Bustos Welcomes IL-17 Native & UAW President Dennis Williams Home to Kick-off Early Voting

Bustos & Williams Urge Working Men & Women to Get Out The Vote

Cheri Bustos kicked off the first day of early voting in Illinois today with a three-stop tour to rally local working men and women in Rockford, Rock Island and East Peoria.  Bustos was accompanied on her trip around the region by Illinois 17th Congressional District native and United Automobile Workers of America (UAW) President Dennis Williams.

"I was excited to come back to my home state today to help get out the vote for my friend Cheri Bustos,” said Dennis Williams, the President of the UAW who hails from Rock Island, Illinois. “Cheri has been a strong advocate for working families across Illinois and the country and the choice in this election could not be any clearer for the middle class. We need more in Washington who share Cheri's commitment to creating jobs, strengthening the economy and supporting working men and women. I look forward to partnering with her on these important goals into the future."

“I was thrilled to welcome Dennis Williams home to Illinois today,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Organized labor is not only important to the strength of our middle class, it is important to me personally. Dennis and I both work day in and day out to fight for the middle class and working families, and I’m honored to have his support and the support of the UAW. I look forward to continuing to fight together on behalf of working families to rebuild American manufacturing and our region’s economy.”

Dennis Williams, a Rock Island native, was elected President of the UAW in June. The UAW is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America with over 390,000 active members and 600,000 retirees.

The UAW, which has 10 locals and over 13,000 members in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois has strongly endorsed Cheri Bustos for reelection.  Cheri's brother and father-in-law are both members of the East Moline local.