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PEORIA… State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) issued the following statement on Tuesday from Springfield.

“The Spring legislative session is now almost half over with no movement toward a budget resolution, little in the way of meaningful reforms debated and time dwindling for substantive action on behalf of those we serve," said State Representative Ryan Spain.  

“The time for action is now.  What cannot be done is to simply repeat the same failed experiments of past administrations- tax increases with no reform.  That is what got us into this mess and will never get us out.  That is why I joined colleagues in co-sponsoring meaningful pension reform last week, which is one of the biggest drivers of unfunded liability in our state,” continued Spain.

Spain went on to say, “it is simply not acceptable to kick this can down the road by passing tax increases without meaningful cost reforms.  That’s not what any of us were sent here to do- we were sent here to fix the problems.”

Representative Spain is a co-sponsor of House Bill 4027, a measure aimed at revitalizing our insolvent state pension systems through several reforms comporting with recent Illinois Supreme Court decisions providing further clarification on how Illinois may legally reform its pension systems.  Those systems currently include more than $100 billion in unfunded liability.

“Failing to address this issue will likely lead to bankruptcy within these systems and a failure to honor commitments made to retired and active employees- that should not be the option we are left with due to our failure to act now in a responsible way,” Spain went on to say.


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PEORIA… State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) shared on Monday that the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity contacted him to announce the Village of Sparland will receive $61,521 to replace the sanitary sewer force main to Route 17 lift station.

“Infrastructure maintenance is critically important to our communities’ growth and development.  This is not only a quality of life issue for residents, but also important toward better positioning communities to attract development and jobs,” said Spain.

“This is a needed project and I am so pleased to see it funded,” Spain continued.

The funding for this project is derived from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is one of the longest running programs at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Although federally funded, Illinois DCEO administers the program, and awards support to local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development.


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PEORIA… State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) shared on Monday that the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity contacted him to announce the Village of Neponset will receive $341,865 for water tower rehabilitation.

“Infrastructure maintenance is critically important to our communities’ growth and development.  This is not only a quality of life issue for residents, but also important toward better positioning communities to attract development and jobs,” said Spain.

“This is a needed project and I am so pleased to see it funded,” Spain continued.

The funding for this project is derived from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is one of the longest running programs at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Although federally funded, Illinois DCEO administers the program, and awards support to local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development.


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From Rep. Ryan Spain:

I went out to Washburn this morning to meet with Mayor Werner Elliott following the Tornado that touched down there on Tuesday evening. At least eight homes and several other buildings were damaged or destroyed in the tornado. The Mayor shared some requests from those effected by this disaster, in case you’d like to help.

All assistance can be delivered to the Washburn American Legion Post 661 (104 E. Parkside Dr., Washburn, IL 61570)

1. They are in need of clean plastic storage totes to help families gather their belongings.

2. They are in need of dry goods to assist families.

3. Monetary donations may also be made to “2017 Tornado Relief Fund” and can be sent to the American Legion Post.

Please help if you can!
PEORIA… State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) issued the following statement following Governor Rauner’s Budget Address on Wednesday:

“I agree with the Governor that spurring economic growth is critical to the budget fix.  Short-sighted tax increases without accompanying reforms will simply push more of our tax base out of state.  We must grow our tax base.  The problem is not difficult to identify, as we’re hearing a united message from job creators throughout Illinois identifying the policies pushing them out of state.  We just need the political will to do what is necessary to fix the problem,” said Spain.

Spain continued, “we’re seeing some bipartisan cooperation to make economic reforms in the Senate, now we need strong leadership from the majority party in the House if they want to sincerely address our long-term job creation and retention environment.  Until we encourage economic growth, all our other policy priorities are hobbled.  The math simply doesn’t work without economic growth through policies attracting jobs back to Illinois.”

73rd District residents can learn more about the budget process during the Spring legislative session at Rep. Spain’s legislative website at www.repryanspain.com.

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PEORIA… State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) announced on Friday that he has received committee appointments to seven committees as the 100th General Assembly commences.

Among critical committee appointments for the newly elected Representative include the Human Services Appropriations Committee, Economic Opportunity Committee and the newly created Special Committee on Mental Health.  These roles fit well with Rep. Spain’s professional background in both the health care management and economic development fields.

“I look forward to not only being an advocate for reforming our state economy to bring jobs back to Illinois, but also recognizing that healthcare and human services are a growing, critical segment of our state’s budget,” said Spain.  “Representative Leitch served as a statewide leader for many years on the Human Services-Appropriations Committee and I pushed hard for that same appointment to continue this work on behalf of our region and its most vulnerable residents.  Mental Health is a critical piece of that puzzle and so I look forward to seeing what can be accomplished on the new Special Committee on Mental Health.”

“I have always believed that human services and economic development are intertwined.  A healthier business climate usually leads to better funded community based services.  Long-term economic growth policies will only better allow businesses and taxpayers to put our wallets where our hearts are and fund policy priorities like help for the physically ailed or disabled, mentally ill, and developmentally disabled.  These issues do not exist in silos,” Spain continued.

Spain rounds out his first-term committee assignments with appointments to the Public Utilities, Cities and Villages, Transportation: Vehicles and Safety Committees, and Business Incentives for Local Communities.

73rd District residents can learn more about legislation sponsored by Rep. Spain during the Spring legislative session at his website at www.repryanspain.com.

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