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.