The 34th District is in Winnebago County and includes most of the greater Rockford area.


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One of five children, Steve Stadelman grew up on a small dairy farm in southern Wisconsin. He was a three-sport athlete at Brodhead High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As a news anchor/reporter for WTVO-Channel 17 for 25 years, Stadelman aggressively reported on issues facing Rockford and Illinois. In 2003, his coverage of the state's death penalty earned him an Associated Press award for Best Documentary. Stadelman's work in journalism gives him a deep understanding of government and yet a refreshing detachment from politics. He will bring that winning combination to the Illinois Senate.

In 1996, Steve married his wife, Patty, a Guilford High School graduate who works as the senior advertising sales executive for WTVO-Channel 17. They live in Loves Park with their four children — Austin, Nikolas, and twins Drew and Angela. Steve and Patty have shared the story of Drew and Angela's premature birth and their experience at Rockford Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as the Ambassador Family for the 2009 March of Dimes fundraising campaign.

Outside of work, Steve is known for coaching his kids' many sports teams. He also serves as a member of the Sara Ingrassia-Jackie Confer Dictionary Fund, which provides free dictionaries to all 3rd-grade students in Rockford Public Schools.

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Contact Info

Springfield Office:
Senator 34th District
121A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8022
District Office:
200 S. Wyman St.
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 987-7557
(815) 987-7529 FAX