John Cabello

A bill that would ban masks, hoodies, and other identity-concealing garments during public protests has been introduced in the Illinois House.

State Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, who has worked as a Rockford police officer, claimed the bill wasn't prompted by any specific protests. However, he said, some people are emboldened to commit violence if they can hide their identity at public protests.

Rockford Police Department

A new Illinois law requires police officers to receive training to recognize signs of post-traumatic stress they may experience on duty.

The law is named after Greg Lindmark, a Rockford officer who took his own life after a 26-year career on the force, including a stint as deputy chief leading the detective bureau. The measure was sponsored by state Rep. John Cabello, who worked on the force with Lindmark. He hopes the training can prevent additional officer suicides.

John Cabello

A Rockford-area state representative who co-chaired Donald Trump's campaign in Illinois is going to Washington to see his candidate sworn in as president.

John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, says Trump's message of bringing back jobs resonated with him and, apparently, many others.

Cabello is the only Hispanic Republican in the legislature. He says that, when it comes to issues like a wall on the Mexican border and deportation of those who have immigrated here illegally,  he realizes he's at odds with some others in the Hispanic community.

State of Illinois

Illinois schools might be asked to teach students about the dangers of heroin use. It would be part of a series of recommendations being discussed by a special task force.

Heroin Task Forces Ramp Up Efforts

Mar 6, 2014

Illinois could soon see new laws aimed at addressing the heroin problem in many parts of the state. Two special panels are in the process of gathering feedback on possible solutions.

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