American flag jpgROCKFORD – Starting Jan. 1, Illinois and American flags purchased to fly at state agencies and institutions must be manufactured in the United States, thanks to a law spearheaded by State Senator Steve Stadelmen (D-Rockford).  

“We should be supporting local manufacturing companies that work hard and deserve our business,” Stadelman said. “We have no reason to be buying flags of our own state that are made in other countries.”

The new law will change the Flag Display Act to no longer allow state institutions and agencies to purchase American and Illinois flags from manufacturers outside of the U.S.

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Airport Stock imageROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) announced a $4.5 million investment in state funding to help maintain and upgrade the Rockford Airport on Wednesday.

“The Rockford Airport is a strong economic driver of our region that provides hundreds of jobs to our community,” Stadelman said. “The funding to help maintain and upgrade sections of the airport is an investment in our residents to help our area thrive after such a tough year.”

The 96 projects selected for funding will help meet the needs of airports large and small in both urban and rural communities. Projects will include planning, construction, reconstruction, development and improvement of public airports to increase safety and efficiency. Communities also will benefit from increased aviation access, good-paying jobs during construction and long-term opportunities for workforce expansion.

Among the projects to receive funding, the Rockford Airport is set to receive $3.6 million for construction to the midfield entrance road and utility corridor as well as $900,000 to reconstruct the airport’s terminal entrance road and relocate the main terminal entrance.

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ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) announced a $2.6 million investment that will bring hundreds of high-paying jobs to the area to the Rockford area Tuesday.

“The Rockford Airport is one of our region’s strongest economic drivers, providing thousands of jobs in our community,” Stadelman said. “This workforce funding will help fuel the airport’s continued growth and innovation by investing in the training required for our residents to have access to highly skilled occupations being created here.”

Stadelman has been working for years to get funding in the state budget for increased workforce support at the Rockford Airport. AAR Corp. has landed a major contract with airlines to ensure aircraft repairs can begin to take place at the Rockford Airport. The investment will bring many high-paying, highly-skilled jobs to the area.

AAR is poised for a significant expansion of its workforce in northern Illinois, including plans to hire up to 250 aviation mechanics over the next year as part of a recent agreement with United Airlines. These investments will allow AAR to hire personnel, help expand its partnership with Rock Valley College and develop new educational pipelines in high schools throughout northern Illinois, with training set to begin this spring.

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Stadelman Pritzker Villa BillSigningSPRINGFIELD – Backing his promise to expand electric vehicle production in both the Rockford area and state as a whole, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) championed the Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act, which was signed into law Tuesday.

“This growing field indicates room for job growth in the electric vehicle market,” Stadelman said. “Illinois is working to encourage electric vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers to keep and bring their production facilities here. That will lead to good paying jobs in Northern Illinois and across the state.”

The new law creates financial incentives through tax credits for manufacturers of electric vehicles, parts, and power supplies. Businesses that are located in underserved areas or energy transition areas – a region with less than 100,000 residents with retired fossil fuel plants or closed coal mines – will be eligible for increased benefits.

To assist automakers to prepare their workforce for the shift to electric vehicle production, the law also provides tax credit incentives to help with training costs.

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Springfield, IL 62706
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