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State Senator Kyle McCarter of the New 54th District being sworn in as part of the 98th General Assembly. Submitted Photo.

The Illinois 98th General Assembly. Submitted Photo.

State Rep. John Cavaletto and State Senator Kyle McCarter Sworn into Office

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The Illinois 98th General Assembly was sworn into office Wednesday during a ceremony at the University of Illinois - Springfield.  Among those were State Representative John Cavaletto and State Senator Kyle McCarter.  

Cavaletto says it's an honor to be elected to serve the people of the 107th district, and says being sworn in today is a start of trying to tackle the state's key problems, such as the state's budget problems, pension reform, and bringing jobs back to Illinois.  "We have some great tasks ahead of us in order to get things straight in our state, and also our schools need help.  So I hope that we can get back to a budget one of these days where we can allocate so much money for schools like it's been in the past and that we don't spend more money than we've taken in.  That would be the perfect way to do it", said Cavaletto.

Cavaletto will represent the new 107th District for a third term, which now includes all of Bond and Fayette counties, most of Effingham County, and a section of Clinton County.  He says he looks forward to meeting new people in his district.  His district office will remain in Salem at 1370 West Main Street, Suite A.  

Cavaletto is a former educator, school administrator, and basketball coach, and has served in the General Assembly since first being elected in 2008.  He and his wife Connie reside in Salem.

Senator McCarter says it is an honor to serve the new 54th Senate District, which now includes all of Marion County.  He says today was a good day, but now they need to come back to reality to tackle the key issues in Illinois.  "We got to get back to work as quickly as possible, and that means we've got to take on pensions and reform pensions.  A modified pension is a lot better than a bankrupt one.  We've got to deal with Medicaid and we need to hold people responsible for their actions.  We care for people and we also hold them accountable.  So if we can get those two big issues under control then we can actually come close to balancing our budget and puttinig our families in a better chance to get jobs.  So it's been a great day, but it's also going to be time to get right back to work", said McCarter.  

McCarter says he has closed his district office in Highland, and will be relocating his district office to Vandalia.  He also plans to hold virtual office hours by having staff members in every county in the district to meet constituents.  More information will be released at a later date.  

McCarter has been serving in office since 2009 representing the 51st Senate District.  He owns and operates Custom Product Innovations and Custom Coating Innovations in Lebanon.  He and his wife Victoria reside in Lebanon and have two sons.  

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