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.