With the arrival of the new year comes a series of new laws enacted by the State of Illinois. This year, over 200 new laws will take effect on January 1. These include bills for small technical corrections as well as major pieces of legislation. Click Here for a recap of these new laws which will be on the books beginning January 1, 2018.
Adler Planetarium

If you and your family are interested in visiting some of Chicago’s world-class museums, Rep. Swanson's office has a museum pass you can borrow, which is provided by the Museums in the Park Organization. Any resident of the 74th District can borrow our Constituent Education Resource Card, to visit any of the following museums in the city of Chicago for 2018:

• Adler Planetarium
• The Art Institute of Chicago
• Brookfield Zoo
• Chicago Botanic Garden
• Chicago Children’s Museum
• Chicago History Museum
• Dusable Museum of African American History
• The Field Museum
• Lincoln Park Zoo
• Museum of Contemporary Art
• Museum of Science and Industry
• National Museum of Mexican Art
• National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
• Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
• John G. Shedd Aquarium

Please contact Rep. Swanson's office at 309-334-7474 and provide your name and address along with the dates you are requesting (can be used for up to 3 days) and we will provide you with the Constituent Education Resource Card for your use.
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) visited the Quincy Veterans Home on Tuesday, December 18 following reports of another case of Legionnaires Disease at the Western Illinois facility in late November.

Three recent cases were reported at the facility this fall several years after extensive renovations to water treatment facilities and response protocols in the wake of an outbreak of the disease at the facility nearly two years ago that killed 12 and sickened more than 50.  Since that time, extensive renovations and response protocols have been developed and followed under the careful monitoring of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and mitigation company Phigenics.

“Visiting the Veterans Home today gave me a deeper understanding of the proactive steps being taken by facility staff under the careful advice and supervision of the CDC and other health professionals at the top of their fields,” said Rep. Swanson on Tuesday following his visit.

The staff and volunteers at this facility care for more than 350 Veteran residents.  “I wanted to talk with veterans who live at the facility to learn about their care as well as review procedures and protocols undertaken by the administration and staff to mitigate spread of the disease and monitor residents to ensure outbreak does not occur,” said Swanson.  “I was impressed to learn that constant monitoring of each resident’s health conditions is done every 4 hours to provide early identification of symptoms of pneumonia and legionnaires disease.  Further, extensive prevention and mitigation protocols are in place and followed to prevent spread of the disease when identified.”

In a report issued to IDPH this Summer, protocols were detailed by CDC officials, IDPH officials, VA officials, representatives from mitigation contractor Phigenics and the Adams County Health Department.  Those protocols and procedures are being followed and are largely credited with identifying the most recent cases early and allowing treatment as well as further mitigation to occur.  Additional capacity building at local hospitals continues to be an issue worked on to better identify community cases of Legionnaires Disease, which is often simply diagnosed as pneumonia.

The long-term care facility is a 200-acre campus with 48 buildings, including seven residential buildings built between 1886 and 2011.  Nursing home care is provided to more than 350 residents by over 577 employees and volunteers.  The Home is credited with a local economic impact of over $54 million.  Renovations to the water treatment facility included reduction of aerating fixtures, protocols for sanitizing of all water sources as well as flushing systems to allow hot water flushes of all water lines on a regular basis to reduce accumulation of bio-films.  Point of use filters have also been implemented throughout the facility in accordance with a comprehensive water management plan.

According to the report issued in June, the water management program aligned with best practices identified in the CDC’s water management toolkit.  Control measures, control limits, and control points were routinely identified, and corrective actions consistently taken.

Rep. Swanson traveled to the facility on Tuesday with Adjutant Lloyd Anderson of American Legion Post 45 in Galva, Post Commander Wayne Glisan and they visited 74th  District resident and Post 45 member Gene Boehle while investigating the facility’s procedures.  Mr. Boehle reported he “couldn’t say anything bad about the facility.  The food is good.” 

Adjutant Lloyd Anderson reported after the visit that, “more people should come to the VA home and see first-hand that the residents are their number one concern,” while Post Commander Glisan noted he “observed a very professional staff and I am impressed with the procedures in place for water sanitation.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Swanson decried efforts by some members of the legislature to “politicize the issue of veterans’ health care.  I would encourage members of the General Assembly to visit the Quincy Illinois Veterans Home to see first hand the proactive measures instituted to keep all our veterans healthy and safe.  Continued vigilance will be needed, but is also expected,” said Swanson, a 27-year military veteran and member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
Representative Dan Swanson spoke to Logan's 7th and 8th grade Social Studies classes on December 6th. He shared about the legislative process and his experience as representative of the 74th district. 

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) announced that Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation Rep. Swanson co-sponsored providing a tax credit worth up to $750 for property owners who were victims of flood damage in July in 18 counties declared state disaster areas.

“This tax credit will help those homeowners and businesses who have expended costs on recovering their property due to flood damage in July,” said Rep. Swanson.  “Taxpayers in 18 counties may be eligible for this credit to help them on the path to recovery.”
Senate Bill 403 created a natural disaster tax credit that eligible, affected property owners may apply to their 2017 Illinois income taxes.  Counties eligible for the tax credit include Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Alexander, Clinton, Jackson, Marshall, Union, Woodford, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, and Whiteside- all of which were declared state disaster areas by the Governor this Summer.
Qualified properties include a taxpayers principle residence or land owned by a small business, but not a rental or leasing business.  The allowable income tax credit will be the lesser of $750 or the deduction allowed under the IRS Code for each taxpayer who owns qualified property in a county declared a state disaster area.
The bill provides that township assessors shall issue eligibility certificates for appropriately requesting property owners (you may request this letter by contacting your local township assessors office), and that assessors shall certify to the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) the listings of flood-damaged properties.  


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.

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.”

from Galesburg Register-Mail, October 23, 2017



GALESBURG — Bryce Lester has questions. Who? What? Why?

The 17-year-old Galesburg High School senior’s curiosity isn’t hard to detect. Lester likes to meet others, shake hands and start to ask questions.

Lester’s inquisitive nature — and desire to help others — recently brought a state representative to GHS and prompted Lester to start a charity drive.

GHS special education teacher Nancy Dillard said Lester is an engaging, challenging student who isn’t afraid to ask.

“I have to stay on my toes with Bryce,” she said. “Bryce asks really interesting, challenging and insightful questions. He is just really interested in how things work and why they work.

“What makes it even more challenging for me is that Bryce keeps up with the news — he reads and watches and pays close attention. Then he has questions.”

Dillard said recent activities in Lester’s civics class left him with plenty of questions about government.

“Bryce was very interested in the mechanics of government, and about the development of bills. He started asking a lot of really good questions.”

Those questions led Lester to ask District 74 State Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) to visit his civics class.

“I had more questions and I thought it would be pretty cool if we had a representative come here and explain things to us,” Lester said. “I looked Swanson up online and there was an email link.

“I sent a letter inviting Rep. Swanson our class. I told Ms. Dillard about it, but I really didn’t think it would go anywhere.”

Dillard got a surprise just a few days later when Swanson’s office... READ MORE HERE
from WGIL Radio
October 4, 2017

State Rep. Dan Swanson talks about his first few months in office and more, with the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Lunch earlier this week.

Listen to audio

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) was appointed by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin to the Military and Prior Learning Assessment Task Force on Monday.

“I am honored Leader Durkin appointed me to serve on the Military Prior Learning Assessment Task Force. While in the military, I received college credit hours at Black Hawk Junior College- East Campus and Western Illinois University’s Board of Governor’s Degree Program because of my prior military training, schools and experiences,” said Swanson. “It is important to recognize and credit the institutional knowledge and experiences of our men and women who serve or have served this great nation.”

The Military Prior Learning Assessment Task Force is charged with examining policies and best practices in other states for active military and student veterans and study how they can be applied at Illinois’ public and private colleges and universities. Ensuring that quality standards are calibrated for military learning and experiences toward earning academic credit is essential for easing the transition for student veterans.

Swanson also serves on the Illinois Veterans Advisory Council and has been an ardent advocate of services to Veterans while serving in the Illinois House since January 2017.
Quad Cities… State Representatives Tony McCombie (R-Savanna), Mike Halpin (D- Rock Island), and Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) are encouraging local residents to support Valley Construction, of Rock Island, in their efforts to help the Houston area recover from Hurricane Harvey.

"Valley Construction and other partners within our region continue to amaze me!  I am honored to help push this relief effort to our districts to not only reach our goals for the people of Texas, but also help prepare to provide relief to people of Florida" said Rep. McCombie.

"Valley Construction has been supportive of the Quad City Community for years. It is no surprise that the company is extending its generosity to those affected by Harvey's devastation, and I believe our compassionate community will step up and contribute what we can to this important cause," said Rep. Halpin.

Valley Construction will be sending two semi-trailers full of supplies on Saturday, September 16th to the Houston areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and is asking the public’s help to fill those trailers. If more than two trailers of supplies are collected, Valley Construction will be sending the additional supplies to areas impacted by Hurricane Irma in Florida. They ask that you bring the items to one of the following drop off locations by Friday, September 15th; drop off times are between 8:30am and 3:30 pm.

  • Valley Construction, 3610 78th Avenue West, Rock Island, IL
  • Duck Creek Tire, 4000 Middle Road, Bettendorf, IA
  • Two Rivers YMCA, 2040 53rd Street, Moline, IL
  • Heritage Church, 4801 44th Street, Rock Island, IL
  • Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL
  • Quad City Times, 500 E 3rd Street, Davenport, IA
  • Rep. Halpin’s Legislative Office, 1504 3rd Ave. Rock Island, IL
  • Rep. Swanson’s Legislative Office (Until Thursday), 536 Oxford Ave. Suite D, Woodhull, IL
  • Rep. McCombie’s Legislative Office (Until Thursday), 9317 State Route 84, Savanna, IL 
“Thank you to Valley Construction for offering this assistance.  The Quad-Cities is a generous area and I appreciate our residents showing such compassion and concern for friends and families in Texas and Florida.  When the Quad-Cities has needed flood assistance, help has come from many parts of the United States; now it is our turn to provide comfort and relief to those in need,” said Rep. Swanson.

The items needed include; plastic totes, bleach, flashlights, batteries, mops, brooms, shovels, baby diapers, water, sports drinks, dry baby foods, bath towels, paper towels, dish soap, laundry detergent, gloves, first aid supplies, hygiene items, kids school supplies, garbage bags, and pet food. Valley Construction asks that you don’t drop off clothes, furnishings and perishable foods.

For more information about the supply drive contact Greg Hass at Valley Construction by email at greghass@valleyconstruction.com.
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) was feted on Thursday, August 31st by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) with the 2017 Jim Guilinger Legislative Award.

“I am very honored to receive this award for advocacy for agricultural education. Agricultural education is a program that is working. More students involved with agricultural education are working than ever before, as this industry is the largest industry employing Illinoisans,” said Rep. Swanson.

He went on to say, “Agricultural Education in our schools is also changing the face of the agricultural industry, with more young women and more students from urban areas involved in this field each year as well.”

Agricultural Education has only been a field of study in Illinois public schools beginning about 40 years ago, due in large part to the advocacy of ILCAE. ILCAE’s advocacy has helped to better orient secondary education with jobs in the economy. Agricultural education has a proven track record of graduating students who largely enter post-secondary education environments and continue to advance the field in truly inspiring ways. Despite that record of success, agricultural education is often on the chopping block. Many programs have been saved by incentive funding.

Jim Guilinger, the award’s namesake, was a teacher in Sycamore, Illinois who was named top vocational-ag teacher in the U.S. in 1982. Rep. Swanson was awarded the honor at the ILCAE’s meeting in Decatur, nearby the 2017 Farm Progress Show, on Thursday, August 31st. Rep. Swanson’s predecessor in the 74th District, Rep. Don Moffitt, was a 2005 recipient of the Jim Guilinger Legislative Award as well.
PRINCETON… “We wrap you in this Quilt of Valor, Art,” Princeton Police Chief Thomas Root humbly said to World War II Veteran Arthur Seeds as he wrapped him in a quilt specially made for the WWII Veteran by the local Illinois Valley Quilts of Valor Group at Rep. Dan Swanson’s Veterans’ Health Fair in Princeton on Thursday, August 31st

Honoring the longtime Neponset/ Buda area farmer for his service to our country was one of many ways Veterans’ lives were touched during the third of three Veterans’ Health Fairs that Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) put on for Mercer, Knox, and Bureau Counties beginning on Tuesday.  Bureau County’s event was hosted at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton.  Dozens of attendees joined dozens of exhibitors representing state, local, and community agencies in providing information to Veterans and seniors in attendance.  Monical’s Pizza hosted lunch at the Princeton event.

“As a Veteran, Veteran Advocate, and Legislator, I am honored to host these events to help Veterans connect with services, right here in their communities that can help improve their quality of life,” said Rep. Dan Swanson.  “We owe a great debt to these men and women and this is just one small way we can make sure they know about services and programs helpful to them.”

Taking great constituent service on the road, Rep. Swanson also hosted Veterans’ Resources Fairs in Aledo on Tuesday, August 29th and in Galesburg on Wednesday, August 30th.
GALESBURG… “I am very impressed with what I’ve seen here today,” pronounced Joe Kendall, a Veteran and farmer from Galva and attendee at the Veterans’ Health Fair in Galesburg on Wednesday, August 30. Joe and his wife, Geri, left the event with both helpful information and an array of brochures and information describing services available to Veterans and Seniors in the region.

This was among the many positive attendee reactions for the second of three Veterans’ Health Fairs that Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) put on for Mercer, Knox, and Bureau Counties beginning on Tuesday. Knox County’s event was hosted at the Galesburg American Legion Post 285 on East North Street. Dozens of attendees joined dozens of exhibitors representing state, local, and community agencies in providing information to Veterans and seniors in attendance. Big Catz BBQ of Knoxville hosted a lunch of pulled pork sandwiches and baked beans at the Galesburg event.

“As a Veteran, Veteran Advocate, and Legislator, I am honored to host these events to help Veterans connect with services, right here in their communities that can help improve their quality of life,” said Rep. Dan Swanson. “We owe a great debt to these men and women and this is just one small way we can make sure they know about services and programs helpful to them.”

Taking great constituent service on the road, Rep. Swanson also hosted Veterans’ Resources Fairs in Aledo on Tuesday, August 29th and in Princeton on Thursday, August 31st.

ALEDO… “Fantastic event! I came to see what is available for down the road,” exclaimed Ron Doubler, a Veteran from New Windsor and attendee at the Veterans’ Health Fair in Aledo on Tuesday, August 29th.  His wife, Roberta, continued, “things were available we didn’t even know existed.”

These were among the many positive attendee reactions for the first of three Veterans’ Health Fairs that Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) put on for Mercer, Knox, and Bureau Counties beginning on Tuesday.  Mercer County’s event was hosted at the Aledo VFW Post 1571 on Southwest Third Avenue.  Dozens of attendees joined dozens of exhibitors representing state, local, and community agencies in providing information to Veterans and seniors in attendance.  The VFW Auxiliary hosted a free lunch of hot dogs and chips at the Aledo event.

“As a Veteran, Veteran Advocate, and Legislator, I am honored to host these events to help Veterans connect with services, right here in their communities that can help improve their quality of life,” said Rep. Dan Swanson.  “We owe a great debt to these men and women and this is just one small way we can make sure they know about services and programs helpful to them.”

Taking great constituent service on the road, Rep. Swanson next hosted Veterans’ Resources Fairs in Galesburg on Wednesday, August 30th and in Princeton on Thursday, August 31st.

WOODHULL… Saying the alternative would have been to “watch as schools close their door”, Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) voted YES on a compromise school funding measure that ensured more funds for schools in his legislative district.

“This was a compromise bill, so not everyone got what they wanted. Downstate legislators certainly did not get everything we wanted out of this bill, but the reality was we had to act to ensure the crisis of schools closing, delayed starts, and general disruption to the education of our children would be averted,” said Swanson.

He went on to observe that legislators were forced to operate under tightly condensed decision-making timelines, “due to the legislative majority holding up sending SB 1 to the Governor for two months in order to manufacture a crisis as a negotiating tool. An unfortunate reality we were forced to abide due to the current imbalance of power.”

Among the elements of the bill Representative Swanson supported in the School Funding Compromise were more funds to downstate school districts, mandate relief that gives additional local control and decision-making, and elements that allow additional voter choice in providing property tax relief in low-wealth, high-tax districts.

Swanson went on to say that he looks forward to “monitoring the progress of the scholarship program created to allow tax credits for scholarships for lower income students to private schools, with a maximum of 6,000 students able to benefit annually. I want to see how this goes to ensure that funds are spread equitably based on need and not based on zip code. This is a limited program and because of hold harmless provisions, does not take any dollars away from public education. I want to ensure it is monitored carefully for effectiveness.”

By the legislature’s action on Monday evening, school funding payments will soon be released relieving pressure on local districts reserve funds. The compromise language was adopted as House Floor Amendment 5 to Senate Bill 1947. The bill ultimately passed by a vote of 73-34-3 in the Illinois House Monday evening and now moves on to the Illinois Senate.


WOODHULL… Governor Rauner signed Rep. Dan Swanson’s first bill at Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield last Tuesday.

In recognition of Agriculture Day, Governor Rauner signed 10 agriculture related pieces of legislation. One of those signed was Rep. Swanson’s first bill signed into law, House Bill 3188.

“Governor Rauner asked his Directors to help reduce legislation that limits businesses or creates extra burdens and red tape. My bill repeals the David A. Wirsing Food Animal Institute Act, which was created but never implemented,” said Rep. Swanson.

The Institute’s enabling legislation went into effect on August 6, 2004, but it was never implemented. A small number of appointments were made to the Board, but it has never been fully appointed. Swanson’s legislation overwhelmingly passed both the House and Senate this Spring, with little opposition.

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted more than two dozen bipartisan representatives from federal officeholders, state office holders, industry experts, and staff in learning more about Firearm and Firearm Component Manufacturers in Illinois on Tuesday. 

Included in the day-long educational event for legislators and their staffs was a tour of Springfield Armory in Geneseo, a tour of Rock River Arms in Colona, a presentation by firearm component manufacturer L.W. Schneider of Princeton, and a shooting event at Milan Rifle Club to allow federal and state officeholders to better understand the firearms industry and especially their impact on jobs in Illinois.

“It was my sincere privilege to host this first 2nd Amendment Day for legislators in Illinois and to showcase these large employers and community partners in Western and Central Illinois,” said Swanson who put together the event in response to continued legislative efforts that push firearms manufacturers out of our state. “People need to better understand the deep investments in not only jobs but our communities this industry represents.  That’s what we’re here to do- educate decision-makers on the impact of this important industry to jobs in our region.”

There are 194 Firearm Manufacturers operating in Illinois, representing nearly 14,000 jobs paying an average on $59,000/year in wages and benefits.  In total, firearm manufacturers and suppliers represent $639 million in wages and a $2.18 billion impact on Illinois’ economy.  Over $129 million/ year is paid to the State of Illinois from the Firearms Industry in addition to $200 million in federal business and excise taxes.  In addition to the taxes paid to governments by the Firearms Industry, millions more dollars are invested in our communities by these companies- from little league teams, to support of Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, to support of causes like Komen for the Cure and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“It was very compelling for these office holders and their staffs to see up close the jobs in this industry, the work these companies are doing in their communities, and for some- to fire a gun for the first time under the careful instruction of Illinois State Rifle Association Range Masters,” Swanson continued.  “I hope to make this at least an annual event to keep a focus on all the good this industry does for our Nation, our State, and especially our communities in Western and Central Illinois.”

74th District residents can learn more about state legislative issues at Representative Swanson’s website at www.repswanson.com.
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) announced he will be hosting three Veterans’ Resources Fairs in late August to help connect area residents with state, county, and local government agencies that may be of assistance to them.

“As a Veteran and Veteran advocate myself, I know it can be a sometimes daunting task to cut the red tape put in front of our returning heroes. Helping Veterans and area residents to be able to connect with a real, live person from these agencies, face-to-face, is an important aspect to their getting the help and assistance they need,” said Swanson.

“Even if you don’t have a specific concern or are not a Veteran, these resources fairs may be helpful in finding out more information on services and programs in your community, that’s why I would invite any person interested to come out and join us at one of these exciting events,” Swanson continued.

The Veterans’ Resources Fairs will take place August 29-31 in Aledo (Mercer County), Galesburg (Knox County) and Princeton (Bureau County).

Tues., Aug. 29 10:00am-1:00pm Aledo VFW, 106 SW 3rd Avenue, Aledo

Wed., Aug 30 10:00am-1:00pm American Legion Post, 571 E. North St., Galesburg

Thurs., Aug. 31 10:00am-1:00pm Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Ave. West, Princeton

Admission to all three events is FREE and refreshments will be provided. In addition to staff and booths representing local agencies and state agency staff, Rep. Dan Swanson’s Constituent Service staff will be available for consultation during the events. To sign up for a booth at the events as an exhibitor, please contact Rep. Swanson’s District Office at 309-334-7474.
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) announced he has received word that he will also be appointed to the Veterans Advisory Council by Leader Jim Durkin.

“I am honored to have received the call from Leader Durkin to let me know I had been chosen to represent our caucus on the Veterans Advisory Council,” said Swanson.  “Standing strong for our Veterans is critically important to me.”

Prior to his service in Springfield, Swanson enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard on August 11, 1977 as a 63B Generator and Wheel Vehicle Mechanic.  He was selected on March 1, 1980 to serve on an active duty tour with the Illinois Army National Guard.  He attended Officer Candidate School at the Illinois Military Academy and commissioned a Second Lieutenant on June 14, 1986. He retired January 31, 2001 after 20 years Active Duty and over 3 years as a Traditional Guardsman.

After watching the soldiers he trained through his military career go to war, he volunteered and was recalled to active duty on July 1, 2007, to serve with the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq; Coalition Army Advisory Training Team, Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned as Deputy Director, Iraqi Army Force Generation.   He coordinated and synchronized the recruiting, training, equipping and basing Iraqi Army units with Coalition and Iraqi Leadership.  He completed his tour June 25, 2008 and returned to retirement July 14, 2008.  Dan earned the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

On April 3, 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Swanson was recalled to Active Duty to serve with the Army Sustainment Command (ASC), Rock Island Arsenal. He was assigned as Chief, Logistics Synchronization and Integration Cell for the Lead Materiel Integration (LMI) Mission. He led a team of soldiers and civilians, which transitioned the LMI mission to equip the Army from the Pentagon to ASC at cost savings and jobs. He returned to retirement April 2, 2013.

He served as Superintendent, Henry County Veterans Assistance Commission providing financial aid and transportation services to Iowa City, Iowa Veterans Hospital for Henry County Veterans.  From December 1 2013, to November 30, 2014, 16 volunteer drivers drove over 47,000 miles, made 219 trips to Iowa City VA Center and transported 667 veterans for medical care.  He also provided financial assistance to veterans to assist paying utility, rent and purchase food. 

From WRMJ Radio, July 24, 2017

Local State Representative Dan Swanson siding with the Governor on the education funding reform debate. Governor Bruce Rauner wants to veto Senate Bill 1, which includes significantly more money for Chicago schools and move forward with Senate Bill 1124—which takes the Chicago increase out of the equation. Swanson also on board with Senate Bill 1124. He says it would mean $300,000 more for the Mercer County School District.

Swanson says the Sherrard School District would gain $90,000 under Senate Bill 1124.

Hear the audio here.
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) re-affirmed his NO vote on an income tax increase when the Governor’s veto on said 32% income tax increase came back to the Illinois House for veto override on Thursday.  The plan, originally approved by legislators July 2, spends at a rate of $36.5 billion, which is $5 billion over current revenues.

“This legislation does not sufficiently address the backlog of unpaid bills, does nothing but worsen outmigration from this state, and hurts the low to middle income families and job creators in my district,” said Swanson following the successful vote to override the Governor’s veto.

Swanson continued, “we have young people who want to stay in Illinois, who want to work and start their families here, but they simply cannot afford the taxes in Illinois.  Illinois’ net tax burden is the highest in the nation.”

Swanson went on to criticize the fact that the Democrat spending plan is also ‘booby-trapped’ to hold school funding hostage even with the veto override, “I’ve been fighting all Spring to reduce unfunded mandates on schools while improving the funding formula through House Bill 4069.  To booby-trap the budget unless there is a bailout of Chicago schools at the cost of downstate districts is appalling.”

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 houses, 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.

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) explained his NO vote following House passage of a state budget predicated on massive tax increases.  The plan approved by legislators July 2 spends at a rate of $36.5 billion, which is $5 billion over current revenues.

“The message I have overwhelmingly heard from families in my district is that they want to see the budget impasse resolved, but they definitively want us to live within our means and not balance the budget on the backs of overburdened taxpayers.  These kinds of shenanigans can only occur when legislators allow them,” said Swanson following the vote on Sunday evening.

Swanson continued, “repeating the mistakes of the past while expecting different results is the definition of insanity.  Households can’t spend more than they bring in and neither should state government.  We need resolution to this impasse, but putting the mortgage payment on the credit card is not a real solution and neither is this budget.”

Swanson went on to say, “Senate Bill 6 does not address the $1.1 billion owed to our schools or pay down more than $15 billion in late payments to vendors — including doctors who provide health care to state employees and social service agencies that care for disabled people.”

The State revenue plan (Senate Bill 9) passed by a vote of 72 to 45 while the Spending Plan (Senate Bill 6) passed by a vote of 81 to 34.  Senate Bill 9 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.  Governor Rauner has indicated he will veto the bills, but they received enough votes for an override.
The General Assembly has been working on a fix to our state’s broken school funding formula. Over time, we have found a better approach known as the “evidence-based model.”

This spring, lawmakers made significant progress on a bipartisan school funding bill through good faith negotiations. Though close on a bipartisan compromise, the House Majority party chose to walk away from the negotiating table in late May and pass a partisan school funding bill, Senate Bill 1. “I could not support this proposal, which once again singled out one school district, Chicago Public School District 299, to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in special deals. In fact, under Senate Bill 1 seven out of every ten new dollars dedicated to school funding would be directed to Chicago,” said Rep. Dan Swanson.

“Additionally, Senate Bill 1 was not adequately funded in the budget passed by Senate Democrats in late May, and without the necessary funding would once again lead to the proration that plagued Illinois schools for years. In fact, the Democrats have not advanced a budget bill that provides the appropriate funding level required to satisfy the simulation they are promoting with Senate Bill 1,” Swanson continued.

For these reasons, the Governor has promised to veto the plan. This means the fate of Senate Bill 1 is clear.

However, there is an alternative that reflects a compromise worthy of bipartisan support. One in which all school districts would benefit under the more equitable formula advanced under House Bill 4069. In the spirit of compromise, the proposal adopts the overwhelming majority of Senate Bill 1. In fact, there are far more similarities between the two bills than there are differences.

Both bills utilize the same evidence-based model, as well as the same methods to deliver funding to low-income students, along with identical systems to determine cost differences between districts. In addition, both measures group districts into the same four tiers based on need and use the same local resource calculations. Further, both proposals feature the same safeguards for English learners and special education funds.

In May, the sponsor of Senate Bill 1, Senator Andy Manar, stated that the two proposals were 95 percent the same. Now, according to the sponsor of House Bill 4069, Representative Bob Pritchard, they are nearly identical, with a few important differences.

House Bill 4069 recognizes that Chicago needs help, and it provides the school district with assistance, based on evidence-based practices and the demographics of their students. What it doesn’t offer are special deals hidden in the formula that are designed to fix the Chicago Public Schools’ broken pension system and pay off their overwhelming debt from years of fiscal mismanagement. Instead, House Bill 4069 relies on the data, and the data alone, to drive resources to the schools that need it most, including Chicago.

“CPS has not run a school referendum in over 60 years. By comparison, AlWood (in the 74th District) conducted, 5 referendums in approximately 14 years,” said Rep. Swanson. “Downstate taxpayers have tried to fund and improve their schools adequately, but not such effort has been made by Chicago taxpayers. This is not about pitting the City of Chicago versus downstate, but we must not ignore the history of referendum driven efforts as well as the disparity in the way property taxes are assessed in Cook County,” Swanson continued.

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) issued the following statement following Governor Rauner’s Live Address on the eve of Special Session to resolve the budget impasse:

“Illinois has reached to point of catastrophic results if the state budget impasse is not resolved by the end of June. The uncertainty for our schools opening their doors in the fall, social service agencies not fulfilling the needs of our most vulnerable citizens, and road construction projects halting are all completely unacceptable to continue. Over these past few weeks, I have been meeting with and calling school superintendents, mayors, county board members, visiting senior centers, touring the Kewanee Life-Skills Re-Entry Center, addressing service clubs, fire chiefs, township officials, veterans, visiting food pantries, and meeting one-on-one with constituents from within the district. The message is clear from all of these groups- a comprehensive balanced budget must be passed now.”

Swanson continued, “our citizens deserve a balanced budget that has hard spending caps, delivers structural changes to attract jobs back to our State, and improves Illinois’ future to correct the missteps and mistakes of our past. The “Capitol Compromise” plan is one that the Governor can sign and includes priorities of both parties. While I don’t like every element, the bills set a good foundation to start.”
Rep. Swanson presented a certificate and flag flown over the State Capitol to Vietnam Veteran Marty South while visiting the Mercer County Senior Citizens Center in Aledo on June 15.

from WGIL Radio, June 7, 2017

State Rep. Dan Swanson was in Galesburg Wednesday afternoon, helping to cheer on the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. So, Will Stevenson talked to him for Galesburg’s Evening News about that, and the state budget situation.
"I join millions of Illinoisans in outrage over the futility of the Illinois State Budgeting process we’ve seen displayed for far too many years.

I was sworn into the Illinois House just in January.  Now, in June, we stand at the edge of a record-setting third year without a State Budget in place.  I share in the disgust voters feel over this failure of leadership on behalf of those leading our legislative chambers.  Let’s remember, the budgeting process as prescribed by the Illinois Constitution rests with the Legislature.  That is the co-equal separation of powers set up under our Constitution.  The Governor proposes a budget, the Illinois Legislature sets a revenue estimate and passes a budget that the Governor may sign, veto, or line-item veto.  We don’t have to reinvent the wheel to spur action, we just have to follow our constitutional duty.  The Governor proposed a budget.  The Legislature failed to adopt a revenue estimate or pass a budget.  It’s that simple.

When Majority Democrats running the Illinois House failed to adopt a revenue estimate, I joined

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted First Army Command Chaplain Jeff Zust to deliver the House Invocation on Sunday, May 28 of Memorial Day Weekend.

CH (COL) Jeff Zust is a pastor with 32 years of experience from the Southwest Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  He has served as a military chaplain for 30 years in reserve and active duty positions for both the Air Force and the Army.

CH Zust has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Colorado State University, and Master Degrees in; Divinity (Luther Northwestern Seminary), Teaching (Mankato State University), Ethics (Princeton Seminary), and National Security and Resourcing Strategy (National Defense University).  He is a graduate of the; Air Force Officer Orientation Course, Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Force and Army Basic Chaplain Courses, Army Chaplain Career Course, Combined Arms Staff Course, Command General Staff College, Combat Medical Ministry Course, Air Assault, and Airborne Schools, and the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University.

He is married to Chom Pun Zust. They have 5 children and five grandchildren, with one on the way.

“CH Zust delivered an excellent prayer to lead us off the House’s business on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend,” said Swanson.  “I was honored he accepted my invitation and felt this was most appropriate as we honor both God and the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Military.”
As Illinois approaches the third year without a state budget, it is indeed, unacceptable for this situation to continue. We made numerous offers to work together developing a bipartisan budget, but the majority party was unresponsive. Rather than work together to pass a true balanced budget, the majority party uses their tax and spend playbook. 

Our schools, higher education institutions, social service providers, and vendors deserve the certainty that comes with a comprehensive balanced budget.  However, we cannot repeat the mistakes of the past- passing budgets that are not balanced simply to allow politicians to look good at the cost of the long-term fiscal security of our State.  These past mistakes have forced job creators, seniors, families and college graduates out of our state to greener pastures elsewhere.

This week we saw the Senate Democrats propose to “solve” this issue by simply raising taxes on Illinois residents while continuing to spend more than we bring in and failing to institute reforms demanded by Illinois voters.  This Senate budgeting process was neither bipartisan nor truly balanced.  We can solve this crisis, but only by working together.

The path that got us here has been obscured with wrong decisions and imprudent actions.  Now is the time to find a new path forward.  I am working hard to ensure that path is one we walk together, side-by-side, and not simply by following any partisan leader. 

Let me be clear- I cannot and will not support a budget that asks Illinois families to pay more without changing the way we do business as a State.  There is still time to solve this as a State and not go off the cliff, but it’s going to mean working together and respecting each other’s priorities all to achieve a common goal toward a better future for our once and future great State of Illinois.

Rep. Dan Swanson

Illinois House- 74th District
From WRMJ Radio (Click link for Audio)

A Henry County farmer who also serves in the Illinois General Assembly supports industrial hemp as an alternative crop. State Representative Dan Swanson farms near Alpha.

He says a neighboring state already allows farmers to grow industrial hemp.

A bill awaits a House committee vote following unanimous Senate approval. The measure would allow a farmer to get licensed with the Department of Agriculture to plant and harvest industrial hemp. Swanson says the plant has a short growing season, grows to 15 feet tall, needs little maintenance and starves out other weeds. He says industrial hemp would also give farmers an additional revenue stream to offset current weak corn and soybean prices.
From WQAD-TV, May 24, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois -Illinois education leaders warn lawmakers that schools can't survive a full year without state funding.
As administrators step off a school bus on Wednesday, May 24 -- one week before the legislative session ends -- they come with a call to action. In this case, schooling lawmakers yet again about the funding crisis that threatens public education.