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Stadelman demands commitment to keep Rosecrance open

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SPRINGFIELD – A day after the governor’s office released funding to allow the Rosecrance Triage Center to remain open through the end of June, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) voted in support of an  appropriation to release the money they are owed for the entire fiscal year.  

“While the Department of Human Services made the right decision yesterday to finally release funding to allow the center to stay open another four months, we need to look at the bigger picture,” Stadelman said.

The funding was released yesterday after Stadelman stressed the importance of the center to department officials during a budget hearing. “The center has already been forced to pay $125,000 out of pocket. We need to ensure they have the resources to continue to operate not just through the beginning of summer, but for the rest of the calendar year and beyond,” Stadelman said.

The legislation, Senate Bill 2059, was part of a larger package that contained appropriations for programs that have received no state funding during the budget impasse, including public universities, community colleges, and breast and cervical cancer screenings. It now heads to the Illinois House of Representatives.

Watch Rockford's Fox 39 News story: Rosecrance Triage Center to stay open for now

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