Schilling primed for Congressional election rematch

Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 7:38 pm
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By Eric Timmons,
EAST MOLINE -- Bobby Schilling has launched his campaign to win back the 17th Congressional District seat he lost last year.

The Republican spoke before about 75 supporters who waved American flags and chanted "Bring Bobby back"outside his campaign office in East Moline on Monday.

He'll need to win the Republican primary first. But in a 20-minute speech, Mr. Schilling set his sights on defeating U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, in 2014.

Mr. Schilling lost the 2012 election to Rep. Bustos after being elected in 2010, defeating former Congressman Phil Hare.His 2014 campaign will focus on pocketbook issues that affect ordinary families.

"The middle class is struggling and we're being crushed by rising prices at the grocery store, the gas station and everywhere else," he said. "And Congress is doing nothing to stop it."

Rep. Bustos had no comment on Mr. Schilling's announcement, but her spokesman, Colin Milligan, released a brief statement.

"Congresswoman Bustos is focused on job creation, protecting Medicare and Social Security and serving the middle class families of Illinois' 17th Congressional District, not an election that is over a year away," Mr. Milligan said.

Mr. Schilling tested lines of attack against Rep. Bustos during his announcement, castigating her for not supporting either Democrat or Republican budget proposals.

"We need a leader in Washington, not a Nancy Pelosi clone," he said of Rep. Bustos.

Mr. Schilling also said he plans to embark on a "listening tour" across the district. He asked his supporters to "rise up against those that are taking us down the wrong path."

Rock Island attorney Eric Reyes also is seeking the Republican nomination in the 17th District, which stretches from Peoria in the south to Freeport in the north.


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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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