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
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.