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Loves Park… The 99th Illinois General Assembly was sworn into office in January and has continued to prepare for spring session, most recently by releasing committee assignments. State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) received several new committee assignments, including a highly regarded role as Minority Spokesperson.

“My committee assignments for this General Assembly will definitely be challenging,” said Rep. Cabello. “I was honored to be selected as the Minority Spokesperson for the House Judiciary-Criminal and Public Safety Appropriations Committees.  As a law enforcement officer for 20 years, I know my experience will help well serve this new role. Furthermore, my position as Spokesperson for Public Safety Appropriations could lead to additional funding for the region as it includes appropriations for IDOT.”

As Minority Spokesperson for Judiciary-Criminal and Public Safety Appropriations Committees, Rep. Cabello will be tasked with representing the Republican Caucus on all matters in regards to legislation and funding. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) appointed Rep. Cabello as Minority Spokesperson based on his experience and professional background.

“I selected John Cabello to serve as Minority Spokesman on both the House Judicial-Criminal and Public Safety Appropriations Committees because of his knowledge and professional law enforcement experience,” said Durkin. “As Minority Spokesman, John will be taking on additional duties for the caucus.  He is going to have to meet regularly with other members of both committees to make sure they understand the bills being presented each week; answer their questions and give advice.  As issues are being debated before these committees it will be up to John to make sure the appropriate questions get asked and the Republican point of view is presented and placed into the record.”

In addition, Rep. Cabello will serve on two newly formed committees, Intermodal Infrastructure and Tollway oversight. Both committees will work to see that Illinois’ roadway projects and funding mechanisms become more transparent.

“Infrastructure is vital to Illinois’ economy,” said Rep. Cabello. “These two new committees will work directly with IDOT and the Tollway Authority to enhance transparency within the agencies and provide assistance to keep Illinois’ roadways safe. As the transportation hub of the Midwest, it’s essential to have a close working relationship with these two agencies. This relationship could also bring in new projects to the Rockford area.”

The last round of committees Rep. Cabello will serve is Public Utilities and Labor & Commerce. Constituents can find more information on this year’s committee assignments by visiting the State website (ilga.gov). The website also provides a full calendar for this year’s spring session and committee schedule.
Rockford, IL... Legislation sponsored by State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) to allow the sons and daughters of fallen servicemembers to apply for Gold Star license plates was signed into law by the Governor on Saturday in Rockford.

"Fallen military men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today,” Representative Cabello said. “Their families deserve our highest levels of support and respect. My hope is that these Gold Star license plates will provide an added way for these sons and daughters to be recognized for their sacrifice and the sacrifice and service of their loved one.”

House Bill 5475 allows the children of fallen servicemembers to apply for Gold Star license plates. Prior to the signing of Rep. Cabello’s bill, state law only permitted the surviving spouses, parents, and siblings of persons who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to be issued these special plates. The law becomes effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The Gold Star is distributed to members of the immediate family of a fallen servicemember by the U.S. Department of Defense. The pin is distributed according to strict Department of Defense guidelines for servicemembers who have lost their lives in conflict or in support of certain military operations. A Gold Star Affirmation verifying receipt of the Gold Star, including the service member’s name and relationship to the special license plate applicant is required.

House Bill 5475 was signed into law on Saturday, August 9, as Public Act 98-869. For more information please contact State Rep. John Cabello by email at johncabello@aol.com.
Rockford, IL... Two area lawmakers have been selected for a new panel addressing illegal gun trafficking in Illinois. State Representatives John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) and Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) were appointed by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to serve on the new bipartisan task force charged with developing a comprehensive plan, including legislative proposals, to disrupt the flow of illegal guns in the State of Illinois.

“Most gun violence throughout Illinois and the City of Chicago isn’t caused by law-abiding gun owners, rather it comes from criminals who possessed firearms illegally,” said Cabello. “As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I look forward to serving on this committee to put more tools in the hands of law enforcement to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while continuing to protect the rights of upstanding gun owners.”
Rockford – In response to the growing heroin epidemic among teens and young adults throughout the state of Illinois, the House Bipartisan Task Force on the Heroin Crisis will be holding a hearing Monday, July 7th from 9:00am – 12:00pm in Rockford at Rock Valley College (Woodward Technology Center, Rooms 117/119, located at 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114). Speakers will include the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, Rockford Fire Department, Illinois Poison Center, Adult Redeploy Illinois, drug trafficking experts and others.

The task force is charged with studying the need for comprehensive legislation to address the concerns that this epidemic is generating on the part of both Illinois families and local law enforcement.