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!