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) in November upon the launch of his First 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.  Diapers are an essential and often overlooked need for families struggling financially around the holidays.”

Rep. Spain followed through on his promise to help those families in need with deliveries of diapers and supplies to area pantries, including the Center for Prevention of Abuse, St. Gianna Diaper Pantry, and Peoria Area Food Bank in Peoria on Wednesday.  Over 1,800 diapers, nearly 1,800 wipes and about a dozen diaper rash creams were delivered to the food and diaper banks by Rep. Spain personally on Wednesday 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 13- December 11 to help address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep infants in need clean, dry, and healthy.  In total, over 4,000 diapers were collected, nearly 5,000 wipes and several dozen diaper rash creams.


“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. 

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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) in November upon the launch of his First 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.  Diapers are an essential and often overlooked need for families struggling financially around the holidays.”

Rep. Spain followed through on his promise to help those families in need with a delivery of diapers and supplies to area pantries, including the Pregnancy Resource Center in Toulon.  Over 300 diapers, over 600 wipes and several diaper rash creams were delivered to the Pregnancy Resource Center by Rep. Spain’s staff 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 13- December 11 to help address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep infants in need clean, dry, and healthy.  In total, over 4,000 diapers were collected, nearly 5,000 wipes and several dozen diaper rash creams.

“I am honored to help Stark County families in need with this diaper donation to the Pregnancy Resource Center.  I am certain that the staff at the Center will put these to good use in helping families in Stark County,” 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. 

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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) in November upon the launch of his First 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.  Diapers are an essential and often overlooked need for families struggling financially around the holidays.”

Rep. Spain followed through on his promise to help those families in need on Friday with the first round of deliveries of diapers and supplies to area pantries, including Chillicothe Assembly of God Food Pantry.  Over 700 diapers, over 850 wipes and several diaper rash creams were delivered to the Chillicothe pantry by Rep. Spain’s personally 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 13- December 11 to help address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep infants in need clean, dry, and healthy.  In total, over 4,000 diapers were collected, nearly 5,000 wipes and several dozen diaper rash creams.

“Pastor Ed Dutton does an amazing job helping those in need with the Chillicothe Assembly of God Food Pantry,” said Rep. Spain following the delivery and tour of the pantry.  “I am honored to help the pantry with garnering donations of a hard-to-get item at a time of year that is so important for families.  I would further encourage any one that would like to participate more in helping the pantry to contact Pastor Dutton.  Your donations will go a long way to helping Chillicothe area families.”

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. 

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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) in November upon the launch of his First 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.  Diapers are an essential and often overlooked need for families struggling financially around the holidays.”

Rep. Spain followed through on his promise to help those families in need on Friday with the first round of deliveries of diapers and supplies to area pantries, including Koinonia Food Pantry in Lacon.  Over 500 diapers, over 800 wipes and several diaper rash creams were delivered to the Lacon pantry by Rep. Spain’s personally 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 13- December 11 to help address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep infants in need clean, dry, and healthy.  In total, over 4,000 diapers were collected, nearly 5,000 wipes and several dozen diaper rash creams.

“Ruth Kleppin, and her son Ron, do an amazing job helping those in need with the Koinonia Pantry,” said Rep. Spain following the delivery and tour of the pantry.  “I am honored to help the pantry with garnering donations of a hard-to-get item at a time of year that is so important for families.  I would further encourage any one that would like to participate more in helping the pantry to contact Ruth.  Your donations will go a long way to helping Marshall County families.”

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. 

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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) in November upon the launch of his First 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.  Diapers are an essential and often overlooked need for families struggling financially around the holidays.”

Rep. Spain followed through on his promise to help those families in need on Friday with the first round of deliveries of diapers and supplies to area pantries, including Spring Bay Pantry.  Over 600 diapers, over 800 wipes and several diaper rash creams were delivered to the Spring Bay Pantry by Rep. Spain’s staff 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 13- December 11 to help address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep infants in need clean, dry, and healthy.  In total, over 4,000 diapers were collected, nearly 5,000 wipes and several dozen diaper rash creams.

Many donors helped contribute to this effort, but many of the diapers received by the Spring Bay Pantry were collected by the Metamora/Germantown Hills Junior Women’s Club.  “I am grateful for all of our donors, but especially wanted to highlight the support of the Junior Women’s Club in helping families within their own county.  Their support helped make this a great success and will help many families,” 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. 

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PEORIA… In their annual rating of legislative voting records for the Illinois House and Senate, the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) rated State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) with their highest rating available for a voting record in strong support of manufacturing jobs in Illinois.

“I am proud to support manufacturing in Illinois and the jobs this industry brings to our residents,” said Rep. Ryan Spain in reaction to TMA’s rating.  “In a time when so many jobs are leaving Illinois to our surrounding states, I think it’s important that legislators not just talk the talk, but walk the walk when it comes to keeping manufacturing jobs right here in Illinois.”

Not only did Rep. Ryan Spain score a 100% voting record on manufacturing issues, as rated by TMA, but he also was one of only 10 members of the Illinois House to achieve a 100% rating.  TMA’s public policy agenda scores legislators on taxation policy, regulation policy, and education and career readiness issues.

According to TMA, a leading manufacturing trade association in Illinois, support for manufacturing interests in the Illinois General Assembly has nose-dived over the past two years.  In 2015, 42% of Illinois state representatives had a cumulative score of 75 or better, meaning they were pro-manufacturing.  Two years later, in 2017, only 23% scored 75 or better, meaning a stunning 77% vote against bills that would encourage manufacturing in Illinois. 

Illinois bad public policies have led to an unprecedented population loss as more residents move out of state to find employment in the far-more jobs friendly climates across our state borders.  Those moving out of state include members of a critically-needed trained workforce that will be badly needed in the years ahead.

A full copy of the legislative scorecard is available at: http://www.tmaillinois.org.  Founded in 1925, the Technology & Manufacturing Association represents and supports manufacturers in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin with their mission to help members achieve profitable growth and business success.


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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 www.repryanspain.com. 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.

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Peoria… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) reminds summer readers about the upcoming deadline for  his 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 incumbent on all of us in the community 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 www.repryanspain.com 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.


To request a brochure or confirm your residency in the 73rd District, Rep. Spain’s office can be contacted at 309-690-7373 or repryanspain@gmail.com
PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) issued the following Statement following the successful Veto Override of legislation to increase Illinois income tax rate by 32%. 

“With the worst income growth, highest outmigration, and highest net tax burden in the country, now is absolutely the worst time to raise income taxes in Illinois.  While this legislation increases revenue to the State, it does not address the long-term problems that got us here or the steps that will be needed to grow Illinois revenue base instead of just its revenue rate,” said Spain following Thursday’s vote.
Spain continued, “since 2000, Illinois has only had net job growth of 100 jobs.  Meanwhile, our surrounding states have all grown by tens and hundreds of thousands of jobs.  It’s not just Midwestern winters driving workers out of our State, it’s our out of control tax and spend policies.”
“The only way we can grow out of these problems long-term is to increase our revenue base by attracting jobs and families back to Illinois.  While this bill supplements the state coffers with more tax dollars, there is far too little in the way of accompanying reforms to allow us to catch up on unpaid bills and grow our way out of this mess,” Spain continued.
Under provisions of Senate Bill 9 enacted following the veto override, Illinois permanently raises the State’s Income Tax by a 32% increase from 3.75% to 4.95% with no real reforms to how the State does business.  Moody’s, one of the three bond-rating agencies, indicated less than 24 hours before the override vote that they may downgrade Illinois to junk-bond rating even with a budget override because of the lack of structural reforms to the State’s debt burden.  The override vote was 71 to 42 in favor of overriding the Governor’s veto and in successfully enacting the income tax increase.

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PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) reacted to the Democrat Spending Plan’s passage on Sunday, July 2:

“I was sworn-in to the legislature in January with optimism that both sides of the aisle would come together to support a balanced state budget and implement economic reforms to grow jobs in Illinois.  It was my hope, that after two years of budget inaction, Illinois leaders would set aside their differences and work together for a solution to the budget impasse.  I cannot adequately convey my disappointment that the General Assembly passed an unbalanced budget with no real reforms.  It’s the same old song, but this time it comes with even more dire consequences,” said Spain.
“I said in May, a true budget solution for Illinois will involve tough choices.  I have been prepared to make tough choices and to compromise, but good faith efforts and cooperation were also needed.  Unfortunately, what we saw this week from the Speaker is simply pulling the rug out from the hard-work negotiations that so many legislators, on both sides, have been working on in earnest,” Spain continued.
Spain went on to say, “I am deeply frustrated that the Speaker has walked away from critically-needed reforms like Workers Compensation Reform, property tax relief, and pension reform- which are huge cost drivers on employers.  Failure to pass these reforms, will continue to push people and jobs out of our State and we’re already leading the nation in population loss.”
The State revenue plan (Senate Bill 9) passed by a vote of 72 to 45.  Governor Rauner has indicated he will veto the bill, but it received enough votes for an override.
PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) is hosting a display of photographs taken within the 73rd Legislative District by local photographer Travis Guthman.

Travis Guthman, a rural Sparland resident, is a local photographer and business owner.  As the owner of The Pizza Peel in Lacon, Guthman has branched out his photography hobby to include a beautiful array of landscape photographs that span the spectrum of rural life in Central Illinois.

“My family and I have been fans of pizza from The Pizza Peel in Lacon for a while now.  When I saw some of Travis’ photography work, I knew that I wanted to host a display of his beautiful photographs in my Peoria Constituent Service Office.  His work gives visitors to my office a wonderful visual taste of life in the 73rd District,” said Spain.

Spain is hosting nine prints of Guthman’s, which are printed on several different mediums.  “I selected prints which I felt are truly representative of the beauty of Central Illinois.  The photos depict barns, bridges, lakes, rivers, fields, and the great beauty that can be found in Central Illinois’ rural living,” Spain continued.

“While I purchased the prints that hang in my district office, I wanted to publicly highlight the work of a local artist and business owner.  The amazing part, to me, was that Travis beautiful landscapes are mostly taken with his cell phone camera.  His work shows the beauty of our natural resources in Central Illinois and I am honored to support his work,” said Spain

Anyone interested in viewing the photographs may visit the District Office of Rep. Ryan Spain during regular business hours, 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.  More of Travis Guthman’s Photography can also be found at www.travisguthmanphotography.com.


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The General Assembly once again adjourned session without passage of a bipartisan balanced budget.  Illinois continues to lead the nation in job loss, population loss, and economic stagnation.  Our state’s backlog of bills exceeds $14 billion, and our unfunded pension liability now total nearly $140 billion. 
I entered the legislature in January with optimism that both sides of the aisle would come together to support a balanced state budget and implement economic reforms to grow jobs in Illinois.  It was my hope, that after two years of budget inaction, Illinois leaders would set aside their differences and work together for a solution to the budget impasse.  I cannot adequately convey my disappointment that the General Assembly has once again failed to act.  
I sincerely appreciate the good-faith efforts of the Illinois State Senate to implement a grand bargain.  This effort toward compromise must continue in both chambers of the State Capitol. 
By missing the May 31 deadline, cooperation will be necessary from Republicans and Democrats to get something done prior to the start of new fiscal year (July 1).  Both parties need to respect and understand the other’s priorities.  My priority is a balanced budget, paying down old bills, and returning economic growth to Illinois.
A true budget solution for Illinois will involve tough choices.  I’m prepared to make tough choices and to compromise, but good faith efforts and cooperation will be needed. Let’s roll up our sleeves and work together to pass a budget by June 30 -or sooner.    





Rep. Ryan Spain
State Representative, 73rd District

As the Illinois House continues in Session this Memorial Day, please keep the family of Special Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens in your thoughts and prayers.  SCPO Owens was an Illinois Valley Central (IVC) High School graduate who died in the line of duty in January 2017.

PEORIA… Following House passage in April, the Illinois Senate on Thursday passed legislation proposed by State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) to allow volunteer work to be performed at Illinois State Parks.

“I am happy the Senate has followed suit and passed this legislation without changes.  It will now head to the Governor.  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.”

Following House passage in April, 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.

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Peoria… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) announced the official launch of his First 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 incumbent on all of us in the community to encourage students to get ahead by becoming better readers,” said Spain.

Brochures were distributed recently through area schools, but are also available below or by calling Rep. Spain's 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.




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PEORIA… State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) passed his first bill on Wednesday, a bipartisan measure to allow volunteer work to be performed at Illinois State Parks.

“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.  Included in permissible activities are spring cleanups, accessibility projects, special events, trail maintenance, enhancement, or realignment, public information and assistance, or training," 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 here is not 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.”

Spain went on to say, “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, and passed the legislation on Wednesday in the Illinois House by a vote of 113-0.  The legislation attracted bipartisan support and co-sponsorship from House legislators throughout Illinois.  Testifying in support of the bill were the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as well as the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois.


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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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"I strongly oppose Caterpillar's decision to move their corporate headquarters from Peoria. This is terrible for our community and I cannot begin to express my disappointment and heartache. Peoria has invested so much in Caterpillar for decades, with resulting benefits for both. Caterpillar had painted a bold vision for their future in Peoria. After years of planning and preparation, it feels like we have been left at the altar. Out of respect for our 90 year collaboration with Caterpillar, I urge the Board of Directors to meet with community leaders and reconsider this devastating move. In the mean-time, our community and business leaders will rally together under the clarion call for further economic diversification of Central Illinois' economy." State Representative Ryan Spain, January 31, 2017
PEORIA… State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) issued the following statement following the Governor’s State of the State Address:

“The State of the State address showcased areas of improvement in Illinois, but rightly focused on the very serious challenges facing our state.  I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the General Assembly to return job growth to Illinois and pass a truly balanced budget," said State Representative Ryan Spain.  

Representative Spain also appreciated the Governor's mention of allowing more volunteer opportunities at state parks.  "That’s an issue I am working on as part of my legislative agenda in my first-term, and I appreciate his support on those efforts,” said Spain.

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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PEORIA… State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) took little time in Springfield after inauguration to sharpen  criticism of the process by which legislation is considered and debated in the Illinois House.

“The current House Rules stifle democratic debate- plain and simple.  The rights and responsibilities of legislators to represent their constituents and attempt to pass legislation on their behalf has been under attack for decades under these rules.  They are designed to allow the Speaker, alone, to have complete control over what bills are even debated or assigned to committee in the Illinois House.  That must end to allow our state to move forward,” said Spain.

Under rules proposed by Speaker Madigan, and rules that have been in effect under his previous tenure, he alone has control over the daily agenda in the Illinois House, which bills are allowed to be even assigned to committees, and how that debate is to be conducted.

“It is no secret that Speaker Madigan controls the agenda in Springfield, but whenever people ask how it can be stopped-
SPRINGFIELD - Ryan Spain was sworn in Wednesday afternoon to the state House, replacing longtime Rep. David Leitch, who retired.

Earlier in the week, the Peoria Republican sat down with the Journal Star just off the House floor to discuss his priorities for the new term. Here's an edited transcript:

Q: Given everything that's happened in the last couple years in state government, why do you want this job?

A: I think it's fair to look at the climate in Springfield and the difficulties facing our state, and a lot of people have said to me, 'why would you want that job?' And I think, to me, there are many challenges facing the state. But we need people to---read more at http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170111/qampa-newly-inaugurated-rep-ryan-spain-discusses-priorities
PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) was sworn in to his first term in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday during the inauguration of the historic 100th General Assembly held at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

“I am honored to serve in the 100th General Assembly, as Illinois approaches 200 years of statehood. 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 am humbled by this opportunity and will work hard to try to bring jobs and people back to a reformed, more prosperous 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.

In April 2007, Spain was elected to the City Council. He is currently employed at OSF Healthcare System as the Vice President of Economic Development. Spain and his wife Ashley have a three-year old daughter named Vivienne.

Spain has always enjoyed spearheading initiatives to bring jobs and economic growth to the region. He was proud to serve as the driving force in Peoria’s Warehouse District, which has become a mixed-use district that is bringing both businesses and residents back to the core of the city. In his professional life, as a healthcare manager, he has seen firsthand how government decisions are affecting the private sector and how lessons learned by the private sector can be applied to challenges in government.

Rep. Spain is also announcing the location and contact information for his Legislative District Office. Rep. Spain will be taking over the current lease for Rep. David Leitch’s office on the campus of Illinois Central College North in Peoria. The mailing and street address is 5407 N. University St., Arbor Hall, Suite B, Peoria, IL, 61614. The telephone number also remains the same at, 309-690-7373. Rep. Leitch’s longtime Chief of Staff, Linda Daley, will also stay on to transition the office and casework for a period of time.

“It was important to me to maintain a high-level constituent service, as voters have rightfully come to expect in this district. By keeping the legislative office location and contact numbers the same, we are not only saving taxpayer dollars, but are also making for a smoother transition for those we serve,” said Spain.

The House of Representatives of the new 100th General Assembly is comprised of 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans. Representative Michael J. Madigan of Chicago was re-elected Speaker of the House for another two-year term. Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs was re-elected Minority Leader.

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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