Schilling tries to win back congressional seat


Share
Originally Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 12:22 pm
Last Updated: July 08, 2013, 12:43 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story

EAST MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - A one-term Illinois congressman is trying to win back his former congressional seat.

Republican Bobby Schilling kicked off his campaign for the 17th Congressional District Monday, saying his campaign will focus on "middle class families and their values" along with economic issues.

"The middle class is falling further behind," Schilling said in a statement. "To combat unemployment, stagnant wages and rising prices, the middle class is going to need a lot more than just lip service and rhetoric."

The Colona businessman first won the seat in 2010 but lost the post in November to Democrat Cheri Bustos in one of the mostly closely watched races in Illinois.

Democrats had identified it as an opportunity to pick up a seat in their fight to regain control of the House and Republicans poured in big money to defend it.

Schilling was one of three freshman Republicans who were ousted last year along with seven-term U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, who was defeated by Democratic challenger Bill Foster.

Bustos, a former city council member, received an early endorsement from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

"Congresswoman Bustos is focused like a laser on job creation, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and serving the people of Illinois' 17th Congressional District, not an election that is over a year away," Colin Milligan, her communications director, said in a statement Monday.

 

The 17th Congressional District sprawls from the Iowa state line to include parts of western and central Illinois.
















 



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







(More History)