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.
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Oneida residents Mallory Shea and Taylor Main as Honorary Pages in the Illinois House on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Mallory is a freshman at ROWVA High School where she is on the Softball and Volleyball Teams as well as participating in FFA, Mission Team, 4-H, and she writes the District 208 Newsletter.  Mallory is the daughter of Damon and Beth Shea.

Taylor is a freshman at ROWVA High School where she is on the Volleyball, Track, and Basketball Cheer Teams as well as participating in FFA, 4-H and YMCA Swimming.  She is a Class Officer, District Creed Speaking Champion & Star Chapter Greenhand (FFA), a State Qualifier in Swimming, and is on the Honor Roll.  She is the daughter of Rodney and Trisha Main. 

“Mallory and Taylor are exceptional young woman I am honored to host as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson.  “They were witnesses to an excellent floor debate on Tuesday in the Illinois House and were able to see the legislative process in action.  Both show exceptional community leadership skills and I hope this experience will only embolden their initiative to continue to become leaders within their own community.”
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Rio resident DJ Cain as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Monday, May 22nd.

DJ is a Freshman at ROWVA High School where he is on the Football, Track and Swim Teams as well as FFA.  He is also a member of 4-H.  DJ is the son of Jarid and Christenel Cain. 

“I am honored to host DJ Cain as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson.  “DJ is active and ambitious and I look forward to what he will continue to accomplish for his school and his community.”
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Knoxville resident Sean Welch as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Monday, May 22nd.

Sean is a Junior at ROWVA High School where he is on the Football and Track Teams as well as Band, FFA, Student Council, and FCA.  He is also a member of 4-H and on the UCA Mission Team.  Sean is honored to be selected to serve as Illinois FFA Section 4 President this next year.  Sean is the son of Mike and Theresa Welch. 

“Sean Welch is an exceptional young man I am honored to host as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson.  “Sean has already shown great leadership skills and is active in his school, church, and community.”
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Knoxville resident Alison Siever as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Wednesday, May 17.

Alison is a student at Galesburg Christian High School where she is an active participant on the Volleyball, Soccer (Captain), and Cheerleading (Co-Captain) teams.  She is also the upcoming President of Year Book, and a member of the Journalism and Drama Clubs as well as serving in 4-H, AWANA leader in training, as a past member of Senator Weaver’s Youth Advisory Council and is active at Community Bible Church. 

Alison is #1 in her junior class rankings.

“I am honored to host this exceptional young woman as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson.  “Alison is driven and serves as a great example for her faith, family, and community.  I expect great things from her in her future endeavors.”

74th District residents can learn more about the progress of the 100th General Assembly at Rep. Swanson’s legislative website at www.repswanson.com.

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Cambridge resident Brockton Reed as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Wednesday, May 10.

Brockton is a student at Cambridge High School where he is an active participant of Football, Basketball, and Track and Field Teams.  He is also active in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), LEV (Leadership Ethics Value), NHS, FFA, FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America), Spanish Club, Robotics Club, and Scholastic Bowl.  He is a member of 4-H and a junior volunteer at Hammond-Henry Hospital. 

Brockton is also an Illinois State Scholar (2017-2018), won 1st place for FFA Section 3 Interview, Academic All-Conference (Football, Basketball, Track & Field) 2013-2017, was awarded the Quad-Cities Times Salute to Academics Leadership Award, was a Varsity Letter Winner 2013-2017 and was awarded Track & Field Most Varsity Points/ Most Versatile in 2015.

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

Rep. Dan Swanson welcomed the Girl’s State Champion Annawan Bravette Basketball Team to the Illinois Capitol on May 10.  The Annawan Bravettes accrued 21 straight wins to end their season.  The Bravette’s were recognized in the Illinois House for their many accomplishments and record-setting season.
PRINCETON… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) announces that he recently opened a satellite legislative office location in Princeton.

“I have a strong commitment to providing excellent constituent services,” said Rep. Swanson.  “The new Princeton satellite office location will help me better serve this geographically large district and allow citizens to connect more easily with assistance on state issues.  Providing great service to 74th District residents is my top priority.”

The office is located within Princeton City Hall and will be staffed by Marshann Entwhistle, legislative assistant to Rep. Swanson, on Mondays and Fridays from 9am-Noon (additional times by appointment only).  Princeton City Hall is located at 2 South Main Street.  Rep. Swanson’s Princeton satellite office can be contacted via phone at 815-875-2631 x1013 on Monday and Friday mornings.

In January, Rep. Swanson opened his Woodhull Constituent Services Office at 536 Oxford Avenue, Suite D in Woodhull, which is on the East side of the Woodhull Travel Plaza at Interstate 74 and Route 17 (exit 32).  Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm.  The telephone number for the Woodhull Office is 309-334-7474.
4th Grade Students from Silas Willard in Galesburg show their project for TECH 2017 Day at the State Capitol.  Rep. Swanson was eager to hear about their project and welcome them to the Capitol.
From Galesburg Register Mail (May 7, 2017)

GALESBURG — Silas Willard fourth-graders will participate in the annual “Students for the Information Age” TECH 2017 event this week in Springfield. TECH 2017 will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Illinois State Capitol Building where hundreds of students and teachers will represent schools from throughout the state.
At the event, students will show the public and members of the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement. From elementary to the high school classrooms, TECH 2017 highlights the crucial role that technology plays in education — ranging from increases in collaboration and critical thinking, to promoting learning beyond the limits of the school day — by creating a space for students to share their learning and innovative uses of devices, the internet, and digital curriculum.  Read more here.
Rep. Dan Swanson presented House Resolution 182 to Maya Esparza at Geneseo High School on May 8, 2017.


2                               WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3                           Representatives wish to congratulate Maya Esparza on the
4                           occasion of being named one of the 2017 Top Youth Volunteers in
5                           Illinois by the 22nd annual Prudential Spirit of Community
6                           Awards; and

7                               WHEREAS, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were
8                           created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the
9                           National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to
10                        emphasize the importance our nation places on service to
11                        others, and to encourage all young Americans to contribute to
12                        their communities; and

13                            WHEREAS, More than 31,000 young people from across the
14                        county participated in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community
15                        Awards; and

16                            WHEREAS, Maya Esparza, an 18-year-old senior at Geneseo
17                        High School, was inspired to raise money for sick children
18                        after her own hospitalization for allergic attacks; and