Cheri Bustos wins 17th District race for U.S. House - FOX 32 News Chicago

Cheri Bustos wins 17th District Congressional race for U.S. House

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Democrat Cheri Bustos says her election to office shows that voters understood her message.

She defeated first-term Illinois Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling on Tuesday. Bustos tells The Associated Press that her campaign has been about middle class families and she's honored to go to Congress.

The race was one of the most closely watched in Illinois as Democrats had identified it as an opportunity to pick up a seat in their fight to regain control of the House. Republicans also poured in big money to defend it.

The newly drawn 17th Congressional District sprawls from the Iowa state line to include parts of western and central Illinois.

Bustos is a former city council member. She received an early endorsement from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

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