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.

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 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
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.

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.