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.