About John Cavaletto
John Cavaletto is completing his 3rd term in the Illinois General Assembly where he serves on the Agriculture & Conservation, the
Appropriations-Higher Education, the Appropriations-Public Safety (Republican Spokesperson), the Cities & Villages, the Public
Safety: Police & Fire, the Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Committees.
His most recent legislation to be signed into law (P.A. 98-1066) is HB 4616 that allows school districts to use their “fire
prevention safety funds” to actually pay for their fire safety inspection that is require every ten years. Representative
Cavaletto has sponsored a number of bills (http://ilga.gov/house/RepBills.asp?MemberID=1959) dealing with reducing fraud
with the food stamp program, job renewal zones, grandparent custody rights, concealed carry rights, and historic preservation,
just to name a few. They have all been referred to committees by the majority party and await a fair hearing and vote.
Born in 1940 to a southern Illinois coal mining family, John worked in the mines during the summers to pay for college
tuition and he and his future wife Connie ran summer camps for special needs children in the early years as well. Cavaletto
received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He began his
38-year education career in teaching Special Education in Mulberry Grove and continued with his basketball coaching and
administration at Mater Dei High School in Breese and then Salem Community High School.
John is married to his high school sweetheart, Connie, for 47 years and they have three sons and three grandchildren. In
addition to his love of family, he enjoys hunting, fishing and golf. John Cavaletto says the best advice he ever got was
from his dad who said: “Don’t wait for someone to give you something…work!”