Rep. Joe Sosnowski
ROCKFORDState Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) issued the following statement today in response to the court motion filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan late Thursday seeking to block state employees from getting paid:

“Why AG Madigan would use state workers as pawns is absolutely terrible and does little to help the impasse. She should give her father some advice and tell him to put Illinoisans first by negotiating so that we can have real reforms that grow Illinois.  His 45 years in office have not been productive for our state,” Representative Sosnowski said. 

For questions or more information, please contact Representative Sosnowski’s office at (815) 547-3436.

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Veterans Memorial Hall, Rockford
ROCKFORDState Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) is offering a new online resource for northern Illinois veterans and their families to learn about the full range of state benefits and services they may be eligible for. Representative Sosnowski’s comprehensive “Illinois Veterans’ Benefits” brochure is available to view or download HERE. Constituents who do not have access to the internet may request a copy of the brochure be mailed to them by calling Representative Sosnowski’s office at (815) 547-3436. 

"One of my most important priorities is ensuring that our veterans have access to all the benefits they have earned in service to our country,” said Representative Sosnowski said. “Many veterans are not aware that some of these benefits are available to them, particularly with regard to employment, educational opportunities, and veterans’ homebuyer assistance. I hope that everyone who has a friend or loved one that has served in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces will help us reach as many veterans as possible throughout the Rockford area with this informational brochure.”
SPRINGFIELDGovernor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual State of the State Address to a joint session of the General Assembly in Springfield today, citing the challenges and opportunities facing Illinois as the state continues to grapple with a budget impasse that has now extended beyond 18 months. 
Rep. Joe Sosnowski

“The Governor again highlighted his willingness to compromise to help make Illinois an economic engine in the Midwest,” said Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford). “The State Senate in a bipartisan effort is working toward compromise, and while we can agree or disagree with the various proposals coming out of those negotiations,  the House leadership led by the Speaker who has been in office for 45 years, is showing no willingness to follow their lead and move Illinois forward. It’s a shame.”

The Governor is scheduled to submit his budget plan to the General Assembly during his forthcoming Budget Address at the Capitol on February 15, 2017. 

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Rep. Joe Sosnowski
SPRINGFIELDThe Illinois House of Representatives voted to adopt House Resolution 46 today, a set of rules to govern the procedures of the Illinois House of Representatives for the next two years. Introduced and sponsored by Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), a top lieutenant of House Speaker Michael Madigan, the resolution was adopted by a vote of 63-53. Two Democrats voted in opposition with all 51 Republicans.

"If you are seeking fairness and democracy in government don't look at what the Springfield majority did as they adopted archaic rules that don't allow issues to come for a vote if only one member says no,” said Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford).

Representative Sosnowski co-sponsored an alternative proposal, House Resolution 47, a bill to reform the House Rules in order to make the legislative process more open and transparent and decentralize the concentration of power in the Speaker of House. Sosnowski’s bill, HR 47, was denied consideration or a vote despite having a total of 51 sponsors.

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SPRINGFIELDState Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) was sworn into office for a new term on Wednesday, joining all 118 members of the House of Representatives for the historic inauguration of the 100th General Assembly. Sosnowski has represented the 69th District since 2011, working to provide common sense reforms to Illinois.            

“We have a clear choice moving forward as we look to resolve the state budget impasse: maintain the status quo, raise taxes without reforms and force greater fiscal crisis; or go in a new direction and work together on changes that create jobs, strengthen schools and enact true property tax relief,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “I have been very consistent in my position that we need to go in that new direction and achieve results for northern Illinois families. This is my first and most immediate priority for the new year.”

Representative Sosnowski has also posted an online 2017 legislative survey for constituents to provide their feedback on a wide range of state issues. The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE.
191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 Illinoisans should know about:

Social media right to privacy
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer. 

Employee Sick Leave Act
Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.