HoopStars tourney provides memorable Labor Day for the whole family

After six years, Senator Stadelman’s HoopStars has become part of our community’s Labor Day tradition. The free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament drew 300 players this year and hundreds more spectators.

When launching the competition in 2013, Labor Day was selected to help fill the void left by the loss of On The Waterfront. Since moving indoors to UW Health Sports Factory from outdoor courts at Davis Park, the number of parents, grandparents and siblings cheering from the sidelines has grown.

"HoopStars continues to offer a positive, no-cost athletic opportunity for boys and girls in grades 3-8 and a fun way for families to mark the end of summer and start of the school year," Stadelman said. "I remain most gratified by the diversity of the players and good-natured rivalry on the courts."

Bracket-winning teams left with 1st-place medals, but every player took home a commemorative T-shirt. Stadelman credits support from the Rockford Park District and financial generosity of ComEd, Comcast and Drive Right School of Driving for helping make the event possible.

Pictured below: 3rd-grade boys champions and their coach with Senator Stadelman.


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Stadelman honored for 100% pro-environment voting record

State Senator Steve Stadelman has received a perfect rating from the Illinois Environmental Council. The nonpartisan advocacy group recognized Stadelman for supporting legislation to increase the use of compost in transportation projects and help communities access funding for clean energy projects, among other eco-friendly measures approved in Springfield in 2018.

"Senator Stadelman voted 100-percent of the time with the environmental community on nine pieces of key legislation," IEC Executive Director Jen Walling said. "The IEC is honored by Senator Stadelman's dedication to Illinois' evnironment, and we look forward to working together in the future."

Consumers protected from hidden rental car fees under new Stadelman law

After returning a rental car, many Illinois motorists have been surprised to find they were charged additional fees for a tollway collection device similar to an I-PASS. That changes under a new law advanced by State Senator Steve Stadelman to allow drivers to opt out of these devices.

Stadelman said the governor's signature this week on Senate Bill 2522 will increase transparency in the car rental business as the number of cashless tolls continues to grow in Illinois. Under the new law,   companies must make renters aware of their right to decline to use the tollway collection device. If a company fails to offer a customer the ability to opt out, fees are capped at $2 a day that the device is used plus the cost of the tolls. 

“Drivers deserve to know they can opt out of these costly tollway devices instead of being stuck with costly fees when it is already too late,” Stadelman said. 

Passed by the Illinois General Assembly this spring, the law takes effect Jan 1, 2019.

Stadelman law extends the life of prescription drug refills

Doctors can write prescriptions for medicines that are valid for as long as 15 months now that a proposal passed by State Senator Steve Stadelman has been signed into law. Except for controlled substances, prescriptions can be refilled for up to 15 months from the date they are issued, unless the physician issuing the prescription specifies otherwise.

"Patients often see their doctor just once a year but run out of medication prior to their annual visit, necessitating multiple calls to the office and pharmacy for refills that could be handled at the office visit," Stadelman said of Senate Bill 3170, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. "A prescription that is valid for 15 months, rather than 12, alleviates the problem."

Governor offers tweaks on Stadelman bill to curb student credit card debt 

A proposal passed by State Senator Steve Stadelman in the General Assembly this spring looks to prevent skyrocketing credit card debt faced by college students. Pending the outcome of recommendations issued this week by the governor, House Bill 4710 would establish the College Student Credit Card Marketing and Debt Task Force to study include how credit cards are marketed to students, students’ payment history and several other related issues. 

While credit cards can be useful for students to purchase school supplies and pay for tuition, students run the risk of running up significant balances that take years to pay down. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, in 2016 41 percent of students graduated with credit card debt averaging $3,000.

“If utilized responsibly, credit cards can be a great tool to build a credit history and pay for school supplies,” Stadelman said. “However, many students are unaware of the potential pitfalls of credit cards and cost themselves dearly in the long run.”

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Lincoln Middle School teacher Mustafa Abdall brought five van- and carloads of ESL students to the Zeke Giorgi Center yesterday as part of his summer Government Appreciation program. The students attend Lincoln, East High School and elementary schools including Maria Montessori, Swan Hillman and Whitehead, and their native languages include ArabiSwahili. They asked about my work as a state lawmaker, and presented posters expressing their gratitude and their thoughts on unity and freedom.

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Stadelman named Legislator of the Year
State Senator Steve Stadelman has been named Legislator of the Year by a preservation group for his work to expand the River Edge tax credit for redevelopment of historic property. Stadelman passed legislation to continue the tax credit for four years and expand the program statewide.

Originally, the economic incentive only was available in Rockford and four other communities. Projects like the $12 million Prairie Street Brewhouse in downtown Rockford have been made possible because of the  tax credit, equal to 25 percent of rehabilitation costs.

Landmarks Illinois is presenting Legislator of the Year along with its President's Award jointly to Stadelman, State Senator Pamela Althoff of McHenry and State Representatives Steven Andersson of Geneva and Jehan Gordon-Booth of Peoria during an awards ceremony in Chicago in September.

"All four of these lawmakers have been champions of historic preservation and instrumental in helping to enact preservation legislation in the State of Illinois," the nonprofit group stated this week in a news release that referred to the River Edge expansion as "a major accomplishment for the state and preservation community."


HoopStars returns for 6th year
Sports Factory again hosts free Labor Day youth tourney
images/hoopstars_graphic.pngHundreds of boys and girls can spend Labor Day on the basketball court at Senator Stadelman’s HoopStars, a free 3-on-3 tournament taking place for the sixth time Sept. 3.
Online registration is open now through game day at www.senatorstadelman.com, Stadelman announced this week.  There are no fees to enter.

The popular event, which has drawn as many as 400 players in 3rd through 8th grades, returns to UW Health Sports Factory for a second year after three years on outdoor courts at Davis Park.
Air-conditioning and ample parking are among the amenities that proved popular with parents and players in 2017. The increase in available game surface allowed for warm-up courts and reduced wait times between rounds in the single-elimination, two-game minimum competition.
 “Our venue has changed, but the primary goal remains the same – to provide a positive, no-cost activity for boys and girls as summer ends and the school year begins,” Stadelman said. “We’ve become a Labor Day tradition for some families, and that wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of the Rockford Park District and faithful financial contributors like ComEd and Comcast.”
All players receive free commemorative event T-shirts, and winning teams take home medals. Event sponsors operate interactive courtside information booths with giveaways, and refreshments are available for purchase.
Stadelman launched the tournament in 2013, his first year in elected office. The inaugural games were at Patriots Gateway.

 Flood heroes receive Senate honors

stadelmanfloodState Senator Stadelman presented Certificates of Recognition from the Illinois Senate to the three men and two students whose heroic efforts saved a 70-year-old mortician from drowning in a flash flood in June and received international attention.

Ryan Craig (far left) and Mark Pickett (3rd from right) pulled Bruce Salley (next to Senator Stadelman) from his car, which became pinned against a guardrail along Keith Creek and engulfed by rushing water. Manuel Meza, Markinez Gray and Demari Hart (2nd, 3rd and 4th from left) assisted in the rescue in the parking lot of Rockford Plaza at Charles and 20th streets. Gray and Hart are East High School students and swim instructors at Alpine Pool.

"The photos from that day are so compelling, and I have so much respect for what all of you did," Stadelman said. "Not everyone would have shown the same bravery and rapid response."

It was the first time Salley and his five rescuers had been together since the storm. Video of their efforts went viral on the internet, and their story was reported in the Chicago Tribune and on "Good Morning America" on ABC.

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Stadelman expansion of River Edge Tax Credit signed into law

07272018CM0660Legislation expanding an economic development tool known as the River Edge Tax Credit was signed into law by the governor today. The proposal, Senate Bill 3527, was passed through the General Assembly by State Senator Steve Stadelman earlier this spring. While the tax credit was previously available in downtown Rockford, Aurora, Peoria, Elgin and East St. Louis, the new law expands it across the entire state.

“This tax credit has been a vital tool to spur the economic growth of downtown Rockford,” Stadelman said. “I’m excited about the possibilities that await our state by expanding this credit statewide.”
The credit is equal to 25 percent of the rehabilitation costs for a business in a historic building, with a limit of $15 million total per year that will be administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on a first-come first-serve basis. The program will expire at the end of 2023.  
In Rockford, it has been used to incentivize projects like the $12 million renovation at the Prairie Street Brewhouse. Now that it has been signed, Senate Bill 3527 is effective immediately.

Roll-out of automatic voter signup under way

State officials continue to fine tune the roll-out of automatic voter registratio n in Illinois, an initiative advanced by Senate Democrats with bipartisan support. Under the newest phase of the law’s implementation, which began July 1, those who contact a state driver services facility will be notified of their current voter registration status and asked whether they would like to update their information. Illinois must implement standards laid out by the federal Real ID law before AVR can be finalized, a process Secretary of State Jesse White has said will be complete in October.

Learn more about automatic voter registration.

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Honored to present an Illinois Senate Recognition to the Rockford and Vicinity Baptist District Association! It's 40th Annual Session is taking place this week. Congratulations!

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