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Rockford casino to become a reality with governor’s signature

stadelman 041119SPRINGFIELD – A long sought-after casino will be coming to Rockford after legislation cosponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) was signed into law today.

“After years of work, the casino for Rockford will finally become a reality,” Stadelman said. “Overall, Rockford will see a lot of improvements thanks to this capital infrastructure plan.”

Four pieces of legislation comprising a $45 billion capital infrastructure plan became law today. The plan includes funding for programs ranging from highways to passenger rail service.

Some projects for the Rockford area include:

  • $275 million for passenger rail service from Rockford to Chicago.
  • Funding for the new maintenance facility at Rockford Airport, saving the airport $90,000 a month.

Stadelman will welcome Gov. JB Pritzker to Rockford Monday to showcase the accomplishments. 

Stadelman passes measure combatting student credit card debt

creditcards 032919SPRINGFIELD – Key stakeholders will seek solutions for skyrocketing credit card debt faced by college students under legislation passed by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford).

House Bill 1581 creates the College Student Credit Card Marketing and Debt Task Force. The task force will be composed of representatives from credit unions, banks and state universities and will study how credit cards are marketed to students, students’ payment history and several other related issues.

Legislation bringing regional parity to tollway board passes Senate

stadelman tollway 041619SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would require greater regional representation on the Illinois Tollway Board has passed the Illinois Senate.

“I think it’s fair to say that if you have a tollway in your community, then your community deserves a seat at the table,” State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) said. “This legislation corrects that problem for the Lake, Winnebago, Boone and McHenry County communities.”

The Toll Highway includes 294 miles in five tollways that run through 12 counties: Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Ogle, Whiteside and Lee.

Senate Bill 764 was filed after none of the nine seats on the board overseeing the toll way were filled with members from Winnebago or Lake counties. It would require the governor to appoint one member from Lake County and one from either Winnebago, Boone or McHenry counties.

Senate Bill 764 passed the Senate unanimously and now goes to the House of Representatives. 

Stadelman passes measure helping children of fallen officers afford college

Senator StadelmanSPRINGFIELD – The children of officers killed in the line of duty will be eligible for a scholarship to the University of Illinois under legislation passed by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) Thursday.

“When officers are killed in the line of duty, they’re families are often left with many burdens,” Stadelman said. “This legislation recognizes that and sends a message to those families that the state will do what it can to help.”

Under current law, each county in the state is entitled to one scholarship to the University for the children of veterans of certain wars and conflicts. Senate Bill 457 would add the children of fallen police officers to the list of eligible recipients.

The legislation was inspired by the death of McHenry County Sherriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner, who was killed in early March while serving an arrest warrant at a hotel in Rockford. Keltner’s funeral was attended by about 3,500 people, including uniformed police officers from around the country.

The legislation passed the Senate unanimously and now goes to the House of Representatives.

Sen. Steve Stadelman

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34th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Financial Institutions; Higher Education; Public Health; Revenue; Telecommunications & InfoTechnology (Chairperson); Transportation.

Biography: Earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Worked as a news anchor/reporter for WTVO-Channel 17 for 25 years, In 2003, his coverage of the state's death penalty earned him an Associated Press award for Best Documentary.

Associated Representatives:
John M. Cabello
Maurice A. West II