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News From Senator Stadelman

For  Immediate Release
September 29, 2019

Second summit to provide second chances for people with criminal records People who are eligible to have criminal records sealed or expunged can obtain a free attorney to prepare their case to go before a judge at State Senator Steve Stadelman's Second Chances Summit II from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford.

To sign up for the free legal consultation, visit or call 815-987-7557.

Registration, which opened after Labor Day, closes Oct. 7, Stadelman announced during a news conference today. Stadelman said that ever since the 2018 summit, when 130 individuals met one-on-one with volunteer attorneys, he has continually received requests to offer the one-day opportunity again. 

Included as part of the summit this year is a presentation by Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross, "Cannabis Clemency: Illinois' New Law Legalizing Marijuana." Many lower-level marijuana convictions can be removed from people's records after retail sales become legal in January 2020. Hite Ross' talk from noon to 12:45 p.m. is open to the general public; advance registration is not required.

"Many well-meaning men and women in our community find that a past transgression, often from their youth, prevents them from obtaining living-wage employment and adequately supporting themselves and their families," Stadelman said. "Illinois law allows people who meet certain criteria to seek judicial relief, and we all benefit as a result."

Stadelman was joined at the news conference by event partner Prairie State Legal Services. Wendy Crouch, pro-bono coordinator for the nonprofit agency, encouraged local attorneys to contribute their time and expertise. Prairie State provides event training that volunteer attorneys can be use toward the state's continuing education requirements for lawyers.
"Having a criminal record can have far-reaching impact, even restricting a parent's ability to fully participate in their child's life, Crouch said. "Prairie State Legal Services is excited to again partner with Senator Stadelman to help all those who are eligible to clear their records and move foward."


Interested attorneys can enroll in the training session online at or by calling 815-985-2902.

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

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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.



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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



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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