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ROCKFORD – State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, will host his 2018 Ice Cream Social for local kindergarten through sixth grade students who participated in his ‘Camp Out With a Good Book’ Summer Reading Program’ on Thursday, July 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Peak Sports Club, located at 4401 Peak Drive in Loves Park.  

“This year’s summer reading program featured the theme of camping as a way to encourage kids to explore the unlimited paths of adventure they can discover through reading while enjoying the outdoors,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “We will be recognizing the readers who completed the program with ice cream, certificates and some great prizes.”

ROCKFORD Winnebago and Boone County families are invited to attend State Rep. Joe Sosnowski’s annual Kids’ Health and Safety Fair, to be held from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 28 at Rockford Christian Schools, located at 1401 N. Bell School Road in Rockford. The event features over 50 health and safety booths from local organizations, businesses and government agencies that provide a wide range of educational, health and child care, recreational programs and other activities for kids.

Other special attractions include the popular Cool Vehicles exhibit featuring over 20 trucks and emergency vehicles for kids to see and interact with; as well as bouncy houses, a petting zoo, Knocker Ball, a free kids identification kit and diabetes screening.

Guests are encouraged to bring a donation of canned food items to enter a drawing for prizes and giveaways. Canned food donations will benefit the Rockford Rescue Mission. Admission to the Kids’ Health & Safety Fair is free and open to the public:
Happy to support the 815 Read Challenge. Thanks to Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney for promoting. To learn more about this important local children's literacy program, please click HERE.  #read815 #bookaweek #readingselfie

By State Representative Joe Sosnowski


The question of reinstating passenger rail service to the Rockford region has generated recent renewed debate within our community. Petitions are currently being circulated seeking to put a nonbinding referendum on the November ballot in Boone and Winnebago Counties asking voters whether the State should reinstate passenger rail service from Chicago to East Dubuque.

This question misses the point and is a gross oversimplification of the issue.

ROCKFORD State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, is sponsoring a FREE paper shredding event for residents of Boone and Winnebago Counties from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 in the parking lot of Rockford Christian Schools, located at 1401 N. Bell School Road in Rockford. 

Paper documents will be accepted for safe and secure destruction to help protect local residents from identity theft. Documents can be brought in boxes or in bags. Drivers are asked to remain in their car while the documents are unloaded by shred truck staff. Parking is available for those who wish to stay and watch the documents be shredded on-site.

“Protecting yourself from the risk of identity theft and fraud is one reason to take advantage of our free shred event,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “Many families also find it helpful and convenient to reduce clutter by safely disposing of unwanted documents you may have lying around or stored in a closet or basement. We hope to see you at the shred truck on July 28!”
Rep. Joe Sosnowski attended the groundbreaking ceremony today at Rockford International Airport for the new 120,000 square foot expansion of the Airport's International Cargo Facility. Nearly 1.4 billion pounds of cargo traveled through the Airport in 2017, a 50 percent increase over the prior year. Local and federal officials participating in the ceremony included Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. During the event, the Airport also celebrated the start of construction on a new $3.5 million ramp for cargo aircraft parking.


The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued several public policy changes over the past few weeks.  Below is an overview of a few of those landmark decisions.

Mark Janus v. AFSCME 31 et. al.: 
My job, My choice.

On June 27, 2018, SCOTUS ruled by a 5-4 vote, that government workers should not be required to pay union agency or fair share fees to help pay for collective bargaining.  This decision stemmed from a complaint filed by state employee Mark Janus challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois state law authorizing agency fees. Janus believed that charging an agency fee for non-union workers in a union-represented workplace was a violation of his rights as a citizen and further violated the First Amendment. Governor Bruce Rauner also shared Janus's concerns, but the Governor's complaint was dismissed by a District Court. The Janus v. AFSCME 31 decision overturned a 41-year-old case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. It was determined in Janus v. AFSCME 31 case that the Supreme Court had failed to accurately assess the principles of First Amendment rights in Abood.