17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

A national political analyst says Republican Esther Joy King could give U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos a closer-than-expected race in the 17th Congressional District.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Pekin's congressional delegation is calling on the federal Bureau of Prisons to test all staff and inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution after a COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed there last week.

You know it's getting close to election season crunch time when candidates start popping up on your local airwaves.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Despite recent sorting machine removals in Peoria and elsewhere, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, said she's confident the Post Office can handle large numbers of mail-in ballots in November.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) is applauding the passage of the CARES Act - the single largest relief package in American history.

17th District Republican candidate Esther Joy King landed the endorsements of two prominent rising stars in the national party.

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

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A withdrawn Republican candidate for the 17th Congressional District now claims he's back in the race. But the Illinois State Board of Elections says that's not necessarily the case.

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. 

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos isn't endorsing a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary yet, but she says it's important for the eventual nominee to understand something about districts like hers.

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says she's concerned about the situation in Iran and Iraq following the U.S. assassination of a prominent Iranian general.

Representative Cheri Bustos says she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

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

Tamie Yost

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) said introducing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump isn't a task she relished.

"This is a bad day for our country. This is a bad day for our democracy. And I sure wish we weren't at this point," she said. 

Bustos says neither Democrats nor Republicans came to Washington to impeach the president. She encouraged Americans to read the articles and decide for themselves. 

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) said the revised USMCA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada protects the interests of farmers, organized labor, and environmental organizations.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that House Democrats had reached a deal to move the treaty forward after years of negotiations. 

She said one important key change hashed out was the compliance enforcement mechanisms in the treaty.

Spanky Edwards for Congress

A Peoria Democrat says the people of the 17th Congressional District need another option in the March 2020 primary besides incumbent Rep. Cheri Bustos. 

The Trump administration says it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the kickoff of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

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. Rep. Cheri Bustos has hired the first Latina executive director to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

A Republican attorney from East Moline is challenging Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) for the 17th Congressional District. 

WCBU News/Kristin McHugh

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) said she’s tackling the recent problems at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee she chairs with eyes open.

Construction of a new fire and rescue house for the Peoria Air National Guard is moving forward.

Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Ag Lab is off the closure list. Representatives Cheri Bustos and Darin LaHood announced Monday that President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget recommends funding the facility.

Cong. Bustos: Why Tie Immigration To The Budget

Jan 29, 2018

Congress passed yet another short-term spending bill a week ago but only after a three-day government shutdown. The bill funds the federal government through February 8th.

 

That leaves lawmakers just 11 days to develop a spending plan for the fiscal year that began last October. Immigration issues, including the status of DACA children, are at the core of the impasse.

Denise Molina / Peoria Public Radio

For years, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis has been trying to get legislation passed to give local governments in rural Illinois a better shot at disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Now, the Taylorville Republican says he may finally have his chance.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent two clear signals when he dumped $50 million into his campaign fund: The 2018 race for Illinois governor will be a rough one, and the contest starts now.

What's still unknown is which Democrats will try to unseat the multimillionaire former businessman. According to potential candidates and aides, those considering a bid include U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, businessman Chris Kennedy, state Sen. Andy Manar and billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker. Kennedy could make an announcement next month. The others haven't set a timeline.

Helping Black Owned Businesses in Peoria

Oct 5, 2016
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos visited the Minority Business Development Center in Peoria Tuesday.

Much of the space at the Black Business Alliance office at 2139 SW Adams is still under reconstruction. But it’s already working to help more minority owned businesses grow and succeed.

1st District Peoria City Council Woman Denise Moore is championing the effort to link perspective businesses owners to a variety of organizations like the Small Business Administration.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is traveling throughout her 14-county district this month, on what she’s calling the “21st Century Heartland Tour."

Bustos kicked off the tour yesterday in Fairview and Peoria. At the Fairview Livestock Sale Barn, Bustos met 9-year-old Addison Fidler. Fidler had just sold her pig for $9,000 and donated it St Jude.

Bustos also visited the U of I College of Medicine to learn about the school’s rural health care program. She says that program aims to get more doctors into smaller communities:   

The Peoria International Airport is receiving more than $1.7 million for the rehabilitation of the airport’s apron. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Cheri Bustos jointly announced the funding. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant to help with concrete replacements from gates five down to Byerly Aviation. The  announcement builds on more than $1.6 million in federal funding provided last year.

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