John M. Cabello

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John M. Cabello
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Illinois House of Representatives District 68
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 3
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedAugust 2012
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRockford Police Detective
Office website
Campaign website
John M. Cabello is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 68. He was first appointed to the chamber in August 2012.[1]


Cabello's professional experience includes working as a Rockford Police Detective.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cabello served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Public Safety
Consumer Protection
Human Services
Public Utilities
Restorative Justice
State Government Administration



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent John M. Cabello ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cabello won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 68. Cabello was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and defeated Carl R. Wasco (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 68, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn M. Cabello Incumbent 53.3% 25,169
     Democratic Carl R. Wasco 46.7% 22,091
Total Votes 47,260

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cabello is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Cabello raised a total of $401,241 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[9]

John M. Cabello's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 68 Won $384,443
2010 Illinois State House, District 68 Defeated $16,798
Grand Total Raised $401,241


Cabello won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cabello raised a total of $384,443.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John M. Cabello's campaign in 2012
House Republican Organization of Illinois$42,318
Citizens to Elect Tom Cross$40,200
Illinois Republican Party$36,080
Volunteers for Shimkus Congressman John Shimkus$25,000
Illinois Healthcare Association$20,500
Total Raised in 2012$384,443
Source:Follow the Money


Cabello lost the election for the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Cabello raised a total of $16,798.


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[11]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


Cabello was a Winnebago County Board member from 2010 to 2012, a Harlem Township Board member from 2008 to 2010 and as Chairman of the Machesney Park Zoning Board of Appeals from 2006 to 2008.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Winters (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 68
2012 – Present
Succeeded by