Commission reinstates John Cabello to Rockford Police Department

ROCKFORD — State Rep. John Cabello has been reinstated to the Rockford Police Department, but when he’ll be back on the job is still being ironed out.

The Republican legislator has been on unpaid administrative leave from the department since 2012, when he was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives. Since then, the city has questioned whether it is legal for him to collect a paycheck from a municipality while also working for the state.

The Rockford Register Star reported Wednesday that the Rockford Board of Fire and Police Commissioners agreed to reinstate Cabello on Tuesday. Under terms of his employment, he will work as a police investigator for part of the year, and take an unpaid leave of absence when the General Assembly is in session.

The agreement follows a 2014 opinion issued by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan that Cabello may perform both jobs, but not collect concurrent paychecks.

Cabello has never enrolled in the state’s pension program, and plans to retire from Rockford Police. His first day back will be determined by the department. He will be reassigned as a traffic investigator as soon as it is determined if he needs to complete any training.

John Cabello was appointed to the 68th District seat in August 2012, when Dave Winters resigned. He was reelected  that fall and again in 2016. During last year’s presidential race, Cabello was a co-chair of the Illinois Trump Victory Committee. He’s a former member of the Winnebago County and Harlem Township boards. R.

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