Illinois 17th Congressional 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:

Bill Fawell

Two Republicans are competing for the chance to challenge Illinois Democratic  Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in the fall. 

Candidates for offices in Rock Island County will be chosen Tuesday during the Illinois primary election. Polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm.

Schilling for Congress

He's a familiar face in politics but now he lives in a different state. On Monday, former Illinois Congressman Bobby Schilling announced his candidacy for Iowa's Second District seat in Congress. 

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. 

Fawell for Congress / website

Un-opposed in Tuesday's GOP primary, Bill Fawell is preparing to start his campaign for congress in earnest next month. From Galena, he'll run against democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos in Illinois' 17th District.

Hoping to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, members of Congress have introduced a bill that would allow victims to take their cases to court.

Cheri Bustos

Following her overwhelming re-election in a district won by Donald Trump, Democrats in the US House have promoted Cheri Bustos to a job in leadership. Monday night, they elected the congresswoman from East Moline to be one of three co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

Voters often complain about not having any choices between candidates. But there is at least one race with very different candidates to choose from - that's in Illinois' 17th congressional district between Cheri Bustos from East Moline and Patrick Harlan of Galesburg.

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