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.

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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.