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WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Galesburg resident Caden Wilson as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on the final day of Fall Veto Session on Wednesday, November 8th.

Caden is a Junior at Galesburg High School where he is Captain of the Varsity Soccer Team, on Track, active in the C.A.R.E. Program, a peer tutor, in Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and a German Exchange Program participant.  Additionally, Caden is on his church worship team, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, a Junior High Ministry Leader, and is active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He has been recognized as 2016 Varsity Soccer MVP, 2017 Soccer Team Captain, honored as part of the 2017 All-District Orchestra (IMEA), on the German Honor Society and has received Academic Excellence Awards.


“Caden is an exceptional young man I am honored to host as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson.  “Caden was able to witness floor debate on Wednesday on some of the most contentious issues in the Illinois House and he was able to see the legislative process in action.  Caden shows exceptional community leadership skills, athletic prowess, and is active in his faith community.”
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Aledo resident Lauryn Russell as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on the final day of Fall Veto Session on Wednesday, November 8th.

Lauryn is a sixth grade student at Mercer County Intermediate School where she is a member of the G.I.R.L.S. (Girls in Real Life Situations) Group as well as being a member of First Baptist Church of Aledo where she is a guitar player in the church Praise Band as well as teaching guitar at the Viola Presbyterian Church Guitar Clinic.  Lauryn was recently nominated to attend National Pathways to S.T.E.M. program at Loyola University in Chicago.


“Lauryn is an exceptional young woman I am honored to host as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson.  “Lauryn was able to witness floor debate on Wednesday on some of the most contentious issues in the Illinois House and she was able to see the legislative process in action.  Lauryn shows exceptional community leadership skills and already has the heart of a teacher.”
SPRINGFIELD… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) praised two local communities nominated for the 2017 Governor’s Hometown Awards program- the Henry County community of Kewanee and the Knox County community of Galesburg.

“I am extremely proud to have two communities, Kewanee and Galesburg, in this competition this year,” said Rep. Dan Swanson. “The fact that two communities are nominees from the 74th Representative District demonstrates the commitment of so many hardworking volunteers in our region who care deeply about the communities in which they live, work and play.”

The community of Kewanee was nominated for their “Step Ladder Tutoring Program”. Step Ladder Tutoring Program has targeted middle school (ages 12-14) special education, borderline, and struggling general education students needing academic assistance as the main focus. The Step Ladder Tutoring Program utilizes the experience and expertise of certified middle school teachers as site coordinators, plus a network of community volunteers, peers, high school, college students and AmeriCorps members as tutors. During the 2014-2015 school term, all eighth-grade students participating in the Step Ladder Tutoring program got promoted to the ninth grade. 75% of students improved skill mastery in core subject areas of math and reading and 80% of students improved attendance rates and their attitude toward school and learning.

The community of Galesburg was nominated for their “Galesburg Heart & Soul” project. Galesburg Heart & Soul project is a resident-driven community revitalization effort developed and tested by the Orton Family Foundation. Its objective is to allow residents to voice what they value most about their hometown to build a stronger and healthier community. The process collected the input of residents from different walks of life and builds an action plan to guide all stakeholders to develop a healthier and more economically vibrant community for all. It teaches residents how best to engage their community.
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) and Mercer County Schools hosted a Pay It Forward Blood Drive in Aledo on October 30th at Mercer County High School gymnasium.

“I am proud to have partnered with Mercer County School District to host this October community blood drive,” said Rep. Swanson.  “According to the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, over 30 units of blood were donated from over 40 presented donors.  Nineteen of the donors were first time blood donors.  Because the school achieved their goal with this event, they will receive a $250 grant from Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.”

“All the students were very courteous and student council members especially helping and reassuring other students, as well as providing refreshments at the donor recovery site,” Rep. Swanson observed.  “I was so impressed with these young leaders.”

For more information on blood donation eligibility and events near you, please visit the Mississippi River Valley Blood Center’s website at http://www.bloodcenter.org.

74th District residents can learn more about state legislative issues at Representative Swanson’s website at www.repswanson.com.


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WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) is proud to release his Legislative Review Newsletter, highlighting the major actions taken by the Illinois General Assembly during this year’s regular legislative session.

Rep. Swanson 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.

“Before I started in the General Assembly in January, I was aware that legislators could send mail paid for by taxpayer dollars. I discovered that we could save over $10,000 per year in postage costs by releasing this update online-only,” said Swanson.

“It’s been my privilege to lead by example on cutting state spending,” said Swanson.

Swanson’s newsletter is available


WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Princeton resident McKayla Bartkiewicz as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Thursday, October 26th.

McKayla is a sophomore at Princeton High School where she is on the Golf Team and a member of the German Club.  McKayla was also nominated to serve on State Senator Chuck Weaver’s Youth Advisory Council.  Rep. Swanson asked the Illinois House, in introducing McKayla, to take a moment of silence for McKayla’s father, SPC Christopher Bartkiewicz, who was killed in the line of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom in September 2008.

It was the Illinois House’s sincere honor to recognize McKayla Bartkiewicz both as a Gold Star Daughter but also as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House.  McKayla was accompanied to Springfield by her grandmother, Carol Hubbard.

“McKayla is an exceptional young woman who I am honored to host as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson.  “McKayla was witness to a floor debate on Thursday in the Illinois House’s Fall Veto Session and was able to see the legislative process in action.”


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