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JB Pritzker Releases Veterans Plan


Chicago, IL – Ahead of Veterans Day, JB Pritzker outlined his plan to fight for Illinois veterans and their families as governor. JB's four-point plan details how the state can support our veterans with housing, employment, healthcare, education, and additional services they may need. As governor, JB will:
  • Increase opportunities for education and employment for veterans and their families
  • Ensure Illinois veterans of all ages have safe, stable, and affordable housing options
  • Improve healthcare options for veterans across the state
  • Better manage and coordinate veteran's services
 
Read the full plan HERE.
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Biss for Illinois - 2 PM Sunday, Nov. 12th Day of Action


Here in Rockford we are fortunate to have our own Rep. Litesa Wallace running for Lt. Governor and you can help in the last push to get her and Daniel Biss on the ballot!
Sunday we're having one of our biggest statewide events yet -- a Day of Action with hundreds of volunteers around Illinois.
Sunday's Day of Action is our last chance to finish strong before the petition collection deadline. Join us at the Rockford Field Office. (If you haven't seen the office, you need to  -- it's fabulous!)

What: Statewide Day of Action in Rockford

When: Sunday, November 12ᵗʰ
2:00 pm CST

Where: Biss for Illinois Rockford Field Office
309 Mulberry Street
Rockford, IL 61101


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Mike Frerichs – They said it couldn't be done...



Dear Friend, 
When I began the fight to make sure that grieving family members received the death benefits that their loved ones wanted them to have, I heard many things. I heard that we were wasting our time. I heard that the fight was too tough. The insurance industry was too strong.
Yesterday, we proved them wrong. 
Yesterday, the Illinois Senate voted to override the Governor's veto of our Life Insurance Reform Act. The House had voted to override in the first week of veto session. 
Governor Rauner had put the profits of greedy life insurance companies over the needs of grieving families. We didn't allow that to stand. 
Because of your advocacy last Spring, we were able to pass a bill that requires life insurance companies to compare electronic records of policies in force since 2000 with the Social Security Administration's Death Master File (DMF) to determine if policies should have been paid to families. In just a 4 year period, an outside auditor hired by the Treasurer's Office identified more than $550 million held by life insurance companies that should be have been paid to loved ones in Illinois. 
That was unacceptable. With your help, we defeated the Governor and the Life Insurance industry. 
Thank you for your help in this fight. 
 
Now, on to the next battle!
 
     

Senate Democratic Caucus Events: Fall 2017

Hello everyone! Here is a list of our upcoming events. 

Wednesday, November 15, 5:00-7:00 pm
Senator Melinda Bush
The Vine, 101 Center St, Grayslake, IL 60030
Tickets: $35
Sponsorships: $100 | $250 | $500 | $1,000
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Melinda Bush, 240 N. Lake St, Grayslake, IL 60030
 
Thursday, November 21 - 5:00pm-7:00pm

Senator Patricia Van Pelt
The Law Offices of Leinenweber Baroni & Daffada
120 N. LaSalle St., Ste 2000, Chicago, IL
Individual Ticket $300
Sponsorship Gold $2,500| Silver 1,000| Bronze $500
Please make check payable to: Friends of Patricia Van Pelt, 2826 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60612
RSVP:Roslyn@ilsenatedems.org or (708)369-0293
 
Wednesday, November 29
Fall Fundraiser with Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy
Peckish Pig, 623 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202
Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500
Please make check(s) payable to one or both committees:
Friends of Heather Steans, 50 E Washington, Ste 400, Chicago, IL 60602
Citizens for Cassidy, P.O. Box 408061, Chicago, IL 60640
 
Monday, December 18, 5:30-7:00 pm -- Just added
Senators Tom Cullerton and Julie Morrison Holiday Party
Hubbard Inn, 110 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $100
Sponsorships: $250 | $500 | $1,000 | $2,500
Please make check(s) payable to one or each committee:
Friends of Tom Cullerton, P.O. Box 7304, Villa Park, IL 60181
Julie Morrison for State Senate, P.O. Box 646, Deerfield, IL 60015
 
                  
Questions? Email Lexie@ilsenatedems.org.

Reception for Sara Dady for Congress - Thursday, November 9







Thursday November 9th, 6pm
200 S Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61108
Appetizers and cash bar
(Tickets start at $50)
 
Sara now has less than 5 months to get her message out to voters before the primary in March. I hope you can come out and show your support so that we can continue to share Sara's vision for making our district a better place for all of us.

Daniel and Litesa Respond to Failed HB3216 Override Vote

"As Bruce Rauner lurches from crisis to crisis, tearing down public resources to promote a right-wing privatization agenda, working families like mine pay the price," said Litesa Wallace."It's not sustainable, and it's not right—that's why I introduced this common-sense step towards fiscal responsibility, and why Daniel and I are doing all we can to make Rauner's first term his last."

News from Senator Stadelman - Veterans can get "quick certification" for special driver's licenses




For Immediate Release
November 3, 2017

Veterans can get "quick certification" for special driver's licenses at Stadelman event

ROCKFORD -- Military veterans who wish to obtain Illinois driver's licenses that note their service in the armed forces may obtain the necessary paperwork at a Veterans Day event offered by State Senator Steve Stadelman and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Coffee and donuts are being served at the Veterans Day Quick Certification from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, in the Zeke Giorgi Center Lobby, 200 S. Wyman St.

To receive a driver's license with "VETERAN" appearing below the signature line, veterans must present official certification of their military status when renewing their license or applying for a state ID. Under legislation passed by Stadelman in 2015, veterans who present a driver's license with the designation qualify for discounts on purchases at participating businesses. The designation is also available on state identifications cards.

"Veterans can avoid the delay of a mail application or a trip to the Illinois National Guard Armory in Machesney Park," Stadelman said. "Providing this convenience is a small way to honor vets, especially those who live in or near downtown Rockford and tend to have a harder time accessing services."

Two state Veteran Service Officers, Matthew Taylor and Jessica Parker, will certify proper documentation of military service -- DD Form 214 or NA Form 13038. Veterans, especially reservists who need additional paperwork, are advised to review documentation requirements online at www.Illinois.gov/veterans before attending the event or call 815-633-8945. Assistance in obtaining necessary paperwork for certification also will be available on site. 

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









Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - November 3, 2017





Veterans can get "quick certification" for special driver's licenses at Stadelman event

Military veterans who wish to obtain Illinois driver's licenses that note their service in the armed forces may obtain the necessary paperwork at a Veterans Day event offered by State Senator Steve Stadelman and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Coffee and donuts are being served at the Veterans Day Quick Certification from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, in the Zeke Giorgi Center Lobby, 200 S. Wyman St.

To receive a driver's license with "VETERAN" appearing below the signature line, veterans must present official certification of their military status when renewing their license or applying for a state ID. Under legislation passed by Stadelman in 2015, veterans who present a driver's license with the designation qualify for discounts on purchases at participating businesses. The designation is also available on state identifications cards.

"Veterans can avoid the delay of a mail application or a trip to the Illinois National Guard Armory in Machesney Park," Stadelman said. "Providing this convenience is a small way to honor vets, especially those who live in or near downtown Rockford and tend to have a harder time accessing services."

Two state Veteran Service Officers, Matthew Taylor and Jessica Parker, will certify proper documentation of military service -- DD Form 214 or NA Form 13038. Veterans, especially reservists who need additional paperwork, are advised to review documentation requirements online at www.Illinois.gov/veterans b efore attending the event, although assistance in obtaining necessary paperwork will be available on site.


Senate reaffirms support for students, workers
The Illinois Senate rejected several gubernatorial vetoes last week, reaffirming their support for college students, collective bargaining and entrepreneurs.

Senator Steve Stadelman voted in favor of all three overrides:
  • Collective Bargaining Freedom Act to protects worker rights by blocking Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign to create municipal right-to-work zones that favor corporate profits over worker interests.
     
  • The entrepreneur learner's permit program, a pilot initiative to encourage business growth by reimbursing first-time business owners in information services, biotechnology and green technology for some costs of state licensing and permits. In an amendatory veto, the governor removed a spending cap and expanded the program to all industries, which Stadelman and others believe would turn a smart business development into a potentially wasteful program.

  • Student Loan Bill of Rights , a measure that will help to protect college students from predatory lenders when they borrow money to pay for their education.
The Senate returns to Springfield  next week  for the second half of the fall veto session.

Citizens Utility Board advises TV consumers on viewing options in the Internet Age
Pay-TV consumers received tips for making their cable bills more affordable and learned the pros and cons of market alternatives like satellite and web streaming at a free presentation led by an expert from the Citizens Utility Board. Senator Steve Stadelman invites CUB to work one-on-one with utility customers to lower their bills at twice-yearly clinics; this week's event marked the first time CUB has offered advice on television costs to Rockford-area consumers. Those who missed the presentation can order copies of "CUB's Guide to Cutting Your TV Costs" online.






Reception for Sara Dady - November 9






Reception for Sara Dady for Congress
Thursday November 9th, 6pm
200 S Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61108
Appetizers and cash bar
(Tickets start at $50)
 
Sara now has less than 5 months to get her message out to voters before the primary in March. I hope you can come out and show your support so that we can continue to share Sara's vision for making our district a better place for all of us.