State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) was appointed to fill a vacancy in the 68th District and sworn into office in August of 2012. He was then elected to that seat in November of 2012. The 68th District includes all or parts of Rockford, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Loves Park, and Cherry Valley.
Originally from Texas, John and his family moved to Machesney Park when he was a young child. He is a graduate of Harlem High School in Machesney Park. He was also a member of the acclaimed Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.
John began serving his community after graduation from the police academy by becoming a police officer for South Beloit. He later worked for the Rockford Police Department and in a short period of time he became a detective. John has served over 20 years as a police officer and is currently on the roster of the Rockford Police Department.
Since August of 2012, John has rapidly advanced in the leadership in the Illinois House. Some have called John one of the fastest rising stars in the Illinois Republican party in decades. In July of 2014 Leader Jim Durkin appointed John to the Board of Directors of the House Republican Organization (HRO) where he served through 2016. In July of 2015, John assumed the role of Chairman of the Board for the HRO. In 2016 he was asked to serve as a Co-Chair for the Illinois Trump for President Campaign.
Rep. Cabello currently serves on Appropriations-Capital; Appropriations-Public Safety (Republican Spokesperson); Transportation: Regulation, Roads; Labor & Commerce; Judiciary – Criminal. Cabello is the primary sponsor of 25 bills in this current legislative term.
In addition John serves, and has served, on the board of two national Republican organizations, Future Majority Project (Current Board Member) and GO-PAC (Board Member in 2013). John previously was elected and served as a Harlem Township Trustee, a Winnebago County Board member for District 8. He resides in Machesney Park.
Representative Cabello handily won re-election in 2016 by a margin of 63.8% to 36.2%. In 2018 he won re-election to his fourth term despite being outspent nearly 5-1 against an opponent who was almost exclusively supported by special interests and Chicago Democrats.