17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

A western Illinois library is expanding its collection thanks to the Library of Congress. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos on Tuesday brought two boxes of books to the Salem Township Public Library in Yates City. Bustos says the Library of Congress gives books to lawmakers when the library's shelves start getting too full. Members of Congress then donate them to schools, public libraries and non-profit agencies.  Bustos says she's tried to direct the books to rural libraries that have fewer resources.


Hundreds of bridges are structurally deficient or obsolete in Central Illinois. To that end, Representative Cheri Bustos says Congress needs to pass a long-term transportation bill. Marty Helfers is the Executive Director of the West Central Illinois Building Trades. He says long-term funding means more stability for local jobs:

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she's decided not to challenge Republican Mark Kirk for his U.S. Senate seat.

Bustos discusses funding DHS, veterans issues

Feb 23, 2015

Democrat Cheri Bustos says Congressional leaders need to stop playing political games with the country’s national security. The 17th District Congresswoman says the House and Senate are running up against a Friday deadline to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Bustos to honor veterans advocate at State of the Union

Jan 19, 2015

A man who helps fellow veterans in the Quad Cities will be in Washington tonight for the President's State of Union Address. Mike Malmstrom will be the guest of Illinois 17th District Congresswoman, Cheri Bustos.

Malmstrom served in the Marines during the Vietnam War, and in recent years has organized the annual Quad Cities Stand Down - a weekend in the fall when homeless veterans can meet with federal and state agencies including the V-A, get meals, medical care, winter clothing, and a place to sleep for a couple of nights. 

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says President Barack Obama’s announcement to normalize relations with Cuba could benefit Illinois. The president’s announcement includes re-establishing economic ties with the country.

Central Illinois will have a voice in choosing public safety officers for a prestigious national award.

Former Congressman Lane Evans dies

Nov 6, 2014

A long-time former 17th District Congressman has died after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease. 63-year old Lane Evans died Wednesday at a nursing home in East Moline, according to his legal guardian.

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17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act by touring domestic violence centers in the area.

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The Republican looking to unseat 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says the Democrat is unwilling to participate in more than one debate.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is co-sponsoring legislation that aims to make the university experience safer. The 17th District Congresswoman is one of about 20 representatives introducing the House version of the Campus Safety and Accountability act. 

Bustos tours VA clinic

Jul 1, 2014
Tamie Yost


Congresswoman Cheri Bustos toured the Bob Michel VA Clinic Tuesday meeting with administrators, and talking to veterans. 

MLK Day march in Peoria ends with Ceremony

Jan 20, 2014

  The Annual Martin Luther King Freedom March followed the luncheon. 

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Federal officials remain committed to opening a vacant prison in northwest Illinois. But securing funding remains a key roadblock in getting the facility in Thomson up and running.