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Rep. Ryan Spain & Senator Chuck Weaver hosted their annual Senior Fair at Snyder Village in Metamora on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  Dozens of exhibitors and seniors attended to learn more about state and local agencies and services.

State Representative Ryan Spain is seeking volunteers for his Second Annual Summer Reading Club Ice Cream & Swimming Party. The party is held to reward students of the 73rd Legislative District for reading eight books over the course of the summer. Volunteers will be asked to help check readers into the party and work at the ice cream tables. “It’s incumbent on all of us in the community to encourage students to get ahead by becoming better readers. Volunteering at my Summer Reading Party is a fun way to get involved in helping young people get ahead,” said Rep. Spain.

The party will be held in the beginning of August at Shore Acres in Chillicothe. Those interested in volunteering can learn more by contacting Carrie Frank at Rep. Spain’s Peoria District Office at 309-690-7373 or e-mail

State Representative Ryan Spain joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle, in both chambers, in voting YES on an FY 19 State Budget that is balanced and relies on “no new taxes”.

“This full-year budget funds many of our priorities, like mental health and addiction treatment services, restores some funding cut previously to local governments, and offers new pension reform measures including voluntary buyouts and other measures to help local districts control costs,” said Rep. Spain.  “I am proud to support this budget, recognizing much work remains to put Illinois on a better fiscal footing and make critical reforms to control our costs long-term.”

The FY 19 State Budget fully funds the new bipartisan K-12 education funding formula to local schools, funds the MAP grant program as well as providing a four-year commitment for MAP recipients, creates a new merit-based scholarship program to keep students in Illinois, provides a 2% operations funding increase for universities and community colleges (including Illinois Central College and Illinois Valley Community College), includes funding for Medicaid Adult Dental Preventative Services and projects $445 million in budget savings through pension reform measures.

“We know this budget is not perfect but is rather the result of compromise and good-faith negotiations,” said Rep. Spain.  “However, we must focus our efforts now on serious, long-term changes to our state’s pension systems and other state funding.  We cannot continue to limp along and pretend major policy changes are not needed, but rather must put Illinois on a new path toward a better outcome.”

The State Budget and Budget Implementation Bills received strong, bipartisan rollcalls in the Illinois House and Senate and will now go to the Governor.

State Representative Ryan Spain announced the official launch of his Second Annual Summer Reading Club Program for grade school students who live within the 73rd Legislative District.  The program is offered to encourage students to read over the summer and promote the lifelong benefits of literacy.

“Students who read over the summer enter the school year in the fall ahead of students who do not read over the summer.  This is a fun way to reward students with a free ice cream and swimming party for simply reading eight books over their summer break and returning a form signed by a parent or guardian to invite them to a swimming party.  It’s important for all of us in our communities to encourage students to get ahead by becoming better readers,” said Spain.

Brochures were distributed recently through area schools, but are also available on Rep. Spain’s website at or by calling his Peoria District Office.  Participation in this program can overlap with any other summer reading program offered through area libraries.  Participating students have until July 31st to read their eight books and will be invited to a Summer Reading Ice Cream & Swimming Party in August upon completion of the program.  Attendees of the party will also be given an opportunity to receive information on college savings programs offered through the State of Illinois.

Completed application forms can also be submitted online here.