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ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) announced the City of Rockford and the Northern Illinois Land      Bank Authority will receive a combined total of $475,000 revitalization grant to support affordable housing and revitalization across the city.

“There are thousands of vacant lots across the state. Sadly, this includes hundreds in Rockford,” Stadelman said. “General maintenance on these properties cost the state and city millions of dollars each year. The money granted to Rockford and Winnebago County will give us a much needed opportunity to revitalize our community.”

The grants where made available after the Illinois Housing Development Authority Board approved $10 million in funding for the initiative. Awarded under the new Strong Communities Program (SCP), the initiative will provide the city of Rockford with funding for the attainment, maintenance, restoration and demolition of abandoned residential properties.

The program – which began in August – awards grants of up to $250,000 to local governments to return vacant residential properties to productive use. A total of $30 million in grant funding will eventually be awarded through multiple funding rounds.

SCP Funding will reimburse municipalities for acquisition, rehabilitation, maintenance and other costs related to returning abandoned properties to a useable state. Program funds may also be used for demolition in cases where properties are beyond repair and negatively impacting neighboring residences.

“When money is spent to address properties like these, the value of homes in the surrounding area go up,” Stadelman said. “As a result, the program will help increase property values, create jobs, reduce crime and generate additional tax revenue.”

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ROCKFORD – With Rockford already experiencing winter storms, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) is encouraging residents to check GettingAroundIllinois.com for the most up-to-date information on road conditions.

“We all know weather conditions can change in an instance,” Stadelman said.“Regardless of how far you’re driving, Getting Around Illinois can be a helpful resource to keep you updated on road conditions in the Rockford area.”

GettingAroundIllinois.com is available on your computer, but was designed for smartphones. The site gives users the ability to identify and zoom in to an exact location. Road conditions are recorded by plow drivers out in the field and relayed to the site to provide a general overview on IDOT-maintained highways.

“I always ask myself before driving in the winter if the trip is even necessary,” Stadelman said. “I’ve always thought that the safest decision you can make during extreme weather is to simply stay home.”

The road conditions map averages more than 2.5 million page views during snow-and-ice season, featuring a color scheme of pinks and blues to differentiate from the red, yellow and green of traffic congestion reporting as well as to increase accessibility for those who have difficulty distinguishing colors.

The Centers for Disease Control advises that travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19, however, if travel is necessary, be sure to take these steps to protect yourself and others.

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ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) is encouraging drivers to take advantages of the Rockford-Central driver services facility’s drive-thru license plate sticker renewal.

“Many people have expressed concerns about waiting inside during the ongoing public health crisis to renew their license plate stickers or standing in long lines in the cold,” Stadelman said. “I’m happy to see that the secretary of state’s office is offering people a safer and easier way to renew their registrations through the drive-thru service.”

The facility will be open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Credit cards and checks will be the only accepted forms of payment, and customers will be required to wear masks.

Illinoisans with access to the internet can also renew their vehicle registration stickers and benefit from other online services provided at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. All expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards have been extended until June 1, 2021.

“If you can, please try to renew your registration online” Stadelman said. “The more people who do, will mean quicker service for people who have to use the drive-thru service.”

Stadelman would also like to remind Rockford residents the federal government has extended the REAL ID deadline by one year. The new deadline is now Oct. 1, 2021.

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ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) is highlighting Rockford businesses who received financial assistance through the second round of Business Interruption Grants.

“Small businesses are part of the livelihood of the Rockford community,” Stadelman said. “They need all the additional grant money they can receive to keep their doors open, and I’m pleased the state remains committed to communities like Rockford during these difficult times.”

A total of 45 Rockford-area small business have received more   than $1 million in combined assistance throughout the second round of BIG funding. The Rockford area received nearly $2 million in grants during the first round, which ranged from $10,000 to $20,000. Each business was awarded between $5,000 to $150,000 to help with expenses like payroll costs, rent, utilities, equipment and other possible unexpected costs to relieve the effects of the pandemic.

To ensure funds are distributed across the state and across business type, $60 million has been specifically allocated for heavily distressed industries, including indoor recreation facilities and amusement parks, and another $70 million has been set aside for businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas, or low-income areas that have experienced high rates of COVID-19.

“As the pandemic continues and more businesses struggle, it is important they know there is assistance available,” Stadelman said. “Businesses must be given the capital they need to continue to navigate this pandemic with the winter months quickly approaching.”

The additional five Rockford-area businesses who received grants this week are as follows:

〈 Jason M Grinters Dds Pc Onsite Dental: $135,000
〈 Evergreen Warehouse: $20,000
〈 Rockford Area Arts Council: $65,000
〈 Anderson Japanese Gardens: $55,000
〈 Rockford Staybridge Inn and Suites: $150,000

There is still additional funding available. To apply for assistance visit the DCEO Website

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