Special thanks to Dan Proft, Pat Hughes, Matt Besler, Michael Lucci from the Illinois Opportunity Project and the Illinois Policy Institute respectively. We discussed turning Illinois around and how proper policies can make Illinois great.

- State Representative Joe Sosnowski 
Much appreciation and gratitude to all my summer readers that participated in this years Kickin' It Summer Reading Program. I hope those of you who were able to join me at the ice cream social enjoyed the amenities at Peak Sports Club. Thanks again to all the supporters of the program, it wouldn't be possible without you!

- State Representative Joe Sosnowski

ROCKFORD – State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) will host his 2015 ‘Kicking It Summer Reading Program’ Ice Cream Social Wednesday, August 26, from 5-6 p.m. at Peak Sports Club, 4401 Peak Drive in Loves Park.

“I am excited to say the program is in its’ fifth year,” said Sosnowski. “We try to keep the kids interested in reading, so this year we switched up the theme to include Ninjas. We will be recognizing the readers who completed the program with ice cream, certificates and some great prizes.”

Participants were allowed to choose their own books and were asked to complete and return a list of books read before attending the ice-cream party. At the celebration, the summer readers will enjoy ice cream, receive prizes for their achievement as a summer reader, and also be entered for the chance to win various gift cards to Barnes and Noble

“The goal is to allow children the opportunity to see how reading can impact their lives in a positive way,” said Sosnowski. “Reading can open up unlimited possibilities for kids and keep their minds active as they have some fun during summer break. We try to make the brochures available to every kid within the age bracket, but I invite anyone interested in participating next year to contact my office.”   

All students in grades kindergarten through sixth grades were invited to participate in Rep. Sosnowski’s Summer Reading Program. Before school adjourned in the spring, flyers were distributed to elementary schools, local libraries and other learning centers throughout the 69th District.
It is important that youth engage in government at an early age and I greatly appreciated the hard work and dedication from my summer interns. You all did a wonderful job and I wish you the best at school. It is very important to give back to your community through public service and I am grateful to you for your leadership and commitment to making a positive difference.

Rockford… State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) sponsored legislation that was signed into law today that clarifies Illinois’ Municipal Code concerning the Budget Officer position. Senate Bill 1470 would permit mayors or presidents of municipalities under 10,000 in population, to also be the municipal budget officer.

“This will allow small local governments the opportunity to save money. SB 1470 is a common sense approach to saving taxpayer dollars, because the municipality will not have to hire extra staff during the budgeting process,” said Rep. Sosnowski. “This legislation addresses an unofficial opinion issued by the Attorney General.”

Again, according to the new law, a budget officer of a municipality with a population fewer than 10,000 may hold another municipal office, elected or appointed, including, but not limited to, the office of the mayor or president. However, that mayor or president of a municipality that serves as the municipal budget officer may not receive compensation for both offices.

“This piece of legislation acts as a responsible change because it effectively streamlines officer positions and prohibits dual compensation,” added Rep. Sosnowski.  

The bill takes effect immediately.
The 2015 Boone County Fair kicked off today. State Representative Joe Sosnowski was in attendance for fair festivities and will have a booth at the fairgrounds all week long.

The representative will be hosting a coloring contest with Comptroller Leslie Munger's office. There will be a table for kids to color aged 4-5, 6-8 and 9-10. There will be a winner from each age group picked to receive a $15 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.

Participants do not have to color it at the fair and will be allowed to take it home, but it must be turned in at the fair or post marked by Wednesday, August 19th to Rep. Sosnowski's office at, 305 Amphitheater Drive, Rockford, IL 61107. Only one entry per person.

On Wednesday and Thursday of the fair, an ICASH representative from the Treasurer's office will be on site to help fair goers locate unclaimed property/cash with the state.

In addition, Rep. Sosnowski's booth will include a wheel people can spin to win prizes.

For more information please call Rep. Sosnowski's office at (815) 547-3436.

Springfield… Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation into law today that would add grandparents to Illinois’ adoption registry. State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) crafted the legislation (HB 3967) at the request of several constituents in the district.  

“It’s important that we have mechanisms in place to allow adopted children to reconnect with biological family members if both parties choose to communicate,” said Rep. Sosnowski. “Illinois’ adoption registry provides this ability to many family members besides grandparents. When a group of constituents presented this to my office it was a common sense piece of legislation. Adding grandparents to the registry should have a positive impact for any adopted child seeking communication.”

All adoptions in Illinois are closed adoptions and the registry is a way for adoptees or birth parents/family members to find their adopted children and make contact if the child is also seeking communication. However, grandparents were an excluded group.

House Bill 3967 provides grandparents the authority to file with the adoption registry if both birth parents are deceased. 
Rep. Joe Sosnowski's (R-Rockford) Annual Kids Health & Safety Fair was a big success this past weekend as more than 50 health and safety booths made up of local organizations, businesses and government agencies gathered at Rock Valley Community College.

The event drew a reported crowd of over a thousand. Other features included more than 20 trucks and emergency vehicles, free kid's identification kit, car seat safety check and diabetes screening.
In addition, the event featured a free paper shredding truck to dispose of unwanted paper materials.

Photo's from the Fair

Thank you Capron Rescue Squad for making me a part of your ribbon cutting. Congratulations on the new facility. Also, best wishes to Chief Ahrens on your retirement. Thank you for everything you have done for the community.