Steve Stadelman

WNIJ continues its Friday Forum with two state senators and their priorities in the 100th General Assembly. 

Democrat Steve Stadelman and Republican Dave Syverson represent Illinois’ 34th and 35th senate districts respectively.  The 34th district comprises Rockford and its surrounding municipalities, while the 35th encompasses the cities of DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa, Belvidere, and Rockton.

State Agency Wants To Help Cut Utility Bills

Jan 25, 2016

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Rockford-area residents hoping to lower utility costs received help deciphering fees, charges, services and small print on utility bills at a public seminar last week.

State Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, hosted the event, where Citizens Utility Board personnel met with concerned citizens.

CUB field coordinator Matt Harvey said they reviewed Rockford residents’ electric, gas, and land-line telephone bills to determine if they might be able to save some money.

Rachel Scaman / WNIJ

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to meet with legislative leaders to try to hammer out a state budget before the end of the month. Meanwhile, state lawmakers continue to meet with constituents who will be most affected by budget cuts.

Rockford Democrats gathered a crowd of people at a Milestone, Inc. facility north of Rockford. Their causes ranged from breast cancer screenings to home health care assistance.

Democrats have retained control of the Illinois legislature. In Rockford, a State Senate seat long-held by a Republican went to a Democrat. And a Winnebago County Republican appointed to a State House seat holds on to it.

There’s a three-way race among Democrats in the 34th State Senate District.