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Upcoming June River District Events

Good Events for Local Leaders to Attend!
June 2017

WHEN: This Friday, June 2
TIME: 3:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Downtown Rockford
Shop the Blocks, in conjunction with First Friday's, returns to Downtown Rockford this summer each month June through September. This year businesses encompassing the downtown area will bring their businesses outside to offer sidewalk sales and alfresco dining. Additionally, live music and a few select parking spaces will be turned into temporary interactive open-air "parklets".  For more information click here!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 13
TIME: 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Patio of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 102 N. Main Street

Join us on the patio of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau for an evening of mingling with your neighbors, new and old friends. Octane Interlounge  and Magpie will serve up tasty hors d'oeuvres and deserts, Blue Line Sports Pub will offer a cash bar. Stay in touch here!
WHEN: Thursday, June 22
TIME: 5:30pm
WHERE: Downtown Rockford
Ever wondered what the top of the Register Star news tower looks like? Is there really a slide? New this summer are our ticketed Signature Indoor Walking Tours offering the opportunity to explore the great indoors. These 90-120 minute tours help keep people cool during Rockford's summer season by visiting the interiors of a select 3-4 historical buildings.  At the conclusion of the tour ticket holders are invited to a private tasting at Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza. Heavy appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. Tickets for these tours will be $25 per person.  More information to be released in the coming days.

WHEN: Saturday, June 24
TIME: 7am-7pm
WHERE: The River District, Downtown Rockford
Grab your friends and family, take your bikes out of the basement, your helmets out of the closet and those padded pants out of the bottom drawer, and GO! River District 12 is a twelve hour bike tour designed to promote bike safety and awareness, provide a bike view of the River District, and build the community's foundation. Participants ride the course with the intention of accumulating the most miles possible. Immerse yourself in the River District and we're sure you'll ride away impressed. For more information click here!

With a strong membership there is value. A larger group will help us continue to be a meaningful part of the conversation that guides the development of the River District and paves our path for quality of life. The RDA has long advocated for residents and has promoted the mantra of LIVE, WORK, PLAY celebrating the vibrancy of our river district. By banding together with other members, we can drive forward and steer toward the direction we want to see our River District take.

As you are planning your schedules we hope you will please take note of River District and other area events by visiting You can also email Janet Jacobs at the RACVB to request to be added to the distribution list for the 3 month schedule of tournaments and meetings coming to the Rockford area.

Leah Tuneberg
Executive Director
RDA's focus is to unite, advocate, and promote efforts to create a thriving business and residential community in Rockford's downtown neighborhood.

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Wallace Joins Effort to Create Trust between Law Enforcement and Immigrant Communities

       …from State Representative Litesa E. Wallace
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         FOR MORE INFORMATION:
May 26, 2017                                                                                               State Rep. Litesa E. Wallace
                                                                                                                                Phone: 815-987-7433
Wallace Joins Effort to Create Trust between Law Enforcement and Immigrant Communities
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is backing legislation to require law enforcement and federal immigration officials to acquire a warrant before cooperating in arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal background.  
"There has been a lot of conversation, both locally and nationally, about how to handle immigrant populations," Wallace said. "It's critical that we ensure our legal process is respected and that we do not recklessly and aggressively target individuals who responsibly contribute to our community. Our local police and resources should not be burdened with rounding up residents who have not committed a crime in order to address a political agenda."
Wallace is a sponsor of Senate Bill 31, known as the Illinois TRUST Act, which would set reasonable and constitutional limits on local law enforcement from engaging in the enforcement of federal immigration policies by:
·         Barring local police from engaging with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents without a court-issued warrant,
·         Barring federal agents from making arrests in state-funded schools and health facilities,
·         Banning participation in a federal registry based on country of origin or religion, and
·         Strengthening legal protections for immigrant victims of crimes.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), immigrant communities are more likely to report crimes and cooperate with police if they trust their immigration status will not be made an issue. Communities with more welcoming policies also show lower crime rates as undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens. With Senate Bill 31, Illinois now joins 14 other state legislatures and the District of Columbia in introducing welcoming legislation to address the growing safety concerns in immigrant communities. Senate Bill 31 does not prohibit ICE agents from operating in Illinois, nor does it prevent cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement if a warrant is acquired.
"This measure aims to create trust between immigrant and law enforcement communities," Wallace said. "In Rockford, we should be looking for ways that foster cooperation and communication between our residents and those who serve to protect us. This bill helps to do that."
Senate Bill 31 passed the Illinois Senate, and now awaits consideration on the House floor.

Summer 2017 Kick-Off

Please Join
Senator Linda Holmes &
State Representative Stephanie Kifowit

Thursday, June 29th
Hopvine Brewing Company
4030 Fox Valley Center Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504

Tickets: $50
Sponsorship opportunities available.
Please make checks payable to:
Citizens for Linda Holmes, P.O. Box 6374, Aurora, IL 60598
and/or Friends of Stephanie Kifowit, P.O. Box 1414, Aurora, IL 60507

Copyright © 2017 Citizens for Linda Holmes, All rights reserved.
Thank you for your support in election Senator Linda Holmes to the Illinois State Senate.

Our mailing address is:
Citizens for Linda Holmes
PO Box 6374
Aurora, IL 60598

Senate Democratic Caucus Events: Spring 2017

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

Friday, June 2nd, 11:00 am
Senator Bill Haine's Annual Golf Outing
11:00 am Registration & Lunch | 12:00 pm Shotgun start | 5:00 pm Dinner & Awards
Belk Park Golf Course, Wood River, IL
Tickets: $175 single golfer, $600 foursome
Sponsorships: $2000, $1500 (no golf), $1500, $1000 (no golf), $700, $400 (no golf), $300, $150 (no golf), $75 (no golf)
Please make checks payable to Friends of Bill Haine and mail to: 21st Century Group, P.O. Box 5191, Godfrey, IL 62035
RSVP: John Hill
Monday, June 19th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senator Tom Cullerton
American Tap, 701 W. Lake St, Addison, IL 60101
Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $1,000, $500, $150
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Tom Cullerton, P.O. Box 7304, Villa Park, IL, 60181
Tuesday, June 20th, 11:30 am
Senator Terry Link's Annual Golf Outing
11:30 check in, Shotgun start 12:30
Midlane Country Club, 4555 W. Yorkhouse Road, Wadsworth, IL 60083
Tickets: $350
Sponsorships: $1,500, $500, $250, $100, $25
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Terry Link, 248 Ambrogio Drive, Gurnee, IL 60031
RSVP: Sue (847)-623-7725
Wednesday, June 21st, 5:00-7:00 pm
Senator Pat McGuire & Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
IBEW Local 176, 1100 NE Frontage Road, Joliet, IL
Tickets: $35 or $50 for couple
Sponsorships: $5000, $2500, $1000, $500, $250
Please make checks payable to one or both committees:
Committee to Elect Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, 900 Plainfield Road, Joliet, IL 60435
McGuire for Senate, PO Box 2185, Joliet, IL 60434
Wednesday, June 21st, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senator Scott Bennett's Bowling Night
Old Orchard Lanes and Links, 902 N. Dunlap Ave., Savoy, IL
Spectator: $25, Single Bowler: $30, Team of Four: $150
Sponsorships: Turkey $2000, Strike $1000, Spare $500, Split $250
Please make checks payable to Bennett for Senate, PO Box 1383, Champaign, IL 61824
Thursday, June 22, 5:30-7:30 pm -- Just added
Senator Toi Hutchinson
Brickstone Brewery, 527 Brewery Lane, Bourbonnais, IL
Ticket: $100
Sponsorships: $5000, $2500, $1500, $500, $250
Please make checks payable to Friends of Toi Hutchinson, PO Box 101, Steger, IL 60475
Thursday, June 22nd, 9:00 am -- Just added
Senator Melinda Bush Labor Breakfast
Plumbers Local 130 Hall, 31855 N US Hwy 12, Volo, IL
Sponsorships: $150, $500, $1,000
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Melinda Bush, 240 N Lake St, Grayslake, IL 60030
Monday, June 26th, 8:30 am
Assistant Majority Leader Senator Tony Munoz's Annual Golf Outing
8:30 am Check in & 9:30 am Shotgun Start
Gleneagles Country Club, 13070 McCarthy Road, Lemont, IL
$400 per golfer, $1600 Foursome, $2000 Foursome & Hole Sponsor
$500 Hole Sponsor, $800 Club House Sponsor,  $3000 Gold Sponsor, $5000 Event Sponsor
Please make checks payable to Citizens for Antonio "Tony" Munoz, PO Box 1926, Springfield, IL 62705.
Please respond by May 27th to or 217-414-0591
Wednesday, June 28th, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Senator Omar Aquino One Year Anniversary Banquet Reception
Porretta's Banquets, 3718 N Central Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634
Tickets: $100
Sponsorships: Half Table Sponsor: $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000
Please make checks payable to Friends of Omar Aquino, 1000 N. Rockwell, Chicago, IL 60622
RSVP to is required by June 21st
Contributions can be made online at
Thursday, June 29th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Reception honoring Senate President John J. Cullerton with a special Jazz Performance
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 2nd Floor, 1028 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $150, Young Professional Ticket: $50
Sponsorships: $2500, $1500, $1000, $500
Please make checks payable to Senate Democratic Victory Fund, 1 N. LaSalle, Ste 2065, Chicago, IL 60602
Thursday, June 29th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senator Linda Holmes & Representative Stephanie Kifowit
Hopvine Brewing Company, 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr. Aurora, IL 60504
Tickets: $50
Sponsorships: $150, $250, $500, $1,000
Please make checks payable to:
Citizens for Linda Holmes, P.O. Box 6374, Aurora, IL 60598
Friends of Stephanie Kifowit, P.O. Box 1414, Aurora, IL 60507
Friday, July 7th, 8:00 am
Senator Donne E. Trotter's Annual Golf Outing
8:30 am Registration & 9:00 am Shotgun Start
Balmoral Woods Country Club, 26732 S. Balmoral Woods Dr. Crete, IL
Individual Golfer: $325
Sponsorship: $5,000- Presenting Sponsor (2 Foursomes), $3,500- Golf Cart Sponsor (Foursome), $2,500- Longest Drive Sponsor (Foursome), $1,500- Eagle Sponsor (Foursome), $1,000- Birdie Sponsor (Two Golfers), $350- Hole Sponsor, $200- Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Donne E. Trotter P.O. Box 19613, Chicago, IL 60619
RSVP: or 708-369-0293
Saturday, July 15th, doors open at 6:00 pm & concert starts at 7:00 pm -- updated information
Jimmy Buffett Concert with Senator Don Harmon & Senator Tom Cullerton 
Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $1,500
Please make checks payable to one or both committees: 
Friends of Don Harmon, 6941-A W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
Friends of Tom Cullerton, PO Box 7304, Villa Park, IL 60181
Seats are limited, RSVP required:
Thursday, July 20th, 12:30 pm
Please join Senate President John J. Cullerton at Senator Julie Morrison's Day at the Races
Arlington Park, 2200 Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Tickets: $500
Sponsorships: $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,000
Please make checks payable to: Julie Morrison for State Senate, P.O. Box 646, Deerfield, IL 60015
Tickets are limited, RSVP required:
Tuesday, July 25th, 7:15 pm
Senate President John J. Cullerton - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies Box 
Busch Stadium, 700 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102
Tickets: $2,500
Please make checks payable to Citizens for John J. Cullerton, 1 N. LaSalle, Ste. 2065, Chicago, IL 60602
Monday, September 11th -- Details added
Senator Toi Hutchinson's 8th Annual Olympia Fields Golf Outing
Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, IL
11:30 am Registration and Lunch, 1 pm Shotgun Start, 5-7 pm Cocktails and Prizes
Foursome: $2,500 Single Golfer: $650
Sponsorships: $10,000  $5000  $3500  $2500  $1500  $1000
Please inquire about sponsorship opportunities.
Please make checks payable to Friends of Toi Hutchinson, PO Box 101, Steger, IL 60475
RSVP: Joan Etten at 708-751-2474 or
Friday, September 15th
Senator Andy Manar's Annual Golf Outing
Timber Lakes Golf Course, 3120 Forrest Lake Lane, Staunton, IL
$340 per team, Sponsorships:  $5000, $2500, $1000, $500
Please make checks payable to Friends of Manar, PO Box 5509, Springfield, IL 62705
To reserve a team or sponsorship, please email:

Save the Date
Thursday, June 22nd -- Just added
Senator Heather Steans Summer Fundraiser
Sopraffina, 10 N Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60602
Details forthcoming
Thursday, July 13th
Senator Melinda Bush's Golf Outing
Brae Loch Golf Club, Grayslake, IL
Details forthcoming
Tuesday, July 18th
Senate President John J. Cullerton's Golf Outing at Rich Harvest Farms
Details forthcoming
Monday, August 21st
Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant's Golf Outing
Mistwood Golf Club, Romeoville, IL
Details forthcoming
Monday, September 18th
Senator Pat McGuire's Golf Outing
Joliet Country Club
Details forthcoming
Questions? Email or call 312-630-7700.
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