Rep. Joe Sosnowski participated in Monday's groundbreaking ceremony in South Beloit at the intersection of Oak Grove Avenue and Blackhawk Boulevard for a construction project which will include storm sewer work, installation of traffic lights and other work to improve access to the road for local business growth. The city has been awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, as well about $200,000 from Winnebago County to help pay for the project.

ROCKFORDLocal residents with questions or concerns on issues impacting the State of Illinois are invited to attend either of two upcoming early morning “Coffee Talk with Joe” events hosted by State Representative Joe Sosnowski in Roscoe on Monday, July 30 and in Belvidere on Thursday, August 16.  The coffee talks are open to the public. All are welcome. Coffee will be provided courtesy of Representative Sosnowski. Details for the coffee talks are as follows:  

Coffee Talk With Joe                                                                   Coffee Talk With Joe
Monday, July 30, 2018                                                                Thursday, August 16, 2018
7:30 am to 8:30 am                                                                      7:30 am to 8:30 am
Jessica’s Restaurant                                                                     Ned’s Restaurant
5091 Edgemere Ct.                                                                      2132 Business Route 20
Roscoe, IL 61073                                                                          Belvidere, IL 61008

“Coffee talks are a valuable opportunity for me to listen to the concerns of local residents firsthand,” Representative Sosnowski said. “We are at a critical juncture in state history in terms of state spending, taxes, and the investments we make in education, public safety and many other areas. We also need to have a serious, thoughtful conversation about the need for pension reform and property tax relief. I encourage everyone who has questions, comments or concerns to come make their voice heard at either of my coffee talks in Roscoe or Belvidere.” 

Constituents who are unable to attend a coffee talk but still wish to provide feedback to Representative Sosnowski can do so online by visiting and clicking “Contact” on the homepage menu, or by calling the District Office in Rockford at (815) 547-3436.


ROCKFORD – State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, will host his 2018 Ice Cream Social for local kindergarten through sixth grade students who participated in his ‘Camp Out With a Good Book’ Summer Reading Program’ on Thursday, July 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Peak Sports Club, located at 4401 Peak Drive in Loves Park.  

“This year’s summer reading program featured the theme of camping as a way to encourage kids to explore the unlimited paths of adventure they can discover through reading while enjoying the outdoors,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “We will be recognizing the readers who completed the program with ice cream, certificates and some great prizes.”

ROCKFORD Winnebago and Boone County families are invited to attend State Rep. Joe Sosnowski’s annual Kids’ Health and Safety Fair, to be held from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 28 at Rockford Christian Schools, located at 1401 N. Bell School Road in Rockford. The event features over 50 health and safety booths from local organizations, businesses and government agencies that provide a wide range of educational, health and child care, recreational programs and other activities for kids.

Other special attractions include the popular Cool Vehicles exhibit featuring over 20 trucks and emergency vehicles for kids to see and interact with; as well as bouncy houses, a petting zoo, Knocker Ball, a free kids identification kit and diabetes screening.

Guests are encouraged to bring a donation of canned food items to enter a drawing for prizes and giveaways. Canned food donations will benefit the Rockford Rescue Mission. Admission to the Kids’ Health & Safety Fair is free and open to the public:
Happy to support the 815 Read Challenge. Thanks to Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney for promoting. To learn more about this important local children's literacy program, please click HERE.  #read815 #bookaweek #readingselfie

By State Representative Joe Sosnowski

The question of reinstating passenger rail service to the Rockford region has generated recent renewed debate within our community. Petitions are currently being circulated seeking to put a nonbinding referendum on the November ballot in Boone and Winnebago Counties asking voters whether the State should reinstate passenger rail service from Chicago to East Dubuque.

This question misses the point and is a gross oversimplification of the issue.

ROCKFORD State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, is sponsoring a FREE paper shredding event for residents of Boone and Winnebago Counties from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 in the parking lot of Rockford Christian Schools, located at 1401 N. Bell School Road in Rockford. 

Paper documents will be accepted for safe and secure destruction to help protect local residents from identity theft. Documents can be brought in boxes or in bags. Drivers are asked to remain in their car while the documents are unloaded by shred truck staff. Parking is available for those who wish to stay and watch the documents be shredded on-site.

“Protecting yourself from the risk of identity theft and fraud is one reason to take advantage of our free shred event,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “Many families also find it helpful and convenient to reduce clutter by safely disposing of unwanted documents you may have lying around or stored in a closet or basement. We hope to see you at the shred truck on July 28!”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski attended the groundbreaking ceremony today at Rockford International Airport for the new 120,000 square foot expansion of the Airport's International Cargo Facility. Nearly 1.4 billion pounds of cargo traveled through the Airport in 2017, a 50 percent increase over the prior year. Local and federal officials participating in the ceremony included Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. During the event, the Airport also celebrated the start of construction on a new $3.5 million ramp for cargo aircraft parking.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued several public policy changes over the past few weeks.  Below is an overview of a few of those landmark decisions.

Mark Janus v. AFSCME 31 et. al.: 
My job, My choice.

On June 27, 2018, SCOTUS ruled by a 5-4 vote, that government workers should not be required to pay union agency or fair share fees to help pay for collective bargaining.  This decision stemmed from a complaint filed by state employee Mark Janus challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois state law authorizing agency fees. Janus believed that charging an agency fee for non-union workers in a union-represented workplace was a violation of his rights as a citizen and further violated the First Amendment. Governor Bruce Rauner also shared Janus's concerns, but the Governor's complaint was dismissed by a District Court. The Janus v. AFSCME 31 decision overturned a 41-year-old case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. It was determined in Janus v. AFSCME 31 case that the Supreme Court had failed to accurately assess the principles of First Amendment rights in Abood.