Congratulations to our 75th District Summer Readers
Those who participated in our summer reading program were honored at an Ice Cream Party.
Join us next summer for great reads and cool treats.

SPRINGFIELD—Today State Rep. David Welter (R-Morris) joined Governor Bruce Rauner in announcing the formation of a new not-for-profit, Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, to emphasize capital improvements at the Springfield and Du Quoin fairgrounds.
“We need Illinois agriculture to flourish and the Illinois State Fair is a big part of promoting the Illinois farming community,” said Welter.
The Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield includes more than 170 buildings spanning 360 acres of land, with buildings as old as 124 years. The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds includes more than 20 buildings spread across more than 1,200 acres of land, with buildings as old as 93 years. Many of the buildings on both fairgrounds are in dire need of restoration, including paint, plumbing, roofing, and structural repairs. Combined, the fairgrounds carry $180 million in deferred maintenance costs.
“I am in full support of the Governor’s choice to make a non-for-profit for the Illinois State Fair,” said Welter.  “Agriculture is Illinois’ number one resource and the state fair provides an amazing opportunity to not only showcase agricultural advancement, exports, and Illinois products but also provides a unique playing field for businesses both big and small.”

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MORRIS-- Don't miss the Traveling World of Reptiles Show, Touch-a-Truck exhibit, interactive safety demonstrations and more at this year's Children's Health and Safety Expo hosted by State Representative David Welter (R-Morris) August 13th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at Saratoga Elementary School, 4040 N. Division Street. in Morris.
"I am extremely excited to be able to provide this free children's health and safety event to our community," said Welter. "This year's Safety Expo offers children and parents an  opportunity to learn about issues such as cyber bullying, nutrition, bicycle safety, college saving programs, as well engage in fun interactive activities!"
Admission is free. There will also be free giveaways at the event, and lots of information.
Demonstrations at this year’s expo include: Traveling world of Reptiles show at 9:15a.m., Forte Arts Center at 10:30 a.m., Chang Lee’s Taekwon Martial Arts at 11 a.m. and Donna Mueller’s School of Dance at 11:30 a.m. Also, a medical helicopter will be there from 9:30am - 11:30am.
More than 20 "Touch-a-Trucks" will be at the Safety Expo, and kids are invited to see, touch and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicle. Local professionals will be available to answer questions about the equipment and the work they do.
“This is a great event for the whole family and a wonderful destination for your weekend,” said Welter.

For more information, contact Rep Welter’s office at 815-416-1475, or check out the handy flyer at