STADELMAN PXL 20230126 193521861.MP 21ROCKFORD State Senator Steve Stadelman joined Governor Pritzker, AAR CORP and local officials to announce a $2.6 million investment into workforce training at the Rockford International Airport today.

"The Chicago-Rockford International Airport is a strong economic driver in the region, creating thousands of jobs," said Stadelman (D-Rockford). "This investment in AAR supports the continued economic impact and job creation of the airport by creating a strong pipeline of aviation mechanics and expanding opportunities for Illinoisans."

Thursday’s announcement builds off the investment made last year to help bolster the AAR CORP’s workforce strategy and has allowed them to increase the number of aviation mechanics hired from 85 in 2019 to more than 350 today.

The total investment of $5.2 million from this year and last strengthens the aviation mechanic pipeline to meet the growing demand. Along with AAR’s workforce strategy, the state’s funding supports apprenticeship opportunities, training, hiring training personnel and bolstering partnerships with local colleges and high schools throughout Northern Illinois to bring in qualified aviation mechanics.

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taylor vick XnQAPnqnboM unsplash1ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman is excited to share the Illinois Department of Transportation’s announcement that Rockford and Boone County will be receiving $19 million in mass transit grants as a part of the historic Rebuild Illinois capital program.

“This investment to the Rockford Mass Transit District will support the community through more transit options as the new transit station will give riders a better place to commute,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “The Rebuild Illinois capital program has brought countless improvements to our communities with new facilities, green energy transportation efforts, and an increase in accessibility for our transit, I look forward to the improvements at the renovated Mulberry facility.”

Rockford Mass Transit District along with a total of 32 transit systems are receiving $113.8 million to advance 44 projects. Rockford received $16 million last year for the 520 Mulberry Street transit facility rehabilitation, renovation and expansion project and will receive another $16 million from the Rebuild Illinois grants announced today.

“The award of this state grant funding could not have come at a more crirical time in RMTD’s capital planning efforts, “ said Mike Stubbe, Executive Director of Rockford Mass Transit District. “This state infrastructure investment, paired with the availability of federal funds in the recent Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will allow RMTD to plan on transitioning to zero emission vehicles with more certainty and immediacy, which is vital to the long-term health and quality of life in our Region.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman was sworn in for his 4th term serving the 34th Senate District on Wednesday. He released the following statement:

“It is always an honor to take the oath of office and I will continue to work and serve the people of the greater Rockford area. I will continue the efforts of working to address our state’s economy, fiscal responsibility, and improving access to health care and education within Illinois.

“I look forward to my continued work with my colleagues in Springfield as we tackle Illinois’ hard hitting problems and look for solutions that work for our communities in Rockford as well as around the state, I will continue listening and fighting for the people of the Rockford area and ensure their voice is heard in Springfield.”


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ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman will host a virtual presentation and live q&a about health insurance options through Get Covered Illinois.

Open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act ends Jan. 15, 2023. Listeners can learn about options for health insurance under Get Covered Illinois, the state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace.

Stadelman will be live with representatives from Get Covered Illinois and the Illinois Department of Insurance on Facebook Live Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. on his Facebook page.

What: Virtual Town Hall

Who: Residents of 34th legislative district and surrounding areas

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6

Where: State Senator Steve Stadelman’s Facebook Live


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Springfield, IL 62706
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Rockford, IL 61101
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