051723SC6361 StadelmanROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman announced that Rockford will receive $125,000 through the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Strong Communities Program to support affordable housing and revitalization efforts in the community.

“These funds are important for Rockford development and will go a long way to improving our area,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “This funding goes directly to the local Rockford government so they can invest in improving properties around the city that need care and attention.”

 The Illinois Housing Development Authority approved $19 million for the Strong Communities Program, an initiative providing funding to 68 local governments for the acquisition, maintenance, rehabilitation and demolition of abandoned residential properties across the state. The program aims to return vacant residential properties to productive and taxable use through rehabilitation.

 “With this funding, we are bringing more investment opportunities for families, businesses and organizations to call the Rockford area home,” Stadelman said. “We need strong community backbones of infrastructure and commerce in order for our communities to prosper, and I will continue to support Illinois’ efforts to revitalize and invest in our community.”

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kenny eliason zFSo6bnZJTw unsplash1ROCKFORD – Fulfilling the evidence-based funding commitment for Illinois schools, State Senator Steve Stadelman announced that school districts in the 34th District will receive over $5 million additional dollars to help address the financial challenges schools have faced.

“Illinois students deserve the best educational opportunities and with the evidence-based funding formula we are ensuring our schools have the tools they need,” said Stadelman (D-Chicago). “I am glad we have made it a priority to fund schools across Illinois to ensure that more educational opportunities are available to students.”

The funding comes from the 2017 Illinois Senate Democrat-backed evidence-based funding formula — an overhaul of the way the state funds K-12 education. The law made school funding more equitable by calculating the needs of individual school districts and basing its state revenue on those needs. The formula takes into account a district’s total enrollment, poverty rate and number of special education or English language learners, among other factors.

Local schools set to receive funding through the formula include:

  • Belvidere Community Unit School District 100: $2,381,222
  • Rockford Public Schools: $2,920,485
  • Harlem School District 122: $400,956
  • Alternative and Safe Schools Programs (Boone-Winnebago Regional Office of Education): $27,330

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images 10 Rockford RestaurantROCKFORD – Local restaurants and hotels in and around Rockford will receive $1,228,157.04 in funding through the Back to Business grant program to help facilitate their recovery thanks to the advocacy of State Senator Steve Stadelman.

“We are still feeling the impact around the state from the troublesome years of the pandemic,” Stadelman (D-Rockford) said. “Through this program we have delivered funding to businesses around the state in an effort to bounce back from the pandemic, and with today’s investment, we are showing local restaurants that Illinois has their back.”

“Words alone can’t describe how much relief this B2B Grant Award means for us!  It’s a much needed lifeline that will help us get thru these ever changing times and tough challenges we face as small business operators.” Anthony DiTullio, owner of DiTullio’s said. “We’re so grateful to be a recipient of this State of Illinois, DCEO Grant Award Partnership Program with Senator Stadelman.”

Restaurants and hotels in and around the Rockford area receiving Back to Business grants include:

Gyro House Taco N Madres Restaurant
Schiro's Giordano's of Rockford
La Casa Boricua DiTullio's INC
Matt's Baseball Tap, LLC DIYogurt, INC
Rockford Roasting Company, LLC Dejuan Restaurant
SUBWAY Stone Eagle Tavern INC
Holiday Inn Express Sunset Motel
Alpine Inn Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
IB Rockford Hotel Partners, LLC Rockford and Candlewood Suites Rockford
M & M Motel Inc Motel6/Studio6
OG Rockford FFI LLC Budget Inn
Shreeji Bapa Motel Inc Holiday Inn


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People who are eligible to have their criminal records sealed or expunged can obtain a free attorney to prepare their case for review by a judge during State Senator Steve Stadelman's 2023 Second Chances Summit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 13 at the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford.

Stadelman will announce the opening of registration at a news conference Sunday. To sign up for the free legal consultation, visit www.senatorstadelman.com.


News Conference


EJ Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Rockford (Lower Level Atrium)

More than 300 people met one-on-one with volunteer attorneys during the previous summits in 2022, 2019 and 2018. Stadelman's office receives requests to repeat the event on a regular basis, but attempts in 2020 and 2021 were called off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Many well-meaning men and women in our community find that a past transgression, often from their youth, prevents them from obtaining living-wage employment and adequately supporting themselves and their families,” Stadelman said. "Illinois law allows people who meet certain criteria to seek judicial relief, and we all benefit as a result.”

Prairie State Legal Services

Retired 17th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Collins and an attorney for event partner Prairie State Legal Services will join Stadelman at the news conference. Collins, who volunteered at last year’s summit, will encourage local attorneys to contribute their time and expertise. Prairie State provides free event training that volunteer attorneys can use toward the state's continuing education requirements for lawyers.

Interested attorneys can enroll in the training session online at www.senatorstadelman.com or by calling 815-985-2902.

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Senator 34th District
121B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8022
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200 S. Wyman St., Suite 301
Rockford, IL 61101
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