State Representative John Cabello took the oath of office as a returning member of the Illinois House of Representatives at the inauguration of the 103rd General Assembly on Wednesday to serve the new 90th District, which includes portions of Winnebago, Stephenson and Boone Counties. Cabello previously represented the 68th District from 2012-2021.
“Northern Illinois taxpayers and job creators need more advocates fighting for lower taxes and common-sense in Springfield,” Cabello said. “20 years of one-party rule in the state legislature and four years under Governor JB Pritzker have resulted in higher taxes, more violent crime, and tens of thousands of families leaving Illinois every year. I am eager to get back to work for the new 90th District and give local taxpayers a strong voice in the Illinois House to offer positive, pro-taxpayer alternatives to the policies that keep driving jobs, opportunity and people out of state.”
Representative Cabello 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, became a detective. Representative Cabello has served nearly three decades as a police officer and is currently on the roster of the Rockford Police Department.
Cabello was previously elected, and served, as a Harlem Township Trustee and a Winnebago County Board member for District 8. In those positions, he declined the pay and benefits, further demonstrating his commitment to public service. As State Representative he declined legislative pension benefits, a decision he will reaffirm this week as a new member of the House.
Representative Cabello previously served on the Appropriations-Capital Committee; as the Republican Spokesperson on the Appropriations-Public Safety Committee; and as a member of the committees on Transportation; Labor & Commerce; and Judiciary – Criminal, respectively. The House of Representatives for the new 103rd General Assembly is comprised of 78 Democrats and 40 Republicans. Representative Tony McCombie of Carroll County was elected the first woman House Minority Leader in Illinois history.