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No budget fix. Just more gamesmanship...and a group of democratic legislators sue for their pay and refuse to fix Illinois

Unfortunately, no progress was made on budget negotiations. The primary focus of negotiations during veto session was over passing taxpayer funded subsidies to support the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear power plants, which are among six nuclear plants in Illinois. 

Exelon for the past several months has been threatening a shutdown of its financially struggling nuclear power plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities if the General Assembly did not approve additional subsidies and rate increases. Initially, many in opposition to this bill referred to it as the Exelon Bailout Bill. The bill went through several changes. Initially containing a controversial new "demand charges" billing system. In addition to, unknown rate hikes, massive taxpayer subsidies for coal, wind, and solar energy industries, to name a few. To garner support for their proposal Exelon advertised this bill as the Future Energy Jobs bill claiming to keep jobs in Illinois along with supporting green energy expansion. I will admit Exelon and its supporters worked very diligently and in a compromising fashion to craft this bill from a bailout to something palatable; however, in the end, I could not endorse it.

69th District Photo Challenge
For my 2nd Annual 69th District Photo Challenge, four lucky winners were selected. Congratulations to Gordon Ellingson, Sharon Thomas, Karen Snyder, and Loreen Burton. Their photos will be displayed at the Springfield capitol. Winnebago and Boone counties have a lot to be proud of. I am thankful to serve the constituents of the 69th District and will continue to show how our community is strong, vibrant, and unique.
Gordon Ellingson, Midway Village in Rockford (above)

Sharon Thomas, River in Belvidere Park (above)
Karen Snyder, Old Mill in Belvidere Park (above)

Loreen Burton, Big Thunder Park in Belvidere (above)
Labor Board Declares Illinois Contract Talks at Impasse

Illinois Labor Relations Board declared an impasse in a 5-0 vote. This decision could open the door for Governor Rauner to declare an end to contract talks with AFSCME and impose his last, best, and final offer upon AFSCME members. AFSCME members could then accept these terms or undertake further litigation options.

Governor Rauner's spokesperson, Catherine Kelly, says that acceptance of the terms offered by Governor Rauner would save State taxpayers $3 billion over a four-year period. Major elements of these savings would be through a merit pay system and employees providing additional financial resources to their health insurance benefits. 

Illinois Budget Woes Continue
The budget impasse has caused an unprecedented backlog of unpaid bills in the Office of the Illinois Comptroller, with more than $10.6 billion in unpaid vouchers and commitments awaiting payment. The Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) projects, based on current spending and revenue numbers, that this outstanding total could reach more than $13.5 billion by June 2017. Hypothetically, the bill backlog could reach $47 billion by 2022. 
Rep. Sosnowski attended a beam placement for the Mercyhealth Sportscore Two facility in Rockford on Wednesday, October 26th. The Rockford Park District along with collaborative partners marked a milestone for the construction of Mercyhealth Sportscore Two with a ceremonial final beam placement. After a seven-year planning process construction is moving along according to plan and should be finished in May of 2017. This will be a wonderful addition to the community and demonstrates how our region continues to maintain its  position as a destination for sports tourism. 

Rep. Sosnowski hosted a free workshop in Rockford on Saturday, October 22 for area residents interested in applying to become a U.S. citizen. Rep. Sosnowski would like to thank all the volunteers and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights for making this workshop a tremendous success.
Representative Sosnowski participated in Belvidere High School's Lunch Time Connections Program on Tuesday. The program allows students the opportunity to meet with community and business leaders to ask questions and learn more about public service and career fields.
Representative Sosnowski spoke at a meeting of Municipal Clerks of Illinois Association, providing an overview of this year's legislative session and why improving jobs and the economy is imperative to making Illinois competitive in the Midwest.