Illinois's 17th congressional district

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Illinois's 17th congressional district
Illinois's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Illinois's 17th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Cheri Bustos (DEast Moline)
Area 6,933 mi2
Distribution 73.3% urban, 26.7% rural
Population (2011 est.) 711,719
Median income $41,194
Ethnicity 82.9% White, 11.5% Black, 1.0% Asian, 8.0% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 2.1% other
Cook PVI D+7[1]

The 17th Congressional District of Illinois is represented by Democrat Cheri Bustos.

The 17th congressional district has shifted northward after the 2012 redistricting. It now includes parts of Rockford and Peoria and no longer includes Quincy, Decatur, or Springfield, Illinois. As a result, the new map may ensure a Democratic majority.[2][3] Schilling was defeated by Democratic opponent Cheri Bustos in the 2012 election cycle.[4]

2011 redistricting[edit]

The district covers parts of Peoria, Tazewell and Winnebago counties, and all of Carroll, Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson, Warren and Whiteside counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Canton, East Moline, Freeport, Galesburg, Kewanee, Moline, Rock Island, Rockford, Pekin and Sterling are included.[5] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

Elections[edit]

2012 election[edit]

History[edit]

From 2003 to 2013 the district was known as "the rabbit on a skateboard" for its unusual shape devised as the outcome of gerrymandering.[6][7] The boundaries were drawn in a bipartisan deal to protect both the Democratic incumbent and neighboring Republican incumbents. The lines of the district were drawn to move Republican voters into neighboring districts and to include Democratic neighborhoods in Springfield and Decatur.[8]

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2012 President Obama 57 - 41%[1]
2008 President Obama 60 - 39%[1]
2004 President Kerry 51 - 48%
2000 President Gore 53 - 43%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created March 4, 1873
WilliamRallsMorrison.png William R. Morrison Democratic March 4, 1873 – March 4, 1883 Redistricted to the 18th district
No image.svg Samuel W. Moulton Democratic March 4, 1883 – March 4, 1885 Redistricted from the 15th district
JREden.jpg John R. Eden Democratic March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1887
No image.svg Edward Lane Democratic March 4, 1887 – March 4, 1895
JamesAConnolly.jpg James A. Connolly Republican March 4, 1895 – March 4, 1899
No image.svg Ben F. Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1899 – March 4, 1903 Redistricted to the 21st district
Sterling 3378608885 8e7054713c o.jpg John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1903 – March 4, 1913
LouisFitzhenry.jpg Louis Fitzhenry Democratic March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1915
Sterling 3378608885 8e7054713c o.jpg John A. Sterling Republican March 4, 1915 – October 17, 1918 Died
Vacant October 17, 1918 - March 3, 1919
Frank L. Smith.jpg Frank L. Smith Republican March 4, 1919 – March 4, 1921
FrankHFunk.jpg Frank H. Funk Republican March 4, 1921 – March 4, 1927
No image.svg Homer W. Hall Republican March 4, 1927 – March 4, 1933
No image.svg Frank Gillespie Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Leslie Arends.jpg Leslie C. Arends Republican January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1973 Redistricted to the 15th district
George M. O'Brien.jpg George M. O'Brien Republican January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983 Redistricted to the 4th district
Lane Evans.jpg Lane Evans Democratic January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2007
Phil Hare Official.jpg Phil Hare Democratic January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Bobby Schilling, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Bobby Schilling Republican January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Bustos-IL17-pic.jpg Cheri Bustos Democratic January 3, 2013 –

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 41°23′22″N 90°13′07″W / 41.38944°N 90.21861°W / 41.38944; -90.21861