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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.”
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.