Cheri Bustos wins in Illinois' 17th Congressional District

November  07, 2012

Lots of money was spent on the 17th District Congressional race in Illinois, and a democrat ended up unseating the GOP incumbent. Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling was defeated by Democrat Cheri Bustos in the newly drawn district that includes the Quad Cities, Rockford, and parts of Peoria.

Bustos says she's ready to get started, "I'm going to call every new member of congress whether they be republican or democrat, I'll call every single one. We're going to host a retreat and get to know all the new members of congress on a personal level. So when we start working together we will have already a relationship build at least in a small way so we can get this country moving in the right direction."

The new 17th Congressional District was thought to favor a democratic candidate. Bustos beat Schilling, a first term republican incumbent, with 53-percent of the vote. He won the seat two years ago after defeating democrat Phil Hare, long-time congressman Lane Evans' former chief of staff.