041216CM0746SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) released the statement below after the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2059, which provides funding for MAP grants, community colleges and state universities.

“This proposal is a meaningful start at a compromise budget. It is not perfect, but it allows universities and community colleges like Rock Valley College to keep their doors open while the governor and legislative leaders continue to work toward an agreement.”


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041816CM0860SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) advanced legislation through the Senate today that will require law enforcement officials to accept cash to post bail. Stadelman’s proposal is Senate Bill 2252.

The idea was brought to him by Rockford-area resident Kevin Lunsford, whose 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 center has a policy to refuse to take 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, paid for by taxpayer dollars.

“No one should be forced to spend extra time in custody because of a technology malfunction or a refusal to take cash,” Stadelman said. “I look forward to continuing to work with area residents to advance proposals brought to my attention by my constituents.”  

Stadelman’s legislation passed the Senate with a vote of 56-0-0  and will now head to the Illinois House.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) passed legislation through the Illinois Senate today that could free up as much as $2 million in federal money for the Rockford school district.

The federal government gives grants to Illinois school districts with large percentages of students from low-income families to pay for additional educators to help these students meet difficult academic standards.  

However, because of the complicated Illinois pension funding system, school districts are forced to use more than one-third of these funds to pay for the teachers’ pension costs.   

“These funds should be used as they are intended: to help at-risk students further their education, not pay down our pension debts,” Stadelman said. “Spending this money on pension debts instead of students disproportionately affects the students who need it most.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 436, would allow school districts to pay the same rate into the teachers’ pension system for federally funded teachers as it does for all other teachers. This would cut the school district’s contribution rate from 36 percent to a more manageable 7 percent, the same it pays for other educators. It would not have an effect on individual teachers’ pensions.

The proposal passed the full Senate with a vote of 43-1 and now heads to the Illinois House.

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