Stadelman1SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) voted in favor of a proposal today to provide funding for Rock Valley College. The college, which has received no state funding this year due to the budget impasse, has been faced with drastic cuts and layoffs recently.

The legislation, Senate Bill 2043, provides $260 million to community colleges across the state.

“Rock Valley College is a tremendous asset to the entire Rockford area. It is past time they received this funding to allow them to do what they do best – educating the future of our state,” Stadelman said.

Funding for Monetary Assistance Program grants was also included in the proposal. The grants, previously held up by the budget impasse, help low and middle-income students pay for college tuition.

While many colleges and four-year universities were able to continue to provide funding for students during the fall semester, nearly 1,000 students were unable to return to school in 2016 as some schools’ funding dried up.

The proposal, which passed the Senate with a vote of 36-12-3, now heads to the governor’s desk.

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SPRINGFIELD – Earlier this week, Rock Valley Community College was forced to announce it will lay off 30 employees due to the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 2029 that would have funded community colleges.  State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) supported the legislation when it passed the Senate in May.

“These cuts are a direct result of the governor and legislative leaders refusing to cooperate to come to an agreement to resolve the state budget impasse. Now, instead of celebrating the Christmas season, 30 Rockford-area families will be struggling to make ends meet when the new year begins.  

“With the cost of four-year higher education skyrocketing, community college should be an affordable alternative. Refusing to fund these programs makes it nearly impossible for many middle-class students to better themselves through higher education. There is no time left. The governor and legislative leaders need to come to an agreement now, before even more damage is done to our state,” said Stadelman.

Currently, because of Gov. Rauner’s vetoes, there is no state support for public colleges and universities in Illinois. There is also no state support for the student financial aid program known as MAP.

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indexSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) awarded State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) with the 2015 Legislator of the Year award recently. The award was given in large part due to legislation passed by Stadelman earlier this year that requires offenders with two or more DUIs and first-time offenders whose DUI resulted in death or great bodily harm to obtain an ignition interlock device.
 
“MADD graciously thanks Senator Stadelman for his commitment to end the devastating, completely preventable crime of drunk driving. Senator Stadelman has championed legislation that will save lives in Illinois and keep drunk drivers off the road. We look forward to continuing to work together toward the ultimate goal of No More Victims,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church.
 
Ignition interlock devices, similar to breathalyzers, test to ensure drivers are not impaired before getting behind the wheel. If alcohol is present in the drivers system, the vehicle will not start.
 
“MADD has done incredible work to save countless lives over the last 35 years. It was an honor to work with them to prevent drunk driving accidents in Illinois, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future,” said Stadelman.
 
Stadelman’s proposal, Senate Bill 627, was signed into law by the governor in late August.

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121B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
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Rockford, IL 61101
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