Senate overrides automatic voter registration veto
An automatic voter registration system that would streamline elections, save money and reduce hassles for the average Illinoisan is closer to becoming law thanks to Illinois Senate Democrats.

Senator Steve Stadelman called automatic registration a common-sense, good-government measure that forces the bureaucracy to work for the people rather than the other way around.

"Automatic voter registration is growing in popularity across the country," said Stadelman, a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 250. "There's no good reason to require citizens to register to vote separate from when they get their driver's license when we have the technology for a seamless and secure one-stop process."

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the legislation even though he had previously expressed support and despite bipartisan approval in both the Illinois House and Senate earlier this year. Although all but one of the original Republican supporters backtracked, the Senate override now leaves the question in the hands of the Illinois House.

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Veterans receive certification for special driver's licenses at Stadelman event

VeteransfairAbout 40 military veterans obtained the certification required to receive Illinois drivers' licenses that note their service in the armed forces at a Veteran's Day event offered by State Senator Steve Stadelman. Under legislation passed by Stadelman in 2015, veterans who present a driver's license with the designation qualify for discounts on purchases at participating businesses. To receive a driver's license with "VETERAN" appearing below the signature line, veterans must present official certification of their military status when renewing their license or applying for a state ID.
Stadelman's certification event gave veterans an opportunity to avoid the delay of a mail application or a trip to the Illinois National Guard Armory in Machesney Park. Two state Veteran Service Officers -- Matthew Taylor and Jessica Parker -- issued the certifications, and veterans enjoyed coffee and cookies while they were being processed.

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Stadelman encourages early voting

On Sunday Senator Steve Stadelman encouraged community members to cast ballots early in the November 8 election for federal, state and local offices. "There are plenty of options this cycle," Stadelman said. "An extended grace period allows voters to register at early voting sites. And for the first time in Illinois history -- thanks to a bill passed by the General Assembly last summer -- voters can register and vote on Election Day."

Under same-day voter registration, which Stadelman supported in order to make it more convenient for people to vote and participate in our democracy, counties with more than 100,000 residents must allow Election Day registration.

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2nd annual Stadelman event offers free health services for women

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Framing complete on Indoor Sports Center expansion

Construction workers and public officials including Senator Steve Stadelman gathered this week for a "topping off" ceremony at the Indoor Sports Center, where the last beam was lowered into place on a 133,000-square-foot expansion.

Stadelman passed legislation in his freshman year in the Illinois General Assembly in 2013 to provide a funding mechanism for $13 million in projects to help Rockford regain its dominance in the sports tourism market.

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State funds help redesign dangerous Rockford road crossing

State Senator Steve Stadelman joined local officials to reopen the intersection of East State Street and Bell School Road this week.

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