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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.
For more information click here.
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.” 

Heat Alerts issued by the National Weather Service for this weekend
The heat index is expected to soar this week and so will the need for places to keep cool.

As part of his Keep Cool Illinois campaign, Governor Rauner has made over 120 state facilities available as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days.

In 1995, 739 people died in Chicago during the deadliest stretch of heat ever recorded. Please share this information with those who do not have air conditioning and need a place to stay cool.

Cooling Centers

Find a cooling center near you:

Additionally, Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours, from 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.