News from Rockford, IL Democrats – more news at

Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - August 2, 2019


office logo.jpg

Measure limiting tinted headlights signed into law

Legislation that State Senator Steve Stadelman partnered with the Illinois State Police to pass to limit the use of tinted headlights on cars was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker. Senate Bill 87, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly on bipartisan votes, prohibits smoked or tinted headlights and taillights from being installed on a car. 

"Being able to see other vehicles when driving at night or during bad weather can be a matter of life for death," Stadelman said. "I'm glad to have worked with the State Police to get this done."

lliinois law requires headlights to emit a white light at a distance of 1000 feet. Taillights are required to produce a red light visible for at least 500 feet.

Governor visits Rockford to signs bills to strenghten Scott's Law

Gov. JB Pritzker signed a package of bills in Rockford that increases penalties for motorists who fail to slow down or move over for parked emergency vehicles along Illinois roads.

One of the bills increases fines and adds possible jail time for violators of "Scott's Law," enacted in 2012 after an intoxicated driver struck and killed Chicago Fire Lt. Scott Gillen while he was assisting at a crash scene. Two other bills raise fines for traffic violations in construction zones and establish a 20-member "Move Over Task Force" to study the causes of "Scott's Law" violations. 


The legislation comes after the separate roadside deaths of three Illinois State Police officers earlier this year including trooper Brooke Jones-Story, who was killed in March after being struck by a tractor-trailer during a traffic stop in Freeport.


Stadelman legislation fighting illegal logging on conservation land signed into law
Individuals who own an interest in conservation or preservation land will be able to recover costs associated with damage done when someone illegally cuts down trees on the owner's property thanks to legislation signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker. State Senator Steve Stadelman was the legislation's sponsor.

"Preserving our state's natural beauty for future generations is more important than some people think," Stadelman said. "I'm glad I was able to partner with the Illinois Environmental Council to pass this legislation, which strengthens existing protections."

The legislation passed both chambers unanimously and takes effect immediately. 


In case you missed me on Facebook ...

Thanks to Bourn & Koch Inc. for giving Rep. West and myself a tour of its plant on Kishwaukee Street. The company is taking advantage of state grant money to train employees.

Image may contain: 5 people, including Maurice A. West II, people smiling, people standing, suit, outdoor and nature



Last night's softball showdown at Busch Stadium between Missouri and Illinois lawmakers had to be canceled in the 1st inning because of rain.  We tried to convince them to cancel tonight's Cardinals-Cubs game so we could get our game in. It didn't work. 😂

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling


75 Likes                 Gwen Kahl Lashock, Dan Erwin and 73 others



Senate Democratic Caucus Events: Summer 2019

Here is a list of our upcoming events.

Monday, August 12th
Senator Dave Koehler Annual Golf Outing
Check In 6:30am | Start Time 7:30am
OR Check in 12:00pm | Start Time 1:00pm
WeaverRidge Golf Club, 5100 N. Weaverridge Blvd. Peoria, IL 61615
Foursome: $1,200 | Individual Golfer: $300 | Lunch Only: $100
Sponsorships: Event $10,000 | Gold $5,000 | Silver $2,500 | Hole $300 
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Dave Koehler, 1020 NE Glen Oak Ave, 61603
Monday, August 12, 7:00 PM
Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, White Sox vs. Houston Astros
Guaranteed Rate Field SkyBox, 333 W. 35th St, Chicago
Ticket: $1,000
Please make checks payable to: Citizens for Kimberly A. Lightford, PO Box 7824, Westchester, IL 60154
Tickets are limited. RSVP
Tuesday, August 13th, 6:10pm -- SOLD OUT
Senator Pat McGuire Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros Skybox
Game starts at 7:10pm
Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th St, Chicago, IL
Ticket: $500
Please make checks payable to: McGuire for Senate, P.O. Box 2185, Joliet, IL 60434
Tickets are limited. RSVP
Tuesday, August 13, 4:30-6:30pm
Senator Andy Manar State Fair Reception
Stonegate Farm
4419 Old Chatham Road, Springfield
Tickets: $25
Sponsor: $250 | $500
Friends of Andy Manar, PO Box 5509, Springfield, IL 62705
Tuesday, August 13, 5:30-7:30 pm
Senators Melinda Bush, Cristina Castro, Toi Hutchinson and Representatives Mary Edly-Allen & Joyce Mason Governor's Day Eve Party
Illinois Realtors, 522 S. 5th St., Springfield, IL
Young Democrat: $20.20 | Individual: $100
Sponsorships: $2500 | $1000 | $500 | $250
Friday, August 16, 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Senator Martin Sandoval Havana Nights Golf Outing
Tickets: $250
Sponsorships: El Presidente Circle $10,000 | La Cabana $5000 | Cuba Libre $3500 | Buccaneer $2500 | Foursome $1500 | Mojito $1000 
Klein Creek Golf Course, 1N333 Pleasant Hill Rd, Winfield, IL 60190
Please make checks payable to Friends of Martin Sandoval, 3529 W. 57th St., Chicago, IL 60629
Questions or to RSVP:
Monday, August 26
Senator Scott Bennett Golf Outing
11:00 am Registration | Noon Lunch | 1:00 pm Shotgun start
Stone Creek Golf Club, 2600 S. Stone Creek Blvd, Urbana, IL
Foursome: $1000 | Individual golfer & hole sponsor sign: $400 | Individual Golfer: $250 | Lunch only: $50
Tournament sponsor: $5000 (includes 2 foursomes, 2 hole signs, & special recognition | Lunch Sponsor: $2500 (includes 1 foursome, 2 hole signs, & special recognition); Hole sponsorship $250
Please make checks payable to Bennett for Senate, PO Box 1383, Champaign, IL 61824
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 -- Details added
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
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
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 
Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe Beer Tasting & Bag Tournament
IUOE Local 520, 520 Engineer Rd., Granite City, IL 62040
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
Thursday, September 26th, 5:30-7:30 pm -- Details added
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.
Save the Date

Monday, September 16th
Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant's Golf Outing
Mistwood Golf Club
Details forthcoming.
Wednesday, October 2nd
Senator Don Harmon Live at Fitzgerald's
Fitzgerald's Night Club, Berwyn, IL
Details forthcoming.
Questions? Email


Paid for by the Senate Democratic Victory Fund.

A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website ( or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL.

Senate Democratic Victory Fund
1 N. LaSalle St.
Ste. 2065
Chicago IL 60602 United States

Fw: Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - February 22, 2019

office logo.jpg

Stadelman encouraged by new governor's first budget address
Senator Steve Stadelman expressed optimism over the education focus and inclusion of downstate revitalization in Gov. J.B. Pritzker's budget address Wednesday in Springfield, saying the new chief executive's message signals an end to the partisan stalemate that plagued state government the past several years.

The passage in Pritzker's speech that most impressed Stadelman was: "During times of economic growth across the country, we lost four valuable years because of an ideological battle (in Springfield). That stops now." Stadelman said that work remains over the next three months to balance the budget, but he's hopeful Pritzker "will bring new leadership after years of political gridlock."

Stadelman noted that spending increases called for by Pritzker are mostly confined to education, and additional funds for Illinois' recently reformed school funding formula benefits local classrooms.

"The governor's commitment to put more money into that formula is good news for Rockford and Harlem public schools," he said. "From a long-term perspective, you want investments in education. That's going to help out the state in the long run."

Pritzker's talk of a downstate revitalization plan also piqued Stadelman's interest.

"Obviously, the focus on areas outside of Chicago, including Rockford, Springfield or Peoria, that's good," he said. "I'm looking forward to a specific program and what details may be involved, but anything to foster growth and improve the business climate for areas like Rockford would be extremely helpful."

Stadelman continues to pursue passenger rail to Rockford

IMG_20190208_163711 (1).jpg

State Senator Steve Stadelman attended a community forum on passenger rail earlier this month and left unshaken in his belief that train service drives economic development. Voter approval of a referendum to restore passenger rail between Chicago and East Dubuque, combined with the election of a new governor, could mean "maybe we'll look at passenger rail service differently and make it a priority," Stadelman said.

Organized by the Region 1 Planning Council in response to the November 2018 referendum, the panel discussion included representatives from Amtrak, Rockford Mass Transit District and Midwest High Speed Rail Association.

Amtrak expressed interest in updating data from 2014, when Gov. Pat Quinn dedicated $223 million to redeveloping Amtrak service between Chicago and Rockford. The project was halted, however, when Bruce Rauner took office in January 2015. In November 2018, two advisory referendums found that most local voters favor resurrecting passenger rail between Chicago and Iowa with a route through Rockford.

"Data and studies have shown that passenger rail goes a long way toward keeping and attracting business and residents," Stadelman said.

In case you missed me on Facebook ...

An educational and emotional Black History Month Program at Veterans Memorial Hall. Several African-American service members shared their unique perspectives on such topics as serving their country and race relations. Also, it was great to meet 8 year old Joc and his family. Joc claims to remember watching me on TV news when he could have only been 1-2 years old at the time.😂

Image may contain: 1 person, indoor

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, shoes
26 LikesDyanna Rose Walker, Melissa Luciani Beckford and 24 others


This Rockford Democrat blog features news and press releases from Rockford, IL Democratic officials and candidates for office.
It is a "lite" version of
Paul Gorski is the editor and posts the content. More information about local Democratic officials and candidates can be found at (
Copyright 2016 Paul Gorski; I may not create all the content, but I decide what gets posted. Powered by Blogger.