Cheri Bustos

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Members of Congress are back home instead of trying to work out a plan to avoid massive across-the-board cuts scheduled to take effect March 1st. Many are using the opportunity to show how sequestration will hurt the people who live and work in their districts. 

Kinzinger And Bustos React To State Of The Union

Feb 13, 2013

Many members of Illinois' Congressional delegation offered their thoughts on last night's State of the Union speech. 16th District Republican Adam Kinzinger held a conference call with reporters. 17th District Democrat Cheri Bustos issued a statement immediately following the address.

Bustos, Kinzinger Ready To Work In New Congress

Jan 10, 2013

The 113th Congress includes a freshman Democrat from northern Illinois and a second term Republican from a neighboring district who is taking on new territory. Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger are busy preparing for what lies ahead in the next session.

There are several similarities between the candidates in Illinois’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Democratic-leaning chunks from Rockford and Peoria as well as wrapping through the Quad Cities and across rural northwestern Illinois.

Here's the full interview with Cheri Bustos, one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in Illinois 17th Congressional District:

Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling is unopposed in the March 20 primary, but whoever wins the Democratic nomination will be a serious threat.  There are 3 Democrats running in the 17th District primary - Greg Aguilar, Cheri Bustos and George Gaulrapp.  NIU political scientist Matt Streb says they benefit from a traditionally Democratic district that was made even more Democratic after redistricting.   Streb talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about this contest.

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