ROCKFORD - With Illinois continuing to face an unprecedented public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) was joined by Governor J.B. Pritzker, Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara and Dr. Lisa M. Bly-Jones, Executive Director of Workforce Connection today to discuss investments to expand job opportunities in the City of Rockford.

"The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting jobs and changing the skills employees need to do them,” Stadelman said. “To meet this challenge, state government and its partners need to step up to help ensure workers are equipped with the skills critical to our economic recovery.”

The Workforce Connection, located Rockford is set to receive a $626,700 national dislocated worker grant. Workforce Connection’s goal is to create a competitive, skilled, and educated workforce by providing people with employment in response to business needs. The grant will provide funding to a program that will help people get back to work, providing training programs and certifications for high demand jobs in the area.

“The Workforce Connection works every day to make sure people have job ready skills,” Stadelman said. “This grant will allow them to better provide individuals with the ability to re-enter the workforce immediately through on-the-job training programs.”

Employment Recovery grants temporarily expand capacity to serve dislocated workers in an area, to meet the increased demand for employment and training services following an event such as the major economic dislocations, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

For additional information visit theworkforceconnection.org.

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ROCKFORD – With winter approaching, the Illinois Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for seasonal            snow-and-ice removal positions, and State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) is encouraging qualified individuals to          apply.

“During the winter months, snowplows keep the people of Rockford safe,” Stadelman said. “I encourage anyone who has been seeking   a new job opportunity in these uncertain times to see if they qualify to be a driver for this season.”

Through the department’s annual “snowbird” program, snowplow drivers are temporarily hired full-time and on an on-call basis. To be considered, applicants must have a commercial driver’s license. A pre-employment physical, vision test, and drug and alcohol screening are also required.

Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. Stadelman strongly encourages veterans to apply.

“With plenty of snowfall each year, this is a great opportunity for individuals in a city like Rockford. We rely on these drivers to live our day-to-day lives,” Stadelman said.

For additional information, including positions and the application process in specific districts, details on pay and the potential for benefits, click here

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ROCKFORD – With only weeks left before the U.S. Census Bureau finishes its counting efforts, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) is stressing the importance of Winnebago County residents being counted by filling out the 2020 Census, which will protect their representation in government and share of federal funding.

“The census is one of the primary tools the federal government uses to decide how much money will be given to the Rockford area,” Stadelman said. “Filling out the census has never been easier with the new online questionnaire option. It took me 10 minutes to fill out for my entire family.”

So far this year, Rockford’s self-response rate is down, currently only at 67.7%. As of August 28th, Winnebago County’s self-response rate is currently 73.7%. More than half of the county’s residents’ responses have been submitted online.

“If Rockford is undercounted, it will receive less money, less representation and less influence across the state and country,” Stadelman said. “It’s our job to make sure we’re all counted.”

Although online is the quickest way to fill out the questionnaire, there are three ways you can respond: online, by phone or by mail. Stadelman also pointed out that higher self-response rates mean fewer individuals are likely to receive visits from census surveyors to be counted in-person. This year, census surveyors are putting the health of themselves and their families at risk from COVID-19.

If someone hasn’t filled out their census questionnaire yet, they can visit 2020census.gov, where they can find the online questionnaire and additional information about the census. You can see local responses rates across Illinois and the entire nation here.

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ROCKFORD — In efforts to protect Illinois’ most vulnerable population and spare them a trip to the driver services facility, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) is notifying drivers age 75 and older that their driver’s license expiration dates have been extended by one year.

“This was a good call by Secretary of State White. Extending the expiration date for older Illinoisans’ licenses was safest thing to do,” Stadelman said. “People who are 75 or older are especially vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, and they don’t need to be waiting in line in the heat and elements at driver services facilities.”

In addition to being 75 years of age or older, the driver must have a valid license—drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked do not qualify for the one-year extension. Drivers who are eligible should receive a letter from the secretary of state as proof of their qualification.

For drivers under age 75, expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards and license plate stickers have been extended until Nov. 1, 2020. Customers who choose to visit a facility need wear a face mask. Additionally, customers are asked to be patient due to heavy volume and should be prepared to wait outside in various types of weather.

Stadelman encourages drivers to visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com to avoid waiting in line and take advantage of online services, including replacements and renewals of registrations, driver’s licenses and ID cards.

To find the closest driver services facility near you, visit cyberdriveillinois.com, click on the facility finder link, and enter your ZIP code in the search bar. 

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