Stadelman urges families to visit financial aid workshops

High school seniors, parents of students and prospective college students of all ages can make use of free workshops this October to help begin the 2019-2020 school year.

October is College Changes Everything Month, a project of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. ISAC this month is offering free workshops to students and their families at local high schools where they can receive hands-on instruction filling out college applications and their FAFSAs from college and financial aid experts.

In addition, Oct. 1 was the first day the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form became available for the following year’s fall semester. State aid, including the MAP grant, is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so students should complete their FAFSA promptly to have the chance to access as much financial aid as possible.

“Applying for college admission or financial aid can be daunting, especially for families going through the process for the first time. I recommend the ISAC College Changes Everything workshops as a helpful tool,” said State Senator Steve Stadelman, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

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October 11 at 1:14 PM · 

As part of National Fire Prevention Week, I joined the Rockford Fire Department to increase awareness of a new smoke detector law. It requires people who live in a household or apartment built before 1988 (when homes were required to have hardwired alarms) to install a smoke detector with a 10-year sealed battery. Since batteries will not have to be replaced as often, that will not only saves lives, but will save homeowners money in the long run. In most fire deaths, smoke detectors were either not working or not present.

 

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SAVE THE DATE for our 4th ANNUAL EVENT from: 1-4 pm SUN DEC 9 @ Riverside Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Lots of free services from flu shots to chair massages, refreshments, live music and plenty of parking! STAY TUNED for details on a new SPEAKER'S SERIES as part of the program.

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Stadelman measure aims to improve student loan debt
A new law sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman will prevent state licensing boards from suspending or revoking people's professional licenses and certificates if they default on their student loans. Senate Bill 2439 puts provisions in place to prevent individuals with student loan default from having licenses denied, revoked or suspended in 37 professions, such as occupational therapists, barbers, teachers, structural engineers, home inspectors and real estate agents.

“This sort of punitive action serves no good purpose," Stadelman said. "Taking away the source of someone's livelihood only compounds the problem and makes loan repayment all the more difficult. It's a vicious circle that benefits no one."

Student loans are the largest source of consumer debt in the United States, surpassing mortgages and credit cards debt, and the only type of debt that typically cannot be discharged in bankruptcy court.

Override of governor's wage gap veto urged by Stadelman
State Senator Steve Stadelman is among Illinois lawmakers urging colleagues to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill to protect working women and address the state's gender wage gap. Had it become law, House Bill 4163 would have prevented  employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history.

"The idea is to break the cycle of a woman being paid unfairly in one job and having that lower wage influence her pay at her next job and the job after that," Stadelman said. "Without this change, some women might never be able to earn the wage they deserve."

If an override succeeds in General Assembly during its fall veto session next month, the new law also would give victims of unfair or gender-based wage discrepancies a method to seek compensation, including the recovery of lost wages and reimbursement of legal fees.

Stadelman named 'Friend of Agriculture'

Senator Steve Stadelman accepted the Friend of Agriculture award this week from the Winnebago- Boone Farm Bureau. The honor is given to state lawmakers whose voting records in Springfield favored Illinois farmers at least 70 percent of the time.

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Stadelman joins state treasurer to announce Money Match

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs visited Rockford this week to announce the new Money Match program that automatically returns lost money to Illinois residents without the usual need to gather paperwork and file a claim. The program is a result of legislation State Senator Steve Stadelman supported in 2017.

The program uses existing technology and state records to link unclaimed assets with qualifying owners. To qualify, the property cannot have multiple owners nor exceed $2,000 in value.

Frerichs' office is mailing 63,000 notification letters statewide this month. In Winnebago County, unclaimed property worth $213,191 is being returned under the Money Match program.

Statewide, the treasurer's office is holding more than $2 billion in forgotten cash and stocks belonging to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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Stadelman accepts Legislator of the Year award

State Senator Steve Stadelman received the Legislator of the Year award Saturday from the nonprofit preservation group Landmarks Illinois for his work to expand the River Edge tax credit for redevelopment of historic property. Stadelman passed legislation to continue the tax credit for four years and expand the program across Illinois.

Originally, the economic incentive only was available in Rockford and four other communities. Projects like the $12 million Prairie Street Brewhouse in downtown Rockford have been made possible because of the  tax credit, equal to 25 percent of rehabilitation costs.

Landmarks Illinois President and CEO Bonnie McDonald presented the honor to Stadelman and (left to right) State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth of Peoria, State Senator Pamela Althoff of McHenry and State Rep. Steven Andersson of Geneva at a reception in Chicago where they were hailed as "champions of historic preservation and instrumental in helping to enact preservation legislation in the State of Illinois." 

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Support for disabled adults earns Stadelman top rating

State Senator Steve Stadelman has received a "superior" score for his voting record on issues affecting adults with developmental disabilites.  The rating of 91 to 100 percent from Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities compares votes cast on 10 pieces of legislation relevant to the goal of community living that were approved by the General Assembly during the 2018 spring session. The governor vetoed two of the bills.

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Stadelman participates in hearing on youth unemployment
A state panel with a name as large as its charge -- the State Task Force on Developing Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults Who Are Jobless and Out-of-School -- conducted a public hearing Wednesday at The Nordlof Center in Rockford. In 2016, nearly a quarter million young adults lacked jobs in Illinois -- 20,000 of them in Winnebago and Boone counties.

"We are looking for any ideas or suggestions," State Senator Steve Stadelman said. "What can we do in the general assembly? What can local non-profits and local employers do to improve the situation? It's a difficult, complex issue. Making sure students get through school is just the start. They have to continue to learn and acquire additional skills just to remain employable in the workforce.

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September 13 at 2:16 PM · 

Congratulations to Berner Food & Beverage on breaking ground on its new distribution warehouse at Rock 39 Industrial Park! The $25 million project means construction jobs and economic growth.

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HoopStars tourney provides memorable Labor Day for the whole family

After six years, Senator Stadelman’s HoopStars has become part of our community’s Labor Day tradition. The free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament drew 300 players this year and hundreds more spectators.

When launching the competition in 2013, Labor Day was selected to help fill the void left by the loss of On The Waterfront. Since moving indoors to UW Health Sports Factory from outdoor courts at Davis Park, the number of parents, grandparents and siblings cheering from the sidelines has grown.

"HoopStars continues to offer a positive, no-cost athletic opportunity for boys and girls in grades 3-8 and a fun way for families to mark the end of summer and start of the school year," Stadelman said. "I remain most gratified by the diversity of the players and good-natured rivalry on the courts."

Bracket-winning teams left with 1st-place medals, but every player took home a commemorative T-shirt. Stadelman credits support from the Rockford Park District and financial generosity of ComEd, Comcast and Drive Right School of Driving for helping make the event possible.

Pictured below: 3rd-grade boys champions and their coach with Senator Stadelman.

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