Next Rockford and Representative Sosnowski to Host Governor Rauner

Next Rockford and Representative Joe Sosnowski are pleased to host Governor Rauner on Thursday March 5 at 4:30 pm at the Prairie Street Brewhouse.  The Governor believes property taxes in Illinois are hurting hard-working families and will discuss his turnaround agenda to empower taxpayers by giving them greater control over government spending and property taxes.  This is one of the ways the ways the Governor believes Illinois can become the most competitive and compassionate state in America. Seating is limited and on a first come basis....

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Fair Share – Property Taxes Funding Education

In the mix of dealing with the State’s broken pension system, unfunded liabilities, and unpaid bills there is another matter that should be at the forefront of conversations – education. Funding for education has grown rapidly over the years.  Taxpayers are feeling the hit.  The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 2012 Annual Report indicates that since fiscal year 1993, state, local and federal spending (adjusted for inflation) has grown more than 73 percent.  Illinois taxpayers do not need graphs, in-depth research or reports to...

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Illinois Charter School Commission

Charter schools allow parents to be able to choose an appropriate educational setting for their children by judging the merit of the educational institution, classroom setting, and academic performance. The existence of charter schools allows parents to choose a path for their child.  They are very popular in Illinois and around the country because they offer opportunity. Charter school enrollment rates are increasing at an astronomical rate because parents are becoming actively involved in their child’s academic performance.  Parents are...

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Revenge Porn Laws

In our ever changing world lawmakers are playing a game of “catch-up” that every day just to keep pace with the fast moving worlds of technology and social media. One issue making headlines is a recent cyber trend called “revenge porn”.  This term refers to the malicious posting of private sexual messages, images or videos on a website.  Currently, New Jersey and California are the only states that have laws punishing the act.  As it goes with most new legislation, those States who are the first to pass new laws become a type of “road map” to...

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Illinois Great Recession

Recently, the Illinois House of Representatives Finance Committee has heard testimony from several agencies regarding the fiscal health of the state as well as economic development results. Due to Illinois poor business investment and economic climate, it is a top priority to figure out exactly what makes other states more competitive and attractive. A recent report was released by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) claiming that Illinois created, 64,300 jobs from May 2013 to December 2013. Illinois was ranked...

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