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SPRINGFIELD… Omnibus legislation co-sponsored by State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) was signed by Governor Rauner on August 12 to extend Lacon’s TIF District, which was first implemented in 1993.

According to Lacon Mayor Ron Schoof, the renewed TIF district will likely be utilized to fund projects including facelifts of commercial buildings downtown, continued development of Lacon’s Industrial Park, and to address sewage treatment issues related to flooding in the City.

All area taxing bodies covered by the TIF district supported and agreed to the extension of the TIF district.  Rep. David Leitch secured passage of House Bill 4394, legislation to renew the TIF district, through the Illinois House this Spring.  That effort was later combined as part of an omnibus package of TIF Extensions contained in Senate Bill 2562, which Leitch co-sponsored.

“Lacon has a strong history of responsibly managing their TIF toward the goals that TIF districts were created for in the first place- economic development and job growth and retention,” said Leitch.

Lacon Mayor Ron Schoof echoed that sentiment, explaining that the, “Lacon TIF District is critical to the economic development and continued renewal of the city of Lacon.  This is all about retaining and attracting jobs and the TIF district is one of the most important tools in our toolbox to do so.”

Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.
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SPRINGFIELD… Omnibus legislation co-sponsored by State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) was signed by Governor Rauner on August 12 to extend Bradford’s TIF District, which was first implemented in 1998.

According to Bradford Village President Henry Waldinger, the renewed TIF district will likely be utilized to fund projects including attracting and retaining local businesses including a restaurant and pharmacy, as well as attempting to attract a grocery store, and may even be utilized to assist the construction of a new Fire Station in the Village.

All area taxing bodies covered by the TIF district supported and agreed to the extension of the TIF district.  Rep. David Leitch secured passage of House Bill 4395, legislation to renew the TIF district, through the Illinois House this Spring.  That effort was later combined as part of an omnibus package of TIF Extensions contained in Senate Bill 2562, which Leitch co-sponsored.

 “Bradford has a strong history of responsibly managing their TIF toward the goals that TIF districts were created for in the first place- economic development and job growth and retention,” said Leitch

Bradford Village President Henry Waldinger echoed that sentiment, explaining that the, “Bradford is losing businesses all the time and this is one of the only tools in our municipal toolbox to be able to retain and grow jobs in our community.”

Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.
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Rep. David Leitch's work with parents of suicide victim
led to new law designed to spare others
Mike and Kim Predmore, whose youngest son, Chris, killed himself in his Illinois State University dorm room nearly two years ago, don't want other parents to go through what they did.

“Chris seemed fine when we moved him in,” said Mike Predmore, sitting with his wife in their Bartonville home. “Three months later, we were planning his funeral.”

With many students soon heading off to college, some for the first time, the Predmores hope parents will talk to their children about whatever stress they might be feeling and look into what services are available at their schools.

They also hope a law they helped get passed, the Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act, will lead to more open communication between parents, students and health professionals at colleges and universities. Read more in the Pantagraph.


PEORIA… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) was named one of six “Local Legends” in Peoria Magazine’s July InterBusiness Issues.  The magazine’s annual issue honors “legendary figures of our region- those who have had a lifetime of impact on the Greater Peoria area.”  Honorees were named and presented at a reception on Thursday, July 7th at the Country Club if Peoria.

In honoring Representative Leitch on his public service, Peoria Magazine’s Publisher Jan Wright wrote that, “Rep. Dave Leitch has been our dependable leader in Springfield.  His unassuming, common-sense leadership should be a model for his successor, an old-fashioned sort of public service that’s seemingly disappeared from political life.  What he has accomplished for our community over the years is truly remarkable.”

The full interview with Rep. David Leitch covering a broad array of topics related to his public service and personal development can be found in the July issue of InterBusiness Issues or online at http://www.peoriamagazines.com/ibi/2016/jul/honorable-david-leitch.  The interview covered topics including Leitch’s service in the Illinois General Assembly, his work as President of the Peoria Downtown Development Corporation, his career in banking and his early work as a reporter for the Peoria Journal Star in the late 1960’s.

The award was presented during the Annual Local Legends Reception at Peoria Country Club on Thursday, July 7, 2016.  Leitch joined Byron DeHaan, Jean Ann and Gordon Honegger, Mike Landwirth, and Sally Snyder as the 2016 honorees. 

Rep. David Leitch will be retiring after his current term in the Illinois General Assembly, after three decades of public service.
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