031616 js 0004SPRINGFIELD – Following a line of questioning from State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) in the Senate Appropriations Committee, the governor's office has released funding that will allow the Rosecrance Triage Center to stay open through June 30.

“The Triage Center has been effective at keeping those with mental illness out of jail and out of the hospital, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars,” Stadelman said. “However, while this funding is a start, it still does not resolve the governor's long-term opposition to the program.”

In 2012, when Singer Mental Health Facility was shut down by the state, Rosecrance was promised more funding to allow them to serve patients through community based programs, such as the Triage Center. Until these funds were released, Governor Rauner had broken this promise.

To provide additional stability for the center, the Illinois Senate also passed Senate Bill 2059 through the Appropriations I Committee, which will provide funding for Rosecrance. It now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

“I strongly encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together to support this proposal, to help fund services that our state so desperately needs,” Stadelman said.

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Please join State Senator Steve Stadelman for a discussion on issues facing our community at any of the three locations listed below.

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Despite the historic budget impasse Illinois is facing, Democratic lawmakers and Governor Rauner came together last Spring to pass a budget to fund K-12 education. Even though the education budget was signed into law, the Illinois Comptroller can still choose to divert available funds to other areas of the budget. I believe we must continue to prioritize education funding. Below is a letter I sent to Comptroller Munger today asking her to do the same.

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Stadelman1SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) voted in favor of a proposal today to provide funding for Rock Valley College. The college, which has received no state funding this year due to the budget impasse, has been faced with drastic cuts and layoffs recently.

The legislation, Senate Bill 2043, provides $260 million to community colleges across the state.

“Rock Valley College is a tremendous asset to the entire Rockford area. It is past time they received this funding to allow them to do what they do best – educating the future of our state,” Stadelman said.

Funding for Monetary Assistance Program grants was also included in the proposal. The grants, previously held up by the budget impasse, help low and middle-income students pay for college tuition.

While many colleges and four-year universities were able to continue to provide funding for students during the fall semester, nearly 1,000 students were unable to return to school in 2016 as some schools’ funding dried up.

The proposal, which passed the Senate with a vote of 36-12-3, now heads to the governor’s desk.

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