East Moline Alderman Cheri Bustos (D) said last week she will announce her candidacy for Illinois’ 17th district on July 13, while Democratic activist Porter McNeil dropped his bid, the Quad-City Times reported.
Bustos joins two other Democrats, state Sen. Dave Koehler and Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp, already in the race for the chance to challenge freshman Rep. Bobby Schilling (R).
Gov. Pat Quinn (D) just signed the new Congressional map into law, one that drastically alters Schilling’s current district by moving it up into the northwest corner of the state and including Peoria. These changes result in a more Democratic-leaning district.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.