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.”

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