A Surreal Year for Illinois

As 2016 wraps up, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary announced their annual "word of the year." Merriam-Webster is able to do this by tracking how often a specific word's definition is searched online, and how often search spikes occur. For 2016, that word is "surreal." Other words that made the Merriam-Webster's "Top 10 for 2016," include "Bigly," "Deplorable," and "Feckless."

Thinking back on this year surreal perfectly describes the Illinois legislature. The staunch opposition from Speaker Madigan to support bipartisan reforms is impossible to rationalize or defend. This feckless nature of how he governs is downright deplorable.  Illinois residents aren't just telling legislators they want a change in government through letters and phone calls anymore, they're telling legislators in droves with their feet by taking their talent and money to a state that can do better for them. 

Illinois is the only state in the Midwest that saw a population decline for 2016. You'd think after a third consecutive year of losing millennials, families, skilled workers, and tax dollars to other states Springfield would be energized for reforms. Instead Illinoisans continue to be caught in a never ending cycle.
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.
Surveys of prescription drug abusers tell us that a majority of those with opioid addictions started by stealing unused prescription medication from friends and family.

The Illinois Medical Society (ISMS) has taken action to educate Illinois physicians and the public on ways to curb this epidemic. Last week, in partnership with ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, ISMS distributed more than 11,000 kits promoting the importance of disposing of unused medications. The disposal kit contains information for doctors and patient materials highlighting the importance of proper disposal and what should be done with unused medications. The kit is also accessible for free download by anyone at www.isms.org/Take-BackThe ISMS has also teamed up with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) to promote its semi-annual Drug Take-back day on October 22. 

This Take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

Help combat the opioid epidemic and keep your family safe by disposing of unused medication properly. Find a Take-Back location near you.
Representative Sosnowski met with Roscoe Cub and Boy Scouts on Tuesday, October 11th to help them achieve one of their advancement goals. He discussed with the scouts the challenges facing the State of Illinois and his role as a State Representative. 

BELVIDERE – Third and fourth-grade students at Washington Academy held a mock vote for President of the United States on Wednesday, October 12 in a special civic engagement exercise sponsored by State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford). Boone County Clerk & Recorder Mary Steurer graciously provided authentic "I Voted" stickers and voting booths so students could gain a more realistic voting experience.

Representative Sosnowski spoke to a group of more than 200 students about the importance of civic involvement and voting. The student voting results revealed Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton won with 149 votes.

“I was very impressed with the students at Washington Academy,” commented Representative Sosnowski. “They approached the voting exercise with great interest, enthusiasm, and commitment. I hope this experience has helped to prepare them for casting their first official ballots when they come of age and reinforce the importance of exercising their right to vote as citizens. I would like to thank Washington Academy for their partnership as well as our County Clerk and Recorder Mary Steurer for helping give these students the experience of what it is truly like to vote.”

BELVIDERE – Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the world's largest supplier of automotive interior components, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Belvidere, State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) announced today. The new plant, opening in 2017, is expected to bring $28.1 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of 400 new jobs.

The company will supply interior cockpit components to the Jeep® Cherokee, which will be built at the FCA US Belvidere assembly plant.

"The Boone/Winnebago County area is home to the best workforce in the State of Illinois," Representative Sosnowski said. "We are excited to welcome Yanfeng's new investment and the 400 new, good-paying manufacturing jobs it will bring to our district.”
BELVIDERE – Third and fourth grade students at Washington Academy will hold a mock vote for President of the United States on Wednesday, October 12 in a special civic engagement exercise sponsored by State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford). Washington Academy is located at 1031 5th Avenue in Belvidere.

Representative Sosnowski will speak to the group of 300 students in the morning about the importance of civic involvement and voting. The students will then be given the opportunity to vote during the school day, with the ballots to be collected and counted by Representative Sosnowski’s office, who will then relay the final tally to Washington Academy.

Boone County Clerk & Recorder Mary Steurer has graciously agreed to lend the use of actual voting booths and provide "I Voted" stickers so students can gain a more realistic voting experience.

“Preparing young people to be active participants in our democracy and exercising their future right to vote is a valuable teaching tool,” Representative Sosnowski added. “I would like to thank Washington Academy for their partnership as well as our County Clerk and Recorder Mary Steurer for helping give these students the experience of what it is truly like to vote.”
ROCKFORD – Local residents interested in applying for U.S. citizenship are invited to attend a free workshop on Saturday, Oct. 22 sponsored by State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) in partnership with the New Americans Campaign and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.  

The Citizenship Workshop is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Oct. 22, at the Rockford Area Association of Realtors, located at 6776 E. State Street in Rockford. The workshop is free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to offer this workshop for immigrants pursuing their dream of becoming a U.S. citizen,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “Navigating the process can be complicated and confusing for many immigrants, but help is available, and now is the time. I encourage everyone in the Rockford area interested in applying for citizenship to attend our friendly, welcoming and free workshop on October 22.”
ROCKFORD – Local residents are able to enjoy a spray pad at Doty Park thanks to a $75,000 park district grant secured by State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) through the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (IDCEO). The check was received by the Belvidere Park District this week. The project was completed this spring and opened to the public on June 2.

Belvidere Park District Executive Director Dan Roddewig noted the importance of the project to the community:

“The IDCEO grant funds through Representatives Joe Sosnowski’s Office were used by the Belvidere Township Park District to construct a Spray Pad in Doty Park,” Roddewig said.  “The facility opened on June 2, 2016, to over 200 people at the time the sprinklers were first turned on.   The Spray Pad was successful at drawing young families to an underutilized park and offered a cool spot for grandparents to take their grandkids for a new experience.  There is no charge to use the Spray Pad  and it made Doty Park a destination in downtown Belvidere to thousands of people in 2016. During these difficult economic times it is extremely important to park districts to offer quality activities close to home at an affordable cost or free and thanks to Representative Sosnowski the Belvidere Township Park District has been able to do just that.”

 “The staff, programs, and facilities of the Belvidere Park District serve our community exceptionally well,” Representative Sosnowski added. “I would like to thank the park district for everything they do, particularly for putting this state grant funding to good use for the benefit of local families.”

SupplyCore was recognized by the Defense Logistics Agency as a Top Performing Industry Partner for 2015. Today, Rep. Sosnowski had the privilege to award a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives to honor SupplyCore’s philanthropic outreach, logistics development, and economic importance to the local community. 

In business for more than 25 years, SupplyCore is a supply chain and technology integrator providing key support to US and foreign agencies, domestically, and abroad including at-risk environments. Its supply chain expertise includes procurement, warehousing, logistics, and facility support. SupplyCore’s mission is to best optimize the information, material, and financial flows of customer supply chains, and to improve the physical and human assets of the communities it serves.

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski welcomed constituents to his Town Hall Meeting at the Four Seasons Mobile Home Park in Belvidere this morning. Rep. Sosnowski provided an update on current issues and challenges facing the State of Illinois and listened to feedback from local residents. Thank you to everyone who came out and joined the discussion!
ROCKFORD – Local residents interested in learning how to save money on their gas, electric and phone bills are invited to attend a free clinic sponsored jointly by State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) and State Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Rockford Area Association of Realtors office. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their gas, electric and phone bills for a free one-on-one consultation with experts from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), who will give tips on how to reduce costs. At clinics across Illinois, CUB has shown consumers how to trim their bills by an average of more than $200 per year.

The utility bill clinic is free and open to the public:

Saturday, September 17, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rockford Area Association of Realtors
6776 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

“Helping local residents save money on their utility bills is one of the many ways my office is pleased to serve our community,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “I encourage everyone to attend and learn how to apply simple tips to get more for less on every dollar you spend on gas, electric and phone service.”
ROCKFORD – Local residents with questions or concerns on issues impacting the State of Illinois are invited to attend either of two upcoming Town Hall meetings held by State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) this month. Both town hall meetings are free and open to the public:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
8:00 am to 9:00 am
The Dairy Bean
13561 Julie Drive
Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Four Seasons Mobile Home Park (community room in main office)
700 W Chrysler Drive
Belvidere, IL 61008

“Town Hall meetings are a valuable way for me to listen to the needs and concerns of local residents firsthand,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “There is a lot at stake when the Illinois House returns to session in Springfield this fall in terms of the budget, state spending, taxes, and the investments we make in education, public safety and many other areas. I encourage everyone who has questions, comments or concerns to come make their voice heard at my town hall meeting.”
Hundreds of local families turned out for Rep. Sosnowski's Kids' Health & Safety Fair at Rock Valley College on Saturday. The event featured fun activities for kids including a petting zoo, bouncy houses, touch-a-truck and more. The Illinois State Police also provided free car seat safety checks for parents.

Rep. Sosnowski would like to thank the dozens of local organizations and state agencies who participated, providing free information and resources to local families. A shred truck also provided free on-site paper shredding services for Rockford-area residents.
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) today, on Agricultural Day at the Illinois State Fair, applauded the launch of a new not-for-profit, Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, to emphasize capital improvements at the Springfield and DuQuoin fairgrounds.

“Farmers and farm families in Boone and Winnebago Counties are the backbone of Illinois’ agricultural economy; and they deserve to have adequate state fairgrounds to display their products and pass their traditions on to their children and grandchildren,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “To accomplish that, the new not-for-profit Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation will help to renovate and repair our state fairgrounds, at no additional cost to taxpayers, so that we can preserve and strengthen them as a place to showcase northern Illinois’ tremendous agricultural economy.”
Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. To offset the cost of the mailings, White is drafting legislation that would allow his office to offer advertising space on the mailings. In addition, White is urging the public to sign-up for email notices to further reduce mailing costs.

The stop-gap budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor allows White’s office to reinstate vehicle registration notices. “The notices are an essential tool for the public to be sure their vehicles are in good standing and avoid paying late fees and fines resulting from tickets issued by law enforcement,” White said. “The driving public paid the price for the budget impasse and it proved to be an unfair burden. With the funds from the stop-gap budget the notices will resume. In addition, we are reducing the number of mailings and seeking alternative funding sources for the postage costs.” 

Remember! This week is the deadline to submit your name for Representative Sosnowski's "Kickin It" Summer Reading Program! So far, over 150 kids have participated in the program this year. 

Everyone who participated is invited to Peaks Sports Club for an Ice Cream Social from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22nd. 

Please see our brochure for more information.
After the Stopgap Budget vote was taken in Springfield, Representative Sonsowski took a moment to reflect on the impact of the bill and the necessary work ahead. “Obviously, there’s more work to do in the coming months,” he said.

Prior to the adjournment of the General Assembly’s spring session, two bills were introduced by House Republicans .The bills will eliminate budgeting gimmicks, promote financial stability and ensure the doors of our academic institutions open on time.
Today Representative Sosnowski and the Attorney General's office hosted seminars at the Heritage Woods residences in Belvidere and Rockford.

The seminars provided insightful information on fraud alerts, common scams and how to protect your personal information if you believe that you are a victim of consumer fraud or identity theft.

"Arming yourself with knowledge is the best protection from consumer fraud,” stated Representative Joe Sosnowski. “Many of us have received scam calls or mailers from impostors and it is important to familiarize ourselves with how to appropriately handle these potentially dangerous situations.”
Dear Friends,

Many Illinois K-12 schools will not open this fall unless we do something to get them the funding they need. There is a stopgap bill that could be brought to a vote which would provide emergency funding to schools to ensure that they open on-time. Please sign my petition to draw attention to House Bill 6583 and get our schools the money they need to open their doors in the fall.

Please follow this link and show your support for Illinois K-12 schools.
Thursday, June 30th, Representative Joe Sosnowski will host a Coffee Talk where residents are encouraged to ask questions about the challenges and opportunities facing Illinois.

The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m at Sophia's Restaurant, 5467 Bridge Street, Roscoe, IL 61073. If you would like more information, please contact his district office by phone at (815) 547-3436 or email at sosnowski@ilhousegop.org.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth at the Aging Healthy Living Expo. I appreciated the time to meet you and address your questions about state government.

Special thanks to the Boone County Council on Aging. The organization provides extraordinary resources for our community.

State Representative Joe Sosnowski
This week, Representative Sosnowski talked with the community at Greenview Estates regarding our budget gridlock in Springfield and issues surrounding the Illinois economy. "It was a great discussion about our state's current situation and where we need to go from here," Sosnowski said. He continued, "I had a nice time and I would like to thank them for the great questions and opportunity to address their concerns."
Today, Mercyhealth had a Groundbreaking ceremony at the site of their future Rockford facility. The project will create over a thousand construction jobs and four hundred permanent healthcare positions. The hospital will be the first in the region to provide sub-specialty services that are currently unavailable in the region. "Today I want to thank everyone who helped out with this," said Representative Sosnowski. He continued, "This will be a great economic engine and save lives Northwest Illinois."
Doty Park's newest attraction the Splash Pad opened today. With help from Representative Sosnowski, the Belvidere Park District was able to secure funding through a legislative grant and used the funds to create an aquatic playground for kids.

"The Splash Pad adds value and entertainment for the families of Belvidere," said State Representative Joe Sosnowski. He added, "The kids are going to love it."

Governor Rauner spoke earlier today in Rockford highlighting the need for a comprehensive balanced budget for Illinois. Springfield leaders have continued for too long to ignore the need for reforms to grow our economy, support education, and promote jobs. It's time for Springfield leadership to stop trying to tax the state into prosperity, and begin working together to help grow Illinois.
The "Comcast Newsmakers" show came to Springfield this month to talk about important issues across the state. During Representative Sosnowski's interview, he discussed the probability of a budget and the Governor's stance on funding for colleges and universities.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of General Mills today, the company held a grand opening for a new snack line. General Mills will now produce soft baked goods right here, in Belvidere. The Belvidere plant was chosen because of its strong relationship with the community.

General Mills has been developing the new snack line for the past year and will begin distribution on Monday. Thank you to both Belvidere and General Mills for making the world a more delicious place!
Today, Representative Sosnowski and Mayor Chamberlain were at Corrugated Metals Inc., fielding questions from community members and touring the manufacturing plant. "I just want to thank Corrugated Metals Incorporated, Mayor Chamberlain and the community for their contributions to a thoughtful forum," Sosnowski said.

For information on upcoming events, you can follow Representative Sosnowski on Facebook or request information by email at sosnowski@ilhousegop.org.
Today, State Representative Joe Sosnowski visited Hallstrom Home School and discussed several issues with its students. Sosnowski fielded questions about higher education funding, MAP Grants and the budget impasse. Students also participated in a legislative simulation which demonstrated how everyone must engage in a conversation and work together to pass a law.

“I was very impressed by the students,” Sosnowski said. He added, “Thank you Hallstrom Home School students for giving me an opportunity to address your questions about state government.”

If other schools or teachers are interested in having Representative Sosnowski address their students’ questions about state government, please contact his district office at (815) 547-3436 to arrange a Capitol Classroom.
By: Joe Sosnowski, State Representative 69th District

As the chorus grows of those justifiably calling for an end to the budget impasse, I wanted to not only take a moment to restate the many solutions my colleagues and I have attempted to advance in an effort to bring about a resolution to this dire situation, but also reiterate my commitment to a reasonable, rational and responsible solution to our budget crisis. The heated rhetoric from nearly every corner of state government has overshadowed the true heart of the conflict: the fact that taxpayers cannot be expected to pay any more for state government before there is a guarantee that their tax dollars aren’t wasted.

That’s the issue. Reform before revenue.
Leaders Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) introduced their proposal to provide funding for Departments of Aging, Human Services, Public Health, Veterans Affairs and more.

The plan, HB 6553, appropriates $433M from the General Revenue Fund and $858M from Other State Funds to support critical services offered by the State of Illinois. A significant portion of the $1.3B combined total can be achieved by enacting common-sense changes to state pension systems, reforms that are not subject to court challenge and yield savings that can be banked immediately.

For instance, there are currently 400 school district employees who are paid an average of $225,000 annually. As of now, the State of Illinois pays all of the pension costs for these individuals. Instead of this being paid by Illinois taxpayers, Governor Rauner suggests that the State require an employer to pick up the pension costs for anyone earning a salary over $180,000 per year.

Reforming Illinois’ pension systems could save an enormous sum of money. If Governor Rauner’s pension changes were implemented immediately, experts estimate they would save hundreds of millions of dollars for Fiscal Year 2017. “It’s time the government took a look in the mirror and realized that there are things that can be done better," said Representative Sosnowski (R-Rockford).

HB 6553 would provide funding for the Department of Aging, Department of Human Services, Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Department of Public Health, Department of Revenue, Department of Veterans Affairs, supplemental veterans homes, Illinois EPA, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

“The most vulnerable citizens of this state rely on services from these departments” said Representative Sosnowski. He concluded, “This bill provides a dependable source of funding for them.”

Belvidere – On Saturday, April 2, 2016 Representative Joe Sosnowski co-hosted a US Citizen Workshop with Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and The New Americans Campaign.  The workshop provided eligible immigrants with citizenship application assistance, legal screening and test preparation services.
On Monday, March 28, 2016, Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. awarded grant monies through their Safe Community and Community Investments programs to Capron Rescue Squad District ($1,000.00), Belvidere Police Department ($1,000.00) and Belvidere Fire Department ($1,900.00). Sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Enbridge for its community partnership and commitment to helping first responders. It is important to build strong connections with private partners to make a difference in the communities we serve.

Rep. Sosnowski Encourages Public Attendance 

Belvidere – Residents in Boone County are gravely concerned about a Great Lakes Basin, Inc. railroad project. Public scoping hearings were scheduled by the Surface Transportation Board (STB); however, upon review of the meeting locations there was nothing scheduled in Boone County. 

State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) requested that a hearing be held in Boone County as a majority of the development is proposed to be constructed in the district he represents.

“It is common sense to host a public scoping meeting for residents rather than making them travel far distances. At my request, the Surface Transportation Board agreed to host a meeting in Belvidere. Open Communication and transparency are vitally important. I encourage concerned citizens and agencies to take advantage of this opportunity and provide constructive comments on the Great Lakes Basin, Inc. proposal.”

The public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. 1st Street, Belvidere, IL 61008. This meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is for residents, local agencies, environmental groups and potentially affected parties to submit comments for the Surface Transportation Board to consider for the Environmental Impact Statement.

For more information please visit www.joesosnowski.org, or contact State Rep. Joe Sosnowski at (815) 547-3436 or by email at sosnowski@ilhousegop.org.

The idea that Governor Rauner and Republican legislators have refused to compromise is laughable. The same exhausted talking point that Governor Rauner is holding the budget hostage with his “radical” reform agenda that has nothing to do with a budget is simply political fodder to shift attention away from an entrenched decade’s old Chicago run regime.

There are three branches of government in a Democracy. The Executive Branch (Governor), Legislative Branch (Representatives and Senators) and Judicial Branch (Judges).   The reason there are three separate branches is to prohibit any one branch of government from having too much power over another. Each has a separate job to do, but ultimately needs agreed upon approval to effect law.
Rep. Sosnowski Supports Comprehensive Approach

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation aimed at partially funding higher education in Illinois was vetoed by Governor Rauner today. Senate Bill 2043 was passed on a partisan vote promising to solve the FY16 appropriation funding lapse for a select few higher education institutions and students.

State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) was disappointed with the process that led to the bill being vetoed.

“The bill did nothing more than make a false promise to Map Grant students,” said Rep. Sosnowski. “It’s unacceptable and poor legislating to use students as political pawns. There was no funding mechanism in the legislation and it only covered a portion of the higher education community’s budget. A comprehensive approach to funding higher education was offered; however, the bill was ignored. At the very least that bill could have been considered for compromise.”
Files Legislation to Close Infectious Loopholes

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) has filed a package of bills that will save taxpayer dollars by reforming government through better transparency, efficiency and accountability.

“The status-quo has been worn out,” said Rep. Sosnowski. “The public doesn’t trust government to use their tax dollars responsibly. We need to rebuild that trust by making commonsense reforms that will close loopholes that continue to hurt taxpayers. The legislation I filed will accomplish that goal.”

House Bill 4509 focuses on closing a loophole that allows public pension spiking. For example, according to an article published in the Chicago Tribune, “This loophole allowed a former Bloomington human resources director to spike his pension from $92,000 to $113,000.”
State Representative Joe Sosnowski participated in a project with students from St. Anne Community High School to help bring awareness to government through technology. Michael Fauerbach, who teaches government at St. Anne Community High School, was seeking a way to get his students more actively engaged in government.

Mr. Fauerbach contacted multiple state and federal legislators to speak to his students. During the Skype session students asked questions about state government and how Rep. Sosnowski became interested in local and state government. Rep. Sosnowski thought the project was a great outreach idea and enjoyed connecting with the students through technology.