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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 339666168 567003752191371 8512529928178966615 nSenator Steve Stadelman was joined by Governor Pritzker and Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau on Sunday to survey damage at and around the Apollo Theatre in downtown Belvidere, where one concertgoer died and five others were critically injured when a tornado caused the roof to collapse.

“Our thoughts are with the dozens of people injured in this tragedy,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). "We're here to let residents know the state will assist in any way it can to help the community recover"

The governor announced a disaster proclamation has been issued for Boone County that unlocks immediate state financial assistance and possible federal aid. 

260 concertgoers were inside the Apollo Theatre when the tornado struck Friday night.

 "I want to thank the heroic efforts of first responders and the concertgoers who helped pull people out of the ruble, said Stadelman. "Their actions saved lives."

The historic Theater is undergoing a structural integrity analysis to determine its future. As efforts to assess total damage continue, Stadelman will be working with Belvidere Mayor Clint Morris and others to try and save and restore the historic 102-year-old building. 

Extended coverage of the news conference is available here.


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032923SC3048 copySPRINGFIELD - State Senator Steve Stadelman has introduced legislation that will provide an economic boost to Illinois communities and downtown areas.

The Senate Revenue Committee heard testimony this week on the new Revitalizing Downtowns Tax Credit Act and an expansion of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit for communities looking to renovate historic or commercial properties.

Under the Downtown Tax Credit bill, developers could receive a state income tax credit equal to 25% of expenditures incurred to convert an office building to residential, retail or commercial use.

“Downtowns are the economic engines of our cities and right now many are struggling. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have moved to remote work and this has led to many office spaces going unused,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “This incentivizes renovation of these properties to help bring more life to downtown areas and help other business still there.”

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