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LOVES PARK State Representative John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, announced today that the unveiling of signage designating the portion of Illinois Route 251 as it travels between Spring Creek Road and Bauer Parkway as the Sergeant Blake W. Evans Memorial Highway will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 4 at Illinois Route 251 just south of the Harlem Road/Bauer Parkway intersection in Machesney Park. Members of the media and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend the sign unveiling ceremony, where attendees will gather in a nearby parking lot adjacent to Gill’s Diner. 

Sgt. Blake Evans (1983-2008)
Representative Cabello introduced and sponsored legislation last year, House Joint Resolution 64, to designate the portion of Illinois Route 251 in honor of Sergeant Evans’ life and service. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the Illinois House of Representatives in June 2017 and by the State Senate last October.

"Sergeant Blake Evans is an American hero whose memory lives on to this day,” Representative Cabello said. “I will be honored to stand with his family at the signage unveiling as we dedicate this portion of highway in Sergeant Evans’ name for our community to celebrate his life and remember his service for all time.”
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.
The Illinois Tollway will be hosting a career expo on Tuesday November 1st, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rockford area at the Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave. Rockford, IL 61101.
This event will provide information about employment readiness and opportunities within the Tollway, the entities that do business with the Tollway, and organizations that help prepare people to perform Tollway work.
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ROCKFORD – Local residents interested in learning how to save money on their gas, electric and phone bills are invited to attend a free clinic sponsored jointly by State Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) and State Rep. John Cabello (R-Rockford) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Rockford Area Association of Realtors office.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their gas, electric and phone bills for a free one-on-one consultation with experts from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), who will give tips on how to reduce costs. At clinics across Illinois, CUB has shown consumers how to trim their bills by an average of more than $200 per year.

The utility bill clinic is free and open to the public:
Saturday, September 17, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rockford Area Association of Realtors
6776 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
“Helping local residents save money on their utility bills is one of the many ways my office is pleased to serve our community,” Rep. Sosnowski said. “I encourage everyone to attend and learn how to apply simple tips to get more for less on every dollar you spend on gas, electric and phone service.”

“CUB clinics are a terrific opportunity for local families to get a personalized one-on-one review of their utility bills and find out how they can reduce their monthly expenses,” Rep. Cabello said. “My office is pleased to partner with Rep. Sosnowski and the Citizens Utility Board to provide this free service for Rockford-area residents.”

For questions or to RSVP, please call Rep. Sosnowski’s office at (815) 547-3436.
Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. To offset the cost of the mailings, White is drafting legislation allowing his office to offer advertising space on the mailings. In addition, White is urging the public to sign-up for email notices to further reduce mailing costs.

The Secretary of State’s office discontinued mailing reminders in October 2015 due to the lack of funding as a direct result of the state budget impasse. The stop-gap budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor allows White’s office to reinstate the notices. “The notices are an essential tool for the public to be sure their vehicles are in good standing and avoid paying late fees and fines resulting from tickets issued by law enforcement,” White said. “The driving public paid the price for the budget impasse and it proved to be an unfair burden. With the funds from the stop-gap budget the notices will resume. In addition, we are reducing the number of mailings and seeking alternative funding sources for the postage costs.”