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Representative Maurice West Weekly Update 8/26 - 9/1

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Last week was a great week! The Summit of Hope was outstanding! With over 50 vendors and over 350 reentering citizens the event represented it's name - a summit of hope for those in our community.  We offered resources from various agencies in our city and state; we also offered haircuts and head shots.  Our reentering citizens walked in with mugshots - and left with a head shot!  Mayor McNamara and I even capitalized on getting our hair trimmed as well!

Just like you, I love our community, I love our city.  I want to thank the elected officials who stopped by and who shared words with everyone.  The people there said that they felt like their community cared about them.  Check out the interviews:


Be well, talk soon.




Rep. West's Summit of Hope







The Summit of Hope is an event focused on public safety through reduced recidivism. Rep. West's Summit of Hope brought in more than 50 community organizations and supplied the over 350 reentering citizens in attendance with the tools needed to become crime-free responsible members of society.



Rep. West Receives TFIC's
Friends of Infrastructure Award



On August 28th, Representative West was recognized by the Transportation of Illinois Coalition for his work to improve Illinois' crumbling Infrastructure.



Rep. West Joins City Officials in Handing Out Backpacks



Wifr News Story Link



Attended Midtown Market with Leslie










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News From Senator Stadelman

Reminder that games begin at 1 PM today at UW Health Sports Factory, and Senator Stadelman is available for interviews throughout the afternoon.

Mark Bonne
Chief of Staff, State Senator Steve Stadelman
Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Suite 301, Rockford, IL 61101

HoopStars returns for 7th year
Sports Factory again hosts free Labor Day youth tourney 
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Hundreds of boys and girls can spend Labor Day on the basketball court at Senator Stadelman's HoopStars, a free 3-on-3 tournament taking place for the seventh time Sept. 2.

Online registration is open now through game day at www.senatorstadelman.comStadelman announced today. 

The event has drawn as many as 400 players in 3rd through 8th grades. Since 2017, games have taken place on 16 courts at the UW Sports Factory in downtown Rockford.

"As summer ends and the school year begins, our tournament provides a positive, no-cost activity for young athletes," Stadelman said. "We've become a Labor Day tradition for some families, thanks to the continued support of the Rockford Park District and faithful financial contributors like ComEd and Comcast."  

NO FEES are charged to play in the single-elimination, two-game minimum competition. All players receive free commemorative event T-shirts, and winning teams take home medals. Doors open at 11 a.m. for teams registering late or wanting to warm up before the 1 p.m. start. Parking is free, and refreshments are available for purchase.


Stadelman launched the tournament in 2013, his first year in elected office. The inaugural games took place at Patriots Gateway before moving outdoors to Davis Park.   

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Mark Bonne
Chief of Staff, State Senator Steve Stadelman
Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Suite 301, Rockford, IL 61101

Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - August 29, 2019

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State releases $14.7 million owed to Rockford airport

Money was delayed for years during Rauner administration 

State Senator Steve Stadelman announced last week the release of  $14.7 million that has been held up for years for improvements at the Rockford airport. Making good on the state's funding commitment had long been a priority for Stadelman, who worked to include the $14.7 in this year's budget. 


"Our airport is major driver of economic development in the region," Stadelman said. "It is important the state honor its commitment, as the airport continues to expand operations and grow in prominence."

The funding had been promised for the airport's Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility, but never materialized after Bruce Rauner became governor and Illinois endured a paralyzing two-year budget impasse. The airport took out commercial loans to finish construction of the MRO at a cost of up to $100,000 in monthly interest payments.

Stadelman commends Gov. JB Pritzker for helping resolve the issue and Comptroller Susana Mendoza for releasing the funds.

Sexual harassment reforms, minimum teacher salary signed into law 
Stadelman co-sponsored workplace protections
Private-sector workers who experience sexual harassment and discrimination will have greater protections under the law thanks to a major piece of legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman that recently was signed into law.

Stadelman called the legislation a "just and proactive" response to the many victims, advocates and members of the business community who offered testimony during the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention's hearings last year.

Among the reforms: 

  • Limiting the use of contract provisions intended to prevent an employee from reporting sexual harassment, such as non-disclosure agreements, arbitration clauses and non-disparagement clauses for cases involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation
  • Clarifying that it is illegal to discriminate against an employee who is perceived to be part of a protected class (e.g. gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity), even if they are not
  • Allowing victims of gender-related violence to take unpaid leave from work to seek medical help, legal assistance, counseling, safety planning and other assistance
  • Requiring hotels and casinos to provide employees who work in isolated spaces with panic buttons for use if they are sexually harassed or assaulted

Minimum salary increase first for teachers since 1980 

Teachers will see an increase to their minimum salary under a new law supported by State Senator Steve Stadelman and signed last week by Gov. JB Pritzker, the first time Illinois has addressed base wages for educators since 1980. Stadelman said House Bill 2078 is one way to confront a serious statewide teacher shortage.

House Bill 2078 will raise the minimum salary for teachers to $40,000 over a four-year period from the current $10,000 for entry-level educators with bachelor's degrees. Wage increases will be tied to the Consumer Price Index and subject to annual review by the General Assembly review, beginning in 2020. Projected base salaries under the new law are: 

  • $32,076 for the 2020-2021 school year;
  • $34,576 for the 2021-2022 school year;
  • $37,076 for the 2022-2023 school year; and
  • $40,000 for the 2023-2024 school year.
Stadelman gets A+ on environment

Last call for basketball!

Senate Democratic Caucus Events: Summer 2019

Here is a list of our upcoming events.

Thursday, August 29, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Annual Labor Breakfast for Senator Linda Holmes, Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, and Rep. Barbara Hernandez
Painters District Council 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Suite 201, Aurora, IL 60506
Ticket: $250
Sponsorships: $500 | $1,000 | $2,500 | $5,000
Please make checks payable to committee(s) of your choice:
Citizens for Linda Holmes, P.O. Box 6374, Aurora, IL 60598 
Friends of Stephanie Kifowit, P.O. Box 1414, Aurora, IL 60507
Friends of Barbara Hernandez, 940 Walter Ave, Aurora, IL 60505
Saturday, August 31, 1:30pm
Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Wrigleyville Rooftops
3609 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago
Tickets: $1,000
Citizens for Lightford, PO Box 7824, Westchester, IL
Wednesday, September 4th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senator Mattie Hunter 5th Annual Autumn Soiree
Rosebud Steakhouse, 192 E. Walton St., Chicago, IL
Tickets: $125
Sponsorships: $1000 | $500 | $250
Please make checks payable to Friends of Mattie Hunter, PO Box 439430, Chicago, IL 60643
Wednesday, September 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
Senator Cristina Castro Campaign Kickoff
Danny's Pizza, 231 Douglas St., Elgin, IL
Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $2500 | $1000 | $500 | $250 | $150
Please make checks payable to: Citizens for Castro, PO Box 1506, Elgin, IL 60121
Friday, September 6, 8:00 pm -- SOLD OUT
Nelly Concert with Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe & Rep. Monica Bristow
Alton Amphitheater, 1 Henry St., Alton, IL 
Tickets: $250 (includes VIP Seating)
Please make checks payable to the committee(s) of your choice:
Rachelle Aud Crowe for Senate, PO Box 941, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Friends of Monica Bristow, PO Box 172, Alton, IL 62002
Monday, September 9th
Senator Toi Hutchinson's 10th Annual Golf Outing
Registration 8:00 am | Shotgun Start 9:00 am | Lunch at 1:00 pm
Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Dr., Olympia Fields, IL 
Foursome: $2500 | Individual Golfer: $650 | Lunch only: $150
Sponsorships: Tournament $10,000 | Hole in One (includes 2 foursomes) $5000 | Eagle (includes 1 foursome) $3000 | Birdie (includes 1 golfer) $1000 | Hole Sponsor $250
Please make checks payable to Friends of Toi Hutchinson, c/o Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, 1 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 2065, Chicago, IL 60602.
Questions or to RSVP:
Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Beer & Tacos with Majority Leader Lightford & Senator Manar
Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería, 904 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Tickets: $250
Sponsorships: $2500 | $1000 | $500
Please make checks payable to committee(s) of your choice: 
Citizens for Kimberly A. Lightford, PO Box 7824, Westchester, IL 60154
Friends of Andy Manar, PO Box 5509, Springfield, IL 62705
RSVP: or
Monday, September 16th
Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant's Golf Outing
8:00 am Registration | 9:00 am Shotgun Start | Lunch provided at 2 pm
Mistwood Golf Club, 1700 Renwick Rd., Romeoville, IL 60446
Sponsorships: $5000 (includes 2 foursomes, 2 hole signs, & special recognition); $2500 (includes 1 foursome, 2 hole signs, & special recognition); Hole Sponsor $250
Foursome: $1200 | Individual Golfer & Sign $500 | Individual Golfer $350 | Lunch Only $75
Please make checks payable to Committee to Elect Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, 903 Valencia Dr., Shorewood, IL 60404.
Friday, September 20, 2019
Senator Andy Manar Golf Outing
Registration: 9:00am | Shotgun Start: 10:00am
Lincoln Greens, 700 E Lake Shore Drive, Springfield
Foursome: $400
Sponsors: $500 | $1,000 | $2,500 | $5,000
Friends of Andy Manar, PO Box 5509, Springfield, IL 62705
RSVP: Gabe at
Sunday, September 22 , 2:00 pm
Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe Beer Tasting & Bag Tournament
IUOE Local 520 JATC, 1969 Triad Rd., St. Jacob, IL
Viewer: $25 | Bag Team $80
Sponsorships: $2500 | $1000 | $500 | $250 | $150
Please make checks payable to Rachelle Aud Crowe for Senate, PO Box 491, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Monday, September 23rd
Senator Pat McGuire Annual Golf Outing
8:30am Registration | 9:30am Shotgun Start | 2:30pm Lunch
Joliet Golf Club, 1009 Spencer Rd, Joliet, IL 60433
Individual Golfer: $300 | Foursome: $1,200 | Lunch only: $75
Sponsorships: Hole- $250 | Super- $3,000 | Tournament- $5,000
Please make checks payable to: McGuire for Senate, P.O. Box 2185, Joliet, IL 60434
RSVP Required: or (309) 339-8341
Tuesday, September 24, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senator Robert Peters
Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 Stony Island Dr., Chicago, IL 
Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $2500 | $1000 | $500 | $250
Please make checks payable to Peters for Illinois, PO Box 15118, Chicago, IL 60615
Thursday, September 26th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senate President John Cullerton & the Senate Democratic Majority Caucus
Harry Caray's, 33 W. Kinzie, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $250
Sponsorships: $25,000 | $15,000 | $10,000 | $5000
Please make checks payable to the Senate Democratic Victory Fund, 1 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 2065, Chicago, IL 60602.
Thursday, September 26th
Senator Terry Link Annual Golf Day
12:15pm Lunch | 1:30pm Tee off
NEW LOCATION: Edgewood Valley Country Club, 7500 Willow Springs Rd, La Grange, IL 60525
Individual Golfer: $1,500
Sponsorships: $5,000 | $2,500 | $1,000
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Terry Link, 504 Savoy Ct, Indian Creek, IL 60061
RSVP Required: 
Friday, September 27th
Senator Omar Aquino
Nacional 27, 325 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
VIP Pre-Reception Dinner with Special Guests 5:00pm-6:30pm
$1,000 per seat. Seating Limited & RSVP Required
General Reception 6:00pm-9:00pm
Tickets: $100
Sponsorships: $250 | $500 | $1000 | $2500 | $5800
Supporter: $250, Host: $500, Sponsor: $1,000, Chair: $2,500
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Omar Aquino, 1000 N. Rockwell Street, Chicago, Illinois 60622
RSVP: or 224-999-4690.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 7:30 General Admission, 8:15 Showtime
Senator Don Harmon Live at Fitzgerald's
Fitzgerald's Night Club, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL
Tickets: $100
Sponsorships: $5000 | $2500 | $1000 | $500 | $250 | $300
Please make checks payable to Friends of Don Harmon, 6941-A W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302.
RSVP: 708-524-2006 or
Sunday, October 20, 2:00-4:00 pm
Wine Tasting Event with Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Rep. Natalie Manley, Rep. Fran Hurley
August Hill Winery, 106 Mill St., Utica, IL
Tickets: $250
Sponsorships: $1000 | $750 | $500
Please make checks payable to the committee(s) of your choice:
Committee to Elect Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, 903 Valencia Dr., Shorewood, IL 60404
Friends of Natalie Manley, 1927 Timbers Edge Circle, Joliet, IL 60431
Friends of Fran Hurley, 3207 W. 111th st., Chicago, IL 60655
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