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.

Stadelman passes measure to give pharmacists leeway in providing low cost drugs

Senator StadelmanSPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would allow pharmacists to tell consumers about less expensive options for prescription drugs was passed out of the Illinois Senate by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) Wednesday.

“A pharmacist should be able to tell you that $20 prescription could only cost you $8 if you pay by cash,” Stadelman said. “Needlessly charging Illinoisans more for their prescriptions by keeping them in the dark is not defensible.”

Stadelman passes bill to crack down on distracted driving

stadelman 032919SPRINGFIELD – As smart phones get smarter and streaming speeds get faster, legislation intended to protect motorists from distracted drivers streaming videos while they drive was passed out of the Illinois Senate by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford).

“A person driving 70 miles per hour who looks down at their phone for 5 seconds has traveled more than 150 yards,” Stadelman said. “The amount of damage and danger you can cause in that distance is far too great for us to not do anything.”

Stadelman welcomes Miss Illinois County Fair Queen

stadelman 031919SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) was joined in Springfield today by students advocating on behalf of agriculture, including current Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Alexi Bladel of Winnebago County.

“It was an absolute honor to introduce the first ever Miss Winnebago County Fair who became Miss Illinois County Fair Queen to the Illinois Senate,” Stadelman said. “It’s wonderful to see someone so young who cares so deeply about her state and hometown.” 

Sen. Steve Stadelman


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:
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Maurice A. West II