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.