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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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