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.