Stadelman bill encouraging parents on government assistance

to further their education becomes law

Legislation advanced by State Sen. Steve Stadelman to allow recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) to count high school and high school equivalency courses as part of the state's requirements to receive benefits was signed into law last week by the governor. Previously, recipients of TANF had to work or participate in job-training programs for 20 hours a week, but high school equivalency classes didn't count toward the core hours needed.

“This is a bipartisan solution that will help parents complete high school, obtain their equivalency degrees and improve their circumstances through education,” Stadelman said. “Finishing high school or receiving a GED is a critical step in gaining employment and being self-sufficient.”

In the Rockford area, about 45,000 adults have not completed high school. TANF provides temporary financial assistance to help pregnant women and families pay for food, shelter, utilities and other non-medical expenses. Senate Bill 2906 is effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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Two Stadelman measures, both proposed by Rockford residents, become law

Legislation that will require law enforcement officials to accept cash to post bail was signed into law last week by the governor. Senate Bill 2252 was sponsored by State Sen. Steve Stadelman after learning what happened when Rockford-area resident Kevin Lunsford's minor 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.

Because of a technology malfunction, Lunsford’s son was forced to sit in the juvenile center the entire weekend – significantly longer than the law requires and at taxpayer expense.

“With this common-sense new law, we have ensured that nobody will have to stay in custody longer because of a technology malfunction or a refusal to take cash,” Stadelman said. “I would like to thank Kevin for contacting me about this issue, and I look forward to sponsoring legislation in the future that is brought to me by my constituents.”

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Stadelman bill could help low-income parents obtain GEDs

Senator Steve Stadelman passed in committee last week a bill that would count GED studies as a way for low-income parents to meet requirements for obtaining financial assistance from the state.

The legislation is expected to move to the full Illinois Senate for a vote this week.

Currently, the state's TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits are awarded to low-income parents who work, participate in job training or other "core activities." Senate Bill 2906 would expand the range of acceptable core activities to include pursuit of a General Equivalency Diploma.

"We have roughly 45,000 adults in the Rockford area who have not complete high school, and that education gap makes us less competitive economically as a community," Stadelman said. "Right now, we're basically telling people that education is not important. But we're all better off if we have a highly skilled workforce."

 

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