Employment stock 8 26ROCKFORD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security will be reviving its in-person workforce and limited unemployment services at the American Job Center in Rockford, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) announced Thursday.

“Many working families have experienced real trouble due to the devastating social and economic impacts of COVID-19,” Stadelman said. “The restoration of in-person unemployment and workforce services will make their lives easier and help them return to work.”

IDES appointments are available now but must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance for in-person assistance at 303 North Main Street in Rockford. To schedule an appointment, people should call the IDES scheduling hotline at 217-558-0401 and request a callback.

An appointment may be scheduled for one of the following reasons:

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Library Grants StockROCKFORD – Patrons of North Suburban and Rockford Public Library Districts will soon see upgrades to services thanks to more than $325,000 in grants, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) announced Wednesday.

“Libraries are valuable resources for many who need the resources, technology, and educational opportunities they provide,” Stadelman said. “During a time of increased reliance on technology for work, school and everyday life, libraries really stepped up to help – especially for people who have less access    to high speed internet and other resources at home.”

The $329,308.51 received by two local library districts is part of $18.1 million in grants awarded to 638 public libraries across the state. For more than 40 years, the Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants Program has helped public libraries with a low library tax base to ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

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Journalist Stock SB134SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) that pushes to ensure local journalism survives in Illinois’ small towns and mid-sized cities was signed into law by the governor on Monday.

“I’ve dedicated years of my life to journalism, so I understand the importance of having access to local news,” Stadelman said. “People deserve to know what’s going on in their community, regardless of where they live.”

The measure would create the Local Journalism Task Force, which would be made up of 13 individuals representing print and broadcast media, journalism schools, and state and local government. They would be charged with conducting a study on communities underserved by local journalism and making recommendations on how to preserve and restore news coverage in these areas.

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Texting StockSPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) was signed by the governor on Friday, creating a requirement that public schools that offer sex education curricula include a lesson about the risks of sexting.

“Technology has grown a lot in the last decade, and our education needs to adapt as well,” Stadelman said. “This new law requires those schools that teach sex education to include a lesson on sexting, so students can learn about the real-life consequences of the virtual act.”

The legislation would require schools that offer a sex education course or unit to revise their current curricula to include an age-appropriate lesson on sexting and its potential consequences.

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