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.”

Rockford… State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) passed legislation this past spring to provide non-violent offenders the opportunity to regain entry into the workforce.  Today, the Governor signed that legislation (HB 3149) into law.

“This is a step in the right direction,” said Rep. Cabello. “The legislation will grant non-violent offenders the opportunity to petition to the courts to seal their records if they have successfully completed the educational requirements. However, a judge will make the final decision as to whether the petitioner is worthy of approval.”

House Bill 3149 allows an offender who earned a high school diploma, associate’s degree, career certificate, vocational technical certificate, bachelor’s degree, or a GED, during the period of his or her sentence, aftercare release, or mandatory supervised release, to petition the courts to seal their record immediately upon completion of the requirements.      
“The recidivism rate in this country and right here in Rockford is unacceptable.  How can we expect these offenders to not fall back into criminal activities after they are released if no one will hire them because of their record? This incentive gives hope and direction to those willing to change their lives for the better,” added Rep. Cabello.

The law does not allow for an offender to utilize the opportunity if they have completed the same educational goal previously. If the offender’s petition for sealing is denied, then the applicable waiting period under the sealing law shall apply to any subsequent petition for sealing by the offender.
Springfield... State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) sponsored legislation that the Governor signed into law today that aims at making major reforms to Illinois’ law enforcement community.


“Congratulations to law enforcement for recognizing the need for change and leading by example for the rest of the nation to follow,” said Rep. Cabello. “As a chief negotiator on my side of the aisle, I made sure the combination of reforms represented law enforcement and community as equally as possible. Quite frankly, not everyone likes the legislation, but it’s significant in that it moves the ball in the direction it needs to go and is a prime example of the type of successful compromise that can be reached between both Democrats and Republicans.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 1304, is a result of negotiations between all four caucuses and stakeholders from the police and legal community, which is a combination of police officer related bills that were held in Judiciary – Criminal committee and various Judiciary – Criminal sub-committees this past spring session.

Specifically, the legislation defines incidents involving law enforcement involved deaths, provides for independent investigations and prosecutions, enhances reporting mechanisms, outlines traffic and pedestrian stop procedures, creates choke-hold restrictions and allows for body cameras worn by officers.

“There was a lot of hard work and tough negotiations made while crafting this legislation, but the final product is still a work in progress. There is always room to improve, but this is a step in the right direction and can be a blueprint to guide other states as we work to reform law enforcement for the better.”

The bill applies to law enforcement statewide and is effective immediately for provisions concerning funding of the Law Enforcement Camera Grant through fines and the Commission on Police Professionalism. The remainder of the bill has no effective date and is thus effective January 1, 2016.

Click HERE for Legislation Highlights PDF




The Adjunct General of the Illinois National Guard, Richard J. Hayes Jr. visited the Machesney Park Armory on Monday. State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) welcomed General Hayes to the Armory.

General Hayes and Rep. Cabello toured the facility and met with local staff. General Hayes officially started as The Adjutant General on Monday, June 8, after being appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on May 25. He replaced Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, who is retiring after more than 38 years of military service.

The Machesney Park Armory was built in 1993 and stands close to 44,000 square feet. The compound houses multiply units that account for a wide variety of duties. Anyone wishing to get more information about joining the Illinois National Guard can visit the recruiting office at the Armory, 10451 N 2nd St, Machesney Park, IL 61115.






Rockford... On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. This legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

On Sunday, State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) and local RAMP leaders celebrated the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA with legislation of their own, which Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law.

“The signing of House Bill 4049 is a great step forward for the disability community. With a signature Illinois laws will now reflect the language being used by individuals with disabilities who make up 20 percent of the population. In taking this step the State of Illinois is recognizing the work of advocates in the Disability Rights movement across the country to elevate, educate, and infiltrate individuals with disabilities to equal status at all levels of the communities in which they live. Disability Rights ARE Civil Rights.”

House Bill 4049 removes antiquated language from current statutes in Illinois and replaces those terms with Person First Language. For example, the law changes all occurrences of "the physically handicapped" to "persons with physical disabilities", changes all occurrences of "the handicapped" or "handicapped persons" or "handicapped individuals" to "persons with disabilities", and changes all occurrences of "handicapping condition" to "disabling condition".

“I was honored that RAMP reached out to me to carry this monumental legislation,” said Rep. Cabello. “Their staff is always going above what is asked to help the community and I deeply appreciate their effort to get this legislation passed. It’s important we continue to recognize the progress that has been made through ADA and that we strive towards reaching full ADA compliance in Illinois.”

House Bill 4049 has an immediate effective date.


SPRINGFIELD, IL – For those in northern Illinois, the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center may be a best-kept secret among outdoors enthusiasts. To highlight this 750-acre hub of youth conservation activities, the Illinois Conservation Foundation is hosting a free open house from Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2. 

“Not enough families know about the programs and resources that the Torstenson Center offers,” said Wayne Rosenthal, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director and ICF Chairman.  “They’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the range of educational activities available to them when we open this beautiful property up to the public.”

Attendees are welcome to come with children and families to take part in conservation-related activities and events.  Children will get a chance for hands-on experiences with archery, crafts, and mammal identification with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police trailer.  They’ll also get to learn about pollinators and outdoors activities, as well as wildlife brought to the event from the Hoo Haven Wildlife Refuge.  

Additional organizations that will be on-site include the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and more.  In addition to scheduled events, the ICF is also offering tours of the full property to see the new catch-and-release fishing pond, the beautiful 11,000 square-foot log cabin and archery range.

“This is a great opportunity to visit several organizations that share a similar mission,” said Eric Schmidt, ICF Executive Director.  “We’re all inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders, and this is a chance to turn ‘screen time into green time’ for area children.”

This event will occur rain or shine, and food will be provided in return for donations to the ICF and Torstenson Center.  The Torstenson Center is located at 13735 Cook Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063.

For more information, please visit www.ilcf.org or call (217) 785-2003.






Springfield... Legislation aimed at saving local municipalities money has passed both the House and Senate chambers in Springfield.  House Bill 3152, sponsored by State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park), permits a law enforcement agency to dispose of controlled substances on location in a “drug destruction device,” rather than transport and pay for the destruction by the Illinois State Police (ISP).

"Currently, ISP are responsible for destroying controlled substances after the trial judge has granted a motion for destruction of evidence," said Rep. Cabello. "The burden for transportation and disposal falls on the arresting police department. For example, the Rockford Police Department spends around $12,000 dollars each time it has to dispose compared to just $4,500 to purchase the Drug Terminator."

The Drug Terminator safely destroys drugs and narcotics with minimal emissions. Once the unit reaches an optimal temperature, the Easy-Feed Cartridge allows the user to continuously add content into the barrel without the threat of smoke and fumes contaminating the surrounding area. The ashes left from the incineration are considered non-retrievable and are disposed via landfill.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) helped craft the legislation to
help meet their air quality standards. The bill now heads to the Governor where it will await his signature into law.



chamber members, Meijer staff and elected officials cut ribbon
Meijer's Store constructed two new facilities in the Rockford area. Today, the Machesney Park location cut ribbon in celebration and anticipation of the grand opening on Thursday. Meijer showed their dedication in investing in the community by making a donation to Harlem High School's turf project. This is the first time Meijer Stores have opened up two new stores consecutively in the same area.
While gathered in Springfield for session, representatives from the Illinois House offered legislation to honor former Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Hiram Grau. Director Grau was appointed to the position in 2011 as the Illinois State Police’s first Hispanic Director.  House Resolution 61 honored Director Grau by thanking him for his service to the State and dedication to public safety.

State Rep. John Cabello & former ISP Director Grau both center
The resolution’s chief sponsor, State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) acknowledged Director Grau’s achievements during his four year tenure.

“Director Grau’s devotion to public safety and service to the State of Illinois will leave a lasting impression for all to follow,” said Rep. Cabello. “His leadership and professionalism led to one of the oldest cold cases in American History, the 1957 murder of Maria Ridulph, to be solved. I wish Director Grau all the best as I know his excellence will continue in his next endeavor.”

During his tenure, Director Grau oversaw the ISP’s implementation of Illinois’ concealed carry program, meeting every statutory deadline.  He authorized the use of non-lethal and state-of-the-art tasers by troopers and renewed the ISP’s efforts on diversity and recruitment.  He expanded joint efforts by partnering the Metro East Police Assistance Team (MEPAT) and Chicago Police Department in a fugitive apprehension initiative.

Prior to becoming Director of the ISP, Director Grau was Deputy Chief of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office of Investigations Bureau, where he oversaw the Narcotics/Special and Municipal Investigations Divisions. He has spent his entire career in law enforcement, 28 of those years with the Chicago Police Department, working his way up through the ranks as Patrolman, Tactical Officer, Gang Crime Specialist, Detective, Undercover Narcotics Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Watch Commander, District Commander, Deputy Superintendent, and Acting First Deputy. He also spent 9 years on the FBI's Street Gang Investigation Squad.

Director Grau has received hundreds of special commendations, awards, and recognitions. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran, receiving 4 medals while serving with the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division. He served as Past President of the St. Jude Police League, was a former professor of the Adler School of Psychology (Police Leadership Course), a guest lecturer at the Vietnam Veterans Museum, and a former Leadership Course Instructor for the Chicago Police Department's Executive Development Program.

Director Grau has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice/social justice from Lewis University and a master's degree in business administration from St. Xavier University. He was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the City of Chicago Executive Development Program.



State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) attended a press conference this past Sunday to join State Representative Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford) in response to the recent outbreak of shootings and violence in the Rockford area.

"We need to start looking at the early childhood education," Cabello said. "We need to start there and continue that. If we don't give our children the opportunity helping them salvage later on these are the problems we are going to continue to see."

The legislators were accompanied by local leaders and community members to discuss the problems openly. Legislation was filed today to create the Rockford Violent Crime Task Force.

"This isn't something that we are going to be able to fix overnight," Cabello said. "It is something that we need to make sure we work on as a community together."

Watch the full report at WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader.

House Resolution 494 Highlighted:

(1) study and determine the causes of violent crime in Rockford and nearby affected communities.

(2) study and determine the feasibility of deploying the Illinois State Police to Rockford and nearby affected communities and neighborhoods.

(3) develop a comprehensive long-term solution to the effect of violent crime in the Rockford and nearby affected communities.

(4) recommend a plan of action to substantially reduce the incidents of violent crime in Rockford and nearby affected communities.

(5) draft any necessary legislation and make any necessary recommendations for appropriations to place the plan of action into immediate effect.
The Illinois State Police are continuing to seek improvements in the quality of the services they provide to the people living in or visiting Illinois. As part of their effort to improve services, the Illinois State Police (ISP) are asking that you share your opinions about the Illinois State Police.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey. Your response will be part of the ongoing planning effort to place State Police resources where they are most needed, while addressing concerns of Illinois citizens.
SPRINGFIELD – Two House Republican legislators with law enforcement backgrounds advanced separate criminal justice reform bills in the Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday aimed at strengthening the ability of current and former inmates who complete an educational degree during their sentence to gain employment upon re-entering the community.
The House approved HB 3884, sponsored by Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield), which increases from 60 days to 90 days the length of service credit an eligible offender can earn by completing their high school equivalency testing while in the custody of the Department of Corrections. HB 3884 passed the House by a vote of 95-19 with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“Self-improvement and rehabilitation should be the focus of our criminal justice system,” said Rep. Anthony, a former municipal police officer, county sheriff’s deputy, and advocate with the Safer Foundation, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services to help people with criminal records secure and maintain jobs as they key to successful re-entry into the community. While with the Foundation, Rep. Anthony made assessments, taught GED to at-risk youth ages 16-21 and served as a case manager for adult offenders. “By incentivizing inmates to earn their GED, we can help them transition back into the community after completing their sentence and dramatically increase their likelihood of success in finding employment.”

In a related move, the House also approved HB 3149, sponsored by Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park), a Rockford police detective. The measure allows a non-violent felony offender who earns a high school diploma, associate's degree, career certificate, vocational technical certification, or bachelor's degree, or passed their GED test during the period of their sentence, aftercare release, or mandatory supervised release to petition for their criminal record to be sealed from potential employers. HB 3149 passed the House by a vote of 94-20.

“With this legislation I hope to encourage participation in progressive educational programs so that people serving sentences for non-violent crimes may take their chance at becoming productive members of society upon their release,” Rep. Cabello said. “The ability to have a record sealed is meant to provide that added incentive.”

Both bills now go to the State Senate for approval.

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IDOT: “project may or may not be terminated”

Springfield… The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a response to local lawmakers regarding the possible future of an Amtrak passenger rail service to Rockford. IDOT stressed that project stakeholders understand the status of the project and the possibility that it may or may not be terminated.

“The availability of funds for this project was falsely advertised.  There was no money designated for the project. It was an outrageous political lie by the prior administration,” said State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford).  “We must proceed cautiously and explore other means of developing transportation until IDOT determines their current and future fiscal outlook.”

“I am disappointed that this project continues to be delayed,” said State Representative Brian Stewart (R-Freeport). “IDOT confirmed that this project currently looks doubtful, however I am hopeful that future plans will continue to develop as we strive to address our States’ current fiscal mess. Until then, we will just have to wait.”

IDOT went on to explain that the Governor’s office is committed to turning Illinois around, but it has to first perform a comprehensive review of all spending and programs, including major infrastructure projects.

As the Spokesperson for the Appropriations Public Safety Committee, which appropriates IDOT, State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) expressed some concern for the future of the project.
  
“It’s unfortunate that this project continues to be unsuccessful, but the reality is the funds were never allocated. IDOT is in a difficult fiscal situation and will have to evaluate its long-term fiscal problems before committing to the project. I will have a better understanding as I work with Secretary Blakenhorn to appropriate IDOT’s FY16 Budget. However, we must first and foremost be stewards to the taxpayers of the state.”

“This is a project that we all want, and that I think everyone is excited about,” said State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford), “but unfortunately our last Governor made a promise that he never funded. In light of our state’s current fiscal condition, it looks like the project will continue to be delayed until suitable funding can be found.”

The Amtrak project to Rockford will be reviewed by IDOT and allow for locals to submit their concerns for the future of the project as they work to evaluate other projects around the State. 
Springfield… State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) has filed legislation to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois. House Bill 4059 would eliminate the language abolishing the death penalty that was passed in 2011 and creates 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 to combat the worst of the worst. Criminals that decided to take the life of a first responder, child or multiple victims should have consequences that justify their actions.”

The bill 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.

“The bill is in the beginning stages,” said Rep. Cabello. “It’s still in rules and it may never be heard in committee, but I believe this legislation deserves the opportunity to be discussed. I will be working with legislators on both sides of the aisle as we move through the process.”

If passed, Illinois would become the 33rd State with the death penalty. House Bill 4059 currently sits in House Rules until it is assigned to a committee to be heard. 
State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) speaks in support of new legislation to combat the growing heroin epidemic in Illinois. House Bill 1 creates the Heroin Crisis Act and favors a number of changes that look to reform the process of how we target drug abuse in Illinois.


Springfield… Early this month, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued his 14th executive order to create the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. State Representatives John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) and Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) were tasked with representing the House Republican Caucus on the commission.

“We a have problem that deserves our full attention and I am confident this is the right step toward taking action,” said Rep. Cabello. “As the Republican Spokesperson for Judiciary-Criminal and 20 years of service in law enforcement, I believe my experience will help bring some new ideas to the commission. We have some serious issues to tackle and I look forward to getting started right away.”

The commission will be tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the State’s current criminal justice and sentencing structure, sentencing practices, community supervision, and the use of the alternatives to incarceration.

“Recidivism in Illinois is dangerously high,” said Rep. Stewart. “48 percent of adult inmates and 53 percent of juveniles released from incarceration return within three years. This statistic should be shocking, but unfortunately it is a reality that we must address. As a former law enforcement officer, I understand this is going to be a challenge. However, Gov. Rauner’s swift action to create this commission could be the remedy to solving this vital issue.”

Imprisonment is Illinois’ most expensive form of criminal punishment. Taxpayers spend $1.3 billion on the Department of Corrections and $131 million on the Department of Juvenile Justice each year.  
Loves Park… The 99th Illinois General Assembly was sworn into office in January and has continued to prepare for spring session, most recently by releasing committee assignments. State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) received several new committee assignments, including a highly regarded role as Minority Spokesperson.

“My committee assignments for this General Assembly will definitely be challenging,” said Rep. Cabello. “I was honored to be selected as the Minority Spokesperson for the House Judiciary-Criminal and Public Safety Appropriations Committees.  As a law enforcement officer for 20 years, I know my experience will help well serve this new role. Furthermore, my position as Spokesperson for Public Safety Appropriations could lead to additional funding for the region as it includes appropriations for IDOT.”

As Minority Spokesperson for Judiciary-Criminal and Public Safety Appropriations Committees, Rep. Cabello will be tasked with representing the Republican Caucus on all matters in regards to legislation and funding. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) appointed Rep. Cabello as Minority Spokesperson based on his experience and professional background.

“I selected John Cabello to serve as Minority Spokesman on both the House Judicial-Criminal and Public Safety Appropriations Committees because of his knowledge and professional law enforcement experience,” said Durkin. “As Minority Spokesman, John will be taking on additional duties for the caucus.  He is going to have to meet regularly with other members of both committees to make sure they understand the bills being presented each week; answer their questions and give advice.  As issues are being debated before these committees it will be up to John to make sure the appropriate questions get asked and the Republican point of view is presented and placed into the record.”

In addition, Rep. Cabello will serve on two newly formed committees, Intermodal Infrastructure and Tollway oversight. Both committees will work to see that Illinois’ roadway projects and funding mechanisms become more transparent.

“Infrastructure is vital to Illinois’ economy,” said Rep. Cabello. “These two new committees will work directly with IDOT and the Tollway Authority to enhance transparency within the agencies and provide assistance to keep Illinois’ roadways safe. As the transportation hub of the Midwest, it’s essential to have a close working relationship with these two agencies. This relationship could also bring in new projects to the Rockford area.”

The last round of committees Rep. Cabello will serve is Public Utilities and Labor & Commerce. Constituents can find more information on this year’s committee assignments by visiting the State website (ilga.gov). The website also provides a full calendar for this year’s spring session and committee schedule.