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DIXON… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) was presented with the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award at its annual conference held last weekend.

“We are very pleased to recognize Representative Demmer as one of the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ Outstanding Legislators of the Year. During his time in the General Assembly, he has demonstrated a keen understanding of the vital role that park districts play in improving the quality of life in communities throughout Illinois. We are extremely grateful for his tremendous support of our efforts to ensure that park districts continue to provide local citizens with the highest quality parks, recreational programming and other valuable services in the most efficient manner possible,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award was presented at the IAPD/ Illinois Parks and Recreation Association’s annual conference, attended by over 4,000 park and recreation elected officials and professionals.

“I am honored to receive this award from IAPD and look forward to continue working on ways to maximize park district use to add to the quality of life of all Illinois residents,” said Rep. Demmer.

IAPD was established in 1928 and is the oldest state association for parks, recreation, and conservation in America.  The association serves more than 2,100 elected park, recreation, and forest preserve district members who govern more than 355 agencies employing 67,000 individuals.

IAPD strives to improve Illinois’ quality of life through park districts, forest preserves, conservation and recreation agencies by establishing grants and other new revenue streams for park land, facilities and services; educating the public about the positive effects parks and recreation have on communities; and meeting the problem of decreasing open space in Illinois.


DIXON… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) announced today that Public Library Construction Act Grant Program checks to complete library construction projects funded in Fiscal Year 2013 with Build Illinois Bond funding will be issued in the coming week, including to the Sandwich Public Library District for $89,928.69.

 “I am grateful the Sandwich Public Library District is receiving the final portion of state funding for their new library construction,” said Rep. Demmer.  “I work closely with libraries as part of my annual Summer Reading Club and I am always happy to support their important educational work in our communities.  Our libraries are a great community asset for all ages.”

The Public Library Construction Act grants are administered through State Librarian and Secretary of State Jesse White’s office and were funded in FY 13 as part of the Build Illinois Bond program.  The project grants were aimed at assisting communities with costs for new library construction.  The new building for the Sandwich Public Library opened in late 2014 at 925 S. Main Street in Sandwich.  This grant check is the final installment of the funds granted to Sandwich Public Library District to help cover construction costs. 

“Libraries are such vital resources for communities like Sandwich,” said Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White. “I look forward to working with Rep. Demmer and his colleagues as we continue our efforts to improve both library infrastructure and services in the  years ahead.”

More information on Sandwich Public Library’s programs, services, and events can be found at http://www.sandwichpld.org/.  Rep. Demmer can be contacted at his district office located at 1221 Currency Court, Rochelle, IL 61068 or by calling the office at (815) 561-3690.