Fawell Challenges Incumbent Bustos in IL 17th

Nov 5, 2018

On Tuesday, voters in Illinois' 17th Congressional District will choose between incumbent Cheri Bustos, a democrat from East Moline, and republican Bill Fawell, a businessman from Galena.

Michelle O'Neill reports on the two candidates.


Democrat U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos
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Cheri Bustos is serving her third term in Congress. If re-elected, she plans to continue working on job retention and creation, including jobs on Arsenal Island.

Congress has failed to pass a farm bill. And Bustos blames republicans, saying they refused to compromise.

She's been campaigning outside the 17th district to help other democrats win seats in the House.

Republican Bill Fawell
Credit Fawell for Congress / website

Her challenger, republican Bill Fawell, says the people no longer rule their own government, which is a systemic failure.

He says federal agencies and lobbyists have far too much power.

Fawell also supports regular audits of the Federal Reserve, term limits, and modest health insurance and pension plans for all volunteer firefighters.