Thank you to all those who participated in the 69th District Photo Challenge Contest. There were many great pictures of scenic locations in Winnebago and Boone Counties submitted by talented constituents.

Congratulations to the winners; Sharon Thomas (Rockford Arboretum, Top Left), William Eklund (Belvidere Park, Bottom Left) and Karen Snyder (Belvidere Park, Bottom Right).

To all our veterans, active-duty military, National Guard, reservists and their dependents, 

I wanted to share this news with you about a new hotline and legal support services network available to you, regardless of where in Illinois you call home. Please feel welcome to share this information with family, friends and neighbors. 

Sincerely Yours, 

- State Rep. Joe Sosnowski

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski
By Karen Kidd | Rockford Sun

The recently failed Student Acess Bill, which would have broadened financial aid available to students regardless of documentation status, was defeated because it was money the state doesn't have to spend, according to Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford).

"Our state universities have already been forced to do more with less during the two-year-long state budget impasse from which they are still recovering,"Sosnowski told the Rockford Sun. "A majority of Illinois House members recognize that wherever you stand on the issue of federal immigration reform, we should not extend taxpayer-funded benefits to those who have not yet attained legal citizenship."

Sosnowski argued that the priority needs to be on reversing the out-migration of Illinois’ best and brightest students who have been leaving en masse to attend colleges and universities elsewhere.

"Once we lose them, it’s not likely that many of them ever come back," he said. "This has a long-term negative impact on Illinois’ economy and separates thousands of parents from their adult children who, after college, are likely to start their careers and a family of their own in whichever state they left Illinois for..."
State Rep. Joe Sosnowski's office attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Rockton today for the new Field House at Hononegah Community High School. Participants included Superintendent Dr. Lynn Gibson, School Board President David Kurlinkus, Hononegah High School Principal Eric Flohr, Rockton Mayor Dale Adams, Roscoe Mayor David Krienke, South Beloit Mayor Ted Rehl, and several Hononegah school board members and local township officials. 

United States and State flags at half-staff from Sunrise on Thursday, November 9, 2017, until Sunset on Saturday, November 11, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner has issued a notice that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor of:

Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox

State agencies are asked to lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings from:

Sunrise on Thursday, November 9, 2017, until
Sunset on Saturday, November 11, 2017

Here is the Governor's Proclamation in memory of Officer Cox:

By Jack Wuest
Executive Director, Alternative Schools Network

In a state wracked by partisan stand-offs, a new, life-changing policy occurred with nearly unanimous, bipartisan legislative support and the governor’s signature.

This new law will improve prosperity by allowing Illinois residents over 21 to obtain a high school diploma. This was the work of state Rep. Joe Sosnowski and state Sen. Steve Stadelman. Currently, dropouts cannot earn high school diplomas once they reach 21. They are limited to GED certificates.

The diploma offers a better path to job training and colleges and universities. Data released by the governor suggests a diploma can boost lifetime earnings by more than $670,000…
State Rep. Joe Sosnowski attended a presentation on new neurological surgeries and a tour of the new addition at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford on Friday.