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Wallace Bill to Increase Protections Against Lead Contamination Becomes Law -- Press Release Attached

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE LITESA WALLACE


For More Information:
State Rep. Litesa Wallace
815-987-7433

Wallace Bill to Increase Protections Against Lead Contamination Becomes 
Law

ROCKFORD, Ill. – Under a new law supported by state Rep. Litesa Wallace, 
D-Rockford, which will take effect on Jan. 1, property owners will be 
required to address and notify potential owners and lessees about lead 
problems before selling or renting a residence.

"Sellers and landlords need to be upfront about potential health hazards 
when offering a living space, and this legislation requiring they notify 
potential buys and owners is a step in the right direction," Wallace 
said. "Lead can be a serious health hazard to families, and this new law 
will help to ensure that proper steps are taken to preserve the health 
and well-being of occupants."

Slated to take effect beginning Jan. 1, Senate Bill 2300 requires a 
property owner to inform a prospective occupant of known lead 
contamination prior to entering a lease, renewing a lease or closing on 
a sale. Lead, which causes illness through exposure, is often found in 
the walls of older houses and apartment buildings. According to the 
Illinois Department of Public Health, approximately 75 percent of homes 
in Illinois built before 1978 contain some form of lead-based paint.

"Unfortunately, there have been instances in Illinois where landlords 
have made multiple renters sick because they decided to hide a serious 
problem," Wallace said. "This new law creates needed transparency and 
accountability, something desperately needed in our state."

For more information, or to submit an idea, please contact Wallace's 
full-time constituent service office at 815-987-7433, or email 

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Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - December 30, 2016





Stadelman bill requiring county jails to accept cash bail among Top 10 new laws for 2017
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman that requires county jails to accept cash bail has been named one of the Top 10 new laws in 2017. Stadelman introduced Senate Bill 2907 after learning of a young man who unnecessarily spent the weekend in the Winnebago County Jail on a minor offense because technical difficulties prevented the jail from processing a credit card and because of a county policy against accepting cash bail.

While a great deal of the General Assembly's focus in 2016 was on the ongoing Illinois budget stalemate and a stopgap spending plan to keep vital programs and services running, several new laws dealing with worker pay and job benefits, safety, ethics and criminal justice reform take effect Jan. 1. 

Governor signs extension of Stadelman-backed tax credit for downtown Rockford
After nearly two years of negotiation led by State Senator Steve Stadelman, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 1488, which will extend the River Edge Historic Tax Credit for an additional year. Previously, the tax credit was set to expire Jan. 1, 2017The credit has been an important economic tool for the revitalization of downtown Rockford, equal to 25 percent of the rehabilitation costs for a business in a historic building.

"To date, the tax credit has provided incentive for more than $100 million of development in Rockford alone," Stadelman said. "The local economic development council estimates that extending the credit through 2017 would create an additional $110 million in development in Rockford. This would be a tremendous boost to our local economy."

Besides Rockford, the tax credit is also available in Aurora, Peoria, Elgin and East St. Louis. In Rockford, the credit has stimulated projects like the $12 million Prairie Street Brewhouse renovation, which created 110 construction jobs.

Stadelman helps dish up holiday cheer at Rescue Mission
State Senator Senator's family joined him to help serve a hot holiday meal to 500 men, women and children who are homeless. He is pictured (right) with son Austin, a freshman at the University of Illinois-Champaign, and wife, Patty, a senior account executive at WTVO-17.
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Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - December 15, 2016



Stadelman: Jet repair business promises to rev up local economy 

Senator Steve Stadelman emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships and
intergovernmental cooperation this week at the ribbon-cutting for the AAR Corp. jet repair facility
at Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

The 200,000-square-foot hangar is expected to employ 150 mechanics by summer and 500
workers overall with as many as 1,000 jobs when fully operational. Federal, state and local
governments are contributing to the $40 million cost of the project.

"We cannot underestimate the value of the either the short-term construction jobs or the quality
long-term employment opportunities AAR has brought and will continue to bring to the Rockford
area," Stadelman said. "The facility also enhances the power of the airport as an economic
engine for our community."



Stadelman bill to ease former inmate transition becomes law

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law a proposal to require the Department of Corrections
to issue an ID card that is valid for 90 days when an individual is released from incarceration.
Steve Stadelman was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 3368, passed the General Assembly recently
during veto session. 
 
Under the current process, inmates must request a 30-day ID through the DOC and later apply
for a standard state ID through the Secretary of State. Inmates who have been released often
struggle to obtain their standard state IDs due to a failure to obtain proof of identity, lack of
funds to pay for the ID or other clerical issues. Failing to have a state ID can make it significantly
harder to reintegrate back into society. 
 
"These inmates have already served their time," Stadelman said. " This bipartisan legislation
will make it easier for them to again become productive members of society."
 

Stadelman honors parolee grads and youth outreach volunteers


State Senator Steve Stadelman congratulated 28 graduates of GEO Reentry Services
parolee acclimation program this week (bottom) and presented each with Certificates of
Recognition from the Illinois Senate commending them for their commitment to
self-improvement and mastery of new life skills.

Positive Reflections Community Outreach CEO Janene Stephenson and other volunteer
organizers (top) also received honors from Springfield when Senator Stadelman visited
the group's annual Youth Holiday Party at Patriots Gateway Center.





Wallace Invites Community to Katie’s Cup for Tuesday Coffee Shop Stop -- Press Release Attached

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE LITESA WALLACE


For Immediate Release:
Dec. 16, 2016


For More Information:
State Rep. Litesa Wallace
815-987-7433

Wallace Invites Community to Katie's Cup for Tuesday Coffee Shop Stop

ROCKFORD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is inviting 
residents to discuss state and local issues with her at a Coffee Shop 
Stop on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. at Katie's Cup, located at 502 7th 
St. in Rockford.

"As we gear up for the new legislative session, I want to hear directly 
from taxpayers what they want to see happen in Springfield," Wallace 
said. "I want to make sure legislators are working for the people, and 
being open and transparent is one step to make that happen."

Wallace will provide a legislative update about recent activity in 
Springfield, and how Rockford is expected to be impacted. She will 
highlight the job-creating River Edge Tax Credit program that has 
recently been extended, as well as efforts to protect essential services 
like cancer screenings for at-risk women and Meals on Wheels for 
seniors. Following the update, Wallace will field questions from 
attendees. Coffee will be provided, and the forum is free to attend.

"I always look forward to engaging in a productive conversation with 
residents who choose to join these Coffee Shop Stops," Wallace said. 
"Their feedback is important to the decisions I make as a 
representative, and I continuously make an effort to share their 
thoughts when debating the critical issues that face us today."

For more information, please contact Wallace's full-time constituent 
service office at 815-987-7433, or email Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.

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Wallace Blasts Unprecedented Energy Rate Hikes Approved by Governor -- Statement Attached

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE LITESA WALLACE


For Immediate Release:
Dec. 8, 2016


For More Information:
State Rep. Litesa Wallace
815-987-7433

Wallace Blasts Unprecedented Energy Rate Hikes Approved by Governor

ROCKFORD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, issued the 
following statement after Wednesday's signing of a two billion dollar 
utility bailout and approval of a separate energy rate hike by the 
Illinois Commerce Commission:

"One week after Governor Bruce Rauner brokered the largest rate hike in 
this country's history to bailout a profitable corporation, residents 
learned Wednesday that they would be on the hook for even more money.

"As he signed Senate Bill 2814, the governor-managed Illinois Commerce 
Commission was simultaneously saddling taxpayers in Illinois with a 
fresh $128 million rate increase for ComEd service. It is simply 
irresponsible to continue to work toward deepening the pockets of an 
already profitable energy conglomerate as residents in Rockford and 
around the state deal with the consequences of a reckless budget crisis 
created by the governor.

"With temperatures falling and consumer bills going up, Governor Bruce 
Rauner decided to put profits over people. Taxpayers in Rockford, who 
have faced the loss of critical mental health efforts, senior programs 
and other essential community services, deserve better.

"I call on my colleagues and the governor to shift priorities and begin 
to work in the interest of taxpayers and those who continue to face 
instability due to the budget impasse."

For more information, please contact Wallace's full-time constituent 
service office at 815-987-7433, or email Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.

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Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - December 5, 2016




Stadelman passes River Edge Historic Preservation Tax Credit
After nearly two years of negotiation led by Senator Steve Stadelman, the Illinois Senate passed legislation to extend the River Edge Historic Preservation Tax Credit an additional year. Previously, the tax credit was set to expire Jan. 1, 2017. The credit has been an important economic tool for the revitalization of downtown Rockford, equal to 25 percent of the rehabilitation costs for a business in a historic building.
  
"To date, the tax credit has provided incentive for more than $100 million of development in Rockford alone," Stadelman said. "The local economic development council estimates that extending the credit through 2017 would create an additional $110 million in development in Rockford. This would be a tremendous boost to our local economy."
Previously, the tax credit was used to stimulate projects like the $12 million renovation at the Prairie Street Brewhouse, which also created 110 construction jobs. In addition to Rockford, the credit is also available in Aurora, Peoria, Elgin and East St. Louis. Senate Bill 1488 passed the Senate with a vote of 53-1 and will now head to the governor's desk. 
Epiphany award for community service given to Stadelman
Hope Fellowship Church of Rockford honored State Senator Steve Stadelman with its Epiphany award for community service during a gala celebration at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford. The church presents the award to "selfless individuals who work without seeking the limelight ... to help overcome an obstacle." Stadelman was recognized for outreach efforts overall but especially for his free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament. Hundreds of inner-city boys and girls have competed in Senator Stadelman's HoopStars since it began in 2013 as a Labor Day weekend event. Pastor Louis Malone, State Rep. Litesa Wallace and Rockford Ald. Tom McNamara also received awards.