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Today Rep. Sosnowski had the opportunity to meet with fifth-grade students at Cherry Valley Elementary School and explain his role as a legislator as part of the "Principal for a Day" program. Great conversation and good questions. We are fortunate to have such outstanding teachers and students here in Illinois' 69th District.  

Thank you to all the farmers and farm families of Boone and Winnebago Counties on #NationalFarmersDay! We are grateful for the way you cultivate our land as you grow the crops that feed Illinois and the world. Remember to #ThankAFarmer today!

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski receives the "Friend of Agriculture" Award from the
Illinois Farm Bureau in 2014.
Thank you, Triangle Metals in Rockford for offering a tour of your manufacturing facility for the 2017 Regional Manufacturing Day! The tour offered an opportunity for high school students to see details of the industry and learn about modern manufacturing techniques.

Federal Tax Reform

On October 5, 2017, the Federal House of Representatives passed its 2018 budget resolution by a vote of 219-206, reaffirming GOP lawmakers commitment to bring forth tax reform. The justification for tax reform isn’t simply the code’s convoluted structure, but history has shown that tax reform spurs job and economic growth. It is not a simple task to balance reform and the federal deficit, but it is important for Illinoisans to know how proposed changes will affect them financially.

The federal tax code originally started with 400 pages and has grown to a monstrosity of 75,000 pages containing 4 million 
words. The current GOP Tax reform plan seeks to consolidate the federal government’s seven tax brackets into three, reduce tax rate burdens, eliminating some benefits and deductions, and close loopholes that are contributing to the federal deficit. As with any government discussion focused on policy changes advocates and lobbyists fighting to keep their perks eventually become winners or losers.
State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) spoke at and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony  for Natural Choice in Loves Park today. We are very excited for the economic opportunities and job growth the addition of this manufacturing facility brings to our area. 

Governor Rauner signs Rep. Sosnowski's HB 2527 into law in Rockford on Friday.

ROCKFORD Governor Rauner signed legislation into law on Friday afternoon in a public ceremony at the Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois headquarters, sponsored by State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) to help the more than 40,000 adults in Winnebago and Boone Counties without a high school diploma attain their education and advance toward career success.

Representative Sosnowski’s legislation, House Bill 2527, allows a nonprofit agency, in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, to establish a school for adult learners that would issue high school diplomas and vocational training certifications to prepare students with career skills upon graduation. 

Goodwill Industries administers the schools through their Excel Center program. First established in Indiana in 2010, the program has since grown to include 12 schools across Indiana with additional ones in Memphis, Tennessee, Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. Representative Sosnowski’s bill paves the way for an Excel Center to be located in Rockford.

“With the signing of this new law, adult students of all ages will have the opportunity to obtain a high school degree and climb the ladder of success,” Representative Sosnowski said. “This law paves the way for the creation of excel centers which will open doors to personal growth and career advancement for adult learners through the success of the program established by our friends at Goodwill of Northern Illinois. Students will be able to not only receive their high school diploma, but also the potential obtain a Career and Technical Education certificate.”
Good things are happening in Cherry Valley! Today there was a groundbreaking for Happy Life Laundromat by Cherry Bowl. This is a state-of-the-art facility that will use high-efficiency equipment and isn't coin operated. You will use a debit/credit card to load money onto a Happy Life Laundromat frequent shopper reward card. Congratulations and thank you to all the partners that made this happen for the community.