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 Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.