Rep. Dan Swanson hosted a Veterans’ & Senior Resource Fair on Thursday in Princeton to provide local Veterans’ and Seniors an opportunity to interact face-to-face with state and local agencies available to assist them.

“As a Veteran, Veteran Advocate, and Legislator, I am honored to host these events to help Veterans and Seniors connect with local services, right here in their own community that can help improve their quality of life,” said Rep. Dan Swanson.  “I feel this is just one small way we can make sure they know about services and programs helpful to them.”

The Bureau County event was the fourth in a series of four events Rep. Swanson hosted this week throughout the 74th Legislative District.  Monday’s event was in Geneseo, Tuesday’s was in Aledo and Wednesday’s in Knoxville.  Bureau County’s event was hosted at the Bureau County Metro Center at 837 Park Avenue West in Princeton.  Dozens of attendees joined dozens of exhibitors representing state, local, and community agencies in providing information to Veterans and seniors in attendance.  A free lunch of Monical’s Pizza was hosted by Rep. Swanson at the Princeton event.  Bottled Water was donated by Sullivan’s Foods.

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Rep. Dan Swanson hosted a Veterans’ & Senior Resource Fair on Wednesday in Knoxville to provide local Veterans’ and Seniors an opportunity to interact face-to-face with state and local agencies available to assist them.

The Knox County event was the third in a series of four events Rep. Swanson is hosting this week throughout the 74th Legislative District.  Monday’s event was in Geneseo, Tuesday’s was in Aledo and Thursday’s in Princeton.  Knox County’s event was hosted at the American Legion Post 749 at 749 Henderson Road in Knoxville.  Dozens of attendees joined dozens of exhibitors representing state, local, and community agencies in providing information to Veterans and seniors in attendance.  The Sons of the American Legion hosted a free lunch of hot dogs and chips at the Knoxville event.

“As a Veteran, Veteran Advocate, and Legislator, I am honored to host these events to help Veterans and Seniors connect with local services, right here in their own community that can help improve their quality of life,” said Rep. Dan Swanson.  “I feel this is just one small way we can make sure they know about services and programs helpful to them.”



Rep. Dan Swanson hosted a Veterans’ & Senior Resource Fair on Tuesday in Aledo to provide local Veterans’ and Seniors an opportunity to interact face-to-face with state and local agencies available to assist them.

The Mercer County event was the second in a series of four events Rep. Swanson is hosting this week throughout the 74th Legislative District.  Monday’s event was in Geneseo, while Wednesday’s is in Knoxville and Thursday’s in Princeton.  Mercer County’s event was hosted at the Mercer County 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.”

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State Representative Dan Swanson announced today that the Kewanee Community Fire Protection District will receive $24,375.00 in a Small Equipment Grant for fire protection districts. The grant is being distributed through Illinois’ Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

The funds were awarded to Kewanee Community Fire Protection District for helmets, boots, and personal protective gear.

According to Swanson, more than 100 departments statewide are taking a share of $2.2 million in grant funds. “These grants provide much-needed funding to help our fire districts purchase or replace necessary equipment,” said Swanson. “The Kewanee Community Fire Protection District has been a good steward of taxpayer dollars and will put these funds to good use in protecting their community.”

The OSFM Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants up to $26,000 for the purchase of small firefighting and ambulance equipment at fire departments and not-for-profit ambulance services across Illinois.

“This program provides an innovative approach to a problem that has long-caused difficulties for fire departments and ambulance service providers in our area,” Swanson said. “These hometown heroes often struggle to get funding for small equipment to keep them safe and to better serve their community, and this is where this Grant program helps to fill the gap.”

State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) announced he will again be hosting Veterans’/ Senior Resources Fairs in late July 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 as well as our area seniors to be able to connect with a real, live person from important government and local 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 or Senior, 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’/ Senior Resources Fairs will take place July 23-26 in Geneseo (Henry County), Aledo (Mercer County), Knoxville (Knox County) and Princeton (Bureau County).

Mon., July 23 4:00pm-6:00pm Geneseo Community Center, 541 E. North St., Geneseo
Tues., July 24 11:00am-1:00pm Aledo VFW, 106 SW Third Ave., Aledo
Wed., July 25 11:00am-1:00pm Knoxville Legion Post, 749 Henderson Rd., Knoxville
Thurs., July 26 11:00am-1:00pm Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Ave. West, Princeton

Admission to all four events is FREE and a meal 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.