SPRINGFIELD — All 118 members of the House of Representatives were sworn into office for a new term on Wednesday at the inaugural of the historic 100th General Assembly held at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

Among those representatives from Northern Illinois taking the oath of office were State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford), Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) and Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon); all citing their eagerness to work with Democrats and  fellow Republicans to reform Illinois’ budget and spending policies to protect middle-class families and promote economic growth.  

“We have a clear choice moving forward as we look to resolve the state budget impasse: maintain the status quo, raise taxes without reforms and force greater fiscal crisis; or go in a new direction and work together on changes that create jobs, strengthen schools and enact true property tax relief,” said Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford). “I have been very consistent in my position that we need to go in that new direction and achieve results for northern Illinois families. This is my first and most immediate priority for the new year.”

“I am honored to continue to serve the 68th district,” said Rep. Cabello (R-Rockford). “I am eager to get back to work to successfully achieve a balanced budget for the state and we passed a property tax freeze that I hope the Senate will continue.”
 
"Too many of our young people are moving out of Illinois for education, for jobs, for opportunities.  We have a window to help turn our state around and keep our children and jobs here in Illinois.  I will fight with everything I have to fulfill that vision for Illinois,” said Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon).
 
The House of Representatives for the new 100th General Assembly is comprised of 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans. Representative Michael J. Madigan of Chicago was re-elected Speaker of the House for another two-year term. Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs was re-elected Minority Leader.