The Illinois AFL-CIO has endorsed Democrat Cheri Bustos in the 17th Congressional District. Ms. Bustos, a former East Moline alderman, is running against U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona.
At a June 12 meeting in Springfield, the Illinois AFL-CIO also endorsed state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, and state Rep. Pat Verschoore D-Milan. Democrat Mike Smiddy, who is running against state Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova, also was endorsed.
The AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) is a federation of labor unions made up of 56 national and international unions.
Taming the Wolf
Rep. Schilling will meet next week with U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., to discuss more than 1,000 jobs for the 17th District potentially at stake. Rep. Wolf chairs a House committee that oversees federal prisons and has the power to clear the way for the proposed sale of the Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government, according to Rep. Schilling.
But Rep. Wolf is wary of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who recently promised THAT Thomson would not be used to house any Guantanamo Bay detainees to allay the fears of Republicans who have blocked the deal.
"Chairman Wolf has expressed concern that Holder is not a credible witness for the Obama administration, given his involvement in multiple scandals and previous record of dishonesty with Congress," Schilling wrote in the Freeport Journal Standard this week. "I understand those concerns, but we can't wait on these jobs any longer. It's time to do the right thing."
If the sale does go ahead, it will give Rep. Schilling something solid to crow about on the campaign trail, even if he used to be an opponent of the Thomson sale.
Ms. Bustos said her opponent should have had his priorities right from the start. Rep. Schilling "needs to be held accountable for putting good jobs and the people of this district on the backburner for more than a year," she said.
Justice for Reyes
The Justice Party of Illinois has endorsed Eric Reyes' independent run for Congress in the 17th District.
"I liked Eric emphasizing that the influence of money must be removed from the electoral process," said Paul Konkoly, the Justice Party's Midwest Regional Coordinator. "He (Reyes) said he would make the elimination of money from our political selection process a theme during his term in office."
Pappas to run
Ted Pappas Jr., of rural Sherrard, the CEO of Friendship Manor in Rock Island, has announced his candidacy as a Republican for Mercer County Board District 3 (Sherrard/Matherville).
"Electing Ted would be the best thing that could happen for the county, with his tested and proven business experience and savvy," said Jason Sosemen, chairman of the Mercer County Republican Central Committee.