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State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, was honored to accept the Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR "Friend of Agriculture" award presented by Winnebago County Farm Bureau President Richard Beuth in recognition of Sosnowski's consistent voting record in support of Illinois' agricultural industry.

Thank you to Heritage Woods of Belvidere for asking me to meet with your residents and opening your doors to local community members to attend my State of the State Update. I appreciate how your facility actively engages in forums. Again, thank you for all you do. 

Wirepoints Special Report

By: Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
Listen to education officials’ demands for more money and it’s easy to believe Illinois grossly underspends on K-12 education. A $7.2 billion funding lawsuit to double state contributions to classroom spending, a $40,000 minimum wage demand for teachers, and lawmakers’ rejection of limits to school district borrowing might bolster that impression.
But the truth is Illinois already spends a lot on education – more than any other state in the Midwest. It’s just that much of the money is going to all the wrong places.
At $14,180 per student, Illinois spends far more than its neighbors on education – 44 percent more on a per student basis than Kentucky and Indiana, 22 percent more than Michigan and 21 percent more than the national average.
The problem arises when all those dollars are doled out. Billions of dollars are being siphoned away from the poorest districts by the state’s burgeoning education bureaucracy...
ROCKFORD – The Illinois Chamber of Commerce today named State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, a “Champion of Free Enterprise” for his voting record during the 2017-2018 legislative session. The Illinois Chamber’s Legislative Ratings tracks votes important to the state’s business community and grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues during the two-year legislative session.

Among bills included in the report are the 32% tax increase, proposed red tape for call center operators, an electricity rate increase, expensive regulations to internet website operators, a $15 an hour minimum wage, a gross receipts tax on investment management services, and fake workers’ compensation reform.  However, not all was bad.  The Chamber included votes on legislation that will bring Illinois to the forefront of 5G internet, state preemption of autonomous vehicles, comprehensive procurement reform, and renewing the state’s vital EDGE tax credit.
By Joe Sosnowski
State Representative, 69th District

The line between parental discretion and the heavy hand of government intrusion has grown increasingly blurred, as evidenced by the recent case reported on by the Chicago Tribune about a Wilmette mom who was investigated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for letting her 8 year-old daughter walk the family dog around the block. Investigators interviewed the family pediatrician and interrogated the young girl herself before concluding no charges would be filed against the mom.

The Tribune has highlighted numerous other specific cases where routine day-to-day parenting decisions triggered inquiries by local police and/or DCFS investigations. The amount of time and taxpayer resources expended on these baseless and unwarranted inquiries is absurd. Legitimate fears about human trafficking and child abductions have heightened to the point where, among too many people, fear has overtaken common-sense when it comes to interfering with how a parent raises their child.