17th Congressional District

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Three Republicans made their cases for why they deserve their party's nomination for the 17th Congressional District this March.

Eugene Farrell of Roseville is calling it quits on his campaign for the Republican nomination for the 17th Congressional District. 

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. 

The Illinois State Board of Elections' general counsel is recommending tossing out a petition challenge to 17th District congressional candidate Bill Fawell. 

Can an anonymous person bump a candidate off the ballot? The Illinois State Board of Elections will decide next week.

Three Republican candidates have filed to run for the 17th Congressional District. 

East Moline attorney Esther Joy King, U.S. Army veteran Eugene Farrell of Roseville, and Bill Fawell of Galena filed statements of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission. 

King has made appearances at events throughout the sprawling 17th Congressional District since declaring her candidacy last month. She recently appeared at the Pekin Marigold Festival with the Tazewell County Republicans. 

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) isn’t optimistic her former rival for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District will fare any better across the Mississippi River. 

Former Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling announced earlier this week that he will run for Iowa’s Second Congressional District. 

“Well, I defeated him twice, and I think he’s got a third loss coming his way," she said. 

Schilling lost his seat to Bustos in 2012, and failed to win it back in the 2014 race. 


Unopposed in Tuesday's GOP primary, Bill Fawell is preparing to start his campaign for Congress in earnest next month. He'll run against Democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos in Illinois' 17th District.

He's also working on the first bill he'll propose if elected. Fawell believes federal agencies like the EPA and Department of Education have too much power, and he wants to return this power to the states where it belongs.

Bustos Urges Bipartisan Politics in Illinois

Oct 12, 2016

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos wants her fellow lawmakers to forget the contentious electoral environment and begin reaching across the political aisle when the new congress convenes next year.

Bustos to honor veterans advocate at State of the Union

Jan 19, 2015

A man who helps fellow veterans in the Quad Cities will be in Washington tonight for the President's State of Union Address. Mike Malmstrom will be the guest of Illinois 17th District Congresswoman, Cheri Bustos.

Malmstrom served in the Marines during the Vietnam War, and in recent years has organized the annual Quad Cities Stand Down - a weekend in the fall when homeless veterans can meet with federal and state agencies including the V-A, get meals, medical care, winter clothing, and a place to sleep for a couple of nights. 

Discussion on improving the regional economy

Aug 20, 2013

Peoria area representatives of education, big and small businesses, healthcare, and manufacturing came together to discuss how to improve the regional economy. 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is holding three such meetings across her district. She says the goal is to form a vision for economic success and come up with issues important for economic development.

Making government work

Jul 18, 2013

 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is part of a bipartisan team sponsoring nine bills being called the Make Government Work package. 

Bustos visits A. Lucas & Sons during tour

Jul 3, 2013
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17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos visited A. Lucas & Sons as part of her “Make it in America” tour.

Bustos discusses vote in favor of farm bill

May 16, 2013

 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was among the lawmakers voting in favor of a five-year farm bill. The measure came out of the House Agriculture Committee, and is now ready for floor consideration.