor is proposing to shore up pensions, but consolidation is an opportunity for common-ground while we save local governments money.”

“While I look forward to working with Governor Pritzker on areas which we agree, there is a sobering fiscal reality that must be recognized as well.  New spending, as is being proposed by the Governor in his proposed budget, does not seem in line with that fiscal reality,” Spain concluded.


State Representative Ryan Spain issued the following statement following today’s vote to increase the minimum wage in Illinois to $15/hour by 2025:


“Illinois already leads the nation in population loss due to a poor business climate that stifles economic growth.  Increasing the minimum wage will lead to fewer jobs and higher taxes for our residents.  While many businesses will relocate across state lines, the negative impact in Central Illinois will be more severe.  The new minimum wage will increase the State pension burden and will force social service providers to close their doors.   Businesses of all sizes will recalibrate their employment strategies and young adults will miss out on opportunities to enter the workforce.  I voted No and believe this action cements the position of Illinois as the most uncompetitive state in the Midwest,” said Rep. Spain.  

The House of Representatives of the new 101st General Assembly is comprised of 74 Democrats and 44 Republicans.  Senate Bill 1 passed the Illinois House on a vote of 69-47.


State Representative Ryan Spain announced today that his office will make a free ‘Constituent Education Resource Card’ available to residents wishing to visit select museums and zoos in the Chicagoland area.

If you and your family are interested in visiting some of Chicago’s world-class museums, Rep. Spain’s office has a museum pass to use for free admission for select Chicagoland locations. Any resident of the 73rd District can reserve our Constituent Education Resource Card on a first come first serve basis, to visit any of the following museums in 2019:

            • Adler Planetarium
            • The Art Institute of Chicago
            • Brookfield Zoo
            • Chicago Botanic Garden
            • Chicago Children’s Museum
            • Chicago History Museum
            • Dusable Museum of African American History
            • The Field Museum
            • Lincoln Park Zoo
            • Museum of Contemporary Art
            • Museum of Science and Industry
            • National Museum of Mexican Art
            • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
            • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
            • John G. Shedd Aquarium

Only one group pass is available at a time. Constituents will have to come to the office and pick up the pass before visiting the museums and will have to bring it back to the office once they return from Chicagoland.

Please contact Rep. Spain’s office at (309) 690-7373 to provide your name and address along with the dates you are requesting (can be used for up to 3 days in row) to reserve the Constituent Education Resource Card for your use.
State Representative Ryan Spain was sworn in to his second term in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday during the inauguration of the 101st General Assembly held at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

“I am honored to serve in the 101st General Assembly. We have large challenges ahead in our state and I look forward to the opportunity to applying common-sense solutions to the problems we face. I continue to be humbled by this opportunity and will work hard to try to bring jobs and people back to Illinois,” said Spain.

A lifelong Peorian, Spain attended District 150 schools and is a Richwoods High School alumnus. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double degree in political science and speech communication. Spain also holds an MBA from Bradley University. He is currently employed at OSF Healthcare System as the Vice President of Economic Development. Spain and his wife Ashley have a five-year old daughter, Vivienne, and a one-year old daughter, Eleanor.

Spain went on to say he looks forward to continuing work begun in his first term to “attempt to bring about local government pension relief, allow downstate better equity in sales tax dollars statewide, and bring about fair-map redistricting reform as well as continuing his work on mental health and healthcare issues and keeping a focus on strong constituent services.”







“The cost of diapers for many families in Central Illinois is a real household budgeting problem and source of great stress,” said Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) standing in front of a wall of over 4,000 diapers and 6,000 wipes collected as part of his 2nd Annual Holiday Diaper Drive.  “Many people don’t realize that programs like WIC and SNAP do not pay for diapers, rash creams or other infant supplies.  Short of assistance through food and diaper pantries, there is practically no help available to families to help purchase diapers.  This is not only an overlooked need, but a public health problem.”

Rep. Spain followed through on his promise to help those families in need on Saturday with the first round of deliveries of diapers and supplies to area pantries, including Chillicothe Assembly of God Food Pantry and Richland Bridge Seventh Day Adventist Pantry.  Over 700 diapers, over 850 wipes and several diaper rash creams were delivered to the Chillicothe pantries by Rep. Spain’s staff and volunteers as part of a district-wide effort to help with diaper and supply donations in time to distribute to families before Christmas.

Rep. Spain’s Holiday Diaper Drive collections ran from November 12- December 7 to help address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep infants in need clean, dry, and healthy.  In total, over 4,000 diapers and over 6,000 wipes were collected for distribution to area pantries.



“The cost of diapers for many families in Central Illinois is a real household budgeting problem and source of great stress,” said Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) standing in front of a wall of over 4,000 diapers and 6,000 wipes collected as part of his 2nd Annual Holiday Diaper Drive.  “Many people don’t realize that programs like WIC and SNAP do not pay for diapers, rash creams or other infant supplies.  Short of assistance through food and diaper pantries, there is practically no help available to families to help purchase diapers.  This is not only an overlooked need, but a public health problem.”

Rep. Spain followed through on his promise to help those families in need on Saturday with the first round of deliveries of diapers and supplies to area pantries, including Koinonia Food Pantry in Lacon and the Henry Community Food Pantry.  Over 400 diapers, over 450 wipes and several diaper rash creams were delivered to each pantry by Rep. Spain’s staff and volunteers as part of a district-wide effort to help with diaper and supply donations in time to distribute to families before Christmas.

Rep. Spain’s Holiday Diaper Drive collections ran from November 12- December 7 to help address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep infants in need clean, dry, and healthy.  In total, over 4,000 diapers and over 6,000 wipes were collected for distribution to area pantries.

“The cost of diapers for many families in Central Illinois is a real household budgeting problem and source of great stress,” said Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) standing in front of a wall of over 4,000 diapers and 6,000 wipes collected as part of his 2nd Annual Holiday Diaper Drive.  “Many people don’t realize that programs like WIC and SNAP do not pay for diapers, rash creams or other infant supplies.  Short of assistance through food and diaper pantries, there is practically no help available to families to help purchase diapers.  This is not only an overlooked need, but a public health problem.”

Rep. Spain will continue his effort to bring awareness and community support to this issue with deliveries of diapers and supplies to area food and diaper pantries over the coming week following this year’s collection drive. 

Rep. Spain’s Holiday Diaper Drive collections ran from November 12- December 7 to help address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep infants in need clean, dry, and healthy.  In total, over 4,000 diapers and over 6,000 wipes were collected for distribution to area pantries.

“The need is so great with all of these organizations that I would encourage the community to reach out and see what they can do to help further with these organizations in fulfilling their missions.  In many cases, the thousands of diapers and wipes donated as part of this drive will be distributed within hours or days with additional need already in place.  Donations of diapers and baby supplies are often overlooked in donations to all pantries.  There is significant need for especially sizes 4, 5, and 6 diapers,” said Rep. Ryan Spain.

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. 

The diapers and supplies collected by Rep. Spain’s office will be distributed to pantries throughout the 73rd Legislative District, which includes all or parts of Peoria, Woodford, Marshall, Stark, Bureau, and LaSalle counties.