Thursday, July 31, 2014

Senator Stadelman Announces Expanded HoopStars Youth Basketball Tournament

ROCKFORD – Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman is taking his free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament outdoors and moving the competition to Labor Day in hopes of beginning its transformation to a large, Gus Macker-style event.

Boys and girls in 3rd through 8th grades will compete on courts at Davis Park, with the first games tipping off immediately after the Labor Day parade, Stadelman announced at a news conference today. The outdoor location and switch from Saturday of Labor Day weekend to the Monday holiday allows “Senator Stadelman’s HoopStars” to grow in its second year; more than 125 players took part in 2013 on indoor courts at Patriot’s Gateway Center.

“We’re taking HoopStars to the streets in 2014 – not literally, but in the spirit of Gus Macker,” said Stadelman, referring to the popular adult 3-on-3 tournament that took place in the streets of downtown Rockford for many years.

“The tournament’s goal,” he said, “remains the same -- to provide a positive, no-cost activity for our youth, particularly those from low-income families and inner-city neighborhoods. Senator Stadelman’s HoopStars is about the love of the game and kids having a ball.”

Stadelman said the downtown expansion is made possible by new partnerships with the Rockford Park District and Rockford United Labor, which organizes an annual picnic for union members at Davis Park following the Labor Day parade. Families attending the basketball tournament can enjoy live music and kids’ rides at no charge as guests of the labor group. ComEd and Comcast are returning as financial sponsors, and both will operate interactive educational booths during the tournament.

All players will receive free commemorative T-shirts; trophies or medals also will be awarded. Teams of four can register online at: 1); 2) Stadelman’s office in the Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Suite 301, Rockford; or 3) participating community centers. More information is available at

Governor Quinn signs $1.1 billion capital construction bill

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CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects to improve transportation and create jobs and boost economic development across Illinois, including northern Illinois...

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Litesa Wallace selected to succeed Chuck Jefferson

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The Democratic Party has selected Litesa Wallace to fill the remainder of Rep. Chuck Jefferson’s unexpired term in the 67th District of Illinois...

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Congratulations to Litesa Wallace!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Democrats accepting applications for state representative vacancy

Winnebago County Democrats Prepare to Select New State Representative

ROCKFORD, Illinois. – The Winnebago County Democratic Party will begin an open selection process to appoint a new state representative this week. A committee will accept applications and conduct interviews in order to fill the seat vacated by state Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D-Rockford, who announced his retirement earlier this month.  

“We are committed to finding a state representative who will continue to speak up for the needs and concerns of Rockford residents, and the best way to do that is to make sure residents have the opportunity to participate in the process,” said Winnebago County Democratic Chairman Charlie Laskonis. “By soliciting resumes and interviewing top candidates, we can ensure that our next state representative reflects the values and diversity of our community.”

Last evening at our regular monthly central committee meeting party members selected two precinct committeemen from the 67th District, L. C. Wilson and Odell Simpson, to serve on a three-person selection committee. By law, the county party chairman will serve as the third member of the committee.

Interested candidates can email their resumes to the committee at or drop them off at 6820 Mill Road Rockford, Illinois.

All resumes must be received by 4:00 P.M. Friday, July 25. Committee members will review all applicants and conduct interviews with multiple candidates on Wednesday, July 30 at the United Automobile Workers hall 112 North 2nd Street Rockford. Interviews will be open to the public. By law, applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have been a registered voter of the 67th District for at least two years.

Charles H. Laskonis


Winnebago County Democratic Party

P.O. Box 23

Rockford, Illinois 61105


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Illinois Education Association Endorses Mike Frerichs

July 16th, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Zach Koutsky 630-269-3826 or

Illinois Education Association Endorses Mike Frerichs
Cites Frerichs’ longstanding advocacy for public education in endorsement
Champaign, IL- This week, members of the Illinois Education Association, the state’s largest education employee union with over 130,000 members across Illinois will join Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) in Moline and Rockford and announce their endorsement of Frerichs for state Treasurer.
Thursday, July 17th
·   Moline, IL- 1:00pm-1:45pm, IEA Moline Office, 1530 46th Avenue, Suite 1 Moline, IL 61265
·    Rockford, IL- 5:00pm-5:45pm, IEA Rockford Office, 7029 Rote Road, Rockford, IL 61107
“I am honored to have the IEA’s 130,000 members support me in my race for Treasurer. I have campaigned in every corner of Illinois on the need for investment in our people and our state and how we can expand access to a quality and affordable college education. These are values that IEA shares and with their backing, I will work non-stop as Treasurer to help grow the middle class and provide ethical and transparent leadership in Springfield,” Frerichs said.
IEA President Cinda Klickna said, "As state senator, Mike Frerichs has been a strong and consistent proponent for eliminating the significant and unfair disparities in state funding for school districts. We are excited about his candidacy and look forward to working with him as Treasurer.”
To learn more about the IEA and to read their official endorsement release, visit,

Mike Frerichs has served as the State Senator for the 52nd District since 2007, representing Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Mike is currently Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and was previously the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. Mike is originally from Gifford, Illinois (pop. 975) and was in the first generation of his family to attend college (Yale University). Previously, Mike was elected to the Champaign County Board (2000) and was Champaign County Auditor (2002-2007). He is also a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for his work in bringing transparency and strict oversight to the County’s budget. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” references that at 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dorothy Turner addresses constituent concerns regarding appointment process

Dorothy Turner, Democratic 17th District State Central Committee woman, held a press conference this past week to address concerns raised by her constituents about the process to appoint retiring State Representative Chuck Jefferson’s replacement.

Turner reminded the media, public and local party officials that in regards to elections and appointments the state Democratic central committee bylaws promise:

(e) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a full description of the legal and practical procedures for selection of Democratic Party Officers and representatives on all levels. Publication of these procedures shall be done in such fashion that all prospective and current members of the Democratic Party of Illinois will be fully and adequately informed of the pertinent procedures in time to participate in each selection procedure at all levels of the Democratic Party organization.

(f) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a complete description of the legal and practical qualifications of all officers and representatives of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Such publication shall be done in a timely fashion so that all prospective candidates or applicants for any elected or appointed position within the Democratic Party of Illinois will have full and adequate opportunity to compete for office.

Turner expressed concerns the appointment process had not been properly outlined or agreed upon and has asked for further clarification so that she may respond to her constituents.

Local party officials have contacted state party officials for clarification. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Dorothy “Dot“ Turner was elected this past spring to represent Democrats in 14 Illinois counties as 17th District State Central Committee woman.

Residents interested in learning more about the appointment process may fill out this form on the local Democratic website: 

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