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On January 1, 237 new laws will take effect in Illinois. Unfortunately, a balanced budget is not among them.

Several of the new laws affect children, veterans and the elderly. Others affect drivers and consumers. For a quick look at some of the more notable laws taking effect on Friday,
January 1, click HERE.

For the full list, click HERE.
Rockford…  Recognizing the need to review performance standards governing the professionalism of law enforcement agencies and officers in the 21st century, Illinois legislators created the Commission on Police Professionalism as part of the monumental police reform package that was signed into law back in August.

Local Rockford Police Officer Aurelio DeLaRosa was selected to serve on the Commission. State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) nominated Officer DeLaRosa for the position based off his accomplishments and knowledge in police training and standards.

“Officer DeLaRosa has established himself as an elite professional who understands and embraces the challenge police officers face on a daily basis,” said Rep. Cabello. “The Commission will examine all aspects of law enforcement as Illinois looks forward to setting the national standard. I am committed to the hard working families and heard their call to overhaul our entire criminal justice system. I am confident Officer DeLaRosa’s experiences will truly benefit the Commission and thank him for accepting this important position.”
Rockford…The State of Illinois recently officially recognized Walmart and the Walmart Foundation for its contributions to Northern Illinois Food Bank, specifically citing the more than $500,000 donated to Northern Illinois Food Bank in the last five years.

State Representative John M. Cabello (68th District – Machesney Park), who offered the recognition to the Illinois House of Representatives, presented the official certificate to Dan Ketcham, Walmart Market Manager for the Rockford area, at Walmart’s Rockford store.

"Walmart's continuous commitment to help families in need deserves recognition," said Rep. Cabello. "Hardworking families in our region benefit from Walmart’s generous donations. It's important that we highlight their efforts as they invest to make our community a better place to live."
Springfield… State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) filed a resolution today that will look to assist aged out foster care children through a state sponsored task force. Rep. Cabello worked with Kyle Hillman, Director of Legislative Affairs, National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter to craft the resolution.

“The state has a responsibility to not only care for these kids while they are in the system, but to also prepare them to succeed outside of the system. Rep. Cabello’s resolution is one more step in identifying ways in which we can reduce incarceration rates and support former wards of the state as they transition out of care,” said Hillman.

As you know, Illinois is in a fiscal crisis. Since changes took place, many people, including myself, were concerned that working families, seniors and Illinois’ most vulnerable would lose access to important programs.

I have maintained throughout the entire budget impasse that compromise is essential to changing the direction our state is on.  Thankfully, my efforts in demanding a compromise for the hardworking families in need have finally been heard. Most importantly, the compromise was accomplished without the need for legislation.

The compromise I speak of did several things.
Decatur – State Representatives Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) and John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) held a press conference Wednesday in Decatur to discuss legislation they are sponsoring to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois for cop killers and child murderers.

With violence against law enforcement officers making headlines on an almost weekly basis, the Republican legislators believe it is time to bring back the death penalty for the worst criminals.

“The statistics are alarming,” said Rep. Mitchell. “There have been 95 law enforcement fatalities so far this year, with 26 officers being shot and killed in the line of duty. We must do everything possible to support law enforcement and provide them with the tools necessary to prevent these despicable acts of violence. If you kill a police officer, you should get the death penalty.”

State Rep. John Cabello, Republican spokesperson on the House Judiciary – Criminal Law Committee, also serves as a Rockford Police Detective. Cabello introduced legislation earlier this year to reinstate the death penalty and create the Capital Crimes Litigation Act of 2015. Rep. Cabello filed the legislation in response to the most heinous crimes involved in first degree murder charges.

“We need a mechanism in place for the criminals who decide to commit a heinous act that results in a violent death,” said Rep. Cabello. “This legislation is aimed at combatting the worst of the worst. Criminals that decided to take the life of a first responder, child or multiple victims should face the most serious consequences for their actions.”

House Bill 4059 narrows the list for prosecutors seeking capital punishment for a convicted first degree murderer to the murder of a peace officer, correctional employee or fireman while performing his or her duties, multiple murders, murder of a child under the age of 12, murder committed on school grounds, and murder as a result of terrorism.

“Correctional officers interact with convicted murderers on a daily basis,” Rep. Mitchell added. “If a prisoner is already facing a life sentence, what is going to deter him from killing an officer who is protecting the public from these murderers? We believe the possibility of being executed would make these criminals think twice before attacking officers.”