Legislature overrides governor's veto of equal pay for African Americans
More than half a century since the federal Civil Rights Act became law, American workers continue to earn different wages based on their race.

According to a 2017 Federal Reserve study, black men and women earn persistently lower wages than their white counterparts -- a wage gap that is widening and cannot be adequately explained by differences in education, age, job type or location.

In 1979, the average black man in the United States earned 80 percent of the wages earned by the average white man. By 2016, that gap had grown to 70 percent. The same is true for black women, who in 1979 earned 95 percent of what white women earned, compared to 82 percent in 2016.

Despite evidence of an expanding gap, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed House Bill 4743 to prohibit Illinois employers from paying wages to African Americans at a rate less than the rate paid to an employee who is not African American for the same or substantially similar work.

Senator Steve Stadelman was part of a bipartisan effort to reverse the governor's veto in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly last week. As a result, the African-American Equal Pay Act takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

Illinois turns 200!
The Prairie State celebrated its bicentennial Monday with a public birthday bash at Navy Pier in Chicago, capping a year full of festivities.

"During the course of 2018, we all had the opportunity to reflect on people and events and that make our state so great -- from the legacies of Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Reagan and Obama to innovations in agriculture and milestones in the advancement of civil rights," State Senator Steve Stadelman said.

Locally, official bicentennial events included parties at the Coronado Performing Arts Center and Rockford City Market honoring the 75th anniversary of the Rockford Peaches, the women's professional baseball team immortalized in the film "A League of Their Own."

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Steve Stadelman
December 2 at 10:16 PM
Took part in the Blazo 7th Annual Local Celeb Basketball Game. I was definitely out of my league...but had a great time! Thanks to Mike Relerford for the invite and everyone who played and helped out a good cause!










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December 2 at 12:13 PM
Thanks to Janene Stephenson, her group Positive Reflections and all the volunteers and sponsors for organizing last night's Annual Community Holiday Party at Patriots' Gateway Center! They provided 500 toys, free food and great memories for kids and adults!

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Chicago Tribune speculates on renewed favor for passenger rail
StadelmanmapMonday's edition of the Chicago Tribune quotes State Senator Steve Stadelman in an article speculating on the likelihood of passenger rail from Chicago to Rockford regaining steam now that Bruce Rauner has been voted out of the governor's office and following overwhelming support for train service in a local referendum.

"It's a popular idea in northern Illinois," Stadelman told the Tribune. " We have a new governor who talked about the importance of transportation infrastructure. I hope he's willing to take a look at the idea."

Stadelman was instrumental in obtaining funding to restore passenger service between Chicago and Rockford, but the project screeched to a halt when Rauner defeated Governor Pat Quinn in 2014. He emphasized in the Tribune column that resurrecting the project again would require both "political will and the financing."

Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker remains committed to "working across the aisle" to approve a capital spending plan that could provide a source of rail funding, according to the Tribune, which also cited the success in Winnebago and Boone counties this month of a nonbinding referendum calling for passenger rail from Chicago to East Dubuque.

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Senate overturns Rauner vetoes in Week 1 of fall session
The Illinois Senate overrode the governor’s vetoes on several key measures last week, including an attempt to unfairly limit restitution for families of veterans who succumbed to a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak in a residential care facility in Quincy. The original legislation, which Rauner tried to block, removes a cap of $100,000 on payouts in civil litigation against the state veterans home.

Also overturned in the Senate was Rauner's rejection of Tobacco 21, which raises the age when people can purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. Illinois joins six other states and 20 municipalities within Illinois in the effort to stop young adults from forming a deadly lifetime habit.

Senator Stadelman returns to Springfield after Thanksgiving weekend for the second and final week of the fall veto session.

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Stadelman fields legislative pitches from government students
unnamed2Students in Nicole Frazer's government classes at Jefferson High School pitched to State Senator Steve Stadelman ideas for bills they want to see introduced in the Illinois General Assembly.

After hearing oral presentations, Stadelman sat down with student teams to review their proposals and offer feedback on topics including college affordability, environmental protection and gun safety. He also toured the school and met over lunch with student ambassadors for the College and Career Academies.

"During reflection at the end of the day, the students gave the experience a 10 out of 10 and look forward to a return visit," College and Career Readiness Coach Charles Kluzak said.


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 Steve Stadelman

I very much appreciate being recognized for public service at the African American Resource Center at Booker annual dinner last night!


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Steve Stadelman is at Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum.

Congratulations to 20 graduates of the YouthBuild program! They overcame many challenges to improve their education and job skills. I was pleased to present them with Certificates of Recognition from the Illinois Senate!



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Mark your calendars for 1 - 4 pm SUN DEC 9!


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Stadelman urges families to visit financial aid workshops

High school seniors, parents of students and prospective college students of all ages can make use of free workshops this October to help begin the 2019-2020 school year.

October is College Changes Everything Month, a project of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. ISAC this month is offering free workshops to students and their families at local high schools where they can receive hands-on instruction filling out college applications and their FAFSAs from college and financial aid experts.

In addition, Oct. 1 was the first day the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form became available for the following year’s fall semester. State aid, including the MAP grant, is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so students should complete their FAFSA promptly to have the chance to access as much financial aid as possible.

“Applying for college admission or financial aid can be daunting, especially for families going through the process for the first time. I recommend the ISAC College Changes Everything workshops as a helpful tool,” said State Senator Steve Stadelman, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

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Steve Stadelman is in Rockford, Illinois.

October 11 at 1:14 PM · 

As part of National Fire Prevention Week, I joined the Rockford Fire Department to increase awareness of a new smoke detector law. It requires people who live in a household or apartment built before 1988 (when homes were required to have hardwired alarms) to install a smoke detector with a 10-year sealed battery. Since batteries will not have to be replaced as often, that will not only saves lives, but will save homeowners money in the long run. In most fire deaths, smoke detectors were either not working or not present.


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Senator Stadelman's Women's Wellness Fair

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SAVE THE DATE for our 4th ANNUAL EVENT from: 1-4 pm SUN DEC 9 @ Riverside Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Lots of free services from flu shots to chair massages, refreshments, live music and plenty of parking! STAY TUNED for details on a new SPEAKER'S SERIES as part of the program.

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