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Rep. Sosnowski attended a beam placement for the Mercyhealth Sportscore Two facility in Rockford on Wednesday, October 26th. The Rockford Park District along with collaborative partners marked a milestone for the construction of Mercyhealth Sportscore Two with a ceremonial final beam placement. After a seven-year planning process construction is moving along according to plan and should be finished in May of 2017. This will be a wonderful addition to the community and demonstrates how our region continues to maintain its  position as a destination for sports tourism. 

Rep. Sosnowski hosted a free workshop in Rockford on Saturday, October 22 for area residents interested in applying to become a U.S. citizen. Rep. Sosnowski would like to thank all the volunteers and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights for making this workshop a tremendous success.
Representative Sosnowski participated in Belvidere High School's Lunch Time Connections Program on Tuesday. The program allows students the opportunity to meet with community and business leaders to ask questions and learn more about public service and career fields.
Representative Sosnowski spoke at a meeting of Municipal Clerks of Illinois Association, providing an overview of this year's legislative session and why improving jobs and the economy is imperative to making Illinois competitive in the Midwest.
Surveys of prescription drug abusers tell us that a majority of those with opioid addictions started by stealing unused prescription medication from friends and family.

The Illinois Medical Society (ISMS) has taken action to educate Illinois physicians and the public on ways to curb this epidemic. Last week, in partnership with ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, ISMS distributed more than 11,000 kits promoting the importance of disposing of unused medications. The disposal kit contains information for doctors and patient materials highlighting the importance of proper disposal and what should be done with unused medications. The kit is also accessible for free download by anyone at www.isms.org/Take-BackThe ISMS has also teamed up with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) to promote its semi-annual Drug Take-back day on October 22. 

This Take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

Help combat the opioid epidemic and keep your family safe by disposing of unused medication properly. Find a Take-Back location near you.
Representative Sosnowski met with Roscoe Cub and Boy Scouts on Tuesday, October 11th to help them achieve one of their advancement goals. He discussed with the scouts the challenges facing the State of Illinois and his role as a State Representative. 

BELVIDERE – Third and fourth-grade students at Washington Academy held a mock vote for President of the United States on Wednesday, October 12 in a special civic engagement exercise sponsored by State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford). Boone County Clerk & Recorder Mary Steurer graciously provided authentic "I Voted" stickers and voting booths so students could gain a more realistic voting experience.

Representative Sosnowski spoke to a group of more than 200 students about the importance of civic involvement and voting. The student voting results revealed Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton won with 149 votes.

“I was very impressed with the students at Washington Academy,” commented Representative Sosnowski. “They approached the voting exercise with great interest, enthusiasm, and commitment. I hope this experience has helped to prepare them for casting their first official ballots when they come of age and reinforce the importance of exercising their right to vote as citizens. I would like to thank Washington Academy for their partnership as well as our County Clerk and Recorder Mary Steurer for helping give these students the experience of what it is truly like to vote.”