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ROCKFORD – Local residents interested in learning how to save money on their gas, electric and phone bills are invited to attend a free clinic sponsored jointly by State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) and State Rep. John Cabello (R-Rockford) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Rockford Area Association of Realtors office.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their gas, electric and phone bills for a free one-on-one consultation with experts from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), who will give tips on how to reduce costs. At clinics across Illinois, CUB has shown consumers how to trim their bills by an average of more than $200 per year.

The utility bill clinic is free and open to the public:
Saturday, September 17, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rockford Area Association of Realtors
6776 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
“Helping local residents save money on their utility bills is one of the many ways my office is pleased to serve our community,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “I encourage everyone to attend and learn how to apply simple tips to get more for less on every dollar you spend on gas, electric and phone service.”

“CUB clinics are a terrific opportunity for local families to get a personalized one-on-one review of their utility bills and find out how they can reduce their monthly expenses,” Rep. Cabello said. “My office is pleased to partner with Rep. Sosnowski and the Citizens Utility Board to provide this free service for Rockford-area residents.”

For questions or to RSVP, please call Rep. Sosnowski’s office at (815) 547-3436.
Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. To offset the cost of the mailings, White is drafting legislation allowing his office to offer advertising space on the mailings. In addition, White is urging the public to sign-up for email notices to further reduce mailing costs.

The Secretary of State’s office discontinued mailing reminders in October 2015 due to the lack of funding as a direct result of the state budget impasse. The stop-gap budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor allows White’s office to reinstate the notices. “The notices are an essential tool for the public to be sure their vehicles are in good standing and avoid paying late fees and fines resulting from tickets issued by law enforcement,” White said. “The driving public paid the price for the budget impasse and it proved to be an unfair burden. With the funds from the stop-gap budget the notices will resume. In addition, we are reducing the number of mailings and seeking alternative funding sources for the postage costs.” 

Heat Alerts issued by the National Weather Service for this weekend
The heat index is expected to soar this week and so will the need for places to keep cool.

As part of his Keep Cool Illinois campaign, Governor Rauner has made over 120 state facilities available as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days.

In 1995, 739 people died in Chicago during the deadliest stretch of heat ever recorded. Please share this information with those who do not have air conditioning and need a place to stay cool.

Cooling Centers

Find a cooling center near you:

Additionally, Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours, from 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.
Above: Illinois State Police with Chris Lim, Nam S. Lim,
Gigi Lee, Sandy Kim, Jay Lee and Representative Cabello
Today, State Representative John Cabello passed a resolution making the IL State Route 59 overpass the “Trooper Chong Soo Lim Memorial Overpass,” memorializing Lim’s life as an Illinois State Trooper.

“He sacrificed his life for his community,” Representative John Cabello (R-Rockford) said. “This memorial is a small way all of us can say thanks to Trooper Lim.”

Trooper Chong Soo Lim was killed in the line of duty June 5, 1995 while making a traffic stop on the Northwest Tollway. Lim was sitting in his police cruiser when a drunk driver slammed into the back of his vehicle.

Born in South Korea, Trooper Lim graduated from the Police Academy and began his career patrolling Chicago’s District 3. He was transferred to the midnight shift in District 15 in Oak Brook one month before the accident that took his life.

“This memorial serves as a reminder of Trooper Lim’s brave service and his dedication to duty,” said ISP Director Leo Schmitz. “We cannot bring our heroes back, but we must always remember their sacrifice.”

Cabello added, “The overpass is symbolic. Lim will always be watching over I-90.”
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois House Republicans, furious about the lack of a state budget and seemingly empty session calendar thus far this year, challenged House Democrat leadership today to not adjourn as scheduled for the entire month of March.

State Representative John M. Cabello released the following statement in reaction to the House Democrats adjourning without scheduling another session day for an entire month.

“I am sincerely disappointed in the actions that the House Democrats displayed today when they hurriedly left Springfield and adjourned without giving any reason why. Republicans made a motion to bring the legislature back the following day so that we could continue to work to find a budget solution.”

“However, the motion, despite being completely in line with the rules, was ruled out of order with no explanation why. Democrat leadership quickly left the chamber to prevent debate on the issue, leaving the states most vulnerable and middle-class families without a budget for critical services for at least an entire month.”

“This move was undeniably disgusting. We all know of the horror stories Illinois families are facing without a budget and they still adjourned anyways. It’s absolutely criminal.  If it were up to me I would lock everyone in the chambers until we solved the problem.”

Rep. Cabello can be contacted at his district office located at 1941 Harlem Road, Loves Park or by calling (815) 621-2196.

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.”