Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) argued against passage of House Bill 2764 on Thursday during Illinois House floor debate. HB 2764 would require that all good sold in State Museums, State Parks, and other sites managed by the State be made in Illinois. Rep. Swanson argued the bill will be very damaging to commerce in communities like Bishop Hill, a historic Swedish commune settlement founded in Henry County in the 19th Century. The site remains a bustling historic site with museums, eateries, art galleries, and gift shops. The gift shops sell many Swedish goods that may not be manufactured in Illinois yet highlight the history of this remarkable historic settlement. HB 2764 passed the Illinois House 73-40 and will now go on the State Senate.

Hear Audio from Rep. Swanson’s comments below:






WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Princeton resident Troy Molln as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Wednesday.

Troy is a student at Princeton High School where he is an active participant of the Princeton Tigers Soccer Team and Track Team. He attends Evangelical Covenant Church, where he is very involved in his Youth Group. In 2015, Troy went on a mission trip to Dallas, Texas and is preparing to go on another to Bayou La Batre, Louisiana this June. Troy has also helped with field duty for the Princeton Youth Soccer League. He enjoys helping both of his grandfathers on the farm, especially driving the auger cart during harvest.

“I am honored to host this exceptional young man as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson. “Troy has been active in school, church and community activities. He is a bright young man with the heart of a volunteer.”

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A Western Illinois state lawmaker wants to see a contractor reimburse a number of townships for damages caused to roads during a power line project over the winter.  State Representative Dan Swanson says a couple of road commissioners put damage estimates at $300,000 and $400,000 respectively.

Swanson met with the contractor this week. The work occurred throughout Mercer, Henry and Knox Counties. Learn and here the audio here.
Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) along with Honorary Page Sophia Sarabasa and her parents, Carlos and Linda Sarabasa, in the Illinois House Gallery on April 4, 2017.

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Aledo resident Sophia Sarabasa as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Tuesday.

Sophia is a student at Mercer County High School where she is active in Volleyball, Key Club, Principal’s Cabinet, Dean’s List (High Honor Roll) all four years, Junior Homecoming attendant, Cadet Teacher in Biology as well as being active at Trinity Presbyterian Church, a volunteer at the food pantry, and she’s been a lifeguard for two years.

“I am honored to host this exceptional young woman as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson. “Sophia has been active in school, church and community activities. She fulfilled her duties well as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Tuesday and has a bright future in front of her.”
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Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) in the Illinois House Gallery along with Honorary Page Ava Perrigo and her mother, Pamela Perrigo, and Grandmother, Patty Perrigo- April 4, 2017.

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Geneseo resident Ava Perrigo as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Tuesday.

Ava is a student at Geneseo Middle School where she is active in Band, Symphonic and Swing Choir, Speech (where she won the Judge’s Choice Award), Scholastic Bowl, Winterguard (flag twirling demonstrations), Student Council, Track, and has been selected as a Freshman cheerleader.

“I am honored to host this exceptional young woman as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson. “Ava has been active in school, church and community activities. She fulfilled her duties well as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Tuesday and made a strong impression on many of my colleagues.”
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Miss Illinois County Fair Queen, Claudia VanOpdorp's, at a Henry County Homecoming at Lavender Crest in Colona, IL. Thanks to Mr. Dobbels Henry County Fair Association Chairman and Mrs. Patton HC Fair Pageant director for hosting the Homecoming. Also, Thank You to the State pageant team and all others for attending. Rep. Swanson was honored to present Ms. VanOpdorp a State of Illinois House of Representative resolution for accomplishments and selection as the 58th Miss Illinois County Fair Queen.  She was welcomed to the Illinois House in Springfield earlier in the week.