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Stadelman commends airport growth

State Senator Steve Stadelman joined Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and federal legislators in applauding the Rockford airport at a news conference this week for recent achievements that include the expansion of its international cargo terminal to accommodate 500 new e-commerce jobs with Amazon Prime Air.

"Without question, our airport is a major force in the local economy," said Stadelman, who earlier this year delivered almost $15 million in state funding toward construction of the airport's jet repair hangar. "I have no doubt R-F-D will continue to reach new heights for years to come."

RFD has been named the world's fastest-growing cargo airport among those handing more than 250 metric tons and ranked 19th largest nationwide with 2.1 billion pounds in cargo activity, a percent jump over the previous year. On the passenger side, two carriers now offer 10 nonstop travel destinations.

"None of this phenomenal growth would be possible without public-private, bipartisan and local, state and federal cooperation and support," Stadelman said.

Stadelman inserted into the state's current budget $14.7 million to make good on a pledge to help finance the jet repair hangar. The money had been promised by Gov. Pat Quinn but frozen by Bruce Rauner, forcing the airport to take a bridge loan from local banks to cover the gap. .Arrival of the state's share of the project in August saves the airport from interest charges of up to $100,000 a month.


Stadelman announces second Second Chances Summit

More than 200 sign up to receive free legal advice at one-day event

State Senator Steve Stadelman announced the approaching deadline to register for his second Second Chances Summit, which provides free legal assistance to people hoping to improve their lives by removing old offenses from their criminal records. More than 200 had signed up by the Monday cutoff, with some being replaced on a waiting list while efforts continue to recruit additional volunteer attorneys for the one-day event Nov. 1.

Lawyers licensed in Illinois can join the effort by visiting and clicking on the dark red "volunteer" icon or by calling event partner Prairie State Legal Services at 815-965-2902.

Attorneys who volunteer to prepare petitions to expunge and seal eligible criminal records are helping summit-goers obtain higher-paying jobs, return to school or find better housing, Stadelman said during a news conference. Training for the event can be used to help satisfy continuing education requirements for Illinois lawyers, he said.

"State law allows people who meet certain criteria to ask a judge to erase or conceal the record of past transgressions, and we all prosper as a result,' Stadelman said. "Missteps from your youth shouldn't prevent you from adequately providing for yourself and your family for the rest of your life."

New as part of the 2019 summit is a presentation by Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross, "Cannabis Clemency: Illinois' New Law Legalizing Marijuana." Many lower-level marijuana convictions can be removed from people's records after retail sales become legal in January 2020. Hite Ross' talk from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford is open to the general public; advance registration is not required.

In case you missed me on Facebook ...

I love how middle school students say and ask whatever is on their minds! I had the opportunity to visit Lincoln School, take a tour with Student Ambassadors and speak with the newcomer bilingual students. Thanks Mustafa Abdall for the invite!

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From the progressive income tax and independent political mapping to gambling expansion and legalizing marijuana, residents at Valkommen Plaza in Rockford asked some great questions yesterday afternoon. Thanks to Ald. Tuffy Quinonez for inviting to speak in his ward!

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 Congratulations to Crusader Community Health on breaking ground on its new $13 million clinic and headquarters on the same West State Street campus where the nonprofit medical provider got its start almost 50 years ago!

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