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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  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.

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.
Rep. Leitch was proud to welcome Aadi, a student at Dunlap Valley Middle School, to be an Honorary Page in the Illinois House earlier this week.

SPRINGFIELD… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) supported legislation on Thursday to provide $700 million in emergency stopgap funding to human services agencies in Illinois reeling from the effects of the lack of a FY 16 State Budget.

SB 2038, which overwhelmingly passed the Illinois House on Thursday, provided a dedicated emergency funding source, mostly from the Commitment to Human Services Fund that was set up as part of the temporary income tax hike in 2010 and contains unspent money.  The approximately $700 million in funding will be directed to human services programs that are not covered by consent decrees or existing court orders.  The funding is estimated to provide approximately 46% of the spending those programs would have encompassed this fiscal year.

“I was happy to support this stopgap measure’s passage as it will provide some relief to human services agencies and the people who rely on their services.  I was especially pleased that money to fund psychiatric services was finally provided in this measure,” said Leitch on Thursday following the bill’s passage.

Funding for psychiatric services has been a priority for Rep. Leitch as one of the leading advocates in the Illinois House concentrating on mental health treatment and recovery efforts.

Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.