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.”