Cheri Bustos

Bustos Wants Lead Abatement in Her District

May 20, 2016
WVIK Staff

Representative Cheri Bustos visited Augustana College Friday to meet with the director of a program working to tackle the lead paint problem in Scott County.

Last week, Augustana's Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities and the Scott County Health Department announced the partnership, which involves Augustana students identifying areas in the county with the highest risk of lead paint exposure and introducing solutions to prevent poisoning. 

WVIK Staff

Nationally, women make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes, but in Illinois' 17th congressional district, they only make 72 cents. That's the message from Representative Cheri Bustos and Augustana College students today.

They held a "Gender Wage Gap Bake Sale," and women were charged 72 cents for a cookie or brownie while men were charged a dollar.Bustos says congress needs to address its current laws that are anti-family. 

And she says it's especially important to raise awareness of the gender wage gap on college campuses like Augustana.


Bustos is a co-sponsor of a bill, which would help eliminate pay discrimination and prevent retaliation when workers share how much they make.

Jack Boccarossa and Patrick Harlan

        One of the key races for Illinois republicans in the March 15th primary will be for Congress in the 17th District.        Herb Trix reports.

The Illinois primary will be held next Tuesday. 

Bustos Visits Cuba

Oct 19, 2015
submitted / Office of Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

After traveling to Cuba, agricultural trade is on the agenda for a local congresswoman. U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos visited the country last week to tell its leaders about trade opportunities in Illinois and find out what the state has to offer.

Members of Congress from the Quad Cities visited the Alcoa plant in Riverdale this morning to show their support for the Export-Import Bank. The federal agency provides financial support for US businesses to sell their products overseas, but its charter officially expired last night.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) is looking for ways to ensure women are treated more fairly in the workplace. On Monday she held a meeting with women business leaders in Galesburg as part of what she's calling a week-long women’s economic security tour. Tuesday she'll visit the communities of Peoria and Cuba.

Elected officials and veterans gathered today to honor Lane Evans. They celebrated the renaming of the VA Clinic in Galesburg, for the former western Illinois congressman. Evans represented the 17th District for more than 20 years. And, he was a long-time supporter of veterans. The district's current Representative, Cheri Bustos, honored Evans at the ceremony, which was broadcast live by Galesburg Radio station, WGIL. 

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.

WVIK Staff

For the third time in just two weeks, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has brought state help to the Quad Cities for major projects. Earlier this month it was low interest loans for water and sewer projects, and to design a new building for Western Illinois University - today it was money for the new I-74 bridge. 

Who's to blame for American jobs moving overseas? That was one of the main topics last night in a debate between 17th district Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and republican challenger Bobby Schilling.