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Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - July 26, 2017



 
Budget includes funding for Rosecrance Triage Center; Stadelman calls on governor to release money
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The budget state lawmakers passed earlier this month despite the governor's veto contains $2 million in funding to provide care for people in psychiatric crisis in Rockford.
 
State Senator Steve Stadelman said Illinois must deliver on its promise to increase spending on community-based services after closing Singer Mental Health Center in 2012. The nonprofit Rosecrance Health Network responded to the state facility shutdown by opening Mulberry Center to provide rapid evaluations in emergencies, stabilize patients in 23 hours and determine appropriate follow-up care.

"We've approved a budget, and the money for Rosecrance is there," Stadelman said. "The triage program keeps those who struggle with mental illnesses out of jail cells and hospital beds, which saves taxpayers money in the long run."  
 
However, Gov. Rauner has opposed funding for mental health since taking office in 2015, zeroing out line items in his 2016 and 2017 budget proposals.
 
Last year, when the Rauner administration released less to Rosecrance than was designated under a partial stop-gap budget, local government and nonprofit agencies helped fill the gap. Earlier this year, Rosecrance warned triage hours may be cut after July if state funds don't materialize.
 
"We are very encouraged that the state legislature passed a budget that includes funding for the Triage Center," Rosecrance Health Network President and CEO Phil Eaton said.
 
"We understand these are challenging times for the state and are very grateful to our legislators who voted for and worked diligently to ensure that triage funding remained a priority and was specifically included in the budget," Eaton said. "We look forward to receiving contracts from the state for this program, which continues to serve members of our community who are in psychiatric crisis. We are also deeply grateful to our local community partners, whose support helped us keep the Triage Center open during the budget impasse."
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Rauner orders expensive special legislative session on school funding
 
Governor Bruce Rauner is calling lawmakers back to Springfield this week for a special session to address education funding.
 
When the General Assembly overrode the Rauner's veto of the state's first full-year budget since 2015, the spending plan contained a provision to distribute money to schools in concert with separate reform legislation.
 
Senate Bill 1, which received bipartisan approval in the Senate and House, would more equitably fund schools by reducing the state's reliance on local property taxes. Communities with low property values typically have high poverty rates and more at-risk students.
 
Rauner has threatened to veto parts of the SB 1, which could mean some schools across the state won't have the money to open as scheduled in mid-August.
 
"Rather than call a special session, which costs taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day, the governor should simply negotiate his concerns with the leadership in both chambers," Stadelman said. "The bottom line is, Illinois cannot continue to let zip codes determine the quality of education our children receive."
 
Rockford public schools would receive $5 million more under SB 1, while Harlem public schools would gain at least $650,000 a year.
      
 
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JB Pritzker welcomes Democrats to our Golf Fundraiser

Hello Democrats:
 
Gubernatorial Candidate J. B. Pritzker will be greeting golfers at the Winnebago County Democrats golf fundraiser tomorrow, Friday, at Westlake Village prior to the shotgun start at 1:00pm.
 
We hope to see you there!
 
Charlie Laskonis
 
Charles H. Laskonis
Chairman
Winnebago County Democratic Party

News From Senator Stadelman





Budget includes funding for Rosecrance Triage Center; Stadelman calls on governor to release money
The budget state lawmakers passed earlier this month despite the governor's veto contains $2 million in funding to provide care for people in psychiatric crisis in Rockford.

State Senator Steve Stadelman said Illinois must deliver on its promise to increase spending on community-based services after closing Singer Mental Health Center in 2012. Rosecrance Health Network responded to the closing by opening its Mulberry Center to provide rapid evaluations in emergencies, stabilize patients in 23 hours and determine appropriate follow-up care.

"We've approved a budget, and the money for Rosecrance is there," Stadelman said. "The triage program keeps those who struggle with mental illnesses out of jail cells and hospital beds, which saves taxpayers money in the long run."  

However, Gov. Rauner has opposed funding for mental health since taking office in 2015, zeroing out line items in his 2016 and 2017 budget proposals.

Last year, when the Rauner administration released less to Rosecrance than was designated under a partial stop-gap budget, local government and nonprofit agencies helped fill the gap. Earlier this year, Rosecrance warned triage hours may be cut after July if state funds don't materialize.

"We are very encouraged that the state legislature passed a budget that includes funding for the Triage Center," Rosecrance Health Network President and CEO Phil Eaton said.

"We understand these are challenging times for the state and are very grateful to our legislators who voted for and worked diligently to ensure that triage funding remained a priority and was specifically included in the budget," Eaton said. "We look forward to receiving contracts from the state for this program, which continues to serve members of our community who are in psychiatric crisis. We are also deeply grateful to our local community partners, whose support helped us keep the Triage Center open during the budget impasse."

Mark Bonne
Chief of Staff, Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman
815-987-7557
Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Suite 301, Rockford, IL 61101


Wallace Encourages Governor to Sign Breast Cancer Screening Expansion

                                                                                    
Wallace Encourages Governor to Sign Breast Cancer Screening Expansion
                                                                                      
ROCKFORD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is urging Gov. Rauner to sign legislation that would require insurance companies to offer additional life-saving breast cancer screenings for at-risk patients.
 
"Breast cancer impacts individuals and families every day," Wallace said. "Unfortunately, not all health insurance companies offer MRI screenings to at-risk women. We need to ensure that residents in Illinois have access to every life-saving tool available so that cases of cancer are identified and treated as quickly as possible."
 
If signed into law, Senate Bill 314 would allow more women to receive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screenings in addition to a typical mammogram. While a mammogram is recommended for most women, studies have shown that a supplemental MRI screening can increase detection of breast cancer for women with a strong family history of breast cancer. It does not serve as a replacement for a mammogram, but is considered an important complementary screening tool.
 
"As a breast cancer survivor, I think it's critically important that life-saving screenings are available to everyone," Rockford resident Sara Dorner said. "Early detection can make the difference between life and death, and is why we need this measure to be signed into law immediately."
 
For more information, please contact Wallace's constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at litesa@staterepwallace.com.
 
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Save the Date: August 16th! - Frerichs for Illinois



 
 
Dear Friend,
 
Please join me on Wednesday, August 16th for my annual event during the Illinois State Fair! The event will take place at D.H. Brown's at 231 E. Monroe Street in Springfield from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.
 
To RSVP, please follow the link HERE or see the invitation attached below for further information. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 312-854-8018.
 
Hope to see you on August 16th!
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Become A Wallace Warrior!


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Greetings,
July 30, 2014, I was appointed to serve the remainder of Rep. Charles Jefferson's unexpired term. I've been honored to serve the 67th District for nearly 3 years, which has included working to represents ALL citizens of this district through an unprecedented budget impasse which included the battle for a balanced budget that cuts spending but is fair, compassionate, and prioritizes those who need their government the most.

I hope you will
join me in the ongoing battle to protect our most vulnerable, fight for the middle class, and strengthen economic growth in our region!

Below you will see an infograph of just a few of the measures I backed during the current assembly and I am committed to continue to fight to:

-make sure the wealthy pay their fair share in income tax
-ensure equitable school funding
-provide true property tax relief
-protect the right to collectively bargain


and much more. 
Sincerest Regards,
Litesa

 

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Senator Tammy Duckworth - Trump's unlawful request



President Trump created a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. It's first order of business was demanding that states hand over voter data -- including names, birth dates, political affiliations, voting histories, felony convictions, military records, and the last four digits of voters' Social Security numbers.

This request goes against federal and Illinois state laws. Federal law protects state governments from having to comply with unnecessary, burdensome information requests, and the Illinois Election Code protects the confidentiality of voter registration data.

I'm proud to say that Illinois State Board of Elections just joined an overwhelming majority of states in refusing to comply with President Trump's request.

We all know President Trump's true goal is to find a way to put more voter suppression laws on the books. Demand he abolish this committee.

If you remember, after President Trump lost the popular vote by three million votes, he started making unsubstantiated claims that millions of voters had voted illegally in the 2016 election -- even though state and federal election officials have no evidence voter fraud exists.

That's why this committee is a sham. If President Trump was seriously interested in voting integrity, he would investigate our nation's vulnerability to foreign interference in our elections and the effect of state's strict voter ID laws on enfranchisement.

But rather than safeguard our election infrastructure or protect Americans' right to vote, President Trump is trying to take steps to suppress it.

Add your name to my petition and tell President Trump: Stop wasting taxpayer dollars on your witch hunt for voter fraud. Abolish this committee.

Thank you,

Tammy



Volunteer for E-Waste & Metals Drive Sat. 15th; Bring Documents to Shred-It Day July 29



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Sunday July 16 @12:30 RoRoSoBo-Blue hosts Daniel Biss in South Beloit



Meet Daniel Biss - Candidate for Illinois Governor

RoRo SoBo Blue is proud to host State Senator Daniel Biss for a candidate forum. Join us to hear Sen Biss explain his vision for Illinois and how he will lead this state.
Senator Biss currently represents the 9th District in the Illinois State Senate
and previously served one term in the Illinois House representing the 17th District. He's spent his time as a legislator expanding access, equity and care for all Illinoisians, fighting for financial security for families, and protecting our environment.

When: July 16, 2017 12:30 PM - 2 PM

Where:   Garden Hotel and Conference Center
                200 Dearborn Avenue
                South Beloit, IL 61080
                Northwest Corner of IL-251 & IL-75
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