‘It’s a real loss’: Illinois 17th Congressional District to move forward without Cheri Bustos

Eight candidates so far are running in the June primary to replace Bustos in what is expected to be a close November election

The new Illinois 17th Congressional District, in blue, runs from Rockford through the Quad Cities to Macomb, Peoria, and Bloomington. In January, the Cook Political Report named in one of 14 toss-up Congressional districts in the nation.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos talks on Jan. 6, 2022, about the importance of the U.S. Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Sterling.
Ben Szalinski

Ben Szalinski

Ben is a former Northwest Herald who reported on local news in Harvard, Marengo, Huntley and Lake in the Hills along with the McHenry County Board. He graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting program in 2021. Ben is originally from Mundelein.