State Representative Dan Swanson joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle, in both chambers, in voting YES on an FY 19 State Budget that is balanced and relies on “no new taxes”.

“This is a budget built on compromise.  It does not include everything we wanted, but funds many of our priorities and provides critical stability to State Government operations,” said Rep. Swanson.

The FY 19 State Budget includes first year costs to begin the process of constructing a new Quincy Veterans Home, creates funding for State Police for a 100-person cadet class, fully funds the new bipartisan K-12 education funding formula while reducing reliance on local property taxes, and includes more than $400 million for the Department of Corrections unpaid vendor bills from FY 17 and FY 18.

“The House Republicans pushed for three goals in this budget: a balanced budget, a full-year budget, and no tax increases.  I am pleased this was a bipartisan agreement that met those goals,” continued Rep. Swanson.


State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) hosted Galva High School student Cal Clucas as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Friday, May 25th.

Cal is a Sophomore at Galva High School where he is active on the Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track Teams, Scholastic Bowl, and Drama Club.  Cal also participates in spin-club archery and trap shooting as part of 4-H, volunteers at his Church, and he helps with the local 5K race on the 4th of July.  Cal has been recognized by many of his teachers, the Dean of Students, and the Principal of Galva High School for his leadership, selflessness, and work ethic.

“Cal Clucas is an exceptional young man who I am honored to host as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson.  “Cal is already a leader in his community and I am confident that he will make a great future leader.  He impressed many of my colleagues with his pleasant demeanor and work ethic while serving as an Honorary Page.”


State Representative Dan Swanson voted YES on House Bill 4290 on May 24 to release $63 million in back pay to state employees for money they earned under the contract negotiated with previous Governor Pat Quinn.

“Both as a matter of fundamental fairness and fiscal sanity, it is way past time we pay the State’s oldest unpaid bill,” commented Rep. Swanson following the vote. “It’s unfortunate that Illinois continues to pay for the indebted dishonest dealings of its previous Governors.”

In January 2011, then Governor Quinn and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) struck a deal in which union state employees would give up half the value of their contractually mandated pay raises in exchange for a promise that Quinn would not lay off 2,600 workers or close any state facilities until July 2011. AFSCME also accepted furlough days and other concessions to save the state about $50 million.

However, in July 2011, Governor Quinn reneged on scheduled pay raises, and state workers have never received the money they earned. The passing of HB 4290 finally ensures state workers will be paid. HB 4290 will now move to the Senate for approval.


State Representative Dan Swanson announced the official launch of his Second Annual Summer Reading Club Program for 1st-5th grade students who live within the 74th Legislative District.  With the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration occurring throughout the year, Rep. Swanson’s theme this year for the program is “Celebrate 200 years of Reading in Illinois”.  The program is offered to encourage students to read over the summer and promote the lifelong benefits of literacy.

“This is a great way to encourage young people in our region to read over their summer breaks from school.  Students who do not read over the summer are much further behind, academically, than their classmates who continue reading during summer break,” said Swanson.

Brochures are available below or by calling Rep. Swanson's Woodhull District Office.  Participation in this program can overlap with any other summer reading program offered through area libraries.  Participating students have until August 1st to read their eight books and will be invited to a special party upon completion of the program.  Attendees of the party will also be given an opportunity to receive information on State and local programs.




Completed Forms may be submitted online here.



State Representative Dan Swanson hosted Geneseo High School student Grace Verbeck as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Grace is a Senior at Geneseo High School where she is active on the Tennis team, Link Crew (helping freshman orientation), Foreign Language Club, Student Library Advisory Panel (SLAP), Crochet Club, and National Honors Society.  Grace will attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Fall and plans to major in Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Her parents are Dennis Verbeck, a farmer and President of the Henry County Farm Bureau, and Jodi Verbeck, a teacher at Colona Elementary School.

“Grace is an exceptional young woman who I am honored to host as an Honorary Page in the Illinois House,” said Rep. Swanson.  “My colleagues were impressed that Grace would represent her community so well on the week of her High School Graduation. Grace shows exceptional promise in her studies and as a future community leader.”


State Representative Dan Swanson joined Governor Bruce Rauner in welcoming the announcement today that 25 Illinois elementary and middle schools have been awarded a three-year Bicentennial STEM Fusion Program, the Illinois Math and Science Academy’s (IMSA) renowned teacher development training initiative for math and science including Galva Junior/ Senior High School in the 74th District

“For Galva Junior/ Senior High School to be honored with this curriculum in recognition of the work they are doing is fantastic,” said Rep. Swanson.  “We need to prepare our students to compete on a global scale and this can only help them with best practice curriculum to achieve those goals.”

More than 100 schools applied for the 25 Fusion programs made available through the Bicentennial. The 25 schools selected serve predominately underserved populations who demonstrated a commitment to embedding IMSA Fusion into their curriculum and presented a sustainability plan to carry the program forward after the three-year award period expires. STEM training is considered critical to work in the future.  Seventy other qualifying schools will receive a one-year curriculum.

 “IMSA is pleased to be leading the charge to continually innovate K-12 STEM education, creating a strong and diverse talent base through turnkey STEM curricula and student enrichment through our flagship Fusion program,” commented Illinois Math and Science President Dr. Jose Torres.

The entire program was privately funded. Abbott and Wintrust Bank are the co-presenting sponsors.  Additional funding for this campaign was provided by Boeing, Ingredion, Motorola Solutions, Nicor Gas and Takeda.


State Representative Dan Swanson heralded the creation of new “Opportunity Zones” in Illinois, with a zone created overlapping portions of the 74th District and the neighboring 73rd District in Northwest Bureau County, including communities of Sheffield, Mineral and part of Kewanee represented by Rep. Swanson.  An “Opportunity Zone” was also created in Southeast Galesburg in the neighboring 93rd District.

“These zones create an opportunity for private, tax-free investment in low-income areas with economic need.  This innovative program attempts to benefit residents in the zones as well as spurring private development and job creation,” said Rep. Swanson.

Governor Bruce Rauner announced 327 census tracts were submitted by the State of Illinois to the U.S. Treasury Department for consideration as Opportunity Zones.  The U.S. Treasury Department approved the recommendations, as permitted by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  1,305 qualifying low-income census tracts were available for selection, of which only 25% could be nominated by the Governor for inclusion in the program.  The zones cover more than 85 counties throughout the state and aim to support the future of Illinois through economic growth and investment.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for communities throughout Illinois,” said Governor Bruce Rauner.  “These zones include some of the most underserved areas of the state that have the greatest potential for improvement.  They represent a broad cross-section of Illinois that includes rural, urban, and suburban in-need communities that are ripe for investment and job creation.”

For more information on Opportunity Zones, please visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) website https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/OppZn.aspx.

from WGIL Radio, May 18, 2018

State Rep. Dan Swanson is pleased three bills he recently authored or co-sponsored have been approved almost unanimously by the Illinois Legislature, and now head to the Governor’s desk. We talked about that with Swanson, and about some other legislative issues, on Galesburg’s Evening News with Will Stevenson.

Listen to Audio here. 





Rep. Dan Swanson discusses firearm safety protocol with a Range Master from Springfield Armory (Geneseo) while hosting a 2nd Amendment Day for Illinois Legislators, Milan Rifle Club, August 8, 2017.


State Representative Dan Swanson joined Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz in urging Illinois firearm owners to file paperwork early to renew their Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) Cards as the first wave of the 10-year renewal will create a backlog of renewal applications.

“More than 50,000 FOID cards are due for renewal this summer because of changes to the FOID process in 2008.  I am urging my constituents who are FOID holders to renew as early as possible to allow adequate time for processing prior to expiration,” said Rep. Swanson on Wednesday.

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz recommends, “gun owners get their renewal application in at least one to two months in advance so we have adequate time to process them and get a new card our before expiration.”

The Illinois State Police oversees the FOID card system and issues the cards that are required to buy or possess a firearm or ammunition in Illinois.  FOID card applications require state and federal background checks, as well as review of the database from the Illinois Department of Human Services to confirm applicants have not been in a mental institution in the past five years.  Persons with common names may find additional delays as identities are confirmed.
From Galesburg Register-Mail
May 7, 2018
By: Robert Connelly, Galesburg Register-Mail

KNOXVILLE — A dozen military veterans who reside at the Knox County Nursing Home were presented with gift bags Monday.

Elks Lodge Post 894 received a $1,500 anniversary grant — it is the 150th year for the local lodge — and decided to create personalized bags for the 12 veterans who live in the county-operated facility in Knoxville.

The bags included items specific to each person, but included flannel bed sheets, electric razors, food items, facial tissues and some even received a stand with a new birdhouse.

State Rep. Dan Swanson, R-Alpha, emceed the event and asked where every veteran in the room served. Swanson, a veteran himself, went on to thank each man personally for his service after the bags were handed out.

Jorja Thiel, the exalted ruler of the Galesburg Elks, said it was the first time they’ve been able to do this event and the same grant could be available next year as well. The Elks serve a variety of area towns, including Monmouth, whose Elks lodge closed, and put on a number of community events.

Among the dozen veterans given bags Monday, there was a mix of Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

One of those was Navy and World War II veteran Glenn Paulsgrove, who was found to be the oldest veteran in attendance. He said he helped transport troops to the Philippines during WWII.

Swanson presented him with a U.S. flag that had flown above the Capitol in Springfield and had a certificate of authenticity.

The event also included patriotic cupcakes, juice and some music, including “Over There.”

“It was all of you in here that were willing to put on the uniform and serve for us,” Swanson told the crowd.

Robert Connelly: (309) 343-7181, ext. 266; rconnelly@register-mail.com; @RConnelly_

State Representative Dan Swanson co-sponsored House Joint Resolution 124 to adopt a revenue estimate to begin the budgeting process for fiscal year 2019.

“All legislators pledge an oath to follow the US and State Constitution when sworn in to office.  Our State Constitution mandates the Illinois General Assembly set a revenue estimate to ensure state government doesn’t spend more than we anticipate bringing in,” said Rep. Swanson on Friday.  “It is no different then our own household budgets, where we look at our income and base a budget from there.”

House Joint Resolution 124 adopts a revenue estimate of $37.672 billion for fiscal year 2019, based on the estimate provided by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA).

A revenue estimate is required by state law:

The House and Senate by joint resolution shall adopt or modify such estimates as may be appropriate. The joint resolution shall constitute the General Assembly’s estimate, under paragraph B of Section 2 of Article VIII of the Constitution, of funds estimated to be available during the next fiscal year (25 ILCS 155/4(a))

It is also required by Subsection (b) of Section 2 of Article VIII of the Constitution of Illinois:

Appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year.

“I feel strongly that we need to take our Constitutional Mandate seriously. And adopt a revenue estimate as was done in 2011, the last time Speaker Madigan followed the Constitution on this issue,” Swanson continued.
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