PEORIA… Illinois Valley Central School District 321, the IVC Educational Foundation, and the Chillicothe Alumni Association joined together on Saturday evening to present State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) with the 2016 “Friend of IVC Award”.
Citing their reasons for this recognition, the District and its Alumni organizations cited Rep. Leitch’s personal donations to District projects, Rep. Leitch’s Annual Summer Reading Club Party at Shore Acres, Guest Reading and being a Guest Presenter in IVC Classrooms, hosting IVC Students at Honorary Pages in Springfield, sponsoring special legislation to have a stoplight placed at a major thoroughfare following the tragic auto accident deaths of two IVC students, as well as his support of other community assets like Pearce Community Center and the Chillicothe Park District and his broader support on issues related to student mental health care.
In the wake of an unfavorable Property Tax Appeal Board in 1994, IVC faced a loss of about $2 million in real estate tax revenue. Rep. Leitch passed a “bridge” law (legislation that Leitch characterizes as “the most difficult bill I ever passed”) that rescued the District from the financial mess.
“IVC has been a great community partner to work with over the years and I am truly honored to have represented their interests in both Springfield and in the community,” said Rep. Leitch in reaction to the award presentation.
The award was presented during the 107th Annual Banquet and Meeting at IVC High School on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Also honored at the meeting as Distinguished Alumni’s were Dr. David Batstone, General David Julazadeh, and John Myers.