WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) issued the following statement following Governor Rauner’s Budget Address on Wednesday.


“I agree with Governor Rauner in his call for making tax spenders accountable to taxpayers,” said Rep. Dan Swanson.  “Two of the ways he described continuing accountable to taxpayers included the Governor renewing his commitment to Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center as well as stating a strong commitment for $50 million in Capital expenditures to help Quincy Veterans Home with continued upgrades to combat Legionella within the facility.  I am pleased with the Governor’s commitment to both facilities and would stress that we must remain diligent to ensure the safety and security for all residents at Quincy and a continued commitment to improving our criminal justice system through facilities like Kewanee,” Swanson continued.

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“I'm honored to serve on the Water Management Task Force and pleased the governor continues to move forward and investigate ways to improve water safety at the Quincy Veterans’Home.  We must provide a safe and healthy environment for our American heroes.”
Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha)


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A new Quincy Veterans’ Home Water Management Task Force will meet next week to review a plumbing assessment report that were released today, Gov. Bruce Rauner said.

The governor created the task force after living at the home for a week in January.

“The task force will take a comprehensive look at the water system and offer recommendations on how we can achieve our goal of eliminating every possible risk of Legionnaires’ disease,” Rauner said. “The task force will augment the efforts of the working group at the Quincy Veterans’ Home that routinely updates its water management plan and reviews treatment protocols to improve safety.”

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director Erica Jeffries will lead the task force comprised of federal, state and local officials including state Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago, and Rep. Daniel Swanson, R-Alpha.

The plumbing assessment covers the main water loop at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy and explores next steps ranging from replacement and shadow systems to completely new water sources and use of alternate chemical disinfectants. BRiC Partnership LLC, an Illinois-based engineering firm experienced in health facility plumbing systems, conducted the assessment, which was finalized Monday, Feb. 5.

Rauner has asked the task force to review feasibility options for new construction and for building on remediation efforts already under way.

The latest efforts include:
  • Replacing all 63 resident room faucets in the Elmore building at a cost of $14,000.
  • Fitting new Elmore building faucets with point-of-use filters and changing them every 31 days to trap Legionella and other bacteria before they flow into the water stream. Cost is $4,200 a month.
  • Installing laminar flow nozzles on all faucets on the campus to enhance routine anti-bacterial sink flushing at a total cost of approximately $900.
  • Performing urine antigen tests (UATs) in 24 hours or less at the Illinois Department of Public Health to detect Legionellosis infection.
  • Performing UATs at Blessing Hospital in Quincy with turnaround in just a few hours once they are online.

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) issued the following statement following Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address on Wednesday.

“I agree with the Governor and others who say we cannot tax and borrow our way to prosperity.  We need tax policy reform, property tax reform and public-employee pension reform.  In addition to facing these sobering challenges ahead, I am thankful the Governor also highlighted successes in criminal justice reform (Kewanee Re-Entry Center is a big part of that) as well as celebrating bipartisan education funding reform which puts the focus on needs and not zip codes,” said Rep. Dan Swanson.  “I felt the Governor did a good job of recognizing the successes achieved together as well as the hard work that remains in addressing the critical and challenging position our State is in during this year of our 200th Bicentennial celebration,” Swanson continued.


The Governor’s State of the State speech marked the second session day for the Illinois House in 2018.  Governor Rauner is scheduled to deliver his Annual Budget Address on Wednesday, February 14th.

Rep. Dan Swanson was honored to greet the Goalball teams from the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired in Jacksonville. The girls team took first and the boys took second in the 2017 NCASB Goalball Championships. It was an honor to have both teams in the Illinois House on January 30th.

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State Representative Dan Swanson and State Senator Chuck Weaver with the family of Trooper Chad Wolf (left- Kyle and Karen Wolf) and family of Deputy Sheriff Adam Streicher (Right- Laurie and Al Streicher) at the Overpass Designation Dedication of the Illinois Route 78 overpass at Interstate 80 on January 17, 2017. Deputy Streicher was 23 years old when he was fatally shot in an altercation in Toulon on March 22, 2002 as he was attempting to serve a warrant. Michigan State Trooper Chad Wolf, 38, died in August 2015 while on duty patrolling in Michigan when he sustained fatal injuries after his motorcycle became entrapped under a utility trailer when it was struck by a vehicle switching lanes. Both were graduates of Annawan High School. 30 law enforcement officers have graduated from Annawan High School and three have been killed in the line of duty. The legislators were joined by officers of Henry County, the Illinois State Police, surrounding counties, and troopers from Michigan as they dedicated the overpass at Exit 33 on Interstate 80 in honor of these fallen officers.