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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.


“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,” said Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) on Friday.

Recognizing this significant need in the community, State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) announced on Friday that he will again 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 12 through December 7. 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. 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 7 in order to get the diapers to pantries and to families before the holidays.
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