2020 02 28ROCKFORD - Libraries in Rockford, Loves Park, Cherry Valley and Belvidere will benefit from $379,097 in state funds to purchase books and new technology, hire staff and offer digital access to patrons.

Public Library Per Capita Grants made through the Illinois Secretary of State were announced Monday. Based on population served, Rockford Public Library will get $219,000 that Director Lynn Stainbrook said will allow patrons to choose from an expanded and updated collection of reading materials.

"Without the support of the Secretary of State and State Legislature, our ability to buy new children's books, to update our nonfiction collection with accurate health, legal, business, even geographic information -- and to provide for the latest bestsellers -- would be greatly hampered."

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Discovey Center MuseumROCKFORD – To give local tourism efforts more support, State Senator Steve Stadelman announced that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has granted over $50,000 to Winnebago County tourism organizations.

“Illinois is a great place to visit with iconic stops in so many cities across the state,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “From the Discovery Center Museum to Loves Park, our community has so much to offer. I look forward to the support these grants will bring.”

The Route 66 Grant Program and the Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program will support the following organizations in the 34th district:

  • Discovery Center Museum of Rockford - $30,355
  • Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden - $10,000
  • Loves Park - $10,000

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Stadelman reading to studentsROCKFORD -- Nearly $1 million in new state funding is headed to local human services providers for construction and accessibility projects that State Senator Steve Stadelman today deemed "much needed and long overdue."

Awards totalling $947,471 to 6 local agencies are among 70 statewide under the first-ever competitive Human Services Capital Investment Grant program, established to address infrastructure and accessibility needs in early childhood education, substance abuse and mental health treatment, homelessness prevention and developmental disability support.  Funding is through the six-year Rebuild Illinois capital spending legislation Stadelman supported in 2019. More than 450 organizations applied statewide for grants of $50,000 to $250,000.

"For far too long, our most vulnerable citizens have not been adequately supported. The dedicated non-profits who serve them are accustomed to vying for operational funds from government," Stadelman said. "But they have not previously had any opportunity to receive capital dollars to repair buildings and make them safe and accessible."

The local organizations that won grants are:

County - Organization Name

Funding Amount



Blackhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America


Boys & Girls Club of Rockford


Milestone, Inc.


Regional Access & Mobilization Project, Inc.


Supported Housing Management Corporation


Youth Services Network


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Bike path 1ROCKFORD -- State Senator Steve Stadelman announced Friday that nearly $6.3 million in Rebuild Illinois funds are headed to Rockford and Loves Park for construction of sidewalks and multi-use paths to improve safety and enhance quality of life.

"Investing in alternative forms of transportation infrastructure is the smart course for the future," Stadelman said. "More and more people want to get outdoors to walk and ride bikes, especially since the pandemic. That's good for our physical and mental health, and any trip not taken by car benefits our environment. Communities that build sidewalks and multi-use paths become more attractive places to work and live with better opportunities for economic growth."

The funds are part of the six-year Rebuild Illinois capital spending bill Stadelman supported  in 2019 and are being awarded through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program. 

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Springfield Office:
Senator 34th District
121B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8022
District Office:
200 S. Wyman St., Suite 301
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 987-7557