Democrat Cheri Bustos is in a dead heat with U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, in the 17th Congressional District, according to a new poll.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll of 400 likely voters conducted Oct. 2 to 4 put Ms. Bustos at 45 percent and Rep. Schilling at 44 percent.
President Obama has an 11-point lead in the new 17th District, according to the Anzalone Liszt Research poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.
A poll released by the Schilling campaign in August had the Republican ahead by 13 points.
The DCCC poll found Ms. Bustos has made up ground with independents, among whom she trailed Rep. Schilling by 21 points in August. Rep. Schilling now has a two-point lead among independents, according to the poll.
The boundaries of the 17th District were redrawn after the 2010 census. The new district runs from Peoria in the south to Freeport in the north and includes all the Illinois Quad-Cities and part of Rockford.
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.