State Representative Travis Weaver

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Last week, I had a fun and productive conversation with students from Peoria Academy!We discussed the legislative proces...
02/20/2024

Last week, I had a fun and productive conversation with students from Peoria Academy!

We discussed the legislative process, what I do as a state representative, and how they can become more civically active in their communities. We even covered some pretty hard-hitting issues like the impact the rise of AI could have on Illinois’ economy and workforce.

They gave me such a warm welcome, and I was so proud to be speaking with such thoughtful, engaged, and inquisitive young leaders.

These types of events are the highlight of my job, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the invite!

Presidents Day is a holiday meant to honor the Presidents who have led our great nation and to remember the values on wh...
02/19/2024

Presidents Day is a holiday meant to honor the Presidents who have led our great nation and to remember the values on which our country was founded.

A few Presidents that came to my mind today were Presidents Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant. Johnson, the 17th President, and Grant, the 18th President, took the helm of a divided nation after the Civil War, rebuilding a post-war United States after the bloodiest conflict our nation has ever experienced.

Just like Johnson and Grant, we all have a duty and responsibility to repair the fabric of our nation during times of great division. We’re eternally blessed to have the opportunity to grow up in the greatest country the world has ever seen, and, as Mark 3:25 teaches us, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

Happy Presidents Day, and God bless! 🇺🇸

Due to Monday being a Federal Holiday for Presidents’ Day, our Pekin and Kewanee offices will be closed Monday, February...
02/17/2024

Due to Monday being a Federal Holiday for Presidents’ Day, our Pekin and Kewanee offices will be closed Monday, February 19. Normal office hours at both locations will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at my website at repweaver.com/contact or call 309-204-6514. Please enjoy another long holiday weekend!

National FFA Week is celebrated from February 17-24 this year. FFA Week honors the 945,988-plus members of Future Farmer...
02/17/2024

National FFA Week is celebrated from February 17-24 this year. FFA Week honors the 945,988-plus members of Future Farmers of America across the country.

FFA’s mission is to prepare future generations of farmers as they work to feed our growing population. Happy FFA Week to all our Illinois chapters!

Today’s   highlights the Federal Grant Support Program! The goal of this grant is to provide funding to help meet minimu...
02/16/2024

Today’s highlights the Federal Grant Support Program! The goal of this grant is to provide funding to help meet minimum match eligibility requirements, and to support and encourage Illinois-based applicants for competitive Federal grant opportunities.

The awarding agency is the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the award amount ranges from $10,000-$5,000,000. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, government organizations, educational institutions, non-profits, and for-profit businesses.

If you or someone you know has any interest in this particular grant, or if you would like more information on other available grants or the grant process, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at my website at repweaver.com/contact or call (309) 204-6514.

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Le...
02/14/2024

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent for millions of Christians around the world. This holy day of prayer and fasting allows us to rededicate ourselves to God, and to symbolically walk with Jesus in the days and weeks leading up to His death and resurrection.

My hope is that this time of prayer and reflection allows us to focus on our relationship with God, and that we continue to place His word and teachings first in our everyday lives.

God Bless!

Every year, it’s my goal to bring awareness to influential Black Americans from Central Illinois who have greatly impact...
02/13/2024

Every year, it’s my goal to bring awareness to influential Black Americans from Central Illinois who have greatly impacted the world we live in.

For the second installment of my spotlight, I am highlighting Dr. Romeo B. Garrett, the first African American to receive a Master’s degree at Bradley University. Dr. Garrett was also the first Black professor at Bradley, hired in 1947 to teach sociology.

Born in 1910 in Mississippi, Garrett moved to Peoria in the 1940s after serving in the Army in World War II. His sister-in-law, Dr. Maude Sanders, lived in Peoria at the time and was Peoria’s first black female doctor.

Dr. Garrett’s contributions to the Peoria community are vast, and he wrote several books documenting the achievements of black residents in the Peoria area. At Bradley, he promoted the inclusion of all people and encouraged students to learn about black culture.

Dr. Garrett served as an associate pastor at Zion Baptist Church for close to 40 years. He was also the vice president of the NAACP Chapter in Peoria.

Garrett’s legacy lives on today, as the city of Peoria renamed the street he lived on as ‘West Romeo B. Garrett Avenue.” At Bradley University, the Garrett Scholarship Program was established in 1964 and offers five full-time scholarships. The Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center was dedicated in 1980 on campus, and it houses Bradley’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information on Dr. Romeo B. Garrett, please follow these links:
https://www.pjstar.com/story/news/2021/02/24/peoria-famous-black-residents-annie-malone-preston-jackson-and-more/4494292001/

https://www.bradleyscout.com/news/historic-human-of-the-hilltop-romeo-b-garrett-stood-up-for-change-and-justice/

https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/hidden-history/hidden-history-dr-romeo-b-garrett/

On February 12, 1809, President Abraham Lincoln was born. President Lincoln had a profound effect on his home state of I...
02/12/2024

On February 12, 1809, President Abraham Lincoln was born. President Lincoln had a profound effect on his home state of Illinois, and the entire nation, through his work to end slavery in the United States. Happy birthday, Mr. President!

02/10/2024

Due to Monday being a State Holiday for President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, our Pekin and Kewanee offices will be closed Monday, February 12. Normal office hours at both locations will resume on Tuesday, February 13.

If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at my website at repweaver.com/contact or call 309-204-6514. Please enjoy the long holiday weekend!

To contact our office please send a message using the form below.

Today’s   highlights the Local Government Snowmobile grant program! The goal of this grant is to provide grant funding f...
02/09/2024

Today’s highlights the Local Government Snowmobile grant program! The goal of this grant is to provide grant funding for the acquisition of property for snowmobiling, development of snowmobile trails and equipment related to snowmobiling. Additionally, it must be open and available for general public use.

The awarding agency is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the award amount ranges from $20,000-$120,000. Government organizations are eligible to apply.

If you or someone you know has any interest in this particular grant, or if you would like more information on other available grants or the grant process, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at my website at repweaver.com/contact or call (309) 204-6514.

Every year, it’s my goal to bring awareness to influential Black Americans from Central Illinois who greatly impacted th...
02/07/2024

Every year, it’s my goal to bring awareness to influential Black Americans from Central Illinois who greatly impacted the world we live in.

For the first installation of my Spotlight, I’m going to highlight the 55 black residents of Kewanee who protested against a roller rink after a black girl was denied entry to a white 13-year-old’s birthday party, even though the black girl had been invited to the party.

On May 4, 1964, the 55 residents (45 of whom were teenagers), picketed outside the rink after the owner denied entry to the girl. The owner then closed the rink, asserting he had the right to refuse her entry since the party was a private event.

In response to this incident, the City of Kewanee’s Human Relations Commission mediated the dispute, along with the city attorney, an assistant attorney general, and the head of the Illinois Commission on Human Rights.

It was found that roller rinks were specifically covered under the new civil rights law, and that an event was not private if the purpose was to deny entry to people of color. For more information on these brave individuals and their actions, please follow this link: https://www.starcourier.com/story/news/2020/07/08/kewanees-black-community-once-had-voice/114338188/

Our team is growing, and I couldn’t be more excited to introduce the staff who work hard day-in and day-out to serve the...
02/05/2024

Our team is growing, and I couldn’t be more excited to introduce the staff who work hard day-in and day-out to serve the constituents of Illinois’ 93rd House District!

First up is Karun Jaswal, who currently attends Black Hawk College in Moline. Karun plans to transfer to the University of Iowa next fall, where he will major in Finance and Computer Science.

“I wanted to work in government because of an interest in politics I gained back in 2016,” Karun stated. “Ever since then, I have been involved in politics in some way, shape, or form. I have had the honor of meeting influential figures, including former President Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Governor Ron DeSantis.”

In his spare time, Karun works with his father and uncle at their gas stations in Annawan, Galva, Geneseo, and Morrison. Karun also enjoys watching the UFC, NBA, and NFL, along with spending time with friends and family.

“What I hope to gain from this internship with Representative Weaver’s office is a better understanding of how the legislative process works, specifically in Illinois,” Karun added. “I also hope to bring new ideas to the 93rd District by leveraging my broad network of politicians around the country.”

Karun will be based out of my Kewanee office, so please feel free to stop in and say hello when you get the chance! Thanks for all you do, Karun, and we’re thrilled to have you on the team!

Today’s   highlights the Illinois Grocery Initiative Equipment Upgrades! The goal of this grant is to provide funding fo...
02/02/2024

Today’s highlights the Illinois Grocery Initiative Equipment Upgrades! The goal of this grant is to provide funding for energy-efficient equipment upgrades for existing independently owned for-profit grocery stores, cooperative grocery stores, or not-for-profit grocery stores.

The awarding agency is the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the award amount ranges from $25,000-$250,000. For-profit, not-for-profit, and cooperative grocery stores are all eligible to apply. However, final eligibility will be determined by characteristics and intended offerings of the store.

If you or someone you know has any interest in this particular grant, or if you would like more information on other available grants or the grant process, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at my website repweaver.com/contact or call (309) 204-6514.

Happy Freedom Day! On February 1st, 1865, Illinois became the first state in the union to ratify the 13th Amendment, whi...
02/02/2024

Happy Freedom Day! On February 1st, 1865, Illinois became the first state in the union to ratify the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.

The 13th Amendment provided that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Thank you to everyone at Carle Health Greater Peoria for hosting me and several of my Central Illinois House and Senate ...
01/30/2024

Thank you to everyone at Carle Health Greater Peoria for hosting me and several of my Central Illinois House and Senate colleagues for a legislative breakfast last week at Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

We listened to a great presentation on several challenges facing patients and the hospital, such as staffing shortages, the rising number of incidents of workplace violence faced by healthcare workers, and the need for more support for mental and behavioral health services.

We also discussed several initiatives being undertaken by Carle Health, such as their partnership with Methodist College, as well as their ever-expanding fleet of Mobile Health Clinics.

These patients, doctors, and nurses need our support more than ever, and I’m excited to do whatever I can to support them in their mission to serve Central and Southern Illinois.

Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, let us all take time to remember the victims o...
01/27/2024

Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This year, let us all take time to remember the victims of the Holocaust, share the stories of survivors, and strengthen our resolve to never again let such atrocities occur in our world.

This is a somber reminder of what continues to happen to Jewish families and communities across the world.

During a time when Israel and the Jewish people are facing countless and unimaginable challenges to their way of life, religion, and existence due to Hamas and other terror groups, it’s vital that we pledge to stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters during these difficult times.

Let us pray that Jewish communities find peace and love, even during these troubled days, and that we never forget the atrocities committed, and the victims lost, during the Holocaust.

Today’s   highlights the Recreational Trails Program! The goal of this grant is to provide funding for assistance for th...
01/26/2024

Today’s highlights the Recreational Trails Program! The goal of this grant is to provide funding for assistance for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation, and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized recreation trails.

The awarding agency is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the award amount ranges from $20,000-$3,000,000. Government, for-profit, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and individuals are eligible to apply.

If you or someone you know has any interest in this particular grant, or if you would like more information on other available grants or the grant process, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at my website at repweaver.com/contact or call (309) 204-6514.

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by our Block Party event yesterday in Kewanee! Thank you also to Birth to Five...
01/25/2024

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by our Block Party event yesterday in Kewanee! Thank you also to Birth to Five Illinois, Child Care Resource and Referral, Head Start, and Abilities Plus for sharing valuable information about their family-focused organizations with the families who stopped in.

It was wonderful to meet and speak with local parents and hear their thoughts and concerns on how we can best support them in their child’s development, as well as how we can connect them with the right resources to make sure their child is successful. It was a fun and entertaining afternoon, and I’m so glad we were able to put this on.

If you are interested in connecting with any of these family-based, local organizations and need assistance, please reach out to my office at 309-204-6514 or at my website at repweaver.com/contact.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful day!

I believe we’re all called to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to stand up for our most vulnerable. A...
01/22/2024

I believe we’re all called to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to stand up for our most vulnerable. As Proverbs says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”

January 22nd is National Sanctity of Human Life Day, a day where we come together to celebrate God’s greatest gift, the gift of life. All life must be cherished, and we must work together to end extremist abortion policies in Illinois, the United States, and around the globe.

Join Birth to Five Illinois, Senator Neil Anderson, and me at our Block Party in Kewanee! The event will be held Wednesd...
01/22/2024

Join Birth to Five Illinois, Senator Neil Anderson, and me at our Block Party in Kewanee! The event will be held Wednesday, January 24, from 1-4 p.m. at the Kewanee Train Station. The Station is located at 210 West 3rd Street, Kewanee.

Children can enjoy building whatever their heart desires with building blocks, and parents can get information from several local, family-focused organizations: Birth to Five, Child Care Resource & Referral, Head Start, and Abilities Plus.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Today’s   highlights the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program! The goal of this grant is to provide funding to go...
01/19/2024

Today’s highlights the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program! The goal of this grant is to provide funding to government organizations to improve the security of critical infrastructure and improving the resilience of the services state and local governments provide to their communities.

The awarding agency is the Emergency Management Agency, and the award amount totals $8,834,866. Government organizations are eligible to apply.

If you or someone you know has any interest in this particular grant, or if you would like more information on other available grants or the grant process, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at my website at repweaver.com/contact or call (309) 204-6514.

Last week, elected officials from around the area gathered to discuss the legislative priorities for the City and County...
01/18/2024

Last week, elected officials from around the area gathered to discuss the legislative priorities for the City and County of Peoria. My remarks remained consistent with what I’ve harped on since Day 1 - we must get our financial house in order so we’re not kicking our problems into the lap of our children.

I applaud many of the elected officials and administrators on the call who shared my concerns. I am a firm believer that Illinois’ best days can still be ahead; but only if we are disciplined in how we work to make it so.

For additional context on my remarks, please see the article below:

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Follow-through funding for capital projects was top of mind during the annual Peoria City and County Legislative Breakfast held Friday.  Other issues keen to c…

We’re back! I am very excited to be back in Springfield for the start of the Spring 2024 legislative session alongside m...
01/16/2024

We’re back! I am very excited to be back in Springfield for the start of the Spring 2024 legislative session alongside my colleagues, State Representative Amy Elik and State Representative Bradley Fritts.

There’s a lot of work to be done to unleash Illinois’ potential, and I’m excited to introduce, debate, and pass legislation to:

-Restore the Invest in Kids Scholarship Program. 📚

-Reduce taxes and regulations. 📉

-Invest in and develop Illinois’ vast network of physical, energy, and telecommunications infrastructure. 🚂

-Retain and attract people to live, work, and raise their families in Illinois. 👨‍👩‍👦

If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas on how we can improve our communities, don’t hesitate to give my office a call at (309) 204-6514, or send an email to [email protected].

Today, we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King dedicated his life to the nonviolent stru...
01/15/2024

Today, we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for civil rights in the United States. His words and legacy continue to resonate all around the world.

Today's   highlights the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program! The goal of this grant is to provide funding to governme...
01/12/2024

Today's highlights the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program! The goal of this grant is to provide funding to government organizations, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations for projects to reduce the incidence of crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists in Illinois.

The awarding agency is the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the award amount totals $1,200,000. Governmental organizations, school districts, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations are all eligible to apply.

If you or someone you know has any interest in this particular grant, or if you would like more information on other available grants, or the grant process, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at my website at repweaver.com/contact or call (309) 204-6514.

01/12/2024

Due to a predicted winter storm and difficult travel conditions, the Kewanee Office will be closed today. My staff is working remotely, so if we can be of any assistance, please give us a call at (309) 204-6514. Thank you and be safe everyone!

On Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, I would like to recognize the great police officers and law enforcement agencies in...
01/09/2024

On Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, I would like to recognize the great police officers and law enforcement agencies in Illinois and across the country. Thank you for all you do to keep us safe and out of harm’s way. Your job is a thankless one in many ways, but please know you are truly appreciated.

I would also like to recognize two of my colleagues, State Representative John Cabello and State Representative Dennis Tipsword, both of whom have had long and distinguished careers in law enforcement. Both John and Dennis bring firsthand knowledge of the issues our local law enforcement agencies are facing, helping the Illinois House provide them with more of the tools they need to succeed and keep our communities safe.

Thank you for all you do!

A winter storm is forecasted to hit our area tonight, tomorrow, tomorrow night, and into Wednesday morning. Heavy snow a...
01/08/2024

A winter storm is forecasted to hit our area tonight, tomorrow, tomorrow night, and into Wednesday morning. Heavy snow and high winds are predicted, and accumulation expectations range from 5-12 inches after all is said and done.

My office is available and eager to help, so if we can be of assistance with anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. Stay safe and warm, and make sure to check on your friends and neighbors!

Significant winter storms will track across the Lower 48 through this week. Blizzard conditions for the Plains and Midwest, strong to damaging winds, severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall from the deep South through the Northeast are expected through Tuesday. Another system bringing heavy precipit...

Today’s   highlights the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program! The goal of this grant is to provide fund...
01/05/2024

Today’s highlights the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program! The goal of this grant is to provide funding to States, and through States to local units of government and Federally recognized Native American tribes, for projects that will provide outdoor recreation opportunities to the public through the acquisition of lands and waters for parks and other outdoor recreation areas, as well as through the development of new, or the renovation of existing, outdoor recreation facilities.

The awarding agency is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the award amount ranges from $300,000 to $15,000,000. States, local governments, and Federally recognized Native American tribes are all eligible for funds.

If you or someone you know has any interest in this particular grant, or if you would like more information on other available grants, or the grant process, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at https://repweaver.com/contact/ or call (309) 204-6514.

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