17th district

Watch US Rep. Cheri Bustos' video announcement about her decision not to run for reelection.

U.S. Illinois 17th District Representative Cheri Bustos announced on Friday that she will not seek a sixth term in Congress. The Democrat has represented her northwestern Illinois district, which includes the Quad Cities area, Peoria and Rockford, since 2013, the first woman to do so.  Her current term, her fifth, ends in January of 2023. 

In a release announcing her decision,  Bustos stated:

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) will run unopposed in March's Democratic primary.

Her challenger, Spanky Edwards of Peoria, was removed from contention by the Illinois State Board of Elections Thursday after a petition challenge was upheld. 

Bustos Gets Top Committee

Jan 10, 2019

Another promotion for Cheri Bustos. The 17th District Congresswoman from Moline has been chosen to serve on the Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in the House.

Office of Cheri Bustos

A vote of confidence for Illinois 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos by her fellow Democrats in the US House: Thursday they chose her to serve as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee - that means it'll be her job to defend and expand her party's new House majority in the 2020 election. 

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.


Rep. Cheri Bustos

National security was the focus for some members of Congress during a week-long trip to the Middle East. The group, including Cheri Bustos from East Moline and Illinois' 17th District, traveled to Israel and Jordan.

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Several months after first being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Illinois, Cheri Bustos has decided against it. Monday the congresswoman from East Moline and the 17th District said she will run for re-election next year instead.

Galesburg Renames VA Clinic After Lane Evans

Jan 21, 2015
Tri States Public Radio

The Veterans Administration is honoring former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Friday, the VA Clinic in Galesburg will formerly change its name to the Lane A. Evans VA Clinic. Spokesman Jon Pruett says Evans was a long-time advocate for veterans. And, after his death at the age of 63 in November, renaming the clinic seemed appropriate. 

Evans served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. And, made an impact in Congress by helping veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Friends of Lane Evans

A longtime champion of veterans, family farmers, and working people has died. Last night, former 17th district Congressman Lane Evans passed away after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. 

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