Candidate Bio: Cheri Bustos - 17th District - FOX 32 News Chicago

Candidate Bio: Cheri Bustos - 17th District

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Cheri Bustos from Springfield, Illinois, is a Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House for the 17th Congressional District.

She is currently the President of the Board of directors of the Women's Connection and has worked previously as the Vice President of Public Relations and Communications at IHS and was an Alderwoman on the City Council in East Moline, Illinois.

Bustos is heading into the election against incumbent Republican Bobby Schilling.

Illinois' 17th congressional district covers a portion of western Illinois, including the counties of: Winnebago, Carroll, Jo Davies, Stephenson, Rock Island, Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Whiteside, Knox, Warren, and Mercer.

On the Issues

Jobs and the Economy: We need to get America back to work. Too many families are struggling today, and for too long, politicians have looked out for themselves and their friends, instead of looking out for the middle class.  Worse, Republicans in Congress seem more focused on scoring political points than working together to create jobs and get our economy back on track. Read more...

Medicare and Social Security: For generations, Medicare has been a solemn promise: work hard, pay your taxes and we will make sure you get the health care you earned when you need it most. We need to keep that promise. Read more...

Women's Issues: I have made advocating for women and families a focus throughout my life and career. I have always fought to ensure that women have equal opportunities and a voice in the most important issues facing our communities, whether in the workplace, in education, or in the public sector. Read more...

Affordable Health Care: My sister-in-law, Barb, died just over a year ago without health insurance. Barb and her husband both worked full-time but couldn't afford health insurance. When Barb got sick, she couldn't afford the most effective cancer treatment she needed. Read more...

Veterans and Our Armed Forces: As our troops depart Iraq and Afghanistan, we need to continue to ensure our armed forces are the best-trained, best-equipped and best-prepared in the world. With the Rock Island Arsenal in the Quad-Cities, the Air National Guard unit based outside of Peoria and major aerospace employers in Rockford, the 17th District has a vital interest in a strong military. That's why I will seek a seat on House Armed Services Committee—to continue the leadership provided by former Congressmen Lane Evans and Phil Hare. Read more...

Energy and the Environment: We need a comprehensive plan that keeps energy affordable, while moving us toward energy independence and cleaner sources of energy. Read more...

Education: As the mother to three boys – all products of the public schools – I know the importance of well-equipped schools and well-prepared and well-paid teachers. In Congress, I will work hard to support our public schools and expand educational opportunities for lifelong learning. Read more...


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