PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) issued the following statement following the Governor’s State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 31:

“Governor Rauner was right to call for a laser-like focus on economic development needed in Illinois.  Illinois has so much going for it as the World’s 17th largest economy and we can be much greater, but it requires a somber recognition that we must address the systemic issues plaguing our state to move forward.  Issues like public-employee pension reform, property tax reform, and a strong focus on business development will be needed to right the ship of state.  In a collaborative fashion much has been done together, but we won’t have the where-withal to keep progress moving without real recognition that policies that have pushed hundreds of thousands of jobs out of Illinois over the past two decades must be changed,” said Rep. Spain.  “I am eager to continue the work toward reform needed.  The seeds have been planted for change, but we must continue to tend a “bipartisan recognition of our unrealized potential” for those seeds to bear fruit.”

Representative Spain also took his second State of the State Address to recognize accomplishments made since the last address.  “In last year’s State of the State Address, Governor Rauner highlighted legislation I sponsored to allow volunteer work at State Parks and Trails.  This legislation has since been passed and enacted and is bearing fruit in additional volunteers working at our parks and trails.  Recreation enthusiasts as well as conservationists will benefit for years to come because of this important legislation.  This is a great example of ways we have and can continue to work together,” continued Spain.


Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his Annual State of the State Address on January 31 at Noon.  Tune in live by clicking here.
PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) announced over $17,000 will be awarded to 73rd District school libraries in the coming weeks from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office as part of the School District Library Grant Program.

“School libraries are an important resource for students and educators and I am very happy to see this funding go to benefit students in our area,” said Rep. Ryan Spain in response to the grant announcement.

School districts that applied for the grant are awarded at least $750 to improve their library services.  This program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for students at public schools in Illinois.  The state legislature has authorized up to $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools.  The grant award is based on funds appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly and the official enrollment as of the previous September 30th of a school district.

“As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are very important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” said Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White.  “Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program for libraries, and I am pleased that we can continue to provide them with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students.”

73rd District Public Schools to receive the funds are as follows: Bradford CUSD #1 ($750.00), Illinois Valley Central Unit District #321 ($1,482.75), Metamora Township High School District #122 ($750.00), Dunlap CUSD #323 ($3,358.50), Peoria Public School District #150 ($8,988.75), Princeville CUSD #326 ($750.00), Midland CUSD #7 ($750.00), and Stark County CUSD #100 ($750.00).