“Looking for” focuses on Bustos’ record of getting real results for Illinois’ Working Families

MOLINE - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released her first television commercial of the 2016 election. This 30 second spot focuses on Bustos’ work to protect drinking water, grow American manufacturing, and cut government waste to protect Social Security and Medicare.

“All Illinoisans want is a fair chance to succeed which is why I’m working to strengthen our community and create better opportunities for all of our families,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “While there’s no question Illinois faces real challenges, we have a lot to be optimistic about if we keep working together. I’m committed to continuing to lead in the effort to grow our economy and protect working families because I know Illinois is worth fighting for.”


Below is a backgrounder on “Looking for” with proof points.

TV Spot: “Looking for”



Cheri Bustos

In Illinois, all anyone’s really looking for is a fair shot.


Cheri Bustos


That means holding the powerful, accountable – to keep our drinking water safe.


Bustos secured “$4 million… to replace lead service lines”

Dispatch-Argus, 5/20/16

“Illinois EPA approves $4M forgivable loan to Galesburg to replace lead water lines.” Peoria Journal-Star, 5/18/16

The city announced Wednesday morning it received preliminary approval of a $4 million federally funded loan to replace lead service lines.

In a news release, the city said that loan is from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and is a forgivable loan. It is federal funds that are dispersed by the IEPA, which means those dollars are not impacted by the ongoing state budget impasse.

The loan will “finance the removal and replacement of approximately 2,000 privately owned lead service lines that connect properties to the Galesburg water system. These service lines, not the City’s (sic) water system itself, are the source of water-borne lead contamination in Galesburg,” the news release said.

Galesburg Mayor John Pritchard thanked U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, in the news release for “her assistance to Galesburg in this matter and commend(ed) her broad advocacy for confronting the challenge of lead contamination at the local, state and national level.”

From here, Bustos said she still plans to work on a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development “because as (Mayor Pritchard) has said, he believes there is an issue with lead paint … (we’ll) see what we can do to help address that as well.”

“Bustos lauds Augustana, Scott County lead study.” Dispatch-Argus, 5/20/16

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, spoke at Augustana College on Friday about her hope for more public and private collaboration to protect children and families from lead poisoning.

Rep. Bustos has formed a district task force to look at ways to address lead poisoning problems. She also helped Galesburg receive $4 million in federal forgivable loans to replace lead service lines.

Cutting government waste


“Bustos bill to reduce government waste to be signed into law”

--WJBC, 12/11/15

“Bustos bill to reduce government waste to be signed into law.” WJBC, 12/11/15

One Illinois Congressman said a measure President Obama has indicated he’d sign into law will be a great step toward reducing government waste, if not eliminating it altogether.

Quad Cities Democrat Cheri Bustos’ “Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act” is something she’s been trying to work on for two years and was the first measure she introduced as a lawmaker – perhaps no small task given how much taxpayer money she says is wasted every year.

S.614 - Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015, 114th Congress

12/18/2015 Became Public Law No: 114-109

– so we can protect Social Security and Medicare.

“Cheri Bustos: Clamping down on wasteful spending” – Bustos op-ed in the Rockford Register Star

“Last year alone, the Office of Management and Budget reported there were $125 billion in improper payments. That's up 14 percent from the year before.”

“If we want to ensure that Social Security is there for the next generation, keep our promise of Medicare for seniors, and provide veterans with the support they have earned, we must finally change the way Washington works and spends.”

And demanding our tax dollars are spent on American-made products – to create jobs, here.


Cheri Bustos

“Lawmakers push U.S. government to buy flags made in America”

--WQAD, 6/30/13

“Lawmakers push U.S. government to buy flags made in America.” WQAD, 6/30/13

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Iowa Senator Bruce Braley are pushing the federal government to only purchase American-made U.S. flags.

H.R.2029 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, 114th Congress

Text – Public Law No: 114-113 (12/18/15)

Sec. 8110.  None of the funds made available in this Act may be used for the purchase or manufacture of a flag of the United States unless such flags are treated as covered items under section 2533a(b) of title 10, United States Code.

U.S. Code § 2533a - Requirement to buy certain articles from American sources; exceptions, Legal Information Institute, Cornell University


Except as provided in subsections (c) through (h), funds appropriated or otherwise available to the Department of Defense may not be used for the procurement of an item described in subsection (b) if the item is not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.


Hey mom – you want to play?

Cheri Bustos

You bet!


I’m Cheri Bustos and I approve this message because Illinois is worth fighting for.


Approved by Cheri Bustos. Paid for by Friends of Cheri Bustos.


Bustos previously released a digital-only ad called “Results” which you can watch by clicking here.