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 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.



Completed application forms can also be submitted online here.

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State Representative Ryan Spain joined Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz in urging Illinois firearm owners to file paperwork early to renew their Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) Cards as the first wave of the 10-year renewal will create a backlog of renewal applications.

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz recommends, “gun owners get their renewal application in at least one to two months in advance so we have adequate time to process them and get a new card our before expiration.”

“With more than 50,000 FOID cards due for renewal between June 1 and August 1 due to amendments to State laws on the 10-year renewal process in 2008, I am urging my constituents who are FOID holders to renew as early as possible to allow adequate time for processing before expiration,” said Rep. Spain on Tuesday.

The Illinois State Police oversees the FOID card system and issues the cards that are required to buy or possess a firearm or ammunition in Illinois.  FOID card applications require state and federal background checks, as well as review of the database from the Illinois Department of Human Services to confirm applicants have not been in a mental institution in the past five years.  Persons with common names may find additional delays as identities are confirmed.

Illinois State Police have already sent renewal notices to those whose cards will expire June 1.  Applicants can visit the ISP’s Firearms Services Bureau website at ispfsb.com to renew online.  The cost of the card is $10. 

Applicants must be Illinois residents and include their Driver’s License or State ID card number.  Applicants under the age of 21 must have a parents’ signature on the application.  Anyone who needs assistance with the FOID card renewal, and those who prefer paper applications, may call 217-782-7980 and select menu option 0.  Applicants should also make sure the name and address on FOID applications match the records on file for them at the Secretary of State’s Office, otherwise the renewal process will be delayed further.