MOLINE - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the first ad of her reelection campaign. The ad, entitled “Results,” highlights Bustos’ work to get real results for the families of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. In an effort to reach a younger audience at the beginning of her ad campaign, Bustos’ first spot will run on digital platforms.

“I’m proud of my work getting real results for the families of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District and I am asking for their support on November 8th so we can build on that progress,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “There's still a lot of work left to be done if we want to build a 21st century economy where businesses can thrive, good paying jobs are created and working families can get ahead. I'm running for reelection because, just like the hardworking men and women across our community, I know that Illinois is worth fighting for."


Below is a backgrounder on the ad with proof points.





In Springfield and Washington – it often seems like it’s one miss after another.

So it’s refreshing to find someone working hard and getting results.


Helping secure funding for new passenger rail service.


“We applaud” Cheri Bustos “for keeping the pressure on”

Dispatch-Argus, 6/23/16

“Editorial: Thanks to all keeping Q-C passenger rail on track.” Editorial Board, Dispatch-Argus, 6/23/16

Wednesday brought welcome word that our region’s long coveted Chicago-to-Moline passenger rail line is back on track.

Now that the Illinois Department of Transportation has told the Federal Railroad Administration it is on board with the project, we appear to have dodged a bullet regarding the $177 million in federal funding for the rail line that was set to expire at the end of the month.

We applaud local leaders including the Quad-Cities legislative delegation, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, and Moline Mayor Scott Raes for keeping the pressure on even amid a crippling state budget impasse.

“Rep. Bustos Demands Approved Funding For Amtrak Line Be Released.” WICS, 4/27/16

An Illinois congresswoman is asking Governor Rauner to release previously approved state funding for an Amtrak line that would run from Chicago to the Quad Cities.

Democratic Representative Cheri Bustos says she has met with business leaders and families across central and western Illinois who say there's a need for the line.

Bustos says the federal government has already provided an extension for the state to take advantage of federal funds for this project but it expires June 30th.

“IL commits to help QC Amtrak service.” WHBF, 6/21/16

On Tuesday, the Quad Cities got some good news about the direct passenger rail service from the Quad Cities to Chicago.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says once the state passes a budget, they'll provide the $85 million to help with the project.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says there's $177 million federal grant dollars at stake.

The deadline of that grant is June 30th of this year.

“If the Governor continued to sit on this and had we not literally dragged him across the finish line that money would had gone away,” said Rep. Bustos.

Serving as a watchdog, and cutting wasteful spending.


“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

And pushing for American flags to be made here in America.


“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.

While fighting to give the middle class a fair shot.


Cheri Bustos

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.