031716CM0557SPRINGFIELD – Beginning on Jan. 1, law enforcement officials will have to accept cash to post bail thanks to Senate Bill 2252, which was passed earlier this year by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford).

The idea was brought to Stadelman by Rockford-area resident Kevin Lunsford, whose teenage son was arrested for a traffic offense last year. When Lunsford arrived at the Winnebago County Juvenile Center to bail out his son, the credit card machine was broken and the county has a policy to refuse cash.

As a result, Lunsford’s son was forced to sit in the juvenile center the entire weekend – significantly longer than the law requires and at an increased cost to taxpayers.

“This new law is a prime example of a citizen getting involved when they notice a problem with their government,” Stadelman said. “Because Kevin brought this problem to my attention, we now have a common-sense solution so nobody will have to stay in custody longer than necessary because of a simple technology malfunction or a policy to refuse cash."

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050416CM0574SPRINGFIELD – After nearly two years of negotiation led by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford), Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 1488, which will extend the River Edge Historic Tax Credit for an additional year. Previously, the tax credit was set to expire Jan. 1, 2017. The legislation is Senate Bill 1488.

The credit has been an important economic tool for the revitalization of downtown Rockford and is equal to 25 percent of the rehabilitation costs for a business in a historic building.  

“This credit is a vital tool for economic development. For years, it has been the only financial incentive for developers to invest in downtown Rockford,” Stadelman said. “To date the tax credit has spurred more than $100 million in development in our community alone.”

Previously, the tax credit was used to incentivize projects like the $12 million renovation at the Prairie Street Brewhouse, which created 110 construction jobs. In addition to Rockford, the credit is also available in Aurora, Peoria, Elgin and East St. Louis.

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120116CM0703rSPRINGFIELD – After nearly two years of negotiation led by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford), the Illinois Senate passed a proposal today that will extend the River Edge Historic Preservation Tax Credit an additional year. Previously, the tax credit was set to expire Jan. 1, 2017. The legislation is Senate Bill 1488.

The credit has been an important economic tool for the revitalization of downtown Rockford, and is equal to 25 percent of the rehabilitation costs for a business in a historic building.  

“To date, the tax credit has incentivized more than $100 million of development in Rockford alone,” State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) said. “The local economic development council estimates that extending the credit through 2017 would create an additional $110 in development in Rockford. This would be a tremendous boost to our local economy.”

Previously, the tax credit was used to incentivize projects like the $12 million renovation at the Prairie Street Brewhouse, which also created 110 construction jobs. In addition to Rockford, the credit is also available in Aurora, Peoria, Elgin and East St. Louis.

Senate Bill 1488 passed the Senate with a vote of 53-1 and will now head to the governor’s desk. 

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052316CM0226 State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) voted today to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 250. The bill, passed earlier in the year with a large bipartisan majority, creates an automatic voter registration system to allow easier access to the democratic process at a significantly lower cost to taxpayers.

Stadelman issued the statement below following the veto override, which passed the Senate with a vote of 38-18.  

“This win-win proposal makes it easier for voters to become engaged in the democratic process while saving money for taxpayers,” Stadelman said.

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