At a time when career politicians continue the same old politics and the same old ways, all at the expense of the middle class, Cheri Bustos has decided to take a different approach.  Since taking office, Cheri has been a strong, independent voice for Illinois' middle class, and has worked across the aisle to create jobs, protect Social Security and Medicare, stand up for our veterans and get our economy working for all families.

Cheri was born in Springfield in a home with a lot of love, learning from her parents at an early age the importance of hard work, community and helping others. She attended Illinois College in Jacksonville, where she was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame for basketball and volleyball. She later earned her Master’s Degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

She moved to the Quad-Cities more than 25 years ago to pursue a career in journalism, reporting on crime, city government, health care and other important community issues.  Cheri isn’t afraid of taking on the tough issues and was honored over the years with several awards for her in-depth, investigative reporting.

While working as a new reporter covering the cop beat, Cheri met and fell in love with Gerry Bustos, her husband. He is now the Sheriff of Rock Island County.  They have three sons, Nick, Joey, and Tony, who with his wife Amanda, have made Cheri and Gerry the proud grandparents of Keiton and Briley.

Cheri eventually left journalism to work for a non-profit health system, where she fought to improve access to care for area families and help the disadvantaged navigate the health care system.

Cheri has long been active in her community, and served as President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Connection, one of Illinois’ largest women’s membership organizations. She is a past volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters-Quad-Cities; Junior Achievement of the Heartland in the Quad-Cities; Two Rivers YMCA in Moline; and United Way of the Quad-Cities Area, where she served on the Community Investment Committee.

Before being elected to Congress, Cheri also served as an Alderwoman on the City Council in East Moline. Her top priority then was as it remains today-- economic development – and led to her founding and chairing the East Moline Downtown Revitalization Committee.

Cheri Bustos was honored to be elected by the voters of Illinois 17th Congressional District in 2012 and considers it a privilege to represent the people of Northwest and Central Illinois each and every day. 

Cheri's Priorities

Balancing the Budget

Our nation’s debt and deficit issues must be addressed so we don’t leave future generations to foot our bills.  I am committed to finding common sense solutions that bridge party lines to help get our fiscal house in order in a balanced way. Read More +

Creating Jobs & Growing our Economy

We need to get America back to work, and while we’ve seen some improvements in the economy, too many working families continue to struggle to get by.  That’s why job creation and economic development remain my top priority. Read More +

Protecting Medicare & Social Security

For generations, Medicare and Social Security have been our nation’s solemn promises to our seniors: work hard, play by the rules, and we will make sure you get the health care and retirement security you earned when you need it most. Read More +

Fighting for Our Veterans

As we continue the drawdown from the war in Afghanistan, we need to continue to ensure our troops are the best-trained, best-equipped and best-prepared in the world.  With the Rock Island Arsenal in the Quad-Cities, the Illinois Air National Guard unit based outside of Peoria and major aerospace employers in Rockford, the 17th District has a vital role to play in the defense of our country. Read More +